Legislature’s Library Reopens

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The refurbished Senate and House library at Capital Hill.

Members of the Liberian Senate and the House of Representatives as of yesterday began using the newly refurbished joint library section of the Legislative Information Service (LIS) after a three-year closure of the facility owing to a fire disaster.

The re-opening of the library section coincides with the celebration of LIS’ 6th anniversary.

The bicameral department is charged with the responsibility of providing research and information services to members of the House and Senate to enhance their capacity in making informed decisions and for better public policy formulation.

Activities marking the anniversary began yesterday April 26 and will end on the 28th.

The theme for this year’s anniversary is, “New Legislative Beginning: A More Effective 54th Legislature,” highlighting the effectiveness and growth of the first branch of government.

According to LIS Director B. McCarthy Weh, the events will put a spotlight on the need for a more effective, functional and efficient 21st century compliant Legislature. The occasion will also mark the official resumption of services of the Library to members of the House and Senate, their staff, and the general public.

The opening ceremony yesterday was held in the rotunda of the Capitol building, where the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, Armah Z. Jallah, gave a statement, and Dr. Amos C. Sawyer, will delivered the keynote address.

Also, there will be a launch of the Parliamentary/Legislative Democracy Outreach Program, dubbed “Taking the Legislature to the People.”

On the second day  today, Thursday April 27, there will be a roundtable session focusing on a project, writing Liberia’s legislative history, to be led by Dr. Joseph Saye Guanu and Rev. Emmanuel Bowier.  Today’s event will climax with training sessions to be facilitated by Atty. Larmii Kpargo of the Liberia Media Center (LMC) and McAnthony Keah/Thomas Du of the National Democratic Institute (NDI).

Tomorrow, the last day of the anniversary celebrations, Vice President Joseph N. Boakai will give a statement at the closing ceremony and thereafter the first phase of ‘Taking the Legislature to the People’ will be held in Kakata, Margibi County.

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