Thousands of citizens of Margibi County, including traditional chiefs, students, women and elders, thronged the streets of Kakata last Friday to celebrate the ascendancy of Rep. J. Emmanuel Nuquay, as Speaker of the House of Representatives and the Second Speaker of the 53rd Legislature.
Deputy Speaker Hans Barchue and scores of Pro-Tyler lawmakers, about 50, were absent from the Speaker’s honoring program. Up to press time yesterday, reasons for their absence were yet to be established.
Rep. Nuquay, 48, is a two-term Representative of Margibi County District # 5 (previously known as District # 1).
During the honoring program held in Kakata City Hall, Weala Clan Chief Musu Yango and other traditional chiefs gowned Speaker Nuquay for his preferment.
In his remarks, Speaker Nuquay reiterated his vision to reconcile and rebuild the image of the legislature. He described himself as the “General of Peace, Reconciliation and Development.”
The new Speaker dismissed allegations of being part of a “Criminal Cartel” during his tenure as chairman on Ways, Means, Finance and Development Planning from 2007 to 2014, but boasted about developments in his district and the county at large.
He announced that the House forthcoming reconciliation retreat, will take place October 28 to 30 in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.
Margibi County Superintendent and Kakata City Mayor John Buway and Eddie Z. Murphy, respectively, thanked members of the House of Representatives on behalf of the county for the election of Rep. Nuquay as the Speaker. They also expressed their thanks and appreciation to Speaker Nuquay for his willpower.
Speaking on behalf the Liberian Senate, Senator Henry Yallah congratulated the Speaker for his elevation, and pledged the Senate’s unflinching support. He announced that Bong County will also be honoring Speaker Nuquay.
Internal Affairs Minister Dr. Henrique Tokpa, on behalf of the people of Bong County, presented a cow to Speaker Nuquay.
Profile of the Speaker
Atty. J. Emmanuel Nuquay was born the son of Mr. and Mrs. George C. Nuquay on October 24, 1968, in Dinning-ta Clan, Borlorla Township, Margibi County.
He began his early education at Nuquay Public School in Gwee Town, Todee District in Montserrado County. After completing his elementary education, he enrolled at the Presbyterian Todee Mission School in Goba Town where he completed junior high school.
Nuquay matriculated to the Booker T. Washington Institute (BWI) in Kakata City, Margibi County, in 1986. He graduated from BWI in 1989 with a Diploma in Accounting. He thereafter enrolled at the University of Liberia and graduated in 1998, earning a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in economics. In 2008, he graduated from the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law with a bachelor of law degree (LLB).
Nuquay entered politics in 2005 when he contested the Representative seat in the then District #1 (now District #5) and won. He was appointed chairman on the Committee on Ways, Means Finance and Development Planning in 2007 by former Acting Speaker Tokpah J. Mulbah.
He was subsequently maintained after the election of former Speaker J. Alex Tyler in April 2007.
Speaker Nuquay re-contested the 2011 Presidential and Legislative Elections and won, and was subsequently reappointed chairman on the Committee on Ways, Means Finance and Development Planning in 2012 by former Speaker Tyler, which was short-lived.
Before then, he served as co-chair of the Judiciary and Agriculture and Fisheries Committees.
On October 5, 2016, the Speaker was unanimously and unprecedentedly elected on “white ballot” in the William R. Tolbert Joint Chambers of the Legislature by 50 votes.
He was a member of the ruling Unity Party (UP), but resigned and became a founding member of the People’s Unification Party (PUP). The Speaker is a successful businessman in the transportation and real estate sectors.
Before entering politics, Hon. Nuquay served as Accounts Trainee with the Liberia Petroleum Refinery Company (LPRC) as well as Accounts Clerk with the Ministry of Rural Development. He was also a rubber broker and later served as Quality Assurance Officer, Quality Control
Supervisor and Quality Control Superintendent at the Weala Rubber Company. He is married and blessed with three children.