Senator McGill Urges Robust Oversight Responsibility in Senate

MONROVIA – Margibi County Senator Nathaniel Farlo McGill has said his inability to execute certain tasks to benefit the economic and social needs of Liberians is due to his presence in the National Legislature.

Speaking of his constituency during the Thursday session of the Senate which marks the kicks off of  second quarter of the Legislative sitting, the former Minister of State said legislative politics is far different from the political operations of the Executive.

Senator McGill comments were based on direct respond to the President Pro-Tempore and Grand Bassa County Senator, Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence in which he reminded her to ensure the robustness of the Liberian Senate’s oversight responsibility – one of the three cardinal responsibilities of the National Legislature.

Senator McGill said that under the opposition of the Coalition for Democratic Change, the Executive Branch of the Liberian Government has grossly violated and challenged the powers constitutionally given to the National Legislature.

Senator McGill said under the Boakai-Koung Administration, the lawmaker who also chairs the Senate Committee on Education urged Pro-Temp Karnga-Lawrence to ensure that under her leadership, the Senate becomes more robust in its oversight responsibility.

He noted that the Grand Bassa County Senator was elected unopposed to occupy the administrative seat to seek the welfare of the country by standing firm against the Executive violating the authorities of the first branch of government.

“Honestly, sometimes when you raise issues, people say ‘O McGill you were in the Executive why your didn’t do this, your didn’t do that; I was never in the Senate. I was in the Executive. Executive politics is different from legislative politics,” he said.

According to him, the National Legislature cannot sit supinely and watch three or four individuals from the Ministry of Finance and Development-Planning, the Central Bank of Liberia and the Ministry of State to borrow some cash without the legal consent of the Legislature.

Making specific reference to the Liberia Petroleum and Refinery Company (LPRC) for borrowing US$9 million without the approval of the Legislature, which was backed by others that the institution is an autonomous agency, Senator McGill argued that such action was absolutely wrong.

“Even under our administration, if the Managing Director went and got approval from the Ministry of Finance or just a management committee that went and borrowed US$9 million without this Legislature, it was wrong; they had no authority because the Constitution gives us that power,” the lawmaker stressed.

Senator McGill said the LPRC is not a private company for its boss to take such a decision without seeking the authority of the Legislature, adding that if such action is not arrested timely, the management team can possibly sell the entity; which will indicate that this body (The National Legislature) does not have oversight or a Chair on Public Corporation.

The CDC lawmaker further reminded the Pro-Temp that she is not occupying that position for the ‘Rescue Mission’ of the ruling Unity Party, stressing that the position is a public office and as such, she is the President Pro-Tempore of the Liberian Senate serving the Liberian people. Courtesy of Focus on Liberia.

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