The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hans Barchue
Deputy Speaker Urges Liberians To Exercise Patience
By Hilary Vasco Wiagbe
MONROVIA, March 11 (LINA) - The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hans Barchue, says the passage of the Draft Petroleum Law of Liberia requires sufficient time and patience from the citizenry.
Deputy Speaker Barchue said it was necessary that the Legislature exhibits “a high degree of care” and get the views of Liberians and experts before passing the Act, because it is new to the country.
Speaking to reporters Tuesday on Day II of the Monrovia Stakeholder Roundtable Consultations on the Draft Petroleum Act in Paynesville, outside Monrovia, Barchue emphasized that the Lawmakers want to ensure that any law they pass, will stand the test of time.
According to the Liberia News Agency, he stated that it was based on this that the 53rd National Legislature has decided to hold series of consultations in Monrovia and rural Liberia, to get the input of the Liberian people.
It can be recalled that the Lower House last year undertook a tour of rural Liberia under Phase I of the consultations.
The Deputy Speaker said after the Monrovia Stakeholders Roundtable Consultations, Phase III will bring together local and foreign experts to synchronize all the views gathered from phases I and II.
Barchue told reporters that following Phase III, the document will be presented to a national conference in Monrovia that will bring Liberians from all sectors together for discussion, before the passage of the Act.
The Monrovia Stakeholder Roundtable Consultations, which runs from Monday to Saturday, gathers civil society organizations, student groups, governmental and NGO representatives, with Liberian and foreign experts serving as panelists.