What would have been the 30th day sitting of the Senate under the 4th Session of the 53rd Legislature, failed to convene yesterday, partly due to power failure within the Senate Wing of the Capitol Building.
At 11:40 a.m., with a sizeable presence of Senators, Pro Tempore Armah Zolu Jallah knocked his gavel to call his colleagues to attention and announced that the day’s sitting was postponed until 1:30 p.m. when power (electricity) had been restored to the Chambers of the Senate.
About 20 minutes to the start of yesterday’s sitting, electrical power was restored and those interested in the proceedings, including Legislative reporters, converged in the Chamber to await the return of the lawmakers.
The Chamber however, remained empty, and by 2:10 p.m. the Senate’s Sergeant-at-arms removed the gavel used by Pro Tempore or presiding official from the top of the desk and placed it in the drawer, indicating an end to all activities.
Senators who spoke to this newspaper said they were informed by Pro Tempore that yesterday’s session was deferred to Thursday.
Unlike the period of former Pro Temp Gbehzohngar Findley when the Senate experienced several power outages resulting to adjourned sittings, yesterday’s incident is the first since the 4th Session under current Pro Tempore Jallah.
The proposed agenda of business for yesterday’s sitting which was never read was highly loaded with communications from several Senators, including a presentation and a resolution for adoption.
Among Senators that had communications for plenary action were Senators Sando Johnson of Bomi; Jewel Howard-Taylor, George Manneh Weah, and Francis S. Paye of Bong, Montserrado and Rivercess Counties; Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence of Grand Bassa County, and a five minute presentation by J. Milton Teah of Sinoe County.