Heritage (Monrovia)

15 January 2013

Liberia: House Speaker Talks Tough

House Speaker J. Alex Tyler has said never again will the lawmakers allow the development initiatives of this government to be driven by what he called the whims and caprices of only a "handful of people". He assured the Liberian people of rapid infrastructural development that will enhance economic viability and prosperity of post-conflict Liberia.

He made these assertions on Monday, January 14, 2013 when he delivered the opening address at program marking the official opening of the 2nd Sitting of the 53rd Legislature. The program was held at the Capital Building-the seat of the Legislature. But House Speaker Tyler did not identify those he referred to as a "handful of people".

Speaking further, the Bomi County lawmaker pointed out that they (lawmakers) will be robust in the discharge of their legislative functions during this second sitting, with focus on infrastructural development and the passage where applicable, the 50 bills which the House failed to pass during their first sitting. He said the 50 bills include: the controversial Code of Conduct Bill and the Decent Work Bill. Speaker Tyler indicated that the passage of the 50 bills will accommodate the new bills.

"We must consummate and develop a program during this sitting through budgetary appropriation that allows for the direct implementation of infrastructure projects within our various districts, while examining the overall development needs of the nation," the House Speaker among other things added.

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