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Deputy Speaker promises transparency in Oil Law

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(elbcradio.com/Liberia/Dec. 4, 2014)-Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hans Barchue, has assured the public of accountability and transparency in the new Oil and Gas Law of Liberia.

Deputy House Speaker Barchue said: “Because of the pressing demands from the citizens on their input on the oil and gas law, a two-day national stakeholders’ meeting began today (Friday, December 4) at the Monrovia City Hall.

He made the statement Thursday, December 4, 2014 when he addressed the Information Ministry’s regular press briefing on Capitol Hill in Monrovia.

The Deputy House Speaker said: “The consultative meeting will be a validation process that will consider public inputs and expert reports from Nigeria, Ghana and Alaska.

Deputy Speaker Barchue urged Liberians to take advantage of the two day consultative meeting to make their contributions in the process.

Commenting on the nationwide oil consultations, Representative Barchue said:”The tour afforded us the opportunity for the first time to understand the citizens’ plight.”

He dismissed allegations that Liberia has already started mining oil, saying: “When oil blocks are given out, prospection is done to determine the quantity available before commencing mining.”

 


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