Bomi County Senator Criticizes Ellen For Appointing Kinsman

Sen. Sando D. Johnson of Bomi County

The Senate chairman on concession, Bomi County Senator, Sando Johnson has said that   his committee does not recognize the coordinator for  concessions in the country appointed by president Ellen Johnson Sirelaf.

Speaking on Monday to a team of reporters from the capital building, he said, the appointment of former Bomi County Senator, Lahai Lansanah  as coordinator  on  concessions in the country was created for ‘political accommodation’ and not by law.

Both senator Johnson and  Lahai hail from the same county.

Senator Johnson continued that such  position  as  Concession coordinator does not exist by law. At such, he would not work with Lahai Lansanah.

Lansanah  was on July 6, 2016 appointed by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as Coordinator on Disputes and Concession Affairs. Such position does not require senate confirmation. Johnson would have opposed it, if  Lansanah, who is well respected by many  appear before  this committee.

“That appointment is political accommodation because it is not by law. Unless where they can bring that law. It is not a committee that we will deal with because it is not statutory. It doesn’t have a statutory mandate, no constitutional backing. It is not relevant and we will not deal with them. My committee doesn’t recognize it,” he explained.

Senator Johnson expressed disgust over the creation of such committee when other institutions that are to work in that sector exist.

“You have the minister of internal affairs, National Bureau of Concession, National Investment Commission, legislative arms that are responsible to do oversight on those institutions. He is a unity partisan and the president is a member, so it is a political accommodation,” Senator Johnson said.

Lansanah served as Chairman of Senate Committee on Rules, Order and Administration.

Lahai was appointed to also try to resolve some of the crisis which existed at the time  in  some companies.  For instance, there has been issues at  Golden Verolum,  Sime Darby,  ArcelorMittal, Equatorial Palm Oil, Maryland oil palm plantation, among others.

Source: Reuben waylaun /

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