-Awarded ‘Senator Of The Year’
By Jackson C. Clay, Jr.
Grand Cape Mount County Senator, Cllr. Varney Sherman has been named as Senator of the year at the Liberian Senate by Senate Pro-Tempore Albert Chie.
The award which is the first of its kind in the history of the Liberian Senate was bestowed upon the Grand Cape Mount County Senator at the close of the first session of the 54th legislature.
According to Senate Pro-Tempore Albert Chie, his decision to award such title to Senator Sherman is based on the numerous works carried out by Senator Sherman and his committee, the Senate Standing Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights, Claims and Petitions.
“I have decided to recognize one Senator who in my mind made the most difference to work of the Liberian Senate. From my assessment, despite all odds and challenges, Senator Varney Sherman did extremely well and he is thus my Senator of the Year,” Pro-Temp Chie noted.
Pro-Temp Chie stated that until his leadership ends at the Liberian Senate, he would continue to recognize the efforts of every Senator at the end of each session.
At the same time, Senate Pro-Temp Albert Chie has indicated that the Liberian Senate has some unfinished business which it would have loved to complete before taking its annual break.
“It is worth mentioning that the Senate had some unfinished businesses which it would have loved to complete before the commencement of the second session of the 54th legislature. Some instruments that are currently being review by the Executive and to be ratified by the legislature are Amendment and Re-stated Firestone Agreement, the Hummingbird Mineral Development Agreement and the Traffic Management Agreement,” Pro-Temp Chie disclosed.
He continued that various incentive contracts and other instruments intended to boost the private sector of the country and create more jobs for Liberians that are part of the unfinished businesses of the Liberian senate and he hopes that the executive and the Legislative branches of government can consider these instruments within the context of Article 32 of the Liberian constitution
Article 32 (b) of the Liberian constitution states that “The President shall, on his own initiative or upon receipt of a certificate signed by at least one-fourth of the total membership of each House, and by proclamation, extend a regular session of the Legislature beyond the date for adjournment or call a special extraordinary session of that body to discuss or act upon matters of national emergency and concern. When the extension or call is at the request of the Legislature, the proclamation shall be issued not later than forty-eight hours after receipt of the certificate by the President.”
Meanwhile, Pro-Temp Chie has named the passage of the Local Government Bill and the Land Rights Bill as some of the many achievements made by the Liberian Senate during the first session of the 54th legislature.