The Senate last Thursday rejected an amended motion by Montserrado County Senator George Manneh Weah, requesting that body to include his ECOWAS Parliament Report on the agenda for that day’s sitting.
The report was earlier placed on the agenda, but minutes later, a revised agenda was prepared on which Senator Weah’s report was omitted.
The new agenda was then read and motion for its adoption as a tool for that day’s proceedings approved. It was at this juncture that Senator Weah announced that he wanted an amendment to the motion; wanting his report which he submitted to the offices of the Secretary of the Senate moments before sitting be placed on the agenda.
But Gbarpolu County Senator Daniel Flomo Naatehn, recalling a recent precedent, quoted one of the Senate’s Rules, which dictates that a report must be submitted to the Senate Secretariat forty-eight hours and copies sent to individual Senators before placing it on the agenda. He then proffered a motion that the report be rejected until the procedural error is corrected.
Some Senators, excluding Senator Weah, tried to blame the Senate Secretariat for the failure to distribute the report in time. Other Senators wondered whether Senator Weah after two years at the Senate has not learned such a simple Senate Rule.
The Sergeant-at-Arm of the Senate was meanwhile seen distributing copies of the report among Senators, and it is expected that Senator Weah will finally submit his long delayed report on Tuesday.
The Senate recently voted unanimously to approve a request mandating Senators George Manneh Weah and Prince Yormie Johnson to submit a comprehensive written report to the plenary within a week on their activities at the ECOWAS Parliament in Abuja, Nigeria, since their induction two years ago.
The author of the letter, Senator Alphonso Gaye, recalled that “since the induction of our two colleagues, there is no indication of any report submitted to the Liberian Senate on the deliberations, the benefits to ECOWAS Region in general and Liberia to be specific.”
In compliance with that mandate, Senator Johnson submitted his report, and though it was accepted by plenary, many Senators described it as a transmittal letter, that may have been copied from the minutes taken by the Secretariat of the Parliament.