House Speaker Promises Better Legislature In 2022

House Speaker Dr. Bhofal Chambers has assured various constituencies and constituents of a better Legislature in this 2022 as their trusted deputies or representatives.

Addressing his colleagues on Monday, January 10, 2022 on the occasion marking the Fifth Sitting of the Legislature, Speaker Chambers remarked: “We faithfully promise to do our utmost best to ensure that our nation is positively transformed into an oasis of hope and palpable optimism.”

He pledged to maintain the spirit of cooperation, collaboration and coordination with the other two branches of Government for a stable, peaceful, prosperous, just and safe Liberian society, where the rights and responsibilities of all are properly balanced.

Admittedly, the Speaker noted that the year 2021 was one of many challenges, but with the help of the merciful God and that of his colleagues, along with the collaborative support of the other two branches of Government, as well as the international community, they did tackle those challenges and turned them into immeasurable successes.

He did not only recognize but also applauded the overwhelming support he received from his colleagues in the best interest of the nation and its people, despite the many political linkages and/or persuasions.

“You will all be remembered as exemplary national assets… for you have demonstrated to be desirable role models. Let us continue in this direction for upward growth and a deeper concretization of our democracy,” he stated.

According to Speaker Chambers, as they begin another year of service for the people and nation, it is once more incumbent upon them to put the interest of the nation first and above all other interests.

He called for the need to collectively erect perceptible and durable platforms of constructive aspirations, genuine hope, tangible possibilities and realistic optimism.

The House Speaker pointed out lawmakers are under obligation to initiate this task for this generation and the next.

With such cause in mind, Speaker Chambers is of the strongest conviction that they, as lawmakers, will become modern architects of the nation’s transformative agenda.

“Hon. Deputy Speaker and Distinguished Colleagues, having ended the year 2021 with more human-sensitive legislations been enacted, with others still in committee rooms, we wish to further plead with you, my Honorable Colleagues, that we, with speed and efficiency, endeavor to ensure that significant legislation or laws yet to be passed are fast-tracked,” he mentioned.

To all international parliamentary bodies, including, but not limited to ECOWAS and European Parliamentary bodies, Speaker Chambers also pledged that they intend to be more focused and are now fully prepared to constructively work with them during this 2022 and beyond in order to serve the cause of human existence.

“To conclude Esteemed Colleagues, may I leave you with an abbreviated version of President Theodore Roosevelt’s ‘Strength and Decency’ speech, delivered on 6 August 1903 at The Society of Holy Name of Brooklyn and Long Island at Oyster Bay, as food for thought.

It Reads: “It is peculiarly incumbent upon you who have the strength to set the right example to others. I ask you to remember that you cannot retain your self-respect if you are loose and foul of the tongue, that a man who is to lead a clean and honorable life must inevitably suffer if his speech likewise is not clean and honorable. Every man here knows the temptations that beset all of us in this world. At times, any man will slip. I do not expect perfection, but I do expect genuine and sincere effort being decent and cleanly in thought, in word and indeed. …. I hail the work of this society as typifying one of these forces which tend to the betterment and uplifting of our social system. Our whole effort should be toward securing a combination of the strong qualities with those qualities which we term virtues. I desire to see in this country the decent men strong and strong men decent, and until we get that combination in pretty good shape, we are not going to be by any means as successful as we should be.”

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