The Informer (Monrovia)

29 January 2013

Liberia: Pro-Temp Falls Sick - As Ellen Delivers Annual

The Pro Tempore of the Liberian Senate, Grand Bassa Senator, Gbahzongar M. Finley is said to have fallen ill yesterday during President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf's annual message at the Capitol Building.

The Constitution of Liberia requires the Liberia leader to address the joint session of the Liberian Legislature and present her legislative agenda for the year.

Immediately after the President began her deliberation, Senator Finley, who was sitting next to the Deputy Speaker, Han Barchue, signaled Senator Clarice A. Jah to sit-in for him because he was ill.

Senator Finley quietly walked out of the chamber and was followed by his wife, Kaddieyatu D. Finley.

Standing before the chambers of the Liberian Senate, Pro Temp Finley immediately sent for Senator Peter Coleman who briefly advised him to take a rest in his (Pro Temp) office.

After few minutes, Senator Abel M. Massalay and Joyce M. Sumo were called to the Pro Temp's office at which time he was taken to the hospital for medical examination.

News of Senator Finley's illness took many of his colleagues by surprise. Many of the Senators wished him well and prayed for his speedy recovery.

Recently, Grand Bassa County Senator, John Whitfield died a year after he was elected to represent the people of Grand Bassa.

A book of condolence is currently being signed in the Rotunda of the Capitol Building in memory of the fallen Grand Bassa Senator.

Meanwhile President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has announced an increment in civil servants' salary.

Speaking before the Joint Session of the Legislature, President Sirleaf said each civil servant will receive US$25.00 in the 2012/2013 fiscal Budget.

She added that the increment will also affect the Police, Army and other security apparatus and payment will be done retroactively to each civil servant.

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