“We Failed” - Snowe
Montserrado County Electoral District #6 Representative Edwin Snowe has disclosed that members of the 52rd Liberian Legislature terribly failed Liberia through representation and protection of the country’s interest in the passage of concession agreements.
Rep. Snowe, who served as Speaker, but was booted out after two years, blamed such failure on his colleagues for not properly investigating or thoroughly reading concession agreements brought before them by the Chief Executive before passing them into law and subsequently sending same for the President’s signature.
The former Speaker further noted that the blunder has brought serious embarrassment to the Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf-led government, including them. “Members of the 52nd Liberian Legislature made several mistakes on these concession agreements that today we are feeling the backlashes."
"One example is the Buchanan Renewal Energy; maybe it was done in the interest of creating jobs for the huge number of unemployed youths in the country or what…; Today these concessions have become so complicated for the Liberian Government and its people,” he said.
Speaking during the regular session of the House of Representatives Tuesday in plenary, Rep. Snowe accused his colleagues of not reading some of the agreements well before taking votes for passage.
But he was called to order by Grand Bassa County Representative Byron Brown, a member of the 52nd Legislature, who informed him and others that Rep. Snowe presided over some of the hearings of those concession agreements and failed to make relevant contributions, adding that the District Number 6 Representative was only saving face to gain favor from President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and the population at the expense of former lawmakers.
It all began when a communication from President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf informed the House of Representatives to give her up to June 30, 2012 to conclude the way forward on the operations of BRE here.
According to the concession agreement signed by the government and management of BRE, the latter was to provide electricity to Monrovia and its operational areas, including Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, but the company failed to light up a bulb.