Senate Ends Second Session

Friday, 5th October 2007

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Monrovia, Liberia - The second session of the Liberian senate has ended in Monrovia, with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf renewing her governmentís commitment to fight corruption, which she acknowledged remains a major challenge for government. Defending measures being adopted to tackle corruption, the President said any draft law on corruption presented to the Liberian Senate is not targeted at any particular group, but rather aimed at ending impunity in the country.

The President, according to an Executive Mansion release, served as keynote speaker on Friday at a program marking the official closure of the second session of the Liberian Senate. The Liberian leader thanked the Senate for the spirit of cooperation which the Executive has enjoyed.

She assured the Senate that a report on the development process embarked upon by government will be made available to individual senators to be passed on to citizens of their respective counties. 

President Johnson Sirleaf briefed the Liberian Senate on governmentís four pillars for development, adding that government is moving rapidly towards reopening the countryís traditional sectors of growth. She expressed the hope that forestry operations will start towards the end of the year with the lifting of sanctions on that sector. The Liberian leader also urged the Senate to carry out an assessment of hospitals and clinics in various counties, with the view of addressing some of their needs.

On the diplomatic scene, the President emphasized that bilateral relations have now been reactivated with many countries, which were disrupted due to the civil conflict, adding that German Chancellor Angela Merkelís visit to Liberia on Sunday is a sign that bilateral relations between both countries have been strengthened.

For his part, Senate Pro-Tempore Isaac Nyenabo said the closeness and unity amongst leaders brings peace and security in a country. He recalled the cordiality which has characterized relations between the Executive and Liberian Senate. He also praised the House of Representatives for its support.