HOUSE PASSES LAW TO REPEAL J.J. ROBERTS, TUBMAN BIRTHDAYS- CREATING PRESIDENTS’ DAY
The House of Representatives has repealed legislations declaring Presidents J.J. Roberts and W.V.S. Tubman Birthdays as National Holiday and thereby authorizing the establishment of an Act to observe and celebrates Liberia’s past and present President‘s Day.
Following a very heated debate, in the 15 day sitting, a vote was taken with 37 in favor and 7 against. A total of 44 members voted.
According to the Bill, the last Monday in March of each year will be set aside as a National Holiday.
The Judiciary Committee recommended the endorsement of the draft law which will eventually remove the March 15 and November 29 birthdays of Presidents Roberts and Tubman.
In its report, the committee inform plenary that the passage will help ease the economic burden thereby having many working days to generate more revenue.
Observations from the debate suggest that some changes will be made to reflect service recognition of past and current presidents and not their birthdays’ celebrations.
The Chief Clerk was instructed to engross the bill and have it forwarded to the Liberian Senate for concurrence.
The Bill is sponsored by Grand Kru County Representative, George Wesseh Blamo.