The Liberian Legislature became disjointed in May 2012 over debates regarding the hydrocarbon sector on a House committee request for renegotiation of oil concession agreements the Liberian Government entered into with 10 oil companies. Their contention was that the agreements violated the petroleum laws of Liberia.
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The saying that time flies in the midst of activities cannot be ignored. Those who have fallen victims to procrastinations are quite aware. For the Prince Johnson’s faction of the NUDP now being referred to as NUDP/J, early planning appears to be the best option towards success. Informed sources say that the NUDP/J has finalized plans for a National Convention that will carry PYJ unopposed as the Standard Bearer for the Party.
Jewel Nimely, a Liberian in the Diaspora says Liberian politics has been one of interest since 2006. “When I reflect on the seventies, eighties and nineties, I recognized that political transformation has taken place in Liberia with democracy taken such formidable root that a citizen of lower level placement in Government could petition the Liberian Senate for redress of grievance and leading to a vote of no confidence in the most powerful city mayor Liberia has ever produced.”
Undoubtingly, the past few weeks on Capitol Hill were rift with oil controversies. The target was the Sirleaf’s administration and the contentions were that oil contracts violated the new petroleum laws of Liberia and there is a need to reform the NOCAL Act to separate regulation from oil revenues collection.
Who owns NUDP? Who is the legitimate leader with powers to steer the day to day operations of the NUDP? Who controls the National Executive Committee? How many Executive Committees does the NUDP have? Who has power to authorize the convening of the National Convention? These questions are normal and legitimate questions that have now become a rivalry between two formidable groups in the NUDP. Unless they are amicably resolved, the NUDP-third runner up in the 2011 presidential elections- would find its self in a continued political turmoil and obscurity for a long time.
The oil debate in Liberia is getting strong and stronger each day. The House of Representatives gave the first kick off against the appointment of Robert Sirleaf as Chairman of the Board of Directors of NOCAL. This was followed by Cllr. Tiawon Gongloe, a pro-democracy advocate and former Minister of Labor, who, though thought it nothing wrong morally and constitutionally to appoint his brother as Assistant Minister of Labor for Administration, now accuses President Sirleaf as a nepotist. His views were reinforced by President Sirleaf’s worst critic, Dr. Bhoffol Chambers, a former allied of President Sirleaf and fighter to the death against those who criticize her.
Some members of the National Legislature do well in their efforts to explain to Liberians the collaborative and governing processes of Liberia on talk shows and in newspaper articles. The knowledge and understanding with which they approach sensitive governing issues captivate their audiences. Radio interactive forum helps Liberians know the functions of the Legislature and that the Executive Branch of Government is not the lone developer of the nation.