To Effectuate President Weah’s Proposal For ‘State Of Emergency’, Legislators Fail To Meet Thursday

Liberia leader, President George M. Weah

Members of the National Legislature yesterday, April  9, 2020, failed to meet in a joint session at the Capitol Building to sign the resolution of the State of Emergency request made by the Liberian leader, George Manneh Weah early this week aimed at combatting the deadly Coronavirus or COVID-19 which has ravaged the world including Liberia.

The Liberian leader in a nationwide address early this week, April 8, 2020, called for the enforcement of the State of Emergency, and further prevailed on the National Legislature to jointly sign the resolution in order to effectuate his declaration.

But in reaction to the Liberian leader declaration, a member of the Senate, Abraham Darius Dillon said the Liberian leader’s State of Emergency is not timely, noting that the economic situation of Liberians must be improved before implementing the issue of the State of Emergency.

Like Senator Dillon, similar calls have been made by rights groups that the Liberian leader call in his nationwide address calling for the enforcement of the State of Emergency, rights groups and other civil society organizations are calling on the Liberian leader to put in place those measures that will ease the economic situation of the majority, including the provision of all social services to the public.

However, some Liberians who spoke to the GNN said the decision by the Liberian leader to declare a State of Emergency aimed at avoiding the deadly coronavirus must be considered as in the right direction, but urged the President to see reasons in seeking general welfare of the Liberian people including the reduction of the economic hardship being encountered by the Liberian people.

It is still not clear as to whether joint houses of the National Legislature (The Senate and the House of Representative) will meet today to discuss the Liberian leader request on the issue of the State of Emergency, as Liberians troop to various shopping centers to purchase their needy goods including food and other basic necessities in preparation of the State of Emergency.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.