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River Gee County District #3 Rep. Francis S. Dopoh wants the Ministers of Finance, Justice, Public Works and the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) to give the status of the Eton and Ebomaf loan agreements with Liberia.

The controversial loans were approved by lawmakers upon being presented by President George Manneh Weah in 2018, ignoring public outcry to do due diligence.

In their quest to further frustrate Liberians that were demanding due diligence before their representatives pass agreements submitted to them by the Executive, lawmakers had pledged to pass any loan submitted by President Weah even if it came from the devil.

The two controversial loans secured by the government at the early stage of President Weah’s first year nearly totaled US one billion, but they remain dormant since their hasty passage by the Legislature and subsequent signing into law by the president in June.

But Rep. Dopoh is now asking the executive to be clear on the loans by stating if the agreements are not possible so that lawmakers can repeal them.

Speaking recently in Brewerville, Dopoh complained that the executive cannot keep the government into agreements and nothing can be heard about the agreement after being approved.

Dopoh says he is concerned about the agreement because in President Weah’s Annual Message, he did not mention anything about Eton in terms of where they are with the agreements.

Dopoh’s fear is that with such an agreement before you, when you go out to get assistance from partners they will think that you are bound by an agreement, even though the agreement is not performing.

According to the River Gee lawmaker he placed a letter on the floor since September 2018, but it has not appeared on the agenda since their return from their break.

By Bridgett Milton –Edited by Winston W. Parley

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