Pres. Weah Signs 15 Bills into Law

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President George Weah.

…To enhance governance, development

On Friday, October 18, 2019, President George Weah signed several bills into law, geared towards enhancing the government’s national development efforts as summarized in the Pro-poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD), a release from the Executive Mansion said.

According to the release, President Weah’s signing of the bills into law followed their passage by members of the 54th Legislature.

The 15 bills include the Act to Grant Charter to the Starz College of Science and Technology, Act to Ratify ECOWAS Custom Code, Act to Ratify the agreement between the ECOWAS Bank for Investment and Development (EBID) and Liberia for the Partial Financing of the Barclayville-Klowne-Sasstown Road Construction, and the Act to Ratify the Bilateral Investment Treaty between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the Government of Liberia (GoL).

Others include the Act to Ratify the Agreement on Investment between GoL and that of the Government of the Kingdom of Morocco; Act to amend certain provisions of the new Petroleum (Exploration and Production) Reform Law of Liberia, 2014; Act to Ratify the Agreement on Port State Measures to prevent, deter and eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated Fishing (PSMA), as well as the Act to Ratify the Mineral Development Agreement for the Western Target Areas between GoL and Prosis Mining (Liberia) Limited.

President Weah also signed into law the Act to Ratify the Mineral Development Agreement for the Eastern Target Areas between GoL and Prosis Mining (Liberia) Limited; the Act to Establish the Forpoh Vocational Institute in Grand Kru County; the Act to Ratify the Investment Incentive Agreement between GoL and Capital Link; and the Act Amending and Restating an Act to Create an Independent Civil Aviation Authority to provide for Regulation and Promotion of Civil Aviation in the country, to foster its Safe and Orderly Development; and for other purposes incidental thereto, to create the Liberia Civil Aviation Act of 2019.

Among them are also the Act for the Establishment of an Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau; Act to Ratify the Financing Agreement –(Additional Financing for Urban Water Supply Project) between Liberia and International Development Association (IDA), and the Act to Ratify the International Convention on the Simplification and Harmonization of Customs Procedures (as amended, known as the Revised Kyoto Convention (RKC).

“These critical national legal instruments come into full force once authorities at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs can print them into handbills,” the release said.

3 COMMENTS

  1. Chinua Achebe once said, “Until the lion tells his side of the story, the tale of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.”

    Liberia is small country endowed with precious resources. The maximum and wise utilization of these precious resources in an environmental conscious and sustainable manner will not only benefit the people of Liberia, it will also benefit Liberia’s environment in the long run.

    The abundance of natural resources in Africa as a whole has not been only a blessing; on the contrary, it has also become a curse both on the environment and the people who should be the beneficiaries of these natural resources.

    Liberia has to be very careful. Learn from fellow African countries mistakes on how controversial and polarizing in dealing with issues that deal with extractive industries: I hope these new mineral acts passed into laws: Act to Ratify the Mineral Development Agreement for the Western & Eastern Target Areas between GoL and Prosis Mining (Liberia) Limited, take into consideration all due diligence in regards to environmental protection (rivers, lakes and lands); corporate responsibilities to locals, and local farmers ability to sustain their livelihood, etc.

    Take Nigeria for example, with its abundance of oil, many people in the Delta Region are not benefiting from the vast oil revenue generated from the Delta Region let alone the environmental degradation caused from oil extraction in the region.

    Also, the conflict in DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo) is partly to be blame on polarizing forces fighting to control the precious mineral resources (cassiterite (for tin), wolframite (for tungsten), coltan (for tantalum), and gold ore extracted from the Eastern part of the Congo.

    Thirdly, the Chinese in their pursuant for gold in Ghana has devastated the land and polluted rural communities that depend on the rivers and lakes as sources for their drinking water and water for their vast cocoa plantations.

    It became apparent that the environmental degradation was so severe that the Ghana government had to expel many illegal Chinese gold miners out of Ghana: See exhibit 1. From YouTube video: Ghana’s Africa Gold Rush/101 East.

    Exhibit 2: From YouTube video: The New Scramble For Africa/ Empire by Aljazeera. This shows how Africa is not directly benefiting from China nor the West rush to take control of Africa’s vast resources.

    Mr. President and members of the legislature, please do your due diligence: do your research before passing mineral acts that won’t benefit the people of Liberia.

    As Chinua Achebe said, “Until the lion tells his side of the story, the tale of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.”

  2. I’m having serious problems understanding the aim and objective of President George Weah’s administration.George Weah then, now President George Weah had made several promises that when elected President he was to bring change or changes that which will benefits the Liberian people. The administration is now two years plus in power and/or in office, my question is, whatever happens to the promises you made to the Liberian people?

  3. Mr. Lee Momolu-Sumo

    Unfortunately, that was the reason Weah fled from the presidential debate because he was unable to explain to the Liberian people what he meant about the slogan, “Center for Democratic Change” and how he was going to translate the change into true realities. The word change often creates images of positive events in the minds of many exploited and uninformed voters as they are prone to follow their emotion instead of logic.

    Yes, Weah said that he was going to usher in change; nevertheless, change can go in either direction. Why Weah’s performance is such a disappointment to the average Liberians? This is because he had shown enough signs that he was morally inept and intellectually incapable for the presidential leadership, but yet, they voted for him massively. For examples, before the election, they have learned the followings about Weah:

    his association with a notorious Liberian drug dealer, who was finally arrested in the United
    States,

    the controversies surrounding his false educational credentials,

    his involvement in a foiled plot to overthrow the E.J.S. government,

    his failure to support a child whom he fathers in the United States,

    his involvement with the notorious Charles Taylor,

    his lies concerning the revelation about his actual wealth,

    his sharp rhetoric against leaning towards education as a tool for nation-building,

    his below standard performance at the United Nations as a goodwill ambassador, and so forth.

    How much more evidence did the Liberian people need to make the right decision that this man was not the proper choice for the nation at this time?

    The president’s pledge about change was mere campaign rhetoric. He did not have a genuine action plan, and that is why he fled from the debates.

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