By C. Winnie Saywah-Jimmy
The President Pro-tempore of the Liberian Senate, Gbehzohngar Findley, is urging national governments in the three regional States ravaged by the Ebola outbreak to forge a united strategy to fight the Ebola disease.
At his regular press briefing yesterday, Pro-temp Findley said the borders of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea are the epicenters of the disease therefore governments in those countries must act in unison if the disease is to be curtailed from the region.
He admitted that the disease cannot be eradicated according to health experts but believes that it can be contained and its transmission can be put to a halt. The Grand Bassa County Senator said Ebola must be stabilized if Liberia is to regain its economy.
Senator Findley said this can be a success if the international partners act appropriately and help countries face with this epidemic by providing every needed health materials, financial support and logistics.
Meanwhile, as Grand Bassa County lawmaker, Pro-temp Findley said his embark on an Ebola competition involving several communities across the county by targeting chiefs and traditional leaders with a cash reward of LD 15, 000 against any report on no new cases of the virus within 42 days.
He said the objective of the competition is to ensure that residents take preventive initiatives into their own hands thereby stopping the spread of the virus in the various communities adding, “We will and must fight to win this battle.”
In other developments, Senator Findley has frowned on members of the House of Representatives bent on spreading falsehood in the media about how endorsement of resolutions are made by both the Liberian Senate and the House of Representatives.
He made the remarks while responding to questions as to how the communication from the House of Representatives attached the word’recommendation’ while the concurrence from the Liberian Senate had ‘endorsed.’ Pro-temp Findley said the National Legislature’s works are done by consensus and at the end the final agreement is what is sent to the Executive for approval.
Senator Findley said it is impossible to say that the Liberian Senate and the House of Representatives will be thinking on the same line that is why the Liberian Constitution states that one drafts the resolution and the other concurs and if there is a disagreement, the document is sent to a joint committee to trash out the matter so that that document sails smoothly to the Executive.
He condemned those in the habit of saying things that will bring the Pro-temp’s office into disrepute noting that the Liberian Senate is an independent body while the House of Representatives acts as another body citing Article 29 of the Liberian Constitution that states how Legislative powers can be combined.
Pro-temp Findley vowed to communicate his dislike in the attitude of his colleagues to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Alex Tyler and reminded that body that the best way to express dislike is to continuously communicate with each other.
He further condemned members of the county caucus who are using their legislative oversights to serve as bosses for the county leadership. Senator Findley said the Development Superintendent of Grand Bassa County has been very responsible all his three years of service in that County.
The Grand Bassa County lawmaker told his colleagues that as lawmakers, they may have oversight or play supervisory roles but those in the county seat are the ones steering the affairs of the county and must be given the chance to operate in that capacity.