Senate Resumes Session

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The Plenary of the Liberian Senate has adopted key agenda items to be considered during the Second Sitting of the 5th Session of the Liberian Senate.

The Senate action was triggered by the opening statement of the President Pro-Tempore Albert T. Chie, where he named for consideration, the issue of reliable lighting system at the runway of the Roberts International Airport being a national emergency, the Amendment No. 3 to the Mineral Development Agreement amongst the Government of the Republic of Liberia and Arcelor Mittal Liberia and Arcelor Mittal Holdings A.G. as well as the setting of a new date for the Lofa County By- election following the Honorable Supreme Court action amongst others.

The Grand Kru County Senator also named key on the Legislative agenda, the rehabilitation of primary roads throughout the Country.

The Presiding Officer of the Senate, further explained the challenges faced by almost all Senators, who visited their Counties during the first constituency break. Namely, the issue of volunteered health workers, volunteered teachers, uncoordinated retirement of civil and other public servants as well as the payroll issues at the Ministries of Health, Education and Internal Affairs respectively.

Additionally, he mentioned that top on the agenda is the issue of power supply in the Country.

It can be recalled that the Senate conducted many public hearings on the issue of electricity supply which is very crucial to economic growth and the welfare of the Liberian people.

The Pro Temp indicated that “the Legislature and the Executive need serious discussion on the constraints prohibiting access to the CLSG line, power theft, the settlement of the approximately USD 4.3 million which the Government of Liberia owes the LEC for, inter alia, electricity supplied to Government agencies, management and capacity issues at the LEC and bureaucratic bottlenecks in the power sector which restrain investment initiatives.”

Senator Chie reminded his colleagues of Communications and bills in Committee Rooms to be acted upon and also told them that since the Senate works through Committees, all communications from Senators should be sent to Committee Rooms before coming on the floor for action, noting that there will be more work at the level of committees then Plenary this term around.

 

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