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Senate Inducts Nimba’s Nya Twain … Returns From Break

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By: Patrick Cooper

MONROVIA: The Senate following its return to the Capitol on Thursday, May 16, 2024, inducted and welcomed Nimba County’s newly elected Senator, Nya Twain.

Welcoming the new Nimba County Senator, Senate President- Pro-Tempore, Nyonblee Karnga Lawrence, congratulated the Nimba County Senator and wished him well.

“We look forward to ensuring that you have an excellent orientation,” she said.

Madame Lawrence told the Nimba County new Senator that the Senate is the House of Elders with a very progressive spirit, and expressed hope that as a professional man, he will also hit the ground running as others did.

At the same time, the Liberian Senate has resumed legislative works for the second segment of its first session of the 55th Legislature.

In her opening remarks during the first day sitting, Thursday, May 16, 2024, Pro-Tempore Karnga Lawrence welcomed her colleagues and commended them for their devotion and commitment to the agenda of the Special Sitting which was concluded two weeks ago.

According to her, the spirit of collaboration, team work and consultative engagements that exist amongst Senators, continue to enhance the working relationships, and improve the quality of work they do at the level of various committees within the Senate.

Pro-Tempore Karnga Lawrence during her remarks outlined several accomplishments of the just-ended special sitting under her leadership.

Key amongst them is the breakdown of the recently passed budget with highlights crucial interventions made in other to benefit major sectors in the country.

She named the appropriation of the six-hundred thousand United States dollars ($600,000) initial funds for the Construction of the CH Rennie hospital, ninety-five (95) vehicles for police operations in every county, one million for the renovation of the police academy and trainings and the 4.4 million allotment for the payroll of over two thousand (2,000) volunteer teachers who have been without salaries for over 10 years.

Madame Lawrence further disclosed that the Liberian Drugs Enforcement Agency (LDEA) was capture in addition to its budget with additional one million for rehabilitation and data collection information program for at risk youths, two million United States dollars was approved for fire trucks to again make fire stations active across the Country.

Others include: 2.5 million Increase to Monrovia City Corporation and Paynesville City for community and city workers salaries, additional 4.4million increase for referral hospitals, capturing the health sector, three (3) million for programs for wellbeing of the men and women in the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), five-hundred thousand United States dollars ($500,000) to open the TRC Trust fund.

And, knowing that the airport is the gateway to the Country`s economy and must be at international standards, Pro-Tempore Karnga Lawrence indicated that the Senate realizing that the safety of everyone who travels through the airport is important, US$7.5 million was apportioned to the Roberts International Airport (RIA) to purchase navigational aids and two additional fire trucks and others.

She revealed that 25% of the road fund has been passed in the budget law for road equipment for all Counties, while disclosing that appropriation in the budget is also focused on a decent working environment at the Senate, in addition to providing water in all bathrooms, Wi-Fi in the entire building and the Senate journal.

To provide a smooth working environment for workers at the Liberian Senate, Pro-Tempore Lawrence opined that the Senate, under her leadership, with the cooperation of her colleagues has approved two buses for the staffers and have restored health insurance for all employees.

According to her, the budget also includes support to modernization of the Senate especially the renovation of the senate old chambers and main building, the Senate website, digitizing the work environment and access control and an open process.

The President Pro-Tempore at the same time, assured the people of Liberia that with these programs and others that were not mentioned, there will be a more transparent expenditure process.

She noted that the Senate will track every program and report, promising her leadership`s commitment to ensuring that the budget benefits all Counties as the senate will be more robust on implementation, monitoring, and evaluation.

Meanwhile, the President Pro-tempore used the time to announce that the Senate retreat to conclude on the agenda for reforms of the Liberia Senate is scheduled for June 7th to the 9th 2024.

“We urge the committee in charge to take note and work with the retreat secretariat,” she noted.

She further indicated that the General Auditing Commission is also concluding its report after one month of financial system and procedures evaluation in the Senate.

She noted that the internal financial management team has started to be in compliance in some areas while the report is being prepared.

“We look forward to a transparent and accountable Senate as we prepare for annual audits of the Senate in two years,” Pro-tempore Karnga Lawrence noted.

Madame Lawrence concluded by appreciating committees for the hard work while grading the most productive committees for the special session as the committees on internal affairs and ways means and finance.

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