11 January 2013

Liberia: Lawmakers Return With Renewed Vigor -Speaker Tyler Upbeat

As members of the 53rd National Legislature wrap up their agriculture break, the leader of Lower House is positive that the New Year would be one of hard work and commitment. Speaker, J. Alex Tyler says he's convinced that members of august body would be returning to the Capitol in robust spirits to do the people's job.

Speaking on a radio talk show in Monrovia this wednesday, Speaker Alex Tyler said members of the House of Representatives were returning to duty next week with a renewed commitment of representation, oversight and lawmaking in line with the interest of the people of Liberia.

Though the speaker didn't say why he was stressing the desire of lawmakers being more robust in their second setting, he noted that members of the Liberian National Legislature, especially members of the House of Representatives, were in full readiness to double their efforts in working more in the interest of the people of Liberia.

He said members of the House were prepared to constructively uphold the practice and sustainability of democracy in Liberia.

He said Liberians needed to develop the culture of embracing and protecting the current democratic culture prevailing in the country.

In a related development, speaker Tyler has dispersed rumors that House of Representatives or the National Legislature particularly his office was afraid of audits.

He said his office was open to audit and that General Auditing Commission GAC was welcome to commission an audit on the operations of the National Legislature especially the House of Representatives with office of the speaker being not exempted.

The House Speaker noted that House of Representatives or members of the National Legislature do not purchase anything but supplied by the Ministry of Finance except for their own allowances; as such, he and other lawmakers had nothing to hide from the public.

The first sitting of the 53rd National Legislature was strongly criticized by some critics who opined that the lawmakers were not acting in the interest of the vast majority of the citizens.

Speaker Tyler assures that the second sitting of the lawmakers would be more challenging in providing oversight, representation and lawmaking, which are the principal responsibilities of the National Legislature.

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