President Weah submits several bills to Legislature for consideration, frowns on usurpation of his duty

President George Weah

The Liberian leader, President George Manneh Weah has submitted several bills to the Legislature including the National Standard Authority Act, Civil Servant Commission Act, and the World Trade Organization (WTO)Facilitation Agreement for enactment.

President George Weah said: “The establishment of the Civil Servant Commission is in adherence to Article 89 of the Liberian Constitution and will regulate the employment and working condition of public servants and enhance productivity and growth”.

The Liberian leader also disclosed that the World Trade Organization Facilitation Agreement, if ratified, will greatly reduce greatly reduce bureaucratic delays in trade to enhance government’s Pro-Poor Agenda.

The communication read Tuesday, August 6, 2019, is being sent to relevant committees for further action before becoming bills.

In a related development, the Liberian leader has termed as unacceptable the attempted usurpation of his constitutional authority by officials of government.

In a widely circulated letter dated July 19, 2019, Montserrado County Senator Saah Joseph wrote and sought to effect an appointment and a dismissal at the Liberia Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Authority (LMHRA), thus improperly arrogating unto himself the power to “grant” someone the authority to serve as Managing Director of the Liberia Medicines & Health Product Regulatory Authority (LMHRA).

President Weah has described his action as an unlawful act that runs contrary to Article 56A of the Constitution of Liberia which grants exclusive authority to the President of the Republic to appoint all such officials.

The President has also expressed disapproval of this attempted usurpation of his function and reiterates his call to all officials of the government to carry out their duties in accordance with law and to work diligently to improve the lives of the Liberian people.

The President warns of corrective measures should such flagrant attempt to exercise his constitutional responsibility occur again.

Meanwhile, President Weah has directed that all actions of appointment and dismissal carried out at LMHRA as a result of Senator Joseph’s communications are null. He has also directed the Minister of Finance to effect a freeze on all accounts of the entity pending a review of its financial records.

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