The headquarters of the national legislature, the Capitol Building yesterday, January 9, 2018 was a scene of movement of the country’s renowned business people based upon a call from members of the Liberian lawmakers for assistance in in financing the January 22, 2018 of inauguration of President-elect George Manneh Weah and his Vice President-elect, Senator Jewel Howard Taylor.
Dozens of Lebanese and Fulani business executives were seen on the grounds of the Capitol Building in their apparent mood to financially rescue the Liberian Government for the successful holding of the inauguration which is expected to bring together hundreds of foreign dignitaries and Weah’s former soccer players around the world.
Recently, a member of the Liberian Senate and Chairman on Ways, Means and Finance, Senator Edward Dargoseh of Grand Cape Mount County publicly announced how the Liberian coffer was being emptied with only US$500,0000.00 remaining.
This decision by the Liberian legislators to request for financial assistance from the foreign business community in the Country for the successful holding of the inauguration of the incoming elected officials has created serious public outcry, with many condemning the decision.
As this decision by the National Legislature grew wild in Monrovia and its environs, GNN reporters around the Country took up time to speak to some cross section of Liberians, many of those spoken to openly condemned the action of the legislators.
“These guys have resolved to bring this nation to public ridicule inn the hands of our foreign partners, what a shame; they have already sold us to these foreign business people,” Aron q. Johnson a resident of central Monrovia speaking to the GNN pondered.
“What happen to the taxes paid by these business people to the Liberian Government under the administration of the Unity Party led Government?” Saralyn Cooper a resident of Bushrod Island speaking to the GNN questioned the outgoing government of Africa’s first female president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
For Nathaniel O. Harris of the University of Liberia on Capitol Hill, the decision of the National Legislature to compel the business community to finance the inauguration is demeaning, and has also dragged the incoming Government of George Weah into financial impropriety, and confidence crisis.