NO TENURE FOR LRA, NaFAA OTHERS BUT… As Liberian Senate Repeals Law

By Legislative Corespondent

Capitol Hill, Liberia: The Liberian Senate has unanimously voted to repeal all laws creating Tenure in the Executive branch of Government as well as establishing the tenure Act of 2019.

According to the Senate, they will only maintain tenure positions for integrity institutions.

The Senate’s vote indicated that there will absolutely be no tenure positions for the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA), National Social Security and Welfare Corporation(NASSCORP), Liberia Airport Authority(LAA), National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL), National Fishery and Agricultural Authority (NaFAA), among others.

According to the Senate’s Plenary, it did not see it fit to be maintain those Institutions under the tenure status, thereby repealing those tenure positions under the amended act.

Meanwhile, the Liberian Senate has voted to maintain tenure for integrity Institutions.

The Senate’s action was triggered by a report from the Leadership of the Liberian Senate to amend several Agencies or corporations of Government, thereby limiting executive interference and provide independence to heads of those entities

Institutions to be maintained under the current Act are the General Auditing Commission, (GAC), Public Procurement and Concession Commission (PPCC), National Elections Commission,(NEC), Independent National Commission on Human Rights (INCHR), Liberia Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (LEITI, Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission, (LACC), Internal Audit Agency, (IAA), Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) and Civil Service Commission, (CSA).

Also, the President Pro-Tempore and Presiding Officer of the Liberian Senate Hon. Albert T. Chie constituted an Ad-hoc Committee to put together the Repeal Act for Plenary’s action.

The Committee comprises, Sen. Conmany B. Wesseh of River Gee County, Chairman, Senator Nyonblee K. Lawrence of Grand Bassa County, Senator Varney G. Sherman, of Grand Cape Mount County, Senator Henrique Tokpa of Bong County and Senator Augustine Chea of Sinoe County members respectively.

The Committee is expected to report to Plenary in two weeks.

Relatedly, the Plenary has with immediate effect put on hold the confirmation of all nominees that fall under Government Agencies that are affected under the current amendment.

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