President Ernest Bai Koroma yesterday October 9th 2008 received a UNDP-sponsored report about restructuring the legislative arm of government.
Receiving the report (titled ‘Restructuring The Parliament Of Sierra Leone: An Executive Summary’ by Reginald M. Pastra, International Expert On Parliamentary Organisation, Design and Development), from a cross-section of parliamentarians led by Speaker Abel Stronge, President Koroma said it was like a dream coming true because, as then opposition leader, he had been at the forefront of championing the restructuring of parliament in a bid to ensure its independence and capacitate its oversight responsibilities.
“Parliament’s oversight responsibility is not a witch-hunting exercise, but it makes the executive arm of government to be more efficient. At the end of the day, it is the country that will benefit.” The President hoped what is contained in the report would empower parliamentarians to be more effective. “Whatever it takes for me as President to do to ensure that Parliament is empowered, I’ll do; because that will enhance good governance.” He promised to look at the report and get back to parliament on it.
Among those present were the Clerk of Parliament V.A. Kamara and Majority Leader Eddie Turay.
Meanwhile, the President will address parliamentarians and the nation at the official State Opening of Parliament tomorrow.
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