Ellen Delivers Annual Message Today
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is expected to present her State of the Nation’s address today, January 27, same being the fourth working Monday in January.
Article 58 of the National Constitution states that the ‘President shall, on the fourth working Monday in January of each year, present the administration’s legislative program for the ensuing session.’
The President’s message to be delivered at the National Legislature which is per tradition shall contain report of the nation’s economic condition, expenditure as well as income. The address is usually delivered at 4 p.m. in the joint chambers of the National Legislature with both the House of Representatives and the Liberian Senate convening in one session.
According to the House’s Chairperson on Rules and Order, Edwin Snowe, massive preparation has already been done to accommodate the public who desire listening or being in attendance on the premises of the Legislature when the address is presented.
Unlike past times, the lawmakers accommodated more people than the joint chambers would hold therefore as means of incorporating those desirous of attending the program, Rep. Snowe said the joint chambers which was designed to host only 300 persons in the rotunda has been prepared in a way that those sitting in it will have to watch the President present her address via television.
The Ministry of Information has also prepared accreditation cards for journalists who will be covering the event today for their various mediums. President Sirleaf’s address will also delve into addressing other pressing national issues.