–House’s Speaker Says Her Good Transcended the Gaps
In an elegy for the late Montserrado County Senator Geraldine Doe-Sherif, the Senate described her as a ‘very strong’ member of the Senate and said her memory will go on forever.
On behalf of the Senate, President Pro Tempore Albert Chie said the fallen Senator’s presence was always felt when she was around, outspoken and was the “Second-in-Command” in the administrative structure of the Senate, as chairperson on the Committee on Executive, where she served four consecutive years, prior to her death.
The Senate sadly eulogized the fallen Senator on Thursday, March 14, at the Rotunda of the Capitol Building in a Special Requiem for the Late Senator Geraldine Doe-Sherif. She was 52.
“Besides her position on the Leadership Committee, she served on many working committees, such as Transport; Lands, Mines and Energy; Foreign Affairs; Public Accounts, Ways, Means, Finance and Budget; Health; Gender and Women Affairs and many others,” the President Pro Tempore said.
Some of her works as Senator in her 10 years of service, 2009 – 2019, according to Senator Chie, who is the First-in-Command in the Senate’s administrative structure, the fallen Senator proposed and sponsored several bills, as well as other action-based communications, among which are the following:
“A Bill for an Act for the Establishment of Vocational Education in All Public Secondary Schools in the Republic of Liberia; National Drug Abuse Rehabilitation Center (NDARC) Bill; A Bill for an Act to Sustain Democracy through Public Funding of Political Parties, Coalition and Alliances of 2010; and the Decent Work Bill of 2010.”
“Others include A Bill for the Act to Create the National Council of Chiefs of the Republic of Liberia (2012); An Act to Establish A Policy on the Use of the White Cane to Safeguard the Rights of the Blind to Public Facilities in Liberia (2010); Fraud Act (2012); An Act to Creat the Deygbor-Gbaweah Chiefdom in Montserrado County, Republic of Liberia (2013) and the Affirmative Action for Equitable Participation and Representation Act of 2016 and among others.”
Further, President Pro Tempore Chie, said the Senator Doe-Sherif also wrote several communications which addressed national issues, among which are:
“A letter written to Plenary in 2015 which highlighted the devastating effect of coastal erosion on the land and the livelihood and well-being of the coastal dwellers; this communication claimed the attention of the entire government and our international partners. This led to the commencement of work on the Coastal Defense System in Grand Bassa County and Monrovia, saving places like the D. Twe High School from sea erosion; and calling on the Health and Defense Ministries in 2015 to enhance the Security at the borders between Liberia Guinea and Sierra Leone to avoid recurrence of the EBOLA Epidemic.”
Other communications are: “The bad roads conditions in Liberia (March 2016); the salary arrears for the Liberia National Police personnel; requesting the Ministry of Education to present a plan of action and policy paper and other related issues regarding the education sector of Liberia; In March 2017, called for the reintroduction of the Limited Power of Attorney Scheme (LPA) and requested Plenary to invite the Ministry of Finance, the Central Bank of Liberia and other related agencies on the broken economy and low reserve announced by President George M. Weah in his first State of the Nation Address in 2018.
Senators Jonathan Kaipay of Grand Bassa County and Dallas Gweh read two separate poems to express their regrets and state their respective eulogize, but on behalf of the Senate.
Rotationally and alternatively, the 27 male Senators, excluding the lone female Senator, Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence and President Pro Tempore Chie, stood guard, at the head-and-tail of the casket which bears the remains of the Senator Doe-Sherif.
The motionless-and-orderly guard of the caskets was part of their eulogizing.
On behalf of the House of Representatives, Speaker Bhofal Chambers prayed eternal rest be granted unto the fallen Senator and said that her spoken lifestyle was a testimony.
He said good will always be told, but as a human, there are gaps, but her good has transcended the gaps.
The Chairperson of the Women Legislative Caucus, Rep. Rosana Schaack of Rivercess County District #1, said there is time for everything, adding that Doe-Sherif’s successor should be a woman.
Former Montserrado County lawmaker, Ben Parten, on behalf of the Former Lawmakers Association, the Student Unification Party and Small Town Musical Group also eulogized the fallen Senator.
According to the funeral arrangements for the Senator Doe-Sherif,
Friday, March 15, 2019: the body of the late Senator of Montserrado County will be taken to the home of the deceased on Marshall Highway, Margibi County for five hours from 10am to 3pm and later return to the funeral parlors. Wake-keeping will be held from 6pm to 12 midnight at the home of the sister of the deceased in Congo Town.
Saturday, March 16, 2019: Wake-keeping will be held from 10am to 11am at the Sacred Heart Cathedral on Board Street, Monrovia. Funeral rite will be said over the remains of the Honorable Geraldine Doe-Sheriff at the same venue beginning 11am, and will be followed by interment at the Kaizer Lawn Cemetery in Brewerville, Montserrado County.
As a mark of last respect and tribute to the late Senator of Montserrado County of the 54th Legislature of the Republic of Liberia, the President of the Republic of Liberia, His Excellency Dr George M. Weah has declared a period of mourning during which time the national ensign of the Republic will be flown at half-mast from all the Public Buildings in Montserrado County on Friday, March 15, 2019 and on the day of Internment, Saturday, March 16, 2019.