The President Pro Tempore of the Liberian Senate has declared that the National Legislature is willing to help President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf pass legislations during the remaining 357 days of her tenure.
Senator Armah Zolu Jallah was reacting to a portion of President Sirleaf’s last annual message yesterday when she praised the Legislature for the passage of over 400 bills during her eleven years in office and that she still relies on them for the passage of more laws.
“We will help the President and by extention, the country, but I don’t think it is a blanket help. I think the help she is requesting for is an issue that we need to act on that should be able to help make the country progress. In line with that, yes, we are ready to help,” said Pro Tempore Jallah.
On the question of whether the President was forthright with what she outlined in her message, the Gbarpolu County lawmaker asserted that the government has had challenges, “but we made some efforts. In some areas we succeeded, in some areas we failed, that will only become a failure if we don’t try to understand why we failed and what step is required to (change that).”
For his part, Grand Kru County Senator Albert Chie praised the President for announcing that the tariff for electricity will be reduced from 49 cents per kilo hour to 39 cents by February. “In my opinion that will still be a little bit high. It should still go down to 25 cents,” he added.
Senator Chie, who chairs the Senate Committee on Lands, Mines, Energy, Environment and Natural Resources, accepted that the President said just what she was supposed to say. “I am trying to critique her accomplishments and challenges, and will speak on the entire message.”
The President’s 6th and final message was attended by both local and foreign dignitaries, among them Archbishop Lewis Jerome Zeigler and Bishop of the Diocese of Cape Palmas, Andrew Karnley.