In Line Boakai's Mandate: Dillon, McGill, Several Senators Take Drugs Test

Feb 5, 2024 - 20:12
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In consonance with President Joseph Boakai’s quest to tackle illicit drugs and substance abuse, seven members of the Liberian Senate led by Senator Nathaniel McGill have taken their drug test.

Our legislative reporter said during the weekend, a batch of seven senators brought a team of specialized professional doctors to test them for drugs.

The senators include McGill of Margibi, Abraham Darius Dillon of Montserrado, Johnny Kpehe of Bong, Wellington Geevon-Smith of River Cess, Zoe Emmanuel Pennue of Grand Gedeh, James Biney of Maryland and Simeon Taylor of Grand Cape Mount Counties respectively.

Speaking on behalf of his colleagues after the testing process, Senator McGill thanked the senators for doing their drug test, adding that the results of every member will be made public.

He further encouraged the President Pro-Tempore of the Senate and Senator of Grand Bassa County, Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence to put the matter on the floor of plenary for all senators to randomly do the test.

“We encourage the senate through the Pro-Temp so that we do this over and over. You know today you may be free but tomorrow you can still have a positive test so it will be an ongoing random selection,” the Margibi Senator noted.

Senator McGill who chairs the Senate Committee on Education and Public Administration believes the citizens including the young people will be motivated to join the fight once their national leaders lead by example.

“So I want to say thank you fellow senators for this bold step and this is good for our country like the President said; like we said, the rapid test results will be made public so everyone can see what we are doing and talking about,” he stressed.

The former Minister of State for Presidential Affairs now Senator of Margibi County reiterates calls for all members of the Liberian Senate to do their rapid drug test.

“I mean we will all do this the same way with the asset declaration but you see, asset declaration is not automatic; people have to make sure they find all their assets, they get accountants who can do it considering your values so it’s not just something where as soon you come today then you declare, it takes some time,” Senator McGill stressed.


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Emmanuel M. Weedee-Conway Emmanuel Moriero Weedee-Conway is a Liberian journalist with over 15 years of experience in the Liberian media. He currently serves as the News Editor at the Heritage Newspaper and was recently appointed as News Publisher at Kool Online. In addition, he holds a Bachelors of Art degree in Mass Communication from the faith-based African Methodist Episcopal University (AMEU) with emphasis in Print Journalism and minor in Public Administration. Weedee-Conway also holds several local and international certificates in media trainings