President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Pres. Sirleaf Lauds Legislature For Passing Over 400 Acts
By Prince S. Nagbe
MONROVIA, January 25 (LINA) – President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has lauded the leadership and members of the 53rd National Legislature for passing over 400 Acts covering many aspects of the country’s national endeavor.
Delivering her final State of the Nation address before the Joint Plenary of the 53rd National Legislature at the Capitol Building on Monday, President Sirleaf also thanked the lawmakers for passing into law 79 pieces of legislation during their regular and special sessions in 2016.
“In November 2016, you convened a special session to consider 19 priority bills, 10 of which were acted upon by both Houses,” the Liberian leader noted.
She particularly thanked them for passing the Act to Ratify an Investment Incentive Agreement for value addition in iron products, noting that it is expected to provide foreign exchange savings and job opportunities for the citizens, especially the youth.
“As current Chair of the Authority of Heads of State of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and as President, I am especially grateful to you for ratifying 32 ECOWAS Treaties and Protocols, which demonstrates our regional commitment to ECOWAS’s objective of promoting economic, social and cultural cooperation and integration,” she pointed out.
According to her, this will also support institutions and specialized agencies of ECOWAS, such as the Community Parliament and the Community Court of Justice.
President Sirleaf at the same time noted that the ratification of 10 agreements with international partners to provide development financing to support the government’s infrastructure agenda deserves commendation.
She outlined the projects as the Gbarnga-Salayea Road Project; the Liberia Urban Water Supply Project; the Roberts International Airport Project; the Youth Opportunities Project and the Accelerated Electricity Expansion Project, among others.
“As our country gravitates towards managing her own security, your passage of the National Police Act and the Immigration Service Act is significant for this transition; thank you for passing these and other bills in support of our overall national agenda,” President Sirleaf added.
Meanwhile, the Liberian leader has thanked members of that body who are representing Liberia at the ECOWAS Parliament, where Liberia serves as Deputy Speaker for the Parliament and Deputy President of the ECOWAS Court.
The Liberian leader, however, reminded the lawmakers of important bills that are still before them for enactment, which include the Amendment of the Constitution of the Republic; three Anti-Terrorism Bills; and the Land Rights Bill.
Others are the Local Government Law, A Bill to revise the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) Act; and the Affirmative Action for Equitable Participation and Representation Act, which would enhance women’s participation in the democratic leadership of the nation.