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Dep. Speaker Wants Lawmakers Become More Focused

Deputy Speaker Prince Moye has challenged members of the House of Representatives to be more focused throughout their three-day Orientation Session to be able to acquire the necessary knowledge on the power of lawmaking, oversight and representation.

The Deputy Speaker encouraged his colleagues to fulfill their electoral campaign promises and should give attention to the views and comments of their office staff, who will serve as their reminders.

On Wednesday, February 21, 2018 during the start of a three-day Orientation Session for Members of the House of Representatives of the 54th Legislature, Moye, also is serving as the Acting Speaker, stressed the importance of working together with their office staff, who are their technical arms.

The Bong County District #2 lawmaker further told his colleagues to take serious advantage of the ‘Member Orientation Session,’ indicating that members of the House of Representatives of the 53rd Legislature didn’t benefit such training from the National Democratic Institute (NDI).

He said during their self-initiative training in Gbarnga, Bong County, the House regrettably lost Montserrado County District #11 Representative Moses S. Tandanpolie, Sr.

“It’s our strong prayer that we all will leave from here on Friday,” Deputy Speaker Moye said.

The Orientation is organized by the NDI with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Meanwhile, the United States Embassy’s Charge d’Affairs Samuel Watson said the US government supports the recent statements of the Speaker, Dr. Bhofal Chambers, to “rebrand the Legislature.”

He urged members of the House of Representatives to build stronger party alliance through their various caucuses.

“At the same time, your most important alliance is with the people; both those who voted for you and everyone whom you represent. There are many ways to connect with each other and your constituents,” Mr. Watson said.

He added: “Best practices consistent around the world —- recorded votes on bills in plenary and in committees, open public hearings on every bill, open plenary sessions and legislative documents that are available to the public both in print and your website.”

He mentioned: “Transparency is the power of the legislative branch. The United states government recognizes the critical importance of transparent and accountable governance for the success of its assistance programs.”

Also speaking, Mr. Artan Alijaj, the Program Director of NDI, formally welcomed members of the House of Representatives to the NDI-USAID training session and Thomas Du, the program manager of NDI, served as the moderator.


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