House to Host ‘Image’ Retreat

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The leadership of the House of Representatives, in its regular Monday executive meeting, has unanimously approved the holding of a three-day Legislative ‘Image Retreat’ to be held in Ganta, Nimba County, from Wednesday, November 2 to Friday, November 4.

The ‘image retreat’ aims to get rid of the displeasure that has lingered after more than four months of internal wrangling in the Lower House as of the result of the efforts to remove former Speaker J. Alex Tyler and the subsequent election of Speaker J. Emmanuel Nuquay.

The in-House political crisis brought the House of Representatives into public disrepute and caused ‘deep’ divisions among its members as compared to 2007 during the dethronement of former and short-lived Speaker Edwin M. Snowe.

The House’s first retreat was held in 2012 in Gbarnga, Bong County, to orientate newly elected lawmakers, which amounted to 66%. Regrettably, at that retreat, one of the reelected lawmakers, who were part of 34%, Rep. Moses Tandapolie of Montserrado County District 11, died from heart-failure, according to a pathologist’s report.

The pending retreat would mark the second for the House of Representatives of the 53rd Legislature.

On Wednesday, November 2, members of the House of Representatives will arrive and begin registration from 12:00noon to 7:00pm.

On Thursday, there will be a formal opening ceremony of which remarks will be made by Ganta City Mayor, Benjamin Dokpa; Nimba County Superintendent, Fong Zuagele; Ganta District Rep. Jeremiah Koung and Sen. Prince Y. Johnson.

The House Chairman on Peace, Religion and Reconciliation, Nimba County Rep. Atty. Ricks Toweh, as well as Deputy Speaker Hans M. Barchue and Speaker J. Emmanuel Nuquay, are also expected to make remarks.

The opening program will be followed by the retreat with the Policy Analyst of the Governance Commission (GC), Mr. Francis Wilson, to get the retreat going with a discussion on the topic, ‘Participatory Leadership – The House of Representatives in Perspective.’ The time would be from 10:00am to
11:20am, including questions and answers section.

Rev. Bartholomew B. Colley will also lecture on the second topic, ‘Transparent and Accountable Leadership – Building the Trust of Legislative Members’ from 11:30am to 12:50pm.

After a brief break, former Finance and Foreign Affairs Minister Augustine Ngafuan is expected to treat the topic, ‘Institutional Image Building,’ from 1:00pm to 2:20pm.

The last topic, ‘Building Capacity for Legislative Efficiency,’ from 2:30pm to 4:00pm, will be handled by GC’s Policy Analyst Francis Wilson.

The day will be climaxed with general discussions and recommendations. On Friday, general discussions, recommendations will continue until closing remarks.

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