…Ellen Submits Several Bills For Action
By Necus M. Andrews
With less than two weeks to transfer presidential power to the newly elected government, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is making her last executive demand, with the submission of several bills to the legislature for passage.
Among the bills submitted Tuesday by the President include the much talked about Investment Incentive Agreement between Liberia and the Dangote Cement Liberia Ltd.
Dangote Cement Plc is a Nigerian multinational publicly traded cement manufacturer headquartered in Lagos.
The company is engaged in the manufacture, preparation, import, packaging, and distribution of cement and other related products. The company wants to establish one of its branches in Liberia in the production of cement.
In a communication to the House of Representatives, President Johnson-Sirleaf urged the lawmakers to approve an Act ratifying the Agreement for the establishment of the African Export-Import Bank (AFREXIBANK).
The President is also seeking the approval of the Legislature to allow her name certain roads and bridges across the country, although she did not disclose those bridges and roads.
Some of the bills and agreements the President wants the lawmakers to ratify include a bill to amend Section 6.1 (5) of the Aliens and Nationality Law of Liberia, Title 4, Liberian Code of Laws revised, regarding Permits and Residence; a bill to ratify the Investment Incentive Agreement between Liberia and the TIDFORE Investment Company and Steal and Cement Mining (LICEMCO) and an Act repealing the Public Employment Law and Amending the Executive Law to create a Civil Service Commission.
Others are Amendment to the Amended and Restated Concession Agreement between the Republic of Liberia and Firestone Liberia Inc., a bill to ratify the Concession Agreement between Liberia and Nimba Rubber Incorporated (NRI) and an Act to amend Title 21 of the Liberian Code of Law Revised, amending certain sections (14, 21, 25, 65,66,75, 85 ,93 100 (A) 101, 105, 107, 110, 112 (A), 116 (A), 356 and 361 of the Liberia Maritime Law.
The delayed Domestic Violence Act is also among the bills the president submitted to the legislature for ratification.
Following the reading of the President’s communication, our reporter said the Representatives immediately called for closed door discussion on the instruments.
It can be recalled, the President called for the brief return of lawmakers who took their break to act on some important draft bills that she said are vital to the economy and revenue generation of Liberia.