MARS Honors Nimba Lawmaker

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A local media group, “Media Against Rejection of Stigma” (MARS) over the weekend honored Representative Larry P. Younquoi (Nimba County District #8) as the “Best Serving Legislator from 2012 to October 2016.”

The group referred to him as a “selfless and an unparalleled serviceable lawmaker, who has (served) the government and people of Liberia and humanity spanning over 30 professional years with distinction.”

MARS is part of a consortium of prodemocracy institutions, which include the Independent Civil Society Network of Liberia, Youth Eye Liberia, Liberians for Democratic Advancement, Liberian United for Dignified Labor, etc.

MARS Executive Director, Prince M. Grandoe, who presented the certificate of honor to Rep. Younquoi, said the selection of their laureate followed a careful analysis through a collaborative vetting comprising colleagues, ten other civil society initiatives, political pundits and an array of legislative staffers on the basis of floor-fighting, regularity, committee workings, independence and profound understanding of the duties and functions of a legislation in the areas of law-making, representation and oversight.

Following his election to the legislature in 2011, Rep. Younquoi, among other things, championed the cause for increased budgetary allotment for family Planning as well as reproductive health and the rights of women in the legislature.

He is credited with advocacy that led to better working environment of the Cocopa Rubber Plantation in District #8. To date, the Liberian Government has won the case of declaratory judgment filed against then management—The Liberia Company (Libco).

Rep. Younquoi holds a Master of Arts degree (MA) in Population Studies with specific emphasis on population and development from the University of Ghana in 1988.

In response, he expressed gratitude to MARS for the honor, adding, “Once you are doing what we were elected to do with due diligence, someone or another group of society actors will pick it up.”

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