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Information Minister Eugene Nagbe says President Ellen Johnson – Sirleaf has briefed the Legislature here that Israel has made available US$20m that needs ratification to finance a solar power plant project expected to be undertaken in Margibi County to supply electricity.

“The president also briefed the National Legislature about the Government of Israel that made available twenty million dollars that also needs ratification”, Mr. Nagbe said Wednesday, 7 June, in an interview at the climax of a Special Presidential Retreat with leaders of the Legislature at the Farmington River Hotel in Margibi County.

The pronouncement comes days after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu departed the country on Sunday, 4 June after honoring an ECOWAS invitation to attend the regional bloc’s 51st Summit of Heads of State and made it clear that Israel is coming back to Africa, and Africa is coming back to Israel.

The Liberian Information Minister says President Sirleaf will be submitting a bill to the Legislature for ratification for solar plant in Liberia to supply electricity and also confirmed to lawmakers that the project will take place in Margibi County.

According to Mr. Nagbe, the Special Presidential Retreat with leaders of the Legislature discussed mostly some of the concession agreements that have been pending before the House, as well as the renewable energy bill.

“These bills have not been languishing at the National legislature. There have been public hearings, committee review of these bills so what we wanted was an update and then where there were stumbling blocks or hurdles or needs for clarifications, we as members of the Executive Branch would provide the clarification so that it can help to enhance the work of the National Legislature”, he says.

After all, Minister Nagbe adds that what they got was “mutual understanding” of the situation regarding these bills and of a commitment which he says has always been there, to continue to work in the interest of the Liberian people.

He emphasizes that President Sirleaf called the leaders of both the Executive and the Legislative branches for a discussion in a good atmosphere about current legislative agenda, adding that the retreat was a very successful and held in the interest of harmonization between the two branches for coordination.

He told journalists that about 14 bills were discussed at the retreat, but disclosed that “there was no substantive discussion about” the Code of Conduct. According to him, the Senate made some amendments to the instrument and had briefed the president about it, though it had not yet sent the instrument down to the House of Representatives yet for concurrence at the time.

“As we all know there are some bills pending before the National Legislature and there are some, there are some issues that have been raised by members of the National Legislature about these bills so this retreat provided the platform for us to discuss as members of the Executive with the members of the Legislative branch”, Minister Nagbe says.

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