Friday 23 February 2018
(Heritage 08/02/13)
The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors on Tuesday, July 30, endorsed a new Country Partnership Strategy (CPS) for Liberia for a four-year period. The CPS is aligned with Liberia’s Agenda for Transformation (AfT), built around five strategic pillars focusing on economic transformation, improving governance and public institutions, supporting peace, justice, security and rule of law, human development and cross cutting issues such as youth empowerment, employment, gender, labor and health. The CPS will support selected elements of the AfT which will contribute to sustainable growth and poverty reduction, while at the same time address deep rooted causes of conflict and fragility in order to preserve past and future development gains. The Bank programming during the CPS period will focus...
(Voice of America 08/02/13)
The Liberian government says negotiations are underway with more than 20,000 public health workers who have been on strike since July 23. The Ministry of Health has called on the health workers to return to work while the talks take place, but striking employees say they will stay home until their demands have been met. Patients, meanwhile, say they just want to receive treatment. Negotiations between the Ministry of Health and leaders of the National Health Workers' Association of Liberia continued Thursday in the capital, Monrovia. It’s been more than a week since Liberian public health workers - primarily nurses - stopped showing up to work. They are staging the country’s first nationwide health care strike to protest the government’s...
(The Newdawn Liberia 08/01/13)
The World Bank's Board of Executive Directors on Tuesday, July 30,endorsed a new Country Partnership Strategy (CPS) for Liberia for a four-year period. The CPS is aligned with Liberia's Agenda for Transformation (AfT), built around five strategic pillars focusing on economic transformation, improving governance and public institutions, supporting peace, justice, security and rule of law, human development and cross cutting issues such as youth empowerment, employment, gender, labor and health. The CPS will support selected elements of the AfT which will contribute to sustainable growth and poverty reduction, while at the same time address deep rooted causes of conflict and fragility in order to preserve past and future development gains. The Bank programming during the CPS period will focus on...
(Heritage 08/01/13)
USAID/Liberia's new Mission Director, John Mark Winfield, says teachers across the country play a pivotal role in the development of the country. In remarks at the 64th National convention of the National Teachers Association of Liberia (NTAL) in Kakata, Margibi County, Mr. Winfield said rebuilding Liberia was hinged on education and emphasized that trained, qualified teachers were key to the process. The USAID Liberia Mission Director said the role of teachers in preparing Liberia's children for leadership should not be taken for granted and called for support to teachers by ensuring they had the means and the enthusiasm to do their jobs. "Education is not their responsibility alone... teachers need to be supported by government, as well as by their...
(This Day Live 08/01/13)
The World Bank Group committed a record $14.7 billion in fiscal year 2013 (July 2012 to June 2013) to support economic growth and better development prospects in Africa, despite uncertain economic conditions in the rest of the global economy. “The region has shown remarkable resilience in the face of a global recession and continues to grow strongly,” said World Bank Vice President for the Africa Region, Makhtar Diop. “Africa is at the centre of the World Bank Group 2030 goals of ending extreme poverty and promoting shared prosperity, in an environmentally, socially, and fiscally sustainable manner.” The World Bank Group, according to a release from its Nigeria office in Abuja, continued its strong commitment to Africa approving $8.25 billion in...
(Voice of America 07/31/13)
JOHANNESBURG — The United Nations’ AIDS agency is hailing what officials describe as significant progress in the fight against the epidemic in eastern and southern Africa. The report says AIDS-related deaths have declined dramatically and that the number of new infections has decreased - a direct result of more available treatment. But, they warned, challenges remain. Top health and aid officials praised the gains in the fight against AIDS in southern and eastern Africa - among them, a nearly 40 percent drop in AIDS-related deaths since 2005, and a 50 percent drop in new infections among children since 2001. The cause, they said was simple: The number of people receiving anti-retroviral treatment has increased tenfold, from 625,000 in 2005 to...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/31/13)
LAGOS, July 31 | Wed Jul 31, 2013 (Reuters) - The chairman of African lender Ecobank Transnational (ETI) has repaid a set of loans he took from the bank and no company rules were broken by the transactions, Chief Executive Thierry Tanoh said on Wednesday. South African sovereign fund manager PIC, a 20 percent shareholder in the African bank, has said they would wait for the board of directors to investigate and draw conclusions over the allegations around debt taken out by chairman Kolapo Lawson on August 5. The lender itself has said previously that the loans, which the Financial Times reported were the subject of a boardroom battle, were performing. Tanoh said on Wednesday they were contracted two years...
( 07/31/13)
NAIROBI- Twelve years after African governments pledged in the Abuja Declaration to allocate at least 15 percent of their annual budgets to healthcare by 2015, just six countries have met this goal. Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Rwanda, Togo and Zambia have met the target, and five other countries are spending at least 13 percent of their annual budgets on health, according to data compiled by the UN World Health OrganiSation (WHO). While on aggregate spending on health has increased – up to 10.6 percent from 8.8 – about a quarter of African Union (AU) member-states have regressed and are now spending less on health than they were in 2001, adds the WHO data. Recently, the AU held another special summit on...
(CNN 07/31/13)
(CNN) -- A decade after Angola emerged from devastating civil war, the sea front road that winds around the bay of its capital, Luanda, is now dotted with multi-million dollar condominiums, exclusive clubs, and boutique stores catering for the country's elite. Most of Luanda's population, however, live in the nearby slums, where health facilities are non-existent and children must work, not study, to survive. Africa's natural resource wealth has certainly fueled a decade of rapid growth, but most Africans have still not seen the benefits. More urgently, rapid population growth combined with deepening inequality could one day prove explosive. It does not have to be this way, of course. Botswana successfully used its diamond wealth to develop quickly, growing from...
(Africa Review 07/30/13)
Liberia President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has challenged Liberians to invest in agriculture to strengthen the post-war country's food security. "In the 1970s an entrepreneur like former minister of finance Steven Tolbert was able to produce eggs not only for local consumption, but also for export. During this same period, the Ministry of Agriculture, under the administration of Minister Florence Chenoweth, a project was introduced that gave more incentives to farmers to increase their production of rice," the Liberian leader said. President Johnson Sirleaf was speaking on Saturday when she dedicated a multi-million dollar poultry farm belonging to former Nigerian Olusegun Obasanjo in Gbah Town, Grand Cape Mount County located about 30 kilometres west of the capital Monrovia. The poultry farm,...
(Unhcr 07/30/13)
MONROVIA, Liberia, July 30 (UNHCR) – More than 10,000 Ivorians have returned home so far this year from Liberia with UNHCR help, almost double the figure for the whole of last year. The landmark was passed late last week. The refugees, mostly living in camps and communities in Grand Gedeh, Nimba, Maryland and River Gee counties in Liberia, have returned to areas such as Toulepleu, Tabou and Danane in western Côte d'Ivoire. The UN refugee agency, in collaboration with the Liberia Refugee Repatriation and Resettlement Commission and other partners, has been organizing road convoys for those wishing to return more than two years after fleeing post-election violence in Côte d'Ivoire. Those heading back from Maryland County cross the Cavalla River...
(Heritage 07/30/13)
Liberia's Peace Ambassador, George Manneh Weah, has asserted that "political will" is needed to sustain and maintain peace and stability in the Liberian society. Amb. Weah said the sustenance of peace in Liberia must be made a "national priority." He said a "national drive" must be made towards the equitable distribution of the country's wealth and resources. His comments were contained in his July 26, 2013 speech released from his Florida's home in the United States of America. Amb. Weah called for "equal opportunity and increased participation in the decision making process" of the country by Liberians in order to maintain peace and stability in the country. The Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) Standard Bearer pointed out that the prolonged...
(Business News (Ng) 07/30/13)
Liberia’s Minister of Agriculture, Dr Florence Chenoweth, on Sunday said that Obasanjo Farms in Liberia would create about 30,000 job opportunities for the citizens. Chenoweth made the observation during the dedication ceremony of Obasanjo Farms Liberia Incorporated at Gbah Foboi, Grand Cape Mount County, in Liberia. She noted that the Liberian government had focused its attention on the agriculture sector in its efforts to create jobs for the people. She, however, urged legislators, chiefs and superintendents from Cape Mount County to advise youths in the area to seize the opportunities presented by the new farm to become productive, while ensuring the area’s development. Chenoweth stressed that the establishment of Obasanjo Farms would help in addressing one the salient aspects of...
(The Informer Online 07/30/13)
The Executive Director of Defence for Children International-Liberia (DCI-Liberia), a child rights organization operating here, has urged the Government of Liberia to abolish corporal punishment against children in the country. Corporal Punishment is a form of physical punishment that involves the deliberate infliction of pain as retribution for an offence, or for the purpose of disciplining or reforming a wrongdoer, or to deter attitudes or behaviour deemed unacceptable, according to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. DCI-Liberia boss Mr. Foday M. Kawah said corporal punishment breaches children's rights and undermines many aspects of effective child protection from all forms of violence in post conflict Liberia. He made call recently when he served as Guest Speaker at...
(Front Page Africa Online 07/29/13)
Monrovia — The Chairman of Liberia's ruling party Unity Party, Cllr. Varney Sherman has broken ranks with the party's leadership on a number of burning issues dogging the current administration of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf. Sherman, who was the 166th Independence Day orator used a fiery speech last Friday to hit home a critical assessment of the Sirleaf-led government. Sherman pointed to corruption and poverty as key factors which drove what was once one of the most peaceful nations in the world into a bloody and ruthless civil war. Said Cllr. Sherman: There are some who believe that the major causes of our civil conflict was due to fighting between two tribal sides. While I don't disagree with them in the...
(Heritage 07/29/13)
MONROVIA: Nimba County Senator, Prince Y. Johnson, has asserted that members of the Liberian Senate are solely “responsible” for the level of corruption in the Unity Party led-government of President Ellen Johnson- Sirleaf. “We are responsible for corruption in government,” averred Senator Johnson. According to him, the “non-proactiveness” of the Liberian Senate has created a “vacuum for corruption” in the public sector. Johnson, who is generally referred to as PYJ, made specific references to the “Army Worm” saga in Bong County during the administration of Mr. Christopher Toe as Minister of Agriculture, and the controversial Jallah Town Road Project. He spoke on Thursday, July 18, 2013 2013 during deliberations on the preliminary report of the Senate Committee on Health regarding...
(The Newdawn Liberia 07/29/13)
The National Executive Committee of the Congress for Democratic Change says the Liberian Presidency is suffering from national absenteeism. "The party hereby declares an "absenteeism of the Presidency" in the governance of the country; the Congress for Democratic Change also believes that the time and season has arrived to demonstrate an eloquent and roaring disapproval of the destructive course we are set upon by the inactions of this government in its embrace of rampant corruptions, paralyzing the Republic", the party said. CDC's Deputy Secretary General for Administration at a press conference held over the weekend at party headquarters demanded that the Unity Party-led government must admit to massive failure to execute its own platform, instead of suggesting a new platform...
(Heritage 07/29/13)
BOMI COUNTY: As part of Liberia’s 166th Independence Anniversary, the Government of Liberia (GoL) on Thursday, July 24, 2013 dedicated two new re-enforced concrete bridges (RECB) in Bomi County. The two new bridges were dedicated by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and Acting Public Works Minister, Mr. Victor B. Smith in Clay and Guie Towns respectively. Speaking to journalists following the dedicatory ceremonies, Min. Smith disclosed that the two bridges cost US$1M, meaning, it cost US$500,000 each. According to him, the bridges were constructed on a public/private partnership initiative. He pointed out that the Ministry of Public Works provided the engineering expertise for the design, while Western Cluster Limited (WCL) provided the US$1M for the construction of the bridges was provided by...
(Front Page Africa Online 07/29/13)
Monrovia — A project aiming to provide high school students with the needed and most recent academic materials has been launched in Liberia. The Project is being launched by the ASHESI University in the Republic of Ghana, and is currently piloted at the RICKS institute in Monrovia. Three students, currently in Liberia for the pilot the project, Mohammed Kessir, Martha Adjou Kinu and Kpetemeni Siakor, the project is intended to give education through Technology. Siakor said: "For a very long time people have known ITC as a course by itself but I think Technology is a tool and if it is tool, it is a means, not an end in itself. This is about using technology for the purpose of...
(The Informer Online 07/29/13)
FRIDAY, JULY 26, 2013 marked another merry making day for Liberians across the country and in the Diaspora. The day made Liberia 166 years old. This is the day that Liberians from all walks of life cherish and celebrate, no matter their condition and status. THIS HAS ALWAYS been the case, since the country gained her political independence in 1847. It has been customary for Liberians to celebrate, to indicate to the world that Liberia is a free country and that Liberians are free and proud of their freedom. AS A FREE nation, we boast of enjoying the benefits that accrue to all other independent states around the world. We are entitled to join all international organizations of our choice,...

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