The Chairman of the Joint Legislative Modernization Committee, Senator Conmany B. Wesseh, has requested the holding of a special session of the Senate, or if possible the entire Legislature to celebrate the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Accord (CPA) on Monday, August 18, or Tuesday, August 19, which ever date is deemed appropriate.Senator Wesseh’s request was contained in a two-page letter addressed to his colleagues dated August 12, and read before plenary yesterday during its 54th day sitting.In his letter, the River Gee lawmaker recalled that on August 18, 2003, Liberia’s political, civil society, warring factions and other leaders signed the Comprehensive Peace Accord, which he asserted ended the 14 years of civil war in the country.The process leading to the signing of the CPA held in Accra, Ghana after three months of negotiations was facilitated by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), assisted by the United Nations and the United States with former Nigerian Head of State General Abdusalami A. Abubakar as principal mediator.Considering what he described as the historical importance “of that singular event to the current peace we are enjoying,” Senator Wesseh recalled that the Government of Liberia…organized an elaborate celebration of the 10th Anniversary in a week of activities that culminated in a fascinating program held on August 18, 2012 at the Centennial Pavilion.“As elected representatives of the people of Liberia who are the net beneficiaries of the peace occasioned by the CPA, we must never, ever forget what has been achieved and the immeasurable possibilities of the future in peace.”During the program which Senator Wesseh noted could include speeches, prayers and the singing of patriotic songs, guests could also be invited from the other branches of government, the diplomatic corps, civil society, religious community and others.Senator Wesseh who throughout the civil war formed part of the hierarchy of negotiating delegations that visited every corner of the sub-region in search of lasting peace, and eventually helped found the peace accord, maintained that the celebrations need no effort of convincing.On August 18, 2003, Wesseh emphasized, Liberian leaders made a strong pledge to end the armed violence which killed about 250,000 citizens, displaced more than a million internally and externally, devastated families and communities, destroyed economy and infrastructure, and reduced Liberia to a failed state and a beggar nation.“On that day, Liberians made and began to keep a promise never to go to war with themselves anymore, but to rebuild reform and create governing institutions such as the Legislature, Executive and Judiciary that would maintain enduring peace in our country.”The leaders who signed the CPA, according Senator Wesseh, restored hope to the children and youth of Liberia that there was a future to live for, and promised to fully commit themselves to peace, social economic process, democracy, integrity and above all, to love country.“By celebrating the CPA,” Senator Wesseh noted, “we are reminding ourselves, the people we represent and those who have stood by us during our trials and tribulations that we have a promise to keep and a vow to renew.”With the overwhelming importance attached to the communication, the plenary voted to constitute five-member ad-hoc committee whose mandate is to work out a feasibility plan for the ceremony.The committee is chaired by Senator Wesseh, co-chair by Nimba County Senator Thomas Grupee, with Senators Jewel Howard-Taylor, H. Dan Morais and former peace Ambassador George Manneh Weah of Nimba, Bong, Maryland and Montserrado Counties, respectively, as members.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
• Photo Gallery: Pasadena vs. Chaffey ONTARIO – While achieving the ultimate goal of winning a CIF-Southern Section Division II-AA championship still might be in the distance, the Pasadena High School boys basketball team took care of some important issues on Tuesday in its second-round playoff game against host Chaffey. The Bulldogs, still carrying the bitter memory of a 64-62 loss at Perris in the second round a year ago, looked and played like they were on a mission. Harmon found Nigel Ajere for a pair of early layups to get Pasadena on the board and it virtually was a layup drill for the Bulldogs from there. “Our seniors stepped up big, and we came out with a good win,” said Harmon, who grabbed five rebounds and had a team-high eight assists. Twelve of the Pasadena’s first 15 baskets came on open layups as the Bulldogs built a 31-12 lead midway through the second quarter. Pasadena’s defense suffocated Chaffey and allowed just two field goals in the first half, both in the second quarter, to give the Bulldogs a commanding 40-13 halftime lead. The No. 1-seeded Bulldogs accomplished what they couldn’t do a year ago – advance to the quarterfinals. Pasadena used a one-two punch of Torey Phillips, who scored 24 points, and Trevon Harmon, who had 22, to pummel the stunned Tigers 77-44 and send Pasadena (27-2) to the next round, where on Friday it will host Cajon, a winner over Fullerton. “All week we’ve been talking about how we went on the road and lost a year ago, so I thought we were really focused, came out and played good defense and set the tone on how we were going to play,” Pasadena coach Tim Tucker said. “I think the game was over in the first half.” Of Pasadena’s 33 field goals, 24 were layups. “Trevon Harmon,” Tucker said, “what can you say about him? This kid is picking defenses apart with his passes.” Ajere added 11 points and five rebounds for the Bulldogs. Chaffey (18-7) opened the second half with a 9-2 run to cut Pasadena’s lead to 42-22, but the Bulldogs continued to create easy scoring opportunities. “We kind of let them back in it, but we’re playing at another level right now and we just hope to keep going,” Tucker said. Phillips cashed in on those chances with 16 second-half points to squash any thoughts of a Tigers comeback. “It’s a big relief off our shoulders after falling to Perris last year,” Phillips said. “We just wanted to come out here, play hard and get that monkey off our back.” [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 4456 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!