The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union (AU) to Liberia has paid a courtesy visit to the Speaker of the House of Representatives Bhofal Chambers, informing him of the activities of the AU in Liberia since its mandate was extended in 2017, a press release said.
According to the release, Ambassador Ibrahim M. Kamara told Speaker Chambers that the AU’s mandate in Liberia was extended last year. He says the AU has been working with the Government of Liberia and other development partners in solidifying Liberia’s peace, good governance and development efforts.
Kamara said following the 2017 presidential elections, the country has maintained the trajectory to peace, good governance, and development. He further said the AU is obliged to working with other relevant sectors of government and promised to significantly make interventions when called upon.
He said the AU will solicit proposals from public sector institutions for onward transmission to the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa for possible efforts to source funding in helping to mitigate some challenges faced by the government.
Amb. Kamara has also recommended to the Speaker to work with members of the House of Representatives and Senate to pass the land rights and local government acts.
According to him, the AU has had a good working relationship with the Ministry of Health over the period, and has recently made available two generators to the ministry for its power use. Another intervention, the AU envoy mentioned was the funding of the Grand Bassa Community College Computer Lab in recent times.
Speaker Chambers expressed gratitude to the AU envoy for the visit and his thought to discuss the organiztion’s activities in Liberia with his office.
Chambers told the AU envoy that it’s about time that countries in Africa work towards improving the lives of their people. He cautioned that African countries should embark on modules of development approach in an African manner or engender concepts of development in line with their culture and sociological pattern.
The Speaker, however, frowned on some practices from foreign nations condemning some African cultural activities. He mentioned the issue of female genital circumcision as an African cultural practice that should be respected, but with the consent of an individual attaining the constitutional age of consent or at age twenty-one.
Speaker Chambers asserted that transgender practice is one of the intimate social deviant practices from some nations in the world and not much condemnation has been heard about it in Africa. He argued that the transgender medical procedures have severe painful mutilations of the human sexual organs as compared to female genital circumcision.
He then encouraged the AU envoy to continue such visitation so as to smooth the cordial relationship between their offices.