Next Session’s Focus: Security Sector, Land Authority Acts

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President Pro Tempore of the Senate has informed outgoing United States Ambassador to Liberia that the next session of the Senate will prioritize the legislation of two very important Acts, including the security sector and the Land Authority.

Pro Temp Armah Zolu Jallah said with the expected final departure of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) peacekeeping troops from Liberia, the Senate and the House of Representatives will work tirelessly to ensure that the security sector fully assumes national duties in line with the Constitution.

Jallah made the statement recently when Ambassador Deborah Malac called on him at his Capitol Building offices to bid him farewell as she leaves to take her next assignment in Uganda.

The Gbarpolu County Lawmaker said hearings on the Land Authority Act, which was suspended, not by the making of the Senate, still remain a priority for legislation during the next session.

Pro Temp Jallah commended Ambassador Malac for the level of good working relationship she exemplified during her tenure in Liberia and maintained that Liberians will continue to miss her for that, and especially during the fight against the Ebola virus disease (EVD).

For her part, Ambassador Malac admonished Liberians to always work together for the sustenance of peace and stability in the country.

She said that although there are challenges, peace and stability will continue to reign once the people continue to work together.

During the closed-door meeting with Senator Jallah, Ambassador Malac called on all security actors, especially the Liberia National Police (LNP), to build a good relationship with the local communities, as the country transitions from UNMIL to local security.

It may be recalled that during the tenure of Ambassador Malac, the government of the United States sent 1,300 troops to Liberia to assist in the fight against Ebola.

In 2012, Ambassador Malac succeeded Linda Thomas-Greenfield, who now serves as Assistant Secretary at the Bureau of African Affairs at State Department.

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