The Analyst (Monrovia)

Liberia: A Retrospection of Representative First Year in Office as Montserrado County District #12 Lawmaker

In keeping with his statutory mandate, Representative Professor Richmond S. Anderson attended and duly participated in 51 out of 56 sittings of the first session of the 53rd National Legislature, thus earning himself a score of "A" on the Liberia Democratic Institute (LDI) annual legislative report card, according to Rep. Anderson's office.

Rep. Anderson's office in a press release said: "As he advocates on behalf of the people of Montserrado County district #12, Representative Anderson is currently serving on three strategic committees of the House of Representatives.

"He is chairing the House's Committee on Information, Broadcasting, Culture and Tourism, member of the committees on Election and inauguration and Claims and Petitions.

Knowing fully well that one of the cardinal reasons for which the people of district #12 elected him in October 2011 was to make good laws for them, the learned Professor proffered a bill that resulted to the amendment of the education reform Act of 2011. (Chapter II, section 2.1.2 (A) and (B) and chapter III 8.13.1 and adding subsections C, D, E, F and G).

"As if this is not enough, the Montserrado Lawmaker is currently advancing to the Plenary of the House for legislative enactment, two very important pieces of legislations. They include, an Act to repeal the Act creating the Gardnersville Industrial Property. When enacted into law, this bill will seek to make over 40,000 inhabitants of Chicken-Soup Factory, Glass factory and LPRC communities industrial free. The second bill is an act to establish the Gardnersville Community College (GCC). Upon the passage of this bill by both houses of the National Legislature (Senate and Representatives), a community college will be established within the territorial limit of the Township of Gardnersville. This is intended to afford citizens of the district an opportunity to acquire tertiary education right at their door steps.

"Being cognizant of the fact that human resource remains a major challenge for the government and people of Liberia including the district, Representative Anderson established a tuition-free primary school for less fortunate and underprivileged children in the district. The school which began on the porch of Professor Anderson as a 'study class,' is providing sound primary education to at least 285 children.

"On the other hand, over 200 youths of the district are currently on the Lawmaker scholarship scheme at Smythe Institute of Management and Technology (SIMT), costing him US$43,200.00 per semester. Additional 62 students of the district are benefiting from the lawmaker's financial aid at the state run University of Liberia (UL). The cost of this gesture is put at L$162,750.00. One million Liberian dollars is being spent annually as tuition for 100 secondary school students enrolling at 34 distinct institutions within and out of the district.

"Following the allocation of US$151,926 to each district of the 17 districts in Montserrado as County Development Funds (CDF), district 12 agreed at a meeting attended by women, pro-democracy groups, elders, community leaders, marketers and youth among others to, use US$100,000.00 and US$50,000.00 for the construction of a modern administrative building and two community markets at Kesselly Boulevard and Dry Rice Market respectively.

"The projects have been forwarded to Montserrado Project Management Committee (PMC) by the district Project Management team (PMT). The implementation of the projects mentioned is ongoing, as it will soon get to a start via the companies to win a bid put up in keeping with the Public Procurement and Concession Commission (PPCC) regulation.

"The proposed administrative building which is expected to be constructed at LPRC Community junction will consist of offices, conference hall and a resource center. Projects for the district share of the CDF for fiscal year 2012/13 are yet to be decided by the people.

In fulfillment of his campaign promised, Representative Anderson established a district office, which consists of nine rooms and two conference halls. The district office is where his constituents engage and interact with him regularly.

"In a bid to build a foundation for sustained and continues development in district #12, the Lawmaker formed a nine man District Development Council (DDC), a three man PMT and eight standing committees.

"On July 26, 2012, Professor Anderson identified with the physically challenged, disabled and less fortunate groups of the district by donating food items and cash.

Realizing that religion plays a role in shifting the destiny and vision of men, community and a nation as a whole, Representative Anderson on August 30, 2013 fulfilled a religious obligation to the district by donating 25 bags of rice and L$23,000.00 to all mosques within the area", the release concluded.

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