Rep. Younquoi Wants LRDA Act Amended


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-Submits Bill For Enactment,

The House of Representatives has received a draft Act seeking an amendment to the 2004 Liberia Rubber Development Authority’s (LRDA) Law of 2004.
Providing reasons for the decision, during last Thursday’s Session,   Nimba County District #8 Representative, Larry P. Younquoi, framer of the Bill, told his colleagues that it will interest them to note that the recent report on the country’s rubber sector, revealed a number of irregularities in the handling of the sector.
In said report, Rep. Younquoi who chaired the body’s special investigation committee, issues pointing to overlapping of functions and acts of monopoly in some quarters of the rubber industry, were discovered.
He indicated that the report also observed that, in spite of the existence of relevant laws, some entities in the sector were still arrogating onto themselves the power to carry out certain functions that are no longer theirs.“This is negatively impacting the viability of the sector in recent times thus, intimidating confusion among its stakeholders, the recent investigation by this Honorable House, as mentioned supra, is a testimony to this,” e said.
According to the Nimba County lawmaker, the draft Act, when passed, will go a long way in correcting the above mentioned irregularities in the rubber sector of the country, thereby leading to its growth, and also ensuring that majority of Liberians benefit there from.
Key highlights of the Act, Rep. Younquoi maintained, include adding a chapter to the original LRDA Act of 2044 to finally repeal the Rubber Planters Association of Liberia (RPAL) Act, which according to him has not only been invalidated by said Law, which is fraught with intrinsic flaws.
He named one such flaws as the 1976 RPAL Act, which contains names of people designated as officials of said entity, when, in fact, the entity was created to serve the generality of Liberia rubber farmers, whose membership and leadership are subject to change. Also, the LRDA law makes reference to certain ministries and agencies whose legal status have changed and need to be reflected in the new law for consistency.


 




































 
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