Apparently in continuity of the modernization plan of the Capitol Building housing duly-elected representatives of the Liberian people in both the lower and upper houses, having since begun several years ago by the United States government through the provision of additional offices, giving the building its true outlook and providing other materials intended to have its members safely conduct works of the people, latest disclosure indicating further modernization of the structure is indeed welcoming.
The honorables, deserving to always be treated as such, from self-evaluation conducted in just seven months, have indeed continued to live up to the task as characterized by the seriousness with which they have since treated their responsibilities to the State.
Never defaulting on the regular conduct of their daily activities, with the presence of two-thirds majority always present at deliberations, rules of procedures embedded in parliamentary law has from time to time remained the core at each deliberations, with the presiding officer always keen at points of order, parliamentary inquiries and requests of any kind, making particularly members of the House of Representatives to remaining pro-active in sponsoring various bills representing the interest of their respective constituencies.
Although with more progress to be made in the coming months, in view of more bills thus far introduced still requiring synchronization by various committees before second or third reading, the continuing modernization plan will only invigorate the spirit of the honorable men in discharging their responsibilities without experiencing much problem.
Reportedly, with an additional annex to be added to the Capitol for reasons that will later be made public and without been hasty, most members have indeed taken the initiative to address other problems in their respective offices as means to encouraging productivity, howbeit the sole responsibility of government.
Sadly indeed and apparently due to budgetary hiccups, the provision of internet facilities for the honorable members may still be experiencing delay but ought to form part of the modernization plan in linking up with other colleagues on the international front.
Not however absent or a contributing factor in any way in splendidly performing their daily duties, the National Democratic Institute (NDI) has since made available a modern library for research purpose by the honorable members, in addition to internet facilities overseer by a trained team.
Whilst few may see the modernization plan as a one-stop affair which is certainly not the case, suggesting that all members of the august body should have by now been provided at least a vehicle each in regularly visiting their constituencies, many have since taken the bull by the horn through self-initiatives, simply to get the work of the Liberian people done.
Allowing the conduct of deliberations even outside Monrovia with greater participation, the 53rd Legislature, under the aegis of Speaker Alex Tyler and Deputy Speaker Hans Barchue, may just be taking the august body a step forward to the people as means of encouraging participatory democracy.
Reportedly with yesterday’s deliberation dealing with the debating of the national budget for subsequent passage held in Kakata City, Margibi County, it clearly signals that there may come more new developments in the years ahead in the full conduct of legislative matters in the country, since holding deliberations in political sub-divisions had been unheard of in many decades. These are the little things that matter when modernization plan is continuously advanced.