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VP Boakai to Champion Governance Reform at the Legislature

Vice President Joseph Boakai has pledged to champion the passage of 4 pieces of legislation which are among milestone accomplishments of this administration, and foundations upon which future governments can build.  

The 4 draft Acts to be championed by the Vice President at the Legislature include:

  1. The draft Local Government Act which has already been reviewed by the House Committee on Governance;
  2. The draft Land Rights Act which is yet to be acted upon by the Legislature;
  3. The draft Land Authority Act which has been acted upon by the Senate but awaits the concurrence of the House; and
  4. Constitutional Amendment propositions which have been cleared by the House’s Joint Committee on Governance and the Judiciary.

The Vice President’s pledge was part of his response at a briefing session held for him by the Governance Commission at its office on 9th Street in Sinkor on Monday September 12, 2016. Vice President Boakai noted that the passage of the 4 pieces of legislation is long overdue, considering Liberia’s age.         

The Vice President also emphasized the importance of completing Liberia’s major road networks as part of the physical infrastructure necessary for ensuring more effective service delivery to the Liberian people. Vice President Boakai further emphasized the importance of protecting government properties and building a professional civil service, among the reform measures which are being promoted by the Governance Commission.

The Vice President commended the Governance Commission for its pivotal role in Liberia’s efforts to promote good governance as a critical strategy for sustaining peace, development and democracy in post-conflict Liberia.

In its briefing, the GC pointed out that when approved by the Legislature, the propositions for constitutional amendment will not take effect until the holding of a National referendum in 2018, which is after the 2017 elections. Therefore provisions such as the reduction of tenure of the President, Senators and Representatives will not be retroactively enforced.

In his welcome remarks, the Chairman of the GC Dr. Amos Sawyer lauded the Vice President for the consistency of his support for the work of the GC and thanked him for honoring the GC’s invitation. He said that the GC has embarked upon an initiative to encourage the passage of these landmark pieces of legislation before the current legislative session ends and noted the strategic constitutional role of the Vice President in both the Legislative and Executive Branches of Government. The GC is also engaged with the House of Representatives and Senate in this endeavor.

In closing, the Vice Chairperson of the GC, Madam Elizabeth Sele Mulbah thanked the Vice President for always being supportive of the GC.

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