Grand Gedeh County Senator Isaac Nyenabo
President Seeks Senate Endorsement of Road Protection Act
By Winnie Dixon/JKW
MONROVIA, December 10 (LINA) – President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has requested the Liberian Senate to endorse an Act entitled “Axel Load Harmonization Bill.”
The Act which was co-sponsored by Grand Gedeh County Senator Isaac Nyenabo, is to protect public roads and bridges from rapid deterioration and destruction as a result of excessive vehicle weights, according to the Liberia News Agency.
The President’s request was contained in a communication, dated December 5, 2014 and read by Senate Secretary Nanborlor Singhbe,
The Act seeks to domesticate the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) regional agreement on harmonized rules of 2013 and set limits on weights to control overloading.
“In view of the above and for the purpose of ensuring that our roads and bridges are not destroyed due to the extreme hefts of vehicles, I ask for an enactment of this important instrument by the National Legislature,” President Sirleaf pointed out.
The ECOWAS harmonized rules of 2013, among other issues, admonished its member countries’ legislatures to speed up discussions on the Axle Load Bill as well as set deadlines for private sectors within those terrains to comply with the implementation of the Act.
Meanwhile, the Senate has forwarded the Act to the Committee on Judiciary and Public Works to review and advise the plenary.