Margibi County Representative Tibelrosa Summoh Tarponweh met with hundreds of his constituents Saturday, September 19, 2021, to provide an update on his workings at the Legislature and within his Constituency.
The interactive legislative engagement, which was captioned “Face Your Representative” was held at the Garzon Reserve in Firestone. The gathering was meant to allow the law maker’s constituents to meet and interact with him.
The report further stated that the Saturday gathering in Firestone left most attendees excited, many expressing appreciation for the opportunity to individually speak to their lawmaker.
While updating his constituents about his achievements during the period under review, Representative Tarponweh disclosed his support for the passage of key bills, including the revised anti-drug law bill, the amended anti-human trafficking law, the bill seeking for the establishment of War & Economic Crimes Court, among others.
The Margibi County District One Lawmaker used the forum to explain the significance of a bill he recently proffered before the Plenary of the House of Representatives, which seeks to amend sections of the Decent Work Act of Liberia.
Representative Tarponweh highlighted his role in advocating for workers’ rights in Firestone, thereby vowing to continue such “fight”.
Commenting on projects undertaken by his office and the Government of Liberia, he named the ongoing construction of a two storey market structure in Boys Town, the reconstruction of the Du-River Bridge in Firestone, the construction of the Garzon Reserve Clinic in Firestone, the ongoing construction of the Duazon Police Station in Duazon, the construction of box culverts across the District, the construction of over forty-seven handpumps across the District, among others.
The law maker at the same time asserted that after our workings at the Capitol Building, it’s his duty to return and report to his people.
He is quoted as saying”the reporting must not only be done within a specific area once in a year, but I am developing a method so that we can reach you in various parts of our District. Two weeks ago, we were having similar discussions along the Redlight-Kakata Highway in our District. These interactive discussions with our people are important”.
“Our being at the Legislature, I supported many important bills which include bills to strengthen the law against drug abuse and human trafficking. I am also one of those first lawmakers who signed the bill seeking to establish the War &Economic Crimes Court. In June this year, I submitted a bill seeking to amend parts of the Decent Work Act of Liberia. Some parts of this law are not in the interest of the workers. Concessionaires have been reneging to honor their obligations to directly pay retirement benefits to their retired workers, using chapter 22.1 as their reliance. When this bill is passed, employers will start to directly pay retirement benefits to their employees,” continued.
As suggested by many of his constituents during the discussion, Representative Tarponweh stressed that women and youth empowerment remains one of his major focuses under his leadership.
It can be recalled, the constituents engagement first began on September 4, 2021, when over 200 residents from 15 communities along the Redlight-Kakata Highway gathered within the Goshen Community to discuss and ask detailed questions about the progress of the district.