Rep. Larry Younquoi of Nimba County District #8 has written his colleagues asking for national stakeholders’ conference on the rubber sector.
Rep. Larry P. Younquoi of District #8 in Nimba County, in his letter, stressed that Executive Order #60 placed on the Rubber Industry by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf; making Firestone the sole company to purchase rubber is not effective now.
He said with the current absence of the Executive #60 it is now time for the Legislature to seize the opportunity to ensure that the sector does not slide back into the jurisdiction of an Executive Order as there are plethora of laws and other legal instruments for the governance of the sector.
Although he had questioned the legality of Executive Orders, Rep. Younquoi in his letter to members of the House said it (Executive Order) provided a reference point and an institutional framework for the involvement of various actors in the sector.
He pleaded that there are farmers whose membership constitutes the underprivileged in Liberia, not excluding ex-combatants.
He said that the intervention by the House of Representatives will help stabilize the country and empower the majority of low income farmers.
It may be recalled that in April of 2014 President Sirleaf issued Executive Order #60, replacing the previous Executive Order #50 which governed the sector.
Executive Orders were aimed at ensuring restrictions on the sale of unprocessed rubber outside Liberia, curtailing the operations of brokers and granting rights to Firestone to be the sole buyer and determiner of its price.