-Bid Judiciary Chairman Well for Continuing Legal Education
Two members of the House of Representatives have raised concern on the frequent trip of Speaker Bhofal Chambers with President George Manneh Weah.
On Thursday, April 26, at the 23rd day sitting, Margibi County District #4 Representative Ben Fofana and Sinoe County District #2 Jay Nagbe Sloh in separate remarks told their colleagues that the issue is disturbing.
The lawmakers’ worry followed the House Speaker’s trip with the President to Brazzaville, the Republic of Congo.
The President’s letter to the House of Representatives said while he is away from the country, the Minister of State, Mr. Nathaniel F. McGill will serve as Coordinator of the Cabinet in consultation with the Vice President and in a telephone consultation with him.
However, Rep. Fofana said the absence of Speaker Bhofal Chambers because of his trip with the President is worrying, while Rep. Sloh said it is not a good security measure for the Speaker to regularly travel with the President.
In response, Acting Presiding Officer, Deputy Chief Clerk Prince Moye told his colleagues that it was the Speaker’s first time to travel with the president, which was during their break and therefore it was not noticeable.
Several members in yesterday’s session said: “He (Speaker Chambers) is compromising the House of Representatives.
Others said: “If this continues, we need to do something about it.”
However, members of the House of Representatives decided to defer discussion of the matter to an executive session.
Meanwhile, the House of Representative has noted the letter from the Judiciary Committee chairman, Rep. Cllr. J. Fonati Koffa that wished him well for his travel to the United States to continue his legal education.
Cllr. Koffa earned a Juris Doctor Degree (JD Degree) in 1998 at the University of North Carolina School of Law. The JD Degree is the highest education available in the legal profession in the United States and is considered a professional degree.
He is a member of the Bar Association in North Carolina and the Supreme Court of Liberia.