President Sirleaf’s Legislative Agenda Runs Aground

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A near full house of Senate (23 Senators) sitting yesterday, Jan. 11, 2018.

Senate adjourns without action on bulky agenda

The last sitting of the 53rd Senate finally ended yesterday with the President Pro-tempore declaring the 6th Session adjourned, but without passing or ratifying a single item on its loaded agenda as called for by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

The next time the 30 Senators convene will be on Tuesday to elect its new corps of leaders including the President Pro-tempore and other operatives of the Senate Secretariat and Chamber. Sitting President Pro-tempore Armah Jallah, in fact, may have just presided over his last session in that capacity.

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, in accordance with the Constitution, recently through a proclamation recalled members of the Legislature to sit for an additional nine days to complete the passage of a number of bills on her Legislative agenda.

Yesterday’s agenda contained 15 reports from Standing Committees, including the Bill from Senator Varney Sherman (Grand Cape Mt.), which is intended to regulate the status of tenured and non-tenured personnel of the Liberian Government, also scheduled for debate.

Other important reports on the agenda included the Act Ratifying the Agreement for the Establishment of the Export-Import Bank (AFREXIMBANK); an Act to Ratify the Concession Agreement between the Republic of Liberia and Firestone Liberia Incorporated; and the Amendments to the Constitution of the Republic of Liberia (CRC Propositions).

The much talked-about US$41 million Dangote Cement Investment Agreement was conspicuously absent from the list of four items submitted by President Sirleaf for legislation.

Among the President’s four items were the Line of credit Agreement for Financing private sector projects between the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa and Liberian Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI), dated April 21, 2017.

Also included is the Guarantee Agreement for the lines of Credit provided to LBDI to Finance private sector projects and trade transactions in the Republic of Liberia between the Republic of Liberia and the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA) dated May 25, 2017.

Some Senators who spoke to our Legislative reporter could neither confirm nor deny rumors that the Senate’s action was as a result of the President’s failure to meet up with some financial obligations owed them. Others however, argued that it would be pointless to ratify any legislation after the House of Representatives had earlier adjourned. “The 54th Legislature is right around the corner, in fact next week, so why the rush?  Hurry, hurry burst trousers,” one Senator retorted with an age old Liberian maxim.

Meanwhile, the Legislative Press Pool (LEGISPOL) will this afternoon, on Capitol Hill,  conduct debates between candidates ahead of the elections for the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President Pro-tempore of the Senate, on Monday and Tuesday, respectively, in the Joint Chamber.

6 COMMENTS

  1. ELLEN JOHNSON-SIRLEAF, HER SISTER, JENNIE, AND SONS LIVE IN COMFORT AND WEALTH AS THE MASSES OF LIBERIAN SUFFER AND NEEDLESSLY DIE!

    CAN LIBERIANS IMAGING THE MASSIVE AMOUNTS IN SALARIES, PER DIEMS, PETTY CHANGE, AND ILL-GOTTEN WEALTH FROM CONTROL OF LIBERIA WEALTH AND RESOURCES BY ONE FAMILY: ELLEN, HER SISTER, JENNIE AND HUSBAND ESTRADA BERNARD; ELLEN SONS – ROBERT (DESTROYED LIBERIA’S OIL COMPANY), CHARLES (GOVERNOR OF LIBERIA’S CENTRAL BANK WHO REFUSE TO DISCLOSE HIS ASSETS), AND FUMBA (NATIONAL SECURITY ACENCY’S CHIEF ACCUSED OF EXTORTING FOREIGNERS); AND EXTENDED FAMILY – OVER 12 YEARS OF BEING IN CONTROL OF AND OVER THE MASSES OF LIBERIANS, JUST BY THEIR TOP GOVERNMENT POSITIONS?

    THE “CRIME OF NEPOTISM,” UNDER LIBERIA’S LAW, AS THE ABOVE-MENTIONED PRACTICE AND LEADERSHIP STYLE OF ELLEN JOHNSON-SILREAF, IS A VERY GREAT CRIME AGAINST LIBERIA AND LIBERIAN PEOPLE. FURTHERMORE, ELLEN JOHNSON-SIRLEAF LED THE CHARGE OF NEPOTISM AGAINST PRESIDENT WILLIAM R. TOLBERT, JR. IN THE 1970S THAT CAUSED THE 1980 COUP, AND TOLBERT’S INEVITABLE DEATH.

    NOW, FOR 12 WHOLE YEARS, ELLEN JOHNSON-SIRLEAF BAMBOOZLED FOOLISH AND GULLIBLE LIBERIANS UNDER HER NEPOTISTIC RULE BY TOTALLY ENRICHING HER ENTIRE FAMILY WITH LIBERIA’S WEALTH AND RESOURCES!

    GOD BLESS LIBERIA AND LIBERIANS STILL TODAY, I PRAY!!

  2. LLEN JOHNSON-SIRLEAF, HER SISTER, JENNIE, AND SONS LIVE IN COMFORT AND WEALTH AS THE MASSES OF LIBERIAN SUFFER AND NEEDLESSLY DIE!

    CAN LIBERIANS IMAGING THE MASSIVE AMOUNTS IN SALARIES, PER DIEMS, PETTY CHANGE, AND ILL-GOTTEN WEALTH FROM CONTROL OF LIBERIA WEALTH AND RESOURCES BY ONE FAMILY: ELLEN, HER SISTER, JENNIE AND HUSBAND ESTRADA BERNARD; ELLEN SONS – ROBERT (DESTROYED LIBERIA’S OIL COMPANY), CHARLES (GOVERNOR OF LIBERIA’S CENTRAL BANK WHO REFUSE TO DISCLOSE HIS ASSETS), AND FUMBA (NATIONAL SECURITY ACENCY’S CHIEF ACCUSED OF EXTORTING FOREIGNERS); AND EXTENDED FAMILY – OVER 12 YEARS OF BEING IN CONTROL OF AND OVER THE MASSES OF LIBERIANS, JUST BY THEIR TOP GOVERNMENT POSITIONS?

    THE “CRIME OF NEPOTISM,” UNDER LIBERIA’S LAW, AS THE ABOVE-MENTIONED PRACTICE AND LEADERSHIP STYLE OF ELLEN JOHNSON-SILREAF, IS A VERY GREAT CRIME AGAINST LIBERIA AND LIBERIAN PEOPLE. FURTHERMORE, ELLEN JOHNSON-SIRLEAF LED THE CHARGE OF NEPOTISM AGAINST PRESIDENT WILLIAM R. TOLBERT, JR. IN THE 1970S THAT CAUSED THE 1980 COUP, AND TOLBERT’S INEVITABLE DEATH.

    NOW, FOR 12 WHOLE YEARS, ELLEN JOHNSON-SIRLEAF BAMBOOZLED FOOLISH AND GULLIBLE LIBERIANS UNDER HER NEPOTISTIC RULE BY TOTALLY ENRICHING HER ENTIRE FAMILY WITH LIBERIA’S WEALTH AND RESOURCES!

    GOD BLESS LIBERIA AND LIBERIANS STILL TODAY, I PRAY!!

  3. If i had never been grateful to my honorable legislature for the stewardship they have play, it am glad to congratulate them for this decision taken to prevent hardship from coming to our country.Bravo we count on the 54th legislture for sound decision for this country to move forward your last decision is memorable

  4. Well, case over, the people’s representatives have spoken loudly enough; however, let’s pray we aren’t throwing out the baby with the bathwater. Thankfully, and unnamed Senator implied that the 54th Legislature will revisit these bills as soon as possible for earnest debates under the incoming administration.

    As for you, Mr. Rodney Chesson, such a pseudo cause and effect postulation will be decried even in the imagined planet of the apes. Granted that free speech is essential to democracy; why do you join serious national conversations if only hate exudes from your pores? We should be setting examples for those we claim are “gullible”: Criticize for good reason, not out of animus.

  5. Rodney’s right – Ellen has been named in almost every Liberian crisis. The question is what make you think she’s not involved in Tolbert execution? If she’s was involved in Doe, Taylor imprison, Greaves’ death etc…., it’s most likely she was involved in the demise of Tolbert.
    It’s the Ellen way, everyone knows her –

  6. What comes around goes around, this is new Liberia,lets move forward our youth need new beginning. Most of our youth were burned in bad leadership, they think that the only way to get ahead in Liberia is by who know you and by corruption , and not by what you know or what you can do for your community. Corruption start from the home . Let us help our new president and his leadership for better Liberia, do the right thing. Please address the needs of our youth ,educate them.

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