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The plenary of the Liberian Senate seeks a leadership discussion with President George Manneh Weah to strategize ways in finding economic relief for the citizenry in the wake of the stay-home mandate to prevent spread of the deadly Corona virus.

The senators during their regular session at the Capitol called on President Weah to provide regular daily or weekly briefing to the country on issues of national concerns especially, COVID-19.

Plenary says the proposed discussion is most needed to bring relief to the citizens and other nationals here as the government continues with the enforcement measures for non-essential workers to stay home.

Sitting in their respective seats six (6) feet apart in the William Richard Tolbert Joint Chambers at the Capitol, wearing masks, the senators say, if citizens especially, those who depend on regular sales from their market daily to feed their families must stay home to abide by the health regulations put in place by the Government, the imperative for the government to come to their needs must be considered.

The decision by the senate to call on its Leadership to discuss with President Weah was triggered by a regular briefing from Grand Kru County Senator Peter S. Coleman, who chairs the Senate Committee on health and also represents the senate on the Incident Management Team set up to combat the Corona virus.

Bringing the senate up to speed with latest updates on the status of the pandemic in the country, the chairman of the Senate’s Statutory Committee on Health, Dr. Coleman notes that the three persons who were confirmed positive are still in stable condition and almost in their 14 day incubation period.

Senate Coleman further discloses that Liberia will receive masks and other safety materials from the African Union, based on a donation to that body by Chinese billionaire Jack Ma.
Senator Coleman also informs Plenary that although there is a package of US$15 million from the World Bank toward the fight against the deadly Corona virus, there is no straight jacket spending on the amount.

He said with the new request for economic relief, the Government can possibly meet the World Bank and find a way to bring economic relief to the population.By E. J. Nathaniel Daygbor

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