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VP Boakai on governance reform

The Vice President of Liberia, Amb. Joseph N. Boakai, has pledged to champion the passage of four (4) pieces of Legislation that are among milestone accomplishments of the current administration and foundation upon which future government can build.

VP Joseph Boakai

According to release issues issued in Monrovia on Wednesday, September 14, 2016, the four Acts to be championed by the Vice President at the Legislature include the draft Local Government Act – already being reviewed by the House Committee on Governance; the draft Land Rights Act – yet to be acted upon by the Legislature; the draft Land Authority Act – acted upon by the Senate, but awaits the concurrence of the House; and the Constitutional Amendment proposition – already cleared by the House Joint Committee on Governance and the Judiciary.

The Governance Commission release indicated that the vice president’s pledge was part of his response at a briefing session held for him by the Governance Commission at its office on 9th street in Sinkor on Monday September 12, 2016.

At that briefing, VP Boakai noted that the passage of the four pieces of Legislation was long overdue, considering Liberia’s age, also emphasizing the importance of completing Liberia’s major road network as part of the physical infrastructure necessary for ensuring more effective service delivery to the Liberian people.

He further emphasized the importance of protecting government properties and building a professional civil service, among the reform measures being promoted by the governance commission.

The Vice President is quoted as commending the Governance Commission for its pivotal role in Liberia’s efforts to promote good governance as a critical strategy for sustaining peace, development and democracy in post-conflict Liberia.In its briefing, the Commission pointed out that when approved by the Legislature, constitutional amendment will not take effect until the holding of a national referendum in 2018, following the 2017 elections.

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According to the Commission, provision such as the reduction of tenure of the president, senators and Representatives will not be retroactively enforced. The Chairman of the Governance Commission, Dr. Amos C. Sawyer, lauded the vice president for the consistency of his support for the work of the GC, expressing thanks to him for honoring the GC invitation.

He said the GC has embarked upon an initiative to encourage the passage of these landmark pieces of legislation before the current legislative session ends, also noting that the strategic constitutional role of the vice president in both the legislative, and Executive Branches of Government.

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