Senate Angry, Disappointed

first_img– Advertisement – Sen. Chie- When enforced, it will negatively impact food security and will be counter-productive to the growth of the Liberian economy.jpg Angry and disappointed members of the Senate yesterday voted unanimously to mandate their respective committees to investigate President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s Executive Order 84, which reduces the country’s Inshore Exclusive Zone (IEZ) from six nautical miles to three.The Senators did not mince their words when they described the President’s reported action as “ill-calculated and unnecessary.”“Besides the fact that such is going to put our fishermen at the mercy of international fishing companies, one wonders what benefit the country stands to gain, not forgetting of course, the security implication,” Senate chairman on Security, Intelligence and Veterans Affair Stephen Zargo said during a brief debate.The Senators also wondered why the President decided to remove the Bureau of Fisheries, which was created by an Act, and placed it under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Maritime Affairs (LMA), an institution whose mandates are restricted to ships flying the Liberian flag.“If the Bureau of Fisheries was created by law and received the passage blessing of the Legislature, the President has no right to issue an Executive Order. We have to tell her so that firstly our legal people will do the investigation and advise us,” Sinoe County Senator (Cllr.) Joseph Nagbe said.The Senate’s action was prompted by a communication from its Committee on Lands, Mines, Energy and Natural Resources, headed by Grand Kru County Senator Albert Tugbe Chie, in which he requested Plenary to mandate its relevant committees to investigate the issue of the reduction of Liberia’s Inshore Exclusive Zone and the transfer of the oversight of the fisheries sector from the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) to the LMA.“It is currently being argued that this action, when enforced, will shrink by 50 percent the area reserved for small scale Liberian fishermen, put them out of business, and will severely impact the livelihoods of these fishermen and their dependents,” Senator Chie noted in his May 22 communication. He added that many experts believe the reduction of the IEZ will greatly benefit foreign industrial fishermen, leading to over exploitation of Liberia’s near-shore fish resources, negatively impact food security, “and will be counter-productive to the growth of the Liberian economy.”According to the Grand Kru County lawmaker, “some of Liberia’s international partners, such as the European Union (EU), have criticized the move by the Executive Branch of Government, citing its cooperation with Liberia through the EU-Liberia Sustainable Partnership Agreement to promote responsible fishing as enshrined in the FAO’s (Food and Agriculture Organization) Code of Conduct for Responsible Fishing.”The communication was sent to the Committees on Agriculture, Judiciary, Security, Lands, Mines, and Energy, and Maritime to report within one week.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgA DUP politician from the North today launched a scathing attack on wind farms – saying the people of Ireland don’t want them.MLA Jim Wells was speaking at the meeting of the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly which is in session at LYIT in Letterkenny today.A number of executives from wind farm companies from Ireland and Britain have addressed parliamentarians from Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales, the Isle of Man and Jersey. The meeting – chaired by Donegal Deputy Joe McHugh – will continue tomorrow.Having listened to the wind farm companies, Mr Wells described them as ‘monstrosities.’He said the people of Ireland, north and south, don’t want them.The Assembly member said they had destroyed the countryside in his South Down constituency. He also said the idea there was no carbon footprint from wind farms was wrong because one was produced during their manufacture.“There’s also a perception that because of opposition to wind farms in Britain, that the problem is being exported to Ireland,” said Mr Wells.The Taoiseach Enda Kenny is due to address the 46th Plenary Session of the Assembly this afternoon.There is a large Garda presence in and around Letterkenny today.Protestors are due to arrive at the LYIT at 2.30pm. BRITISH-IRISH ASSEMBLY: DUP POLITICIAN LAUNCHES SCATHING ATTACK ON WIND FARMS was last modified: March 4th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BRITISH-IRISH ASSEMBLY: DUP POLITICIAN LAUNCHES SCATHING ATTACK ON WIND FARMSlast_img read more