In First Quarter Report, Senate’s Judiciary and Defense Committees Top Best Performance List, As Special Sitting Begins

By: Laymah Kollie

Monrovia-April 2,2024: President Protempore Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence has graded the senate’s Committees on Defense, Security and Intelligence and CJudiciary, Human Rights, Claims and Petitions as the most performing Committees in the Liberian Senate during the first quarter of the 1st session of the 55th National Legislature.

The Committee on Defense is headed by newly elected Senator of Lofa County Momo Cyrus with Senator Augustine Chea of Sinoe also Chairing the committee on Judiciary,Human Rights, Claims and Petitions.

Pro-Tem Lawrence during the opening ceremony of the special sitting on April 2, 2024 outlined the impressive work done by these two committees within the short period of time. Highlighting the committee efforts to resolve issues at Bea Mountain through a dialogue and engagement processes.

“The Senate’s intervention through the committee on defense and security was extremely helpful in getting the situation at Bea Mountain under control for dialogue and engagements.

“Today, we will like to announce that both committees on Judiciary and Defense deserve to be certificated as the most productive committees in the first quarter. And will be awarded legally and accordingly”. We want to give special recognitions to our new Senators who hit the ground running by effectively and efficiently discharging their duties as heads of committees. The values you have added in this short period of time cannot go unnoticed. We appreciate your work, collaboration and cooperation”, the Protemp added.

According to Protemp Karnga-Lawrence, a specialized Senate committee was constituted to investigate the true causes behind the recent protests by women believed to be wives and widows of military personnel.

Members of the committee include: Sen. Augustine Chea (Sine County), Chair; Sen. Amara Konneh (Gbapolu County), Co-Chair: Sen. Darius Dillon
(Montserrado County); Sen. James Biney (Sinoe County); Sen. Momo Cyrus (Lofa County); Sen. DabahVarpilah (Grand Cape-Mount County); Sen. Gble-Gbo Brown (MaryLand County); Sen. Crayton Duncan (Sinoe County); and Francis Dope (River Gee-County).

“The Senate received a very comprehensive and informative report that has been circulated to the office of the President, all relevant ministries and agencies and individuals who were party to the investigation, for coordination in finding
immediate and long-term solutions.

Also, the Senate has agreed and look forward to a visit with the leadership of the army during this special session to outline priorities for budgetary considerations” she said.

Meanwhile, Senator Momo Cyrus appreciated Protempore for the recognition. He also applauded his committee members for collective efforts in working in the interest of the Liberian people.

Meanwhile, the Liberian Senate on today commenced special sitting which was called by President Joseph Nyuma Boakai will last for 30days beginning April 1,2024. The special session will focus on the country’s national draft budget amongst others.

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