President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf will deliver her annual message on the state of the nation next Monday, January 25. Her message is expected to highlight crucial reports which ensued in 2015 and draw a prospective picture on how she intends to steer the nation amidst the tough economic times and the restoration of Liberia’s security sector in the wake of UNIML’s final drawdown by June 2016.
The President is expected to most importantly outline the devastating effects Ebola had on West Africa’s fragile economies and divulge plans for ensuring a resilient health system amidst the successful fight on the recurrence of the Ebola virus twice in the country.
Inarguably, the President would proffer that prevention isn’t just the best cure, it’s also the most cost-effective cure and urged the Legislature to commit to a response that will have lasting benefits for the citizenry to invest in stronger health systems that will help prevent future Ebola outbreaks from escalating into international epidemics.
The President’s annual message is part of her statutory obligation to deliver an address on state of the Republic on the 4th working Monday of each year, as enshrined in the 1986 revised constitution of Liberia.
This year annual message of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf shall mark her 10th oration to the Legislature since she assumed the nation’s highest office in 2006. This national convocation brings together the three branches of government and is presided over by the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Article 58 of the Liberian constitution states: “The President shall, on the fourth working Monday in January of each year, present the administration’s legislative program for the ensuing session, and shall once a year report to the Legislature on the state of the Republic. In presenting the economic condition of the Republic the report shall cover expenditure as well as income”.
Lawmakers of the 53rd Legislature along with special invitees will converge in the William R. Tolbert Jr. Joint Assembly Hall to grace the occasion.
According to the House Chief Clerk, Mildred Sayon, Monday’s ceremony begins 2pm with the arrival of invited guests and the delivery of the President’s message at 4:00 o’clock PM.
The President will also present her Legislative agenda and request coordination for the passage of certain bills that will enhance our economic and political growth.