The Senate Pro-Tempore has revealed that the entire country could run into a shutdown if the members of the legislature did not return to session on Tuesday.
Addressing a news conference Tuesday, October 19, 2021, the head of the Liberian Senate Albert Chea told reporters that the main reason for their return to sessions is due to the change in the national budget which will run from January to December.
The Liberian Pro-Tempore told journalists that the country could face serious economic and operational crises over the delay in the passage of the national budget which sets the stage for government and national operations.
Senator Chea said “We cut short our annual break to remain for the next two months” to deliberate on the 2022 National Budget which should come to full Schinke on January 1, 2022.
According to him, the timeline for session resumption is limited, but the senate plenary is in gear to work expeditiously before the time elapse.
The Legislative duties which began Tuesday, October 19, 2021, will address other issues of importance “before our closure in December”.
The Senator noted other issues of national concerns to include the current security situation that will be endorsed by the plenary.
Internal and external security issues, primary and secondary road rehabilitations, bills to enhance transparency and accountability in the public sector, amendments to the new Election Law are other issues that will be addressed during their sittings.
Additionally, the Senate Pro-Tempore listed uncoordinated retirement of public school teachers, health workers, security personals and employees of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, LEC, and the power sector, illicit mining, and budgetary appropriation to all cities within Liberia as cardinal concerns that will be looked at.
“I wish to state, for the record, that this call is at the request by the legislature, and therefore the treasury will not pay for anything extra for the two months we will spend here”. He said.