The NEWS (Monrovia)

Liberia: Senator Wants Chiefdom in Montserrado

Montserrado County Senator Geraldine Doe-Sheriff has submitted a bill to the Senate seeking the establishment of Gayflor-Gbafley Chiefdom in Montserrado County.

Senator Doe-Sheriff in a communication said her request for the chiefdom followed a meeting with over 22 chiefs representing their respective clans in Montserrado County.

She said the people of the Gayflor-Gbarfley need to have political status and better standard of living.

Senator Doe-Sheriff appealed to the Senate to endorse her sponsored bill through enactment.

She informed her colleagues that public school teachers in the area have also complained of not being paid for months, something according to her, have made teachers to abandon classes.

She explained that when it is legislated, chiefs and elders will have the opportunity to provide better leadership for their people and they will be in the position to challenge the government to do the right thing as required by law.

She indicated that political status for the people is necessary because it is something they have made effort for years back.

She expressed hope that the bill will be passed before the 2013/2014 budget to afford chiefs' names to be included on the government's payroll. Approximately over 45,000 persons are said to be living within the 20 clans which extend from behind Clay-Ashland as far around the Bong Mines.

However, the bill has been sent to the Senate committees on Judiciary, and Internal Affairs for review.

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