-VP Taylor Cautions Senators
By Jackson C. Clay, Jr.
Liberia’s Vice President and President of the Liberian Senate, Madam Jewel Howard Taylor has called on members of the Liberian Senate to declare their assets in keeping with laws on the books regarding public officials.
Vice President Taylor made the call Tuesday, February 26, 2019 in the Chamber of the Liberian Senate during the Senate’s regular session on Capitol Hill.
“I would like to call on all of us in this Senate to please submit our assets. It would be good that members of the Liberian Senate please declare and submit their assets to the Secretary of the Senate for onward submission,” Vice President Taylor told senators on Capitol Hill Tuesday in session.
VP Taylor asserted that though the deadline for the submission of the declaration of assets has elapsed, but she encouraged Senators to still submit their assets in accordance with the law.
She indicated that the Judiciary branch of government has already completed their process of assets declaration, while the Executive are in the process and urged members of the Legislature, particularly the Senate should follow suit.
“The deadline has passed; it would be good for members of the Senate to please submit their assets declaration to the Secretary of the Senate so the report can be submitted as to those who have done theirs. The Judiciary has completed this, the Executive is working towards completing theirs and I think members of the Liberian Senate should be the first to please complete these requirements,” VP Taylor added.
The Vice President call comes in the wake of war of words between the office of the President and the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) over the same assets declaration process.
According to a communication from the office of the LACC Chairman Cllr. James Verdier Jr., no member of the Legislature has submitted their assets declaration.
Part 10.1 of the Code of Conduct states among other things, that all public officials should declare their assets before entering and leaving public (government) offices. TNR