22 July 2014

Liberia: Over Oil Block Protest - Findley Attacks Urey

Mr. Benoni Urey, a close confidant of detained former Liberian President Charles G. Taylor, has been attacked by the Pro-Tempore of the Liberian Senate, G. Milton Findley.

Speaking in a rather harsh tune at Capitol Building office over recent protest being staged against the sale of the remaining four oil blocks, Senator Findley said Mr. Urey is not a true leader, and that if he has anything against their operations, he should stop using young Liberians for his selfish agenda.

Senator Findley mentioned that a true leader will be more constructive rather than engaging into destructive activities.

The Senator of Grand Bassa County, who is poised for reelection, maintained that Mr. Urey is the one who is behind the protest.

"Stop encouraging young people to destroy our country for your selfish aggrandizement," he asserted.

The government official said the private businessman should understand that Liberia is trying and he cannot overturn the gains we have made. He challenged Mr. Urey to come in the public's glare to express his dissatisfaction before the Legislature.

Senator Findley stressed that the close associate of Mr. Taylor is bent on destroying the country.

The Pro-Tempore of the Liberian Senate indicated that Urey is a novice when it comes to the sale of oil blocks and that he does not understand the procedures that are followed in the process.

He noted that sales of the oil blocks are done by negotiation, and the Senate will have to ratify whatever that comes from the House of Representatives before such is sold or given out.

"If people want oil blocks, we give due diligence before they can be sold and the Legislature cannot sell the blocks like that," Senator Findley indicated.

The Pro-Tempore of the Liberian Senate pointed out that he as an individual cannot sell oil blocks, because there is always a rigorous process that is followed.

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