MONROVIA, Jan. 25(LINA) – President George Manneh Weah has extolled the newly-elected officials of both Houses of the 54th National Legislature who were elected December 8 in a by-election.
The by-election was the mid-term poll for 15 Senatorial seats nationwide and two vacant Representative seats created by the demise of two legislators from Montserrado and Sinoe Counties.
President Weah was speaking at the Capitol Building Monday in keeping with Article 58 of the revised Constitution of 1986 which states that: « The President shall on the fourth working Monday in January of each year present the administration’s legislative program for the ensuring session and shall once a year report to the legislature on the state of the Republic.
“In presenting the economic condition of the Republic, the report shall cover expenditure as well as income,” the provision states.
Addressing the joint session of the National Legislature, President Weah urged the new-elected lawmakers from both Houses to work in the best interest of the Liberian people while exercising their constitutional mandates.
« I want to congratulate all elected officials from the Senatorial and Representative by-election which was held on December 8, 2020 to this August body,” he said, adding “Some of you were able to retain their seats while others are new to the Capitol Building. »
« I want to encourage each of you to work diligently, perform the task for which the Liberian people elected you. I pledge my commitment to working with all of you so that together with our collective efforts, we will serve the Liberian people well, » President Weah emphasized.
He further welcomed the lawmakers from their annual recess as they begin the 4th session of constructive dialogue and deliberation in the supreme interest of the Liberian people.
He added that his administration is looking forward to working with the newly- elected officials in the spirit of collaboration and cooperation in the national interest.
Meanwhile President Weah has said one of the major concerns of his government is making sure to impact the lives of the Liberian people by working directly with the community dwellers in providing development projects in order to positively enhance the lives of the citizenry.
Dr. Weah indicated that he will submit bills to the Legislature to fight sexual gender-based violence; create job opportunities for the youths and other important bills that will impact the lives of the Liberian people.