The Management of BIVAC has been mandated to appear Tuesday before the Plenary of the House of Representatives with their legal counsel to “show cause” why it should not be held in contempt for “gross disrespect to Legislative oversight.”
The Plenary of the House had earlier mandated its Committee on Commerce to investigate BIVAC on numerous complaints from Liberian and foreign businesses about its alleged “unnecessary bottlenecks” in the Clarence of goods from the Free Port of Monrovia.
Weeks following the House’s mandate, the Commerce Committee yesterday reported to Plenary that the Management of BIVAC refused to honor the invitation of the Committee.
“Hon. Colleagues, let me inform you that by the directive of the Commerce Committee, the Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives invited the management of BIVAC for a meeting scheduled May 28, 2018, at 2:00 PM. It will amaze you to note that in flagrant disregard to Plenary’s mandate and gross disrespect to the oversight authority of the Legislature,” BIVAC failed to show up, the Chairman of the Commerce Committee, Nimba County District # 5 Rep. Samuel Kogar revealed.
Rep. Kogar narrated that BIVAC management vehemently refused to appear without any justification or excuse. He said within the wisdom of the Committee, BIVA’s behavior is contemptuous.
“It is, therefore, our prayer to Plenary that in the spirit of coordination, communicate to the Executive to ensure that further negotiations aimed at bidding for the renewing of their contract with the government of Liberia by the BIVAC Management be restrained”.
The Nimba County Legislators, in conclusion, indicated that based on the committee information, the taxation arrangement between or contract between BIVAC and the government will expire by August of this year.