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

Everton line-up v Krasnodar: Martinez to give youth a chance in final group game

first_imgWith qualification to the knock-out stages sealed and the group already won, Everton boss Roberto Martinez will be forgiven for looking beyond Thursday’s final group match against Krasnodar and instead to the Toffees’ next Premier League fixture on Monday.Indeed, given his comments during his pre-match press conference, that is exactly what Martinez is doing, with the Spaniard having named a majority of his starting line-up, while also confirming that he will select some of the club’s up-and-coming youngsters to make up the rest of his squad.Martinez insisted though that he is selecting an ‘experimental’ side that he believes is capable of winning the contest, without devaluing the competition too much.Nearly all of his preferred first XI will be handed some well deserved rest, with the likes of Chelsea’s on-loan star Christian Atsu, the recently returned Arouna Kone and squad players Antolin Alcaraz and Steven Pienaar making up the core of his side.Below is how Everton could line-up: 1 Beyond Everton’s established stars, the players to keep and eye out for are Tyias Browning, Luke Garbutt, Conor McAleny and Ryan Ledson.20-year-old Browning is celebrating his 10th year at the club and is widely regarded as the eventual replacement for Sylvain Distin and made his senior debut as a second half substitute in September’s Merseyside derby.Garbutt is a highly-rated full-back, although his versatility has seen him operate in midfield as well.McAleny has been confirmed as a feature against Krasnodar and has been lauded for his pace and goal scoring exploits, while Ledson is the youngster of the quartet, with the club holding extremely high hopes for the 17-year-old midfielder. 1 Roberto Martinez will field and experimental side last_img read more