10 July 2014

Liberia: Pres. Sirleaf Not Under Probe - Speaker Tyler

House Speaker Alex Tyler, has denied media reports here of President Ellen Johnson- Sirleaf being probed by the House of Representatives for alleged mismanagement of foreign oil donated to Liberia by friendly nations or on letter from the former president of the National Oil Company of Liberia, Christopher Neyor.

Speaking at a news conference Wednesday on the grounds of the Capitol Building, Speaker Tyler said at no time the House ever constituted a committee to investigate the Presidency on oil deals instead; he said the House constituted a committee to probe heads of government institutions that were in charge of the transactions and not Neyor's letter.

On June 20, 2014, the Plenary of the House of Representatives constituted a seven-man committee to probe the open letter from the former NOCAL Boss, Christopher Neyor.

Speaker Tyler immediately appointed the Chairman of the House Standing Committee on Judiciary, Governance, Lands, Mines and Energy, Ways, Means and Finance, Public Account, Investment and the committee on Contract and Monopolies to invite Mr. Neyor for an investigation on the matter.

On June 13, 2014, Neyor wrote in local dailies here an open letter to President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, insinuating how he refused huge bribery and said "No" to other things that came his way as President of NOCAL. Chris Neyor, whose letter to the President triggered wave of controversies, further insinuated that he was giving up a small battle in order to win a bigger one.

He was recently petitioned in Neyor Town, his birthplace in Johnsonville outside Monrovia to contest for the senatorial seat of Montserrado County in October, subsequently announced that he has abandoned the ambition.

At Wednesday's session, two lawmakers of the opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) Thomas P. Fallah and Acarous Gray wrote Plenary, seeking the indulgence of their colleagues to investigate the recent allegation made by Christopher Neyor. But to the shock of newsmen who had gathered on Wednesday morning in the conference of Speaker Tyler, he announced that the probe has nothing to do with communication of Chris Neyor or President Sirleaf.

Instead, the Speaker said the committee is to investigate information obtained by the House from other sources of how oil donated to the Government was reportedly mismanaged. Speaking on other national issues, he dispelled reports that Nimba County Representative Prince Tokpah was allegedly flogged by officers of the Liberia National Police.

Representative Tokpah upon his return from Nimba recently, told reporters that he had flogged by officers of the police Emergency Response Unit or ERU. Speaker Tyler condemned the violent attacks on the multimillion dollars company, Acelor Mittal by angry youths in Nimba, noting that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf had already on Tuesday briefed members of the House of Representatives on the prevailing situation and that investigations are ongoing.

Commenting on the establishment of the newly certificated People Unification Party or PUP, Speaker Tyler said he's not a partisan of the party and that he only attended its program because many of his legislative colleagues are founding members, who invited him. "I remain an executive member of the ruling Unity Party and nothing has changed that yet," said Tyler.


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