By Alva Mulbah Wolokolie
The Plenary of the House of Representatives has constituted a seven-man committee to probe the open letter of former National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) President, Christopher Neyor.
On June 13, 2014, Dr. Neyor wrote in most of the local dailies an open letter to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf insinuating how he refused huge bribery and said “no” to other things that came his way as President of NOCAL.
Dr. Neyor, whose open letter to the President this week has triggered wave of controversies, insinuated that he was giving up a small battle in order to win a bigger one. He was recently petitioned outside Monrovia to contest the Montserrado County Senatorial seat in October this year.
At yesterday’s session, two lawmakers of the opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) Thomas P. Fallah and Acarious Gray wrote Plenary seeking the indulgence of their colleagues to investigate the recent allegation made by Christopher Neyor.
After the communication was read, a motion was made for an open discussion on the two lawmaker’s communication. During the debate, Montserrado County District # 6 lawmaker Edwin Melvin Snowe told his colleagues that it would be prudent that an investigation be conducted to ascertain the facts from Neyor’s letter.
Rep. Snowe argued that all of the allegations made by Neyor are alarming and therefore the House Plenary must give the communication serious attention.
Other lawmakers including R. Matenokay Tingban of Nimba County, Acarous M. Gray, Munah E. Pelham, Gabriel Smith among others added their voices that the issue of bribery as alleged by Neyor in his open letter is a crime under the law, henceforth, should be investigated.
While most of the lawmakers were debating the investigation of Neyor’s letter, Montserrado County District # 4 lawmaker, Henry B. Fahnbulleh, disagreed with his colleagues that it would be a wrong precedence to invite Dr. Neyor to explain in detail some of those allegations because other officials left government and made similar allegations but the House did not invite them.
After several hours of debate, Montserrado County District # 9 lawmaker proffered a motion that an Ad Hoc Committee should be constituted to look into the matter and report to Plenary in two weeks time.
There were 30 lawmakers who voted for the motion while 3 others went against it with no abstention.
House Speaker Alex J. Tyler immediately appointed the chair on the House Standing Committee on Judiciary, Governance, Lands, Mines and Energy, Ways, Means and Finance, Public Account, Investment and the committee on Contract and Monopolies to invite Mr. Neyor for investigation on the matter.