President Ellen Johnson on Wednesday received the Speaker and other leadership of the House of Representatives at her Foreign Ministry Office in Monrovia.
Speaker Emmanuel Nuquay and the entire House leadership discussed with the President matters of importance to the state with a focus on enhancing cooperation and collaboration between the House of Representatives and the Executive Branch of the government.
According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf thanked Speaker Nuquay and the House leadership for meeting with her and the steps being taken by them towards the unification of its members after an impasse that deeply divided them. She assured them of her personal support and that of the Executive in fostering unity with the National Legislature, particularly the House of Representatives.
President Sirleaf encouraged members of the House of Representatives to ensure that citizens of their respective districts remain peaceful at all times and stay away from violence and other destructive activities as the country moves toward the 2017 General and Presidential Elections.
“The 2017 elections must and will be free, fair, transparent and credible. We must jointly ensure that this will be the case so the results can be respected by the Liberian people and the international community,” she admonished.
She warned that there is apprehension among investors and partners of the country which is causing a slow-down in economic activities as the 2017 elections approach and urged the legislature, judiciary and the Liberian people to demonstrate to the world that democratic values, peace and security will be maintained before, during and after the elections.
She commended members of the House for passing several bills after their impasse and added that it has helped to move a number of programs and development initiatives forward.
President Sirleaf informed Speaker Nuquay and his delegation about plans for strategic actions aimed at members of the Cabinet and others in the Executive amid the current economic situation and expressed the hope that other branches of the government will follow suit.
Speaking earlier, Speaker Nuquay thanked President Sirleaf for accepting to meet with the leadership of the House and the level of coordination, cooperation and collaboration that has taken place between the Executive and the Legislature.
He also reflected on the just ended crisis at the House and informed the President about a reconciliation effort his leadership has initiated to reunite members of the Lower House.
In what was termed as a Statement of Cooperation, Speaker Nuquay noted that his leadership has realized the need to fully partner with other branches of the Liberian government to complete the country’s development agenda and goals. “Members of the House of
Representatives are resolved to be an active part of implementing the nation’s development agenda for the benefit of the Liberian people. We know that it is very important to bring development to the people despite all the differences and disagreements we have had,” said Speaker Nuquay.
He recounted how the country has held two successive, peaceful elections in 2005 and 2011, which helped to cement democracy and stability and must ensure the same in 2017.
“Madam President, we commit ourselves to the conduct of a successful election in 2017 and to work with you and the entire government to move the country forward,” Speaker Nuquay concluded.