Speaker Nuquay said following months of political turbulence among members of the lower House that ushered in a rancorous interaction amongst its members, it is now vital for members of that august body to embark on a period of reconciliation and image building.
In his inaugural address following his induction last Wednesday at the Joint Chamber of the Capitol Building in Monrovia, the new Speaker stressed the need for effective and robust coordination between the executive and the national legislature for the implementation of the overall development agenda of the country.
Hon. Nuquay assured his colleagues that as a team leader he will work along with members of the lower House and the Executive to push through the development agenda for Liberia.
Speaker Nuquay also promised to cooperate with his colleagues to build their capacities and ensure that there will be a successful turnover to the incoming 54th National Legislature in January 2018.
It can recalled, 48 members of the fractured House including some members of the pro-Tyler group attended Tuesday’s session for the purpose of holding election for the new Speaker, although some staunch pro- Alex Tyler supporters in the House abstained from the process as a form of protest against what they termed ‘illegal removal of former Speaker Alex Tyler’.
Meanwhile, the 53rd National Legislature has reached a decision not to penalize Deputy Speaker Hans Barchue for prematurely adjourning the House session last Tuesday for constituency break, which met strong disapproval from his colleagues in the lower House.
The 53rd National Legislature has instructed Bong County Representative George Mulbah to engage Deputy House Speaker Barchue and report to the body in January 2017 upon their return from the agricultural break.
Representative Emmanuel Nuquay from Margibi County, who served as Chairman of the Ways, Means, and Finance Committee in the House of Representatives for over seven years, was removed by former Speaker Alex Tyler following the rebranding exercise which witnessed the unilateral transferring of members from various positions which also created bad blood amongst Representatives of the lower House.