-In Nine Months
By Reuben Sei Waylaun
In an effort to jumpstart the transformation of Liberia, the House of Representatives has disclosed the passage of 15 legislations in the nine months as the National Legislature takes its first annual break or recess.
As per their rule and consistent with the constitution of Liberia, the National Legislature takes its annual break on August 31 each. This year, they added additional two weeks for extra sessions as requested by President George Manneh Weah.
Speaking to legislative reporters at the close of the first session of the 54th National Legislature, House Speaker Bhofal Chambers disclosed that during the period under review, they had 38 Bills in committee rooms along with ten petitions.
Speaker Chambers said of the 38 Bills, 15 Bills were passed which he said they are all in the best interest of the country and its people. They are expected to return for the 2nd Session January 14, 2019 and a day’s sitting will begin Tuesday, January 15, 2019.
Although the Speaker was tight-lip on Bills, petitions during the period under review, but prominent among those instruments are the Bill making Vahun in Lofa County a city, A Loan Financing Agreement in the amount of US$536 Million signed between the Liberian Government and the Eton Finance PTE Ltd, prefinancing agreement between the Liberian Government and EBOMAF SA in the tone of US$420million among others.
During the first session of the 54th National Legislature (House of Representatives), the president recalled several bills sent by former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to the 53rd National Legislature.
They include the Dangote Cement Liberia Ltd, TIDFORE/LICEMCO and Nimba Rubber Incorporated (NRI).
Others are Liberia Traffic Management Incorporated and the Amendments to the Amended Firestone Agreement among others.
The Speaker Bhofal Chambers who is also a member of the governing Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) said such milestone wouldn’t had been possible without the collaboration of his colleagues.
He thanked his colleagues for being so patriotic in thinking about the country and its citizens and cementing a good relationship with the executive branch of government.
“They have supported the super stewardship of President George Weah to ensure that Liberia is positive in its transformation,” he said.
According to him, they are making progress in the support of good governance and the Liberian people have been to the task because they have been very positive.
“We are performing our duty in good faith because my colleagues are working in the scope of the tenet of democracy,” he added.
He however urged his colleagues to know that they have responsibility and as such, they must cherish what they before them.