LIBERIA: House Passes Gola Forest Act

The House of Representatives has passed an Act establishing the Gola Forest National Park in Grand Cape Mount County.

Of the 39 Representatives that attended the Tuesday Session, 35 voted for the passage of the Act with none against and four abstentions.

The lawmakers passed the instrument minutes after the House Committee on Agriculture chaired by Fofi Sahr Baimba submitted a report in which it stressed the need to pass the Act given its economic advantage.

Before its passage into law, Representative Baimba told his colleagues that the Parliament in neighboring Sierra Leone passed similar instrument a year ago, and that the country is currently benefiting economically.

It can be recalled that on August 7, 2015, the House of Representatives and the Liberian Senate held a briefing and presentation session at the Forestry Development Authority (FDA) relative to the relevance and urgency for Liberia to pass the Act into law.

While the briefing and presentation session was ongoing, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and her Sierra Leonean counterpart had already met at the Gola Forest National Park Site, where they made commitments to ensure the enactment of the Act.

Immediately following the passage of the Act by the lower House, Speaker J. Alex Tyler mandated Chief Clerk Mildred Sayon to forward it to the upper House for concurrence.

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