The Inquirer (Monrovia)

22 July 2014

Liberia: Protest Over 'Sale of Oil Blocks'

Some concerned citizens yesterday staged a peaceful protest on the ground of the Capitol Building against the sale of additional oil blocks in the country.

The citizens who stormed the seat of the National Legislature carried placards with inscriptions, "Don't sell our oil blocks, stop; our children deserve better living condition like yours; the voice of the people is our concern and their mandate we must implement; you people are looting government's coffers", among others.

After chanting anti-government slogans at the Capitol Building, the citizens mainly comprising of youths petitioned the National Legislature against what they called the planned sale of oil blocks 6,7,16 & 17.

In their petition the citizens noted, "We, a cross section of concerned Liberian citizens, cognizant of the poor and, abusive management of our natural resources, particularly our last extractive frontier; the oil and gas sector, and realizing our conscious duty and responsibility to defend and safeguard our future, and children's future, do hereby assemble invoking Article 17 of our Constitution to petition our National Legislature not to ratify the planned sale of oil blocks 6, 7, l6 and 11."

They also warned against future sale of any oil blocks until at such time when the ongoing reform process is completed ensuring significant Liberian participation.

The citizens added, "We also hereby assure you, and swear to our sacred commitment to the country and people that; we shall continue to champion this cause not only in the oil and gas sector, but in the natural resource sector in general."

The petition was received by Montserrado County Representative, Gabriel Nyenkan and Nimba County Representative, Matenokay Tingban who promised to convey their message to members of the Legislature for prompt action.

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