Grand Bassa County District #4 Rep. Vincent Willie hasencouraged the Institute for Research and Democratic Development (IREDD) to go beyond marking lawmakers present and absent and do an investigation on the level of work they are doing in their respective districts.
Speaking on the Truth breakfast show Tuesday morning, 16 April, Rep. Willie says representation is not only about presence and absence.
He admits his absence from session, but argues that he is present in his district.
The Grand Bassa County lawmaker adds that he is not totally against the report, but IREDD needs to step up and improve its work and do investigation on the work that lawmakers are doing in their districts.
He urges IREDD to get ready to mark him absent again because whenever the floor of the plenary is not interesting, he will be absent again from session and be present with his people in his district.
According to Rep. Willie, if the representative from IREDD doesn’t see a lawmaker in session, they just need to go to their office and ask question.
He notes that most of the time when lawmakers are going out of the country on official trips, their excuses will appear on the agenda very late.
Rep. Willie indicates that if a lawmaker does not have project in his or her district, the people represented will never feel the lawmaker’s impact.
The lawmaker discloses that he has been supplied with stationary once, noting that he buys what he uses for his office.
Additionally, Rep. Willie calls on IREDD to share its report with lawmakers because they need to know what is in the report.By Bridgett Milton–Edited by Winston W. Parley