The Liberia National Student Union (LINSU), along with its administrative bodies, has condemned the Senate's action to pass what they term a ‘Bogus Bill’ that seeks to hurt the people of Liberia, the CBL family.
According to LINSU, the bill crafted by the Senate is not only unconstitutional but lacks all of the basic principles of good governance and focused on individuals—rather than on issue proves the undoing of the House of Senate.
LINSU further explained that Article 18 of the Constitution declares "All Liberian citizens shall have equal opportunity for work and employment regardless of sex, creed, religion, political affiliation, status, and all shall be entitled to equal pay for equal work, which the Senate seeks to violate by denying CBL Executive Governor Dr. Joseph Mills Jones and other governors and board members of the CBL the right to a job, irrespective of what a senator or group of senators may perceive as a 'future political treat' from Gov. Jones.
The Liberia National Student Union (LINSU) and its county-based associations at all universities and high schools in a news conference at weekend called on Dr. J. Mills Jones to proceed with doing regular financial business with the suffering people and needy students of Liberia in obedience to the Financial Institution Act of 1999, which created the Central Bank of Liberia. The group said, “The national student movement of Liberia will continue to urge Jones to increase the volume of support in the towns and villages to various citizens and students groupings in reducing poverty striving as well as responding to the people call.
The heads of students’ movements considered the bill of the Senate a “gross failure of not living up to their political promises for which many will be voted out by the heavy determination of students,” adding that it is preposterous to fear a man who is yet to declare his political ambition to be one who in fact is providing serious financial help to people around Liberia.
The national student movement wishes to equivocally state that this is not a fight in defense of Governor Mills Jones and his deputies, but a fight intended to set the records straight and save future generations.
The Senate last week passed the Bill, which is an amendment to an Act that authorized the establishment of the CBL on March 18, 1989, among other things, declared that: “The Executive Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia and members of the Board of Governors shall be prohibited (from contesting) political office(s) while serving in their respective offices and shall not be qualified to contest any electable office within three years consecutively after the expiration of their tenure and in his/her resignation from the Central Bank of Liberia.”
The Senate amended the functions of the CBL, which had granted it the authority to “Issue legal tender and banknotes and coins,” to now read as follows: “The CBL will supply legal tender and bank notes and coins.”
The Senate further agreed that Part IV. Section 13, which deal with the resignation or removal of Governor, Executive Governors, and deputy Governors was amended to give more authority to the Legislature.
According to the new Bill, “The Legislature shall determine whether or not an impeachable offense has been committed by the Executive Governor or a member of the Board of Governors of the CBL. Where such a determination has been made, the Legislature shall take the necessary action of impeachment in keeping with the relevant provisions of the Constitution of the Republic of Liberia.”