Nimba County Representative R. Matenokay Tingban
Nimba Lawmaker Submits Act to Legitimize Three Additional Tribes In Liberia
By Calvin Brooks/LINA
MONROVIA, December 17 (LINA)-Nimba County Representative R. Matenokay Tingban has submitted to the plenary of the House of Representatives for passage into law an Act aimed at legitimizing three additional tribes in the country.
According to the Liberia News Agency, the other tribes are Sapo, Gbi and Fula.
Tingban pointed out that there are actually 19 tribes with long historical settlement in Liberia even before 1847, as clearly evidenced by the demographic survey conducted by the Liberia Institute of Geo-Information Services (LISGIS) in 2008.
The Nimba Lawmaker made the disclosure in a briefing with legislative reporters after submitting his communication to the plenary of the
House at the Capitol Building in Monrovia Tuesday.
He indicated that the three ethnic groups, Sapo, Gbi and Fula, are not reflected in the 16 tribes in Liberia which he named as Gio, Vai, Gola, Dei, Krahn, Mano, Gio, Grebo, Kru, Bassa, Lorma, Kpelle, Gbandi, Kissi, Madingo, and Dahn.
He pointed out that there are currently no historical facts in the Liberian Constitution regarding the legitimacy of these ethnic groups, adding “history is only telling us where we all came from and migrated to this country.”
Tingban emphasized: “In order to legitimize the various settlements after migration in Liberia, it is essential to pass into law this act by plenary to be forwarded to the Liberian Senate for concurrence.”