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VP Taylor Challenges Senators to Declare Assets

first_imgVice President Jewel Howard-Taylor.Vice President and President of the Senate, Jewel Howard Taylor has challenged Senators who are still delinquent in declaring their assets that the deadline to do so has expired.While presiding over the Senate’s 13th day sitting on Tuesday, February 26, 2019, Madam Howard-Taylor said: “I will just like to remind the Senate of the assets declaration’s requirement; the deadline has passed, and it will be good for members of the Senate to submit their assets to the secretary of the Senate so that the report can be submitted as to those who have done theirs.”She informed the lawmakers that members of the Judiciary Branch of Government have completed their assets, while the Executive Branch, is working towards completing theirs; “I think members of the Legislature, who belong to the First Branch should be the first to complete this requirement.”Several weeks following his election as President Pro Tempore of the Senate last year, Senator Albert Chie called on his colleagues to fulfill the Constitutional requirement by declaring their assets.The Vice President’s call yesterday comes on the heels of a letter from the office of President George Weah mandating all those within the executive branch, who need to declare their assets within a specific time frame.The call by both President Weah and his Vice President for government officials to declare their assets has come days following a British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) video interview in which President Weah confirmed declaring his assets, but admitted that some members of the government, especially the executive branch, are yet to complete that requirement. When pressed, the President would not say whether he would compel his officials to declare their assets, but said that “they know that they have to declare their assets.”Meanwhile, a report from the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs on the confirmation hearing of Ambassador-designate George S. W. Patten, accredited to the United States of America, was received, never read in open plenary but was confirmed during yesterday’s executive session.Amb. Patten, during his confirmation hearing on February 21, 2019, offered an apology to the Senate in their Chambers when he appeared before the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs for confirmation proceedings. He had been prematurely appointed and commissioned by President Weah outside the normal procedure of firstly appearing for confirmation hearing by the Senate.During the confirmation hearing, Mr. Patten, a career diplomat and lawyer, was questioned whether he had fulfilled Article 54 of the Constitution before taking his assignment to Washington DC. “I am an emissary of the President and an envoy given an official letter to deliver, I serve Liberia and the President, but the realization was that I have to come back here and I complied; that’s why I am here.”Patten in further questions asserted that his realization was based on the fact that the Senate has asked him to come back, “and that’s why I am here to have this discussion, this dialogue.”He admitted being knowledgeable of the Constitution, but he emphasized that he is an emissary of the President “and when the head of state requires you to undertake an urgent assignment it challenged me to be there, but you could not possibly say no…”He was positive of being confirmed because, for over 30 years, Ambassador Patten intimated that he had dedicated his life in serving his motherland in the foreign service since leaving school, to countries like the Gambia, Libya, Ethiopia and now the United States. “With the experiences that I have, I believe I can be very useful in Washington cementing that historical relationship between Liberia and the United States which we intend to strengthen further. “Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Pres. Weah Signs Several Acts into Law

first_img…Including UN Convention Against Illicit Narcotic DrugsPresident George Weah has signed into law several Acts ratified by the Legislature, an Executive Mansion release has said.According to the release, the instruments signed on Tuesday, 17 September 2019, include the Act to Amend the Executive Law of Liberia to create a National Food and Feed Quality and Safety, the Financing Agreement Tree Crops Extension Project II (TCEP II) between Liberia and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the Act to Establish the Liberia Fertilizer Regulatory Division and an Act to Establish Liberia Plant Pesticides Regulatory Services Bureau.IFAD is an international financial institution and a specialized agency of the United Nations, dedicated to eradicating poverty and hunger in rural areas of developing countries.Other Acts the President signed included the Act Ratifying the Minimum Convention 138, Economic Partnership Agreement between West African States, Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) on the one hand and the European Union (EU) and its members on the other; United Nations Convention Against Illicit Trafficking in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances 1988 and the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs.The Ratified Acts passed are geared towards creating an enabling environment that will improve the government’s development plans and programs, in order to strengthen the country’s ailing economy and alleviate poverty amongst Liberians.For instance, according to the release, the purpose of the UN Convention Against Illicit Trafficking in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic is to promote co-operation among the Parties so that they may address more effectively the various aspects of illicit traffic in narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances having an international dimension.In carrying out their obligations under the Convention, the Parties shall take necessary measures, including legislative and administrative measures, in conformity with the fundamental provisions of their respective domestic legislative systems.Among other things, each party shall adopt such measures as may be necessary to establish as criminal offences under its domestic law, when committed intentionally: The production, manufacture, extraction; preparation, offering, offering for sale, distribution, sale, delivery on any terms whatsoever, brokerage, dispatch, dispatch in transit, transport, importation or exportation of any narcotic drug or any psychotropic substance contrary to the provisions of the 1961 Convention, the 1961 Convention as amended or the 1971 Convention.The cultivation of opium poppy, coca bush or cannabis plant for the purpose of the production of narcotic drugs contrary to the provisions of the 1961 Convention and the 1961 Convention as amended.The possession or purchase of any narcotic drug or psychotropic substance for the purpose of any of the activities enumerated in above.The manufacture, transport or distribution of equipment, materials or of substances listed in Table I and Table II, knowing that they are to be used in or for the illicit cultivation, production or manufacture of narcotic drugs or psychotropic substances.The organization, management or financing of any of the offences enumerated in the above categories.“The signed instruments take effect immediately upon printing into handbills by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,” the release said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more