House of Representatives Goes into Recess

Friday, 28th September 2007
"Change mindset and attitude"--President Sirleaf pleads, as law makers take break.
Photo Credit: Ousman Diallo/Executive Mansion
Monrovia, Liberia - The 2nd session of the 52nd Legislature of the House of Representatives has ended with a passionate plea by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, urging Liberians to adopt a change in attitude and mindset to accelerate national development.

The President observed that physical changes including the building and rehabilitation of structures are easier to accomplish. What is most difficult to achieve, an Executive Mansion release quotes the President as saying, is a change in mindsets and attitudes. The President also observed that the commitment of Liberians to take responsibility for development on their own shoulders and contribute individually to national development continues to also pose a challenge. To achieve those principles, the President noted, it would require honesty, discipline and hard work and the collective effort of all citizens.

“No matter what support or level of assistance, unless we Liberians reach out to each other and reconcile, formulate a common agenda and implement that agenda toward the achievement of our goals, the challenges may seem insurmountable,” President Johnson Sirleaf cautioned.

The President made the call at the Unity Conference Center when she addressed the closing ceremony of the 2nd session of the House of Representatives of the 52nd Legislature. The Liberian leader praised the spirit of cooperation between the Executive and Legislative branches of Government. Such cooperation, the President noted has helped the country respond to the needs of the people.

President Johnson Sirleaf also thanked Members of the House of Representatives for working towards bringing about national change. The President defended her foreign travels, results of which she noted are beginning to show and will continue to be visible as government continues to pursue its development agenda.

The President then called on all political stakeholders to work towards creating a positive legacy for posterity.

For his part, House Speaker Alex Tyler described the second session as a success. He said during the session, the House held 67 regular sittings and three Special Sittings. The Speaker recalled that the House returned some legislation submitted by the Executive, but said the actions were taken in good faith.

Speaker Tyler also paid tribute to the late Hon. Edward Bueh Sundaygar of Grand Bassa County and the late Senator Samuel Tormetie of Gbarpolu County, both of whom passed away during the course of the second session.

Others who addressed the ceremony included the Head of UNMIL Ambassador Alan Doss and Hon. Dr. Kettehkumehn Murray, Chairman of the House’s Committee on the Executive.