House Passes First Law in Extraordinary Sitting


-Elevates Putupo to Statutory District Status

The unanimous approval by members of the House of Representatives of the 54th Legislature to elevate Potupo District to Potupo Statutory District within River Gee County has increased the number of laws enacted by the Lower House to 16, as of Thursday, November 8, 2018.

Plenary, the highest decision-making body, made the decision yesterday during the 4th day extraordinary sitting, following a report from the Joint Committee on International Affairs, Judiciary and Ways, Means, Finance & Development Planning.

In the report, the Joint Committee said it conducted several hearings in which experts and institutions were invited, after a critical scrutiny of the proposed law considering the defined boundary, maintenance of law and order, revenue intake and cost associated with it.”

“During the scrutiny process of the bill, citizens of Potupo District sought a statutory district status to enhance the infrastructural, educational, social, agricultural and economic development of the said region. This elevation will also play an enormous role in development and economic recovery,” the Joint Committee said.

Nimba County Representative Prince Tokpah, chairman on Internal Affairs, was the lead chairman, while the chairman of Judiciary and Ways, Finance & Development Committees Rep. Fonati Koffa and Thomas Fallah were co-chairmen.

In an interview with reporters after the session, the sponsor of the bill, River Gee County District # 2 Representative Francis S. Young, said the Potupo Statutory District will comprise of the Potupo Administrative District and Saibeh Administrative District and will play a supportive role and economic recovery programs in the county and throughout the country, considering the enormous natural resources with which the district is endowed.

“It will promote rule of law, establish proper road, serve as a liaison between the local authority and central government and will further augment the establishment and maintenance of peace and mutual understanding between the local population and central government in the wake of the promotion of the pro-poor agenda,” he said.


  1. Whether “District” ooh, “Statutory District,” ooh, or even county, what difference? The same sixth and seventh “budget shortfall” alibi for an excuse. Meanwhile our people continue to die from preventative diseases! And no matter the “budget shortfall,” their salaries and gas coupons better not fall short or be late. All ado about nothing!


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