River Cess County Senator Dallas V. Gueh is seeking the endorsement of his colleagues to dialogue with the Executive branch of government to instruct all government agencies to do business in Liberian currency.
During yesterday’s regular session, Senator Gueh, through a communication, complained to the plenary of the Liberian Senate the Liberian Electricity Corporation (LEC) refusal to accept payment of bills in Liberian Dollar. According to him the Liberia Revenue Authority is also not accepting payment of custom duties and other taxes in Liberian dollar. “Other public entities have similar practice, but these two examples herein mentioned will suffice at this point,” he added. It is worrisome, he expressed, for government entities to refuse its own currency and blame the citizens for the economic downturn. “They are not responsible for the shortage of the United States Dollars on the market.” As a government, the River Cess County law maker pointed out “we must always seek ways to ease suffering and conditions that highlights poverty.” He pleaded with the august body to dialogue with the Executive branch of government to instruct all government agencies to accept the Liberian currency at the prevailing rate. When the communication was opened for discussion, Grand Cape Mount Senator Varney Sharman objected to calls from some colleagues to cite the management of the LEC, noting that it is a little doubtful that some government agencies are refusing the Liberian Dollars. “What matters is that the amount be paid at the prevailing rate in order to enable them buy their goods which they (LEC) are buying also in US Dollars and as such if anyone has problem with LEC let them engage the institution themselves, than ordering its appearance,” Sherman stated. For her part Grand Bassa Senator Youngblee Kangar Lawrence noted that the refusal of the Liberian currency by the government agencies is totally wrong and it has to be made known and published. “The Liberian currency should be accepted by prevailing rate. I support the communication,” she said. Putting his point through, Senator Thamos Grupue of Nimba County said the matter should be investigated and if that is done, it will be headed by the senate which according to him makes it conflict of interest. “I do not see any reason for these entities to appear. When we summon entity there must be a valid reason,” he noted. Senator George Tengbeh made a motion that the matter be sent to the Committees on Banking and Currency, Ways Means and Finance and Energy. The committees were ordered to report to the Liberian Senate in one week.