House Speaker Alex Tyler, in a bid to help reform the oil sector, says a high power delegation comprising legislators and officials of the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) will shortly commence a nationwide public engagement process.
It is aimed at seeking citizens' views, thoughts and approaches towards major reforms in the oil sector. Currently there exists a range of disharmony in the laws creating the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) and the New Petroleum Law of 2002, as well as the Production Sharing Contracts (PSCs). Addressing reporters yesterday at his Capitol Building office, Speaker Tyler said active citizens' engagement "is necessary for the setting of shared priorities and maintaining trust in the government. "We believe in the strength of multi-stakeholders' collaboration, which brings together traditional leaders and local government officials, civil society organizations and the media," he said. According to Tyler, the legislature remains committed to providing leadership and guidance in fostering inclusion and active participation in the process. He told reporters that the nationwide public engagement process would commence in Gbarnga Bong County, and would extend to North, Central, Western and Eastern regions ending in January 2014. He added that why on the tour, the committee would use local media and intellectual fora to educate citizens on legislations passed as well as bills currently before the House. "Often times, national decisions that we have taken to bring transparency and accountability to this sector have been misconstrued by some; but that only reaffirms the uniqueness and potency of our democracy," he said. He said the legislature remains unbending and unwavering as it embarks on the initiative believing that the interest of Liberians remains paramount. "We are cognizant of the fact that your success as a people is our success as leaders, and therefore our deepest commitment is to ensure that the reform takes place at the earliest time possible." In February of 2012, the National Legislature flagged a number of issues surrounding the country's national budget including the disharmony in laws creating NOCAL and the New Petroleum Law of 2002, as well as the Production Sharing Contracts (PSCs). In April of 2012, the plenary of the House of Representatives acting upon a report from a joint committee endorsed a number of recommendations reforming the Hydro-carbon sector.