The Liberian Business Association (LIBA) is threatening a sit in action against the National Legislature after it amended the 1999 CBL Act. LIBA said the amended law passed by the legislature, is discriminatory and controversial.
In a position statement issued at the close of a day-long convention held in Ganta on March 1, the organization chapter coordinators of the 15 counties described the proposed law, which is yet to be signed into law by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as an unconstitutional and discriminatory, “only intended to target CBL Governor Mills Jones.”
“In light of the unconstitutional nature of the bill,” they added, “we the 15 county chapters of the Liberian Business Association request President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and other officials of Government to break their silence and publicly state their positions.”
LIBA’s convention was held under the theme, “Liberians Reclaiming/Taking Over the Liberian Economy,” with over 100 participants representing the 15 counties of Liberia.
The Liberian businessmen and women also threatened not to vote for any senator in support of the bill come the special senatorial election in October this year.
The county chapters also described the proposed bill as unhealthy for the nation’s young democracy, peace, reconciliation, economic growth, and development; especially as a nation is struggling to develop a middle class.
“We, the 15 county chapters of LIBA consider this bill as a law against the empowerment of the Liberian people; especially as the pace of its passage was as fast as the speed of light,” they added.
The 2nd annual convention of LIBA was attended by local government officials including Nimba Count District # 1 Representative Jeremiah Koung, outgoing Nimba Supt. Christiana Dagadu, City Mayor Dorr Cooper and a prominent son of Liberia Rev. Emmanuel Bowier.
Rev. Bowier served as keynote speaker and praised the theme saying it sounded like an economic revolution.
He said that Liberians cannot reclaim what they have had in the past unless they work with partners.
He challenged the young business entrepreneurs to be innovative.
According to Rev. Bowier in order to become prominent players in the nation’s economy, LIBA needs to be bold and speak out against ills that have the propensity to undermine the growth of their businesses.
During the program LIBA inducted a new corps of officers to steer the affairs of the entity for the next four years.
Those elected were Dee Maxwell S. Kermayah Sr, president; David Sengbeh, vice president; Ms. M. Leelai Kpukuyon, Secretary; and Reginald Sao, financial secretary.
Mr. Kermayah and Ms. Kpukuyon retained their position as president and secretary respectively while Mr. Sengbeh and Mr. Sao took office for the first time.
There were no challengers to all of these officers elected.
However, none of those elected was able to get 100% of the vote.