The Institute for Research and Democratic Development or IREDD releases performance report on members of the Liberian Legislature, considering the three constitutional functions of both the House of Representatives and the Liberian Senate.
The Executive Director of IREDD, Harold Aidoo says during the period under review, the Institute recorded 200 communications between both Houses of the Legislature. Of the 200 communications recorded, 120 or 60 percent came from the House of Representatives and 80 or 40 percent from the Liberian Senate.
Mr. Aidoo further details there were 180 Committee reports recorded at both the House of Representatives and the Senate of which 100 or 55.6 percent came from the Liberian Senate and 80 or 44.5 percent came from the House of Representatives.
“Few of the reports related to a petition from citizens of Butaw, Sinoe County asking for the area to be made a statutory district; a letter requesting the Director General of the General Services Agency and the Minister of Public Works to provide detail clarification regarding the issue of the assets and properties of the Government of Liberia mobilized and deployed during the 1979 OAU Conference, and, a letter requesting plenary exercise its oversight mandate on the management of Farmington Hotel in Margibi County among others,” he explains.
Commenting on attendance of lawmakers, Aidoo intimates that Nimba County scored the highest with an average attendance score of 88 percent while Bomi County ranked least at 45.2 percent.
“Between these scores, Margibi ranked second with an average attendance of 87.4%, followed by Rivergee in third with an average of 86.2%. Others are: Maryland (82.6%); Gbarpolu (81.9%); Bong (81.5%); (Grand Kru 81.5%); Lofa (80.9%); Sinoe (78.3%); Grand Cape Mount, 77.5%; Montserrado, 6.2%; Rivercess 76.1%; Grand Gedeh (70.3%); and, Grand Bassa, 67%, respectively,” he adds.
Explaining further he discloses that only one of the nine representatives in the House from Nimba County scored “A” grade, while the other eight each getting “B” grades. For the least performing Bomi County, two of the three representatives scored “Fs” and the third obtained a grade of “C”.
For the Senate, Aidooo names Grand Gedeh County with the highest score with an average attendance score of 89.2 percent while Montserrado County ranked least at 28.57 percent. In between these scores, Rivercess ranked second with an average attendance of 83.3%, followed by Maryland and Grand Kru in third with an average of 82.1 percent, respectively. Others are: Rivergee (79.7%); Lofa (79.7%); Bomi (77.3%); Sinoe (77.3%); Margibi (76.2%); Grand Cape Mount (77.5%); Grand Bassa (71.4%); Nimba (70.2%) and Bong (52.4%), respectively.