Representatives Acarous Gray (CDC-District # 8 Montserrado County) and Bhofal Chambers (CDC- District #8 Maryland County) have alleged that there are serious discrepancies in the renegotiated oil block 13 agreement.
According to Representative Gray during the new negotiation of Block 13 the executive Branch of government violated several section of the National oil law.
Gray said; "The document presented to the legislature for the ratification of oil block 13 is marred by discrepancies and in violation of the oil law of 2002. "Our statement today represent our conviction and patriotic not only to electorates in our districts but the people of Liberia."
Gray also informed Journalist at a news conference Tuesday that the statement presented by him and his colleague does not in any way represent the view of any political institution they are part of but that of the people they represent.
The CDC lawmaker also disclosed that he along with other lawmakers are of the belief that the document presented to the 53rd National legislature should not be ratified in a rush because according to him he has discover several discrepancies in the renegotiated agreement.
He named section 3.3 of the oil law of Liberia which has to do with NOCAL participation in oil ownership calling for 20% interest of value share to be given to the state as participation but to their surprise this was reduce to 10% something he said is a violation of the Country's oil law.
Making reference to section 3.4 of the oil law which has to do with stock purchase giving 10% of purchase opportunity to Liberians, the CDC lawmaker said that aspect of the oil law was also reduced to 5% .
"Not only that section 3.7 that calls for royalty of to Liberians of 12-15 percent by law was also reduced by the executive in the document to be ratified to 5%-10%, we want to state clearly that many of us will not allow ourselves to be used by the Executive or the President to do things that will negatively affect the Liberian people or have a bad stigma on our character," Said Gray.
Rep. Gray called on the president to take the agreement back and do what he described as the right thing which according to him was to respect the laws by upholding them.
The CDC Montserrado County lawmaker also made reference to the passage of the FY budget for 2012/2013 where he said the executive begged the legislature to hold its decision on salary increment for Civil servants to allow them carry out payroll cleanup and later turned the public against the legislature, making them believe that it was the legislature that did not want to increase their salaries.
Said Gray: "We are saying here today that our position remains unwavering, unbending and we stand strong and committed until the president and all participants in the executive can go to the Liberian people and convince them. We are committed to upholding the rule of laws in the interest of the ordinary Liberian people."
Chambers premature venture
For his part, Maryland County lawmaker Bhofal Chambers said any attempt by the President or the Legislature to ratify Block 13 without addressing the discovered discrepancies will be premature.
Said Chambers; "The issue about the passage of any block now is premature. We think there must be a genuine reform as the process is now going on. Oil will not spoil. Madam President met too many resources for us. We think if she leaves there will be no resources left we want some deceleration in the pace of ratifying oil blocks."
Continued Chambers: "My vote will be negative and I will say to the president take back the document and follow those things that are required by the law. We cannot be used as political puppets and stooges to punish or deny the ordinary Liberians of their benefit to their country's Natural resources."