Senate Pro Tempore Albert Chie says some key legislative instruments are left undone while the Liberian Senate goes for break.
“Some of the legislative instruments that are currently being reviewed by the executive branch of government and to be ratified by the Liberian Legislature are the Amended and Restated Firestone Agreement, the Hummingbird Mineral Development Agreement, the Traffic Management Agreement, various incentive [for] job opportunities,” he told journalists on Capitol Hill Friday, 14 September.
In the wake of the Senate’s closure for a break while legislative works remain undone, Pro Tempore Chie expresses hope that the Legislative and the Executive Branches of Government can give this consideration within the context of Article 32 of the Constitution.
Article 32 requires the Legislature to assemble in regular session once a year on the second working Monday in January.
It further mandates the president to extend a regular session of the Legislature beyond the date for adjournment or call a special extraordinary session of that body to discuss or act upon matters of national emergency and concern.
According to Article 32 of the Constitution, that extension can be done by the president on his own initiative or upon receipt of a certificate signed by at least one-fourth of the total membership of each House, and by proclamation.
When the extension or call is at the request of the Legislature, the law says the proclamation shall be issued not later than forty-eight hours after receipt of the certificate by the president.
Both members of the Liberian Senate and the House of Representatives have officially closed the first session of the 54th Legislature.
But Senator Chie is alarming here that some of the key legislative instruments have been left undone while they take their break.
He indicates that the Senate has some unfinished business which it would have loved to complete before the commencement of the second session of the 54th Legislature.
Unfortunately, he says the plenary of the Senate could not achieve this.
Meanwhile, Pro Tempore Chie has given the ‘Best Senator’ award to Grand Cape Mount County Senator Cllr. Varney Sherman.
He says Senator Sherman was the best performing Senator during the first session of the Senate at the 54th Legislature.
“I have decided to recognize one senator, who in my mind, made the most difference to the work of the senate from assessment. Despite all challenges, Senator Varney Sherman did and he is thus my senator of the year,” Pro Tempore Chie concludes.
By E. J. Nathaniel Daygbor–Edited by Winston W. Parley