Meet Pro-Tempore Of The Liberian Senate: The Man Albert Tugbe Chie

Pro-Tempore of the Liberian Senate, Albert Tugbe Chie

Having visited the Liberian Senate on Capitol Hill over the last six months to eagerly study the workings of this great and significance section of the Liberian lawmakers, especially the upper house, it was noticed that the office of the Senate Pro-Tempore under Professor Albert Tugbe Chie has gained a level of respect in that august house.

Professor Chie who is also Senator of Grand Kru County has been estimably noticed for his renowned professional leadership at the Senate; his worth of experience over the years as a sound administrator has arguably won many of his critics to confess that indeed he is a leader.

Despite of unforeseeable challenges at this upper house, Pro-Tempore Chie has always made it his duty to build a strong ties at the Liberian Senate amongst members of that uniquely organized of the Liberian Senate, steering its affairs in the desirable interest of the Liberian people.

Flash Back: Wang Yang (R), Chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference National Committee, meets with Liberia’s President Pro Tempore of the Senate Albert Chie in Beijing, capital of China, July 18, 2019. (Xinhua/Li Tao)

‘Pro-Temp’ as he is affectionately call has brought dignity in the Liberian Senate since his ascendancy three years ago on January 15, 2018; his maturity including the handling of legislative matters has won him lots of respect amongst his colleagues at the Liberian Senate; he will steer the affairs of this body up to 2024 when a new Pro-Tempore will than have the opportunity to serve.

Flash Back: Pro-Tempore Chie with some Chinese officials presenting Liberia’s plight at that gathering

The Constitution of Liberia requires the Senate to elect a president pro tempore to serve as presiding officer in the absence of the vice president. The president pro tempore is authorized to preside over the Senate, sign legislation, and issue the oath of office to new senators.

This assignment has been solely shouldered by Senator Albert Tugbe Chie who, according to political analysts who spoke to this outlet said, the Pro-Tempore amidst numerous political challenges has over the last four years extremely performed well in the undertaking of his statuary duties as Senate Pro-Tempore, and abled Senator of his home County, Grand Kru County in the southeast of the Country.

Flash Back: Pro-Temp Chie with President Weah

“This Senator must be commended for his political and leadership maturity in the Senate amid numerous challenges that has engulfed the Liberian Senate; he must be applauded for this”, one of the political analysts who spoke to the GNN asserted.

Also in an exclusive interview with one of his kinsmen, Nimely Koffa via mobile phone from Barclayville, Grand Kru County poured praises on the Pro-Tempore of the Liberian Senate for his developmental initiative in the County. Speaking further, Nimely recounted that prior to Senator Chie’s ascendancy to the Liberian Senate, Albert Tugbe Chie was the only person who he noted built a modern and state-of-art residential duplex in his home County.

Pro-Temp Chie exercising his legislative authority at one of the sessions

His legislative responsibilities seems to also gain international attention when he paid a visit to China in 2019 to meet that Asia Country’s top political advisor, Wang Yang, sharing a bilateral relationship with both countries, making sure that both Liberia and China sisterly relationship remains solid.

Wang who is also Chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) National Committee, noted during the visit of Senate Pro-Tempore, Senator Albert Tugbe Chie, that China and Liberia are good friends and partners who respect each other and treat each other as equals.

Pro-Temp Chie with Vice President Taylor and Finance Minister Tweah at one of the official functions

Wang said the two sides should jointly promote the Belt and Road Initiative and implement the outcomes of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) Beijing Summit, deepen political mutual trust, strengthen pragmatic cooperation and facilitate bilateral cooperation to yield more progress. Wang also expressed the readiness of CPPCC National Committee to enhance friendly exchanges with Liberia’s Senate.

For his part, Pro-Tempore Chie said Liberia admires China’s great achievements in reform and opening up and thanked China for its support and assistance to Liberia.

Liberia firmly adheres to the one-China policy, and will actively participate in the construction of the Belt and Road to strengthen win-win cooperation, his ably representation of the Liberian government and people in China at that time overwhelmed lots of Liberians both back home and abroad, as he served as trailblazer of the Liberian legislature in China during that historic visit.

Speaking at one of the opening ceremonies of the National Legislature, Pro-Tempore Chie as usual cautioned his colleagues to work in the interest of the people of Liberia, especially those who elected them if they are to always succeed.

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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.

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