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Lower House launches Draft Petroleum Law consultations

By Titus Tokpah
The Capitol Building
The Capitol Building

( Nov. 4/ 2013) National Consultations to reform the Draft Petroleum Law and the Oil Sector of Liberia has officially been launched.

The launch took place Monday, November 4, 2013 in Gbarnga, Bong County in Central Liberia.

The Consultations, spearheaded by the House of Representatives, in collaboration with the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL), is led by Speaker Alex Tyler.

According to the House Committee Chairman on Rules, Order and Administration, Edwin Snowe, during the deliberations, each County District will be represented by 20-opinion leaders and Civil Society heads, including the Media and other experts.

Chairman Snowe made the disclosure over the week-end when he appeared on the ELBC Public Affairs Radio Show, “Meet the Press”,

He also confirmed that the Speaker and delegation will arrive in Voinjama, Lofa County Wednesday, November 6, 2013 to discuss the Draft Oil Law with the citizens of the county.

In continuation of the Nation-wide consultations, Speaker Tyler and delegation, including NOCAL officials, will also discuss the Draft Oil Law with hundreds of citizens of Nimba County.

The discussion will take place in Sanniquellie Friday, November 8, 2013.

According to Representative Snowe, the Sanniquellie Meeting will end the first-phase of the consultative exercise in the Southeastern Region.

Meanwhile, following the delegation’s return to Monrovia from the Southeastern Region, it will later embark on the second phase of the exercise in the Western Region of Liberia.

The Western Region of Liberia comprises Gbarpolu, Bomi and Grand Cape Mount Counties.

It can be recalled that the Draft Petroleum Law was tabled by the House Plenary to enhance public participation in the Oil Sector.


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