Speaker J. Alex Tyler
House Rejects Commerce Ministry’s Request
By Hilary Vasco Wiagbe
MONROVIA, September 26 (LINA) - The House of Representatives has rejected an appeal by authorities of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry to postpone the appearance of Minister Axel Addy and others before Plenary to explain the sharp increase in the price of rice on the Liberian market.
The Representatives had unanimously voted Tuesday to invite the Minister, Deputy Minister of Commerce and Trade and the Inspector General of the Ministry to appear before Plenary on Thursday to comment on the rice price increase.
The citation followed the reading of a communication addressed to Speaker J. Alex Tyler by Representative Moses Kollie of Lofa County, drawing the attention of Plenary to the increase in the price of rice, the nation’s staple.
Responding to the invitation on Thursday, Acting Commerce Minister Cyril Allen informed the lawmakers that Addy was out of the country, and pleaded with them to postpone the appearance of the personalities involved until the proper minister returns, the Liberia News Agency reports.
However, Plenary refused to accept the plea on grounds that government is continuity, and as such, acting Minister Allen and the two officials must appear to address the issue of price hike on Tuesday, September 30.
The Representatives emphasized that the issue of rice in Liberia is sensitive and as such there was no need to delay the appearance of the Commerce and Industry Ministry officials.