Lofa County Senator Stephen Zargo has risen what he described as “serious concern” about the security of the Capitol Building.
“The way our external barrier was infiltrated and our internal circle infiltrated, shows that this Capitol Building is vulnerable.”
Both the grounds of the Capitol Building and the Rotunda of the building were forcefully overrun last week Tuesday by hundreds of protesting students from the University of Liberia, who demanded the lawmakers to intervene and stop the University administration’s decision to increase tuition. As a result of the student stampede, one of the twin glass doors to the entrance of the Rotunda was destroyed.
Senator Zargo, who chairs the Senate Committee on Defense, Intelligence and Veterans Affairs, blamed the incident on the lack of coordination among government institutions.
“A few days after we were subjected to what we went through: Huge number of students ran through our barrier and entered the Rotunda of the Capitol and caused some damage to what is considered as the House of Elders; this is unfortunate and a concern,” Zargo told the Daily Observer in an interview.
He called for the need to erect some security barriers and have some target-hiding, which he said are defenses that can be put in place to prevent intruders from easily reaching their targets, in the case of the Capitol Building, the Legislators.
Against this background, Senator Zargo disclosed that the leadership of the Senate has constituted two committees: Rules, Order and Administration, and Defense, Security and Intelligence, “to do recommendation as to how we can be able to put in defenses. Again, that will not mean the barring of our people from entering the Capitol Building, because we are the people’s representatives.”