‘Ellen’s Gov’t Lacks Coordination’

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Lack of coordination in the governance process of Liberia remains a “major challenge,” Governance Commission Chairman Dr. Amos Sawyer has said.

At a stakeholder’s dialogue on enhancing coordination in the law making process of Liberia, Dr. Sawyer noted that the three branches of government are not communicating in the governance of the state.

The separate but coordinated branches of government — the Legislative, Executive and Judiciary branches– must operate as a single unit for the smooth administration of the country.

Sawyer expressed the Governance Commission’s concern over the matter and maintained that those are issues the forum seeks to address.

“I am saying this from where we sit at the level of the Governance Commission. How to bring these various institutions together and how to transcend tough struggles are issues we are here to address.

"We need to see how we can get beyond these challenges and find common ground with mutuality of interest for a win-win situation. We need to find a solution where there is enough credit to go around the agencies involved for a common perspective. Above all, we must put our country above self interest,” Dr. Sawyer pointed out.

Dr. Sawyer, former President of the erstwhile Interim Government of National Unity, praised the Legislature, Judiciary and the Executive branches of government for their active involvement and willingness to change the system and transform the governance style in Liberia.

Also making remarks was President Pro-Tempore of the Senate, Mr. Gbehzohngar M. Findley, who cautioned the gathering to consider the constitutional authority provided to each branch of government in an effort to avoid rivalry in the governance of the state. Senator Findley gave the assurance that the Legislature would eventually succeed in its quest to uphold best practices and cohesion in the way law is introduced and passed on Capitol Hill.

“When bills are presented on the floor, we have our budget office that works with lawmakers to advise us on their financial implications. Remember, not all lawmakers are lawyers; so we have capacity constraints in these areas. I wish the Law Reform Commission was under the Legislature to help us do some of the work we are faced with at the moment,” Senator Findley stated.

The forum was organized by the Law Reform Commission with support by the United Nations. The intent, it said, is to bring together stakeholders in the legal arena in order to develop the best lawmaking processes for Liberia.

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