Wednesday 18 October 2017
(Front Page Africa Online 07/04/13)
Jorquelleh District, Bong County - Residents of a Bong County administrative district are crying foul over the inadequate sources of clean drinking water in the area. Allen Tugbah, Commissioner of Kpaii district, told a FrontPageAfrica reporter Wednesday that there are 13 boreholes in the district, which has more than 3, 000 people. The commissioner explained that the available water sources are very insufficient. "This is one of the most populated districts in Bong County but yet still faces safe drinking water problem. Our people don't have enough sources of clean drinking water," he said. Tugbah said that the most affected towns are Laworta, Beledanla and Davidta. He explained that more 1,000 people in Laworta currently rely on water from one...
(Front Page Africa Online 07/04/13)
The United National Secretary General Special Representative to Liberia (SRSG) Madam Karin Landgren Wednesday held a one-day security meeting with the leadership of the Liberia National legislature intended to foster collaboration between UNMIL and the Legislature. The meeting, according to the SRSG is part of an agreement reached between Liberia's legislative leadership and UNMIL that it is useful to have regular structure exchange of views, and Wednesday's meeting marks the beginning of the agreement. She said, the intent of the interactive meeting between the UNMIL and Liberia Legislature is due to the vital role the body plays in every democratic society. "The legislative branch performs critical functions of representation, lawmaking and oversight, she said." Said Landgren : "These functions are...
(Front Page Africa Online 07/04/13)
The President of the Republic of Liberia, Madam Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has acknowledged efforts of the United Nations in Liberia, and partners for their support to the national HIV and AIDS response. She made the appraisal Tuesday July 2, 2013 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs when the Liberian leader chaired the meeting of the Board of Directors of the National AIDS Commission of Liberia marking the second meeting since the Commission was established in September 2010. According to President Johnson-Sirleaf, she is aware of the progress and several studies being conducted by the National AIDS Commission in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, and partners with support from Global fund and the UN system to help her...
(The Independent 07/04/13)
Washington - The IMF board on Wednesday approved the next aid disbursement for Liberia under a $78.9-million loan programme, and called on the West African state to do more to improve its governance and transparency. Liberia has attracted billions of dollars in resource investment since the end of a civil war in 2003, but remains one of the world's least developed countries, with at least 64 percent of the population living in poverty. The International Monetary Fund said Liberia must do more to ensure that strong economic growth, mainly from mining, spills over to the rest of the economy. A draft audit in May also found that almost all of the $8-billion worth of resource contracts signed by Liberia since...
(The New Times 07/04/13)
Mushikiwabo was speaking yesterday in Kigali as a panelist at a national symposium that featured discussions about 50 years of Africa’s independence, Rwanda’s 19 years since the Liberation War, and the role of Africa’s unity in the economic development of the continent. Mushikiwabo said that Africans will have to end rampant corruption, insecurity, and reliance on too much of foreign intervention if they are to record better achievements in their freedom and economic status. “Colonialism has hampered our ability to think for ourselves,” the minister said as she highlighted some of the reasons behind the continent’s ills. She encouraged all Africans to strive to tell their own story if they are to succeed in developing themselves because the current situation...
(Voice of America 07/04/13)
Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf says the country needs to upgrade its international airport to meet international standards. Liberia's aviation chief has warned that the airport could lose flights due to the poor state of its runway and its inadequately trained staff. Johnson Sirleaf answered questions on state radio Tuesday about what she said is the deplorable condition of Roberts International Airport in the capital, Monrovia, which has not had any major upgrades since 1970. "The runway needs some serious work and we recognize that," she admitted. "We are making arrangements to start that work right after the rainy season…. I will do it as long as I am clear that the national interest is protected and that we have...
(The Newdawn Liberia 07/03/13)
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has praised the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China near Monrovia for helping to mold the minds of young people through sports. The President said she was particularly delighted that Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua was personally involved in promoting peace and reconciliation in Liberia through his annual tennis competition. According to an Executive Mansion release, Liberia’s Chief Patron of Sports spoke Saturday, at the close of this year’s Ambassador’s Cup Table Tennis Tournament, held at the Chinese Embassy Compound, in Congo Town. Said the President: “I want to thank the Ambassador for all he has done to encourage sports.” “As Minister of Youth and Sports Eugene Nagbe said, sports is the one thing that unifies...
(The Newdawn Liberia 07/03/13)
Gun firings were heard early Tuesday morning at the Monrovia Central Prison or South Beach in central Monrovia as some 12 prisoners broke jail, according to residents. Speaking on condition of anonymity, several community dwellers said they heard firing sound during the jail break, believed to have been executed by armed officers of the UN Peacekeepers mentoring local correction officers at the central prison. Eyewitnesses said they saw five inmates jumping down at the front view of the prison fence, while seven others jumped from the rear of the compound, respectively. No casualties have however been reported so far. But Justice Ministry and police authorities put the number of escapees at seven, out of eleven prisoners, who allegedly broke jail...
(The Newdawn Liberia 07/03/13)
The United States and its partners said they will work with an initial set of Power Africa partner countries, including Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, and Tanzania to make electricity accessible to these countries. According to the U.S., these countries have set ambitious goals in electric power generation and are making the utility and energy sector reforms to pave the way for investment and growth. Power Africa will also partner with Uganda and Mozambique on responsible oil and gas resources management. President Barrack Obama on Monday July 1, announced Power Africa, a new initiative to double access to power in sub-Saharan Africa. More than two-thirds of the population of sub-Saharan Africa is without electricity, and more than 85 percent of...
(Heritage 07/03/13)
Eight inmates broke jail at the Monrovia Central Prison during the early morning hours of Tuesday, June 2, 2013, authorities of the Liberia National Police (LNP) have said. According to the Spokesman of the LNP, Mr. Sam Collins, two of the escapees were later arrested by the LNP. He said one of them was arrested after he was hooked by the prison compound’s bardwire, while the other was arrested following a vigorous search by the police. Mr. Collins told reporters that a lady identified as Erica Toe, a resident of Matadi in Sinkor, Monrovia, carried a loaf of bread with a hacksaw init to one of the escapees believed to be her husband at the prison compound. Mr. Collins further...
(The Point 07/03/13)
Standard Chartered has committed to financing more than US$2 billion in energy projects under the Power Africa Initiative, a five-year partnership between the United States, six African governments and the private sector. The partnership represents a coordinated cross-border effort to build the regulatory, economic and policy foundation in order to double access to power in Sub-Saharan Africa. The governments of Ghana, Tanzania, Kenya, Nigeria, Ethiopia and Liberia and a group of private-sector firms are taking part in the initiative to improve access to clean, reliable power in Africa. Power Africa will add more than 10,000 megawatts of cleaner, more efficient electricity generation capacity – equivalent to 250 percent of Nigeria’s current power generation - increasing access to electricity by more...
(Front Page Africa Online 07/03/13)
Liberia's main opposition political party, the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) has once again threatened the nation's democracy if the National Elections Commission fails to address the issue of electoral law reform as was previously mandated by the party before the run-off of the 2011 general and presidential elections. Speaking at a press conference that was held at the party's headquarters on Tuesday, the National Secretary General of the party-Nathaniel McGill says the mid-term election is very crucial, and to have the full participation of the CDC, the NEC must address the issues of access ballots and to have a new voters registration among others. According to McGill, they have earlier stated that the party will not cooperate or work...
(Front Page Africa Online 07/03/13)
The Director General of the General Service Agency (GSA) Madam Pearine Davis Parkinson has unveiled a serious conflict of interest in the function of Liberia Auditor General Robert Kilby. At a budget hearing Tuesday madam Parkinson told members of the Ways, Means and Finance Committee and observers at the hearing that her entity , the (GSA) signed and entered into a contract with Mr. Kilby's accounting Firm to carry out Assets and Fleet management, Tracking and reporting system at the GSA. The contract according to a copy of which is in the possession of this paper was made and entered into on the 3rd of December AD 2012 between the GSA and an independent Software Certification Company, own by Mr...
(Ventures-Africa 07/03/13)
VENTURES AFRICA – The African Development Bank (AfDB) on Tuesday said it has earmarked up to $3 billion for Africa’s power sector over the next 5 years. AfDB President, Donald Kaberuka, speaking from Dar Es Salaam, said the bank’s interventions will include investment loans, reforms, advisory and guarantees in the energy sector. This is part of the bank’s backing for President Barack Obama’s $7 billion Power Africa plan which Obama unveiled on Saturday in Cape Town, South Africa. The US-led power plan will pay more attention to advancing more access to power in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria and Tanzania. Blue chip companies including General Electric and Symbion Power will also invest an additional $9 billion. Kaberuka said AfDB will...
(The Inquirer 07/02/13)
If one was to ask any Liberian to outline some of the many challenges facing the country after many years of civil conflict and governance, one of the issues that will immediately crop up would be the "need for electricity." The issue of electricity remains one of the yardsticks by which Liberians, both at home and in the Diaspora continue to measure the success of government and the status of the country in terms of development. Although the country is faced with many challenges, electricity, considering its usefulness, is one of those issues that need immediate solution if the country is to move forward, especially so as it relates to economic growth and development. It is an open secret that...
(The Inquirer 07/02/13)
“We have made progress in the fight against corruption. It is a tough thing to do but we have made progress if it was not so our revenue wouldn't increase from US$80m to over US$200m,” President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has said. President Sirleaf said according to the Global Corruption Index, Liberia has made progress noting that there is a lot of progress made in the war against corruption but people are in the habit of giving out false information which hurt the country. She said some of this misleading information could keep investors away for fear that when they come to the country to invest their funds could be stolen. “It is not helping at all and it is hurting...
(The Newdawn Liberia 07/02/13)
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has told the state-owned Liberia Broadcasting System that she will complete her full second term, and oversee a smooth transition in 2017. The Liberian Chief Executive's comment Monday has dispelled widespread rumors here that she is planning for an early retirement. President Sirleaf said she is not going to allow another person takes credit for all that she has worked for. She said she would ensure that electricity is restored to the country, major highways currently under construction are completed, the ministerial complex becomes a reality amongst others before the next president after her takes over. Before and after her re-election in November 2011, it has been highly rumored that President Sirleaf would have briefly held the...
(The Newdawn Liberia 07/02/13)
The United States has said amendments or legislation that come from within the legislature or from the executive could be over ridden, but when it comes from the people themselves, it becomes their determinations. United States Ambassador to Liberia Madam Deborah Ruth Malac, said it would be unheard of if the people's decisions are overturned by the legislature because democracy is government of the people, for the people, and by the people. She spoke recently (Wednesday, 26 June, 2013) when the international community and donor countries endorsed support to Liberia's constitution review process during a briefing session hosted by the United Nations Mission in Liberia, UNMIL. This was after the Constitution Review Committee presented its work plan, framework for constitutional...
(Voice of America 07/02/13)
President Obama is on the last leg of his three-nation tour of Africa, aimed at promoting U.S. trade with the continent. As Washington turns a fresh eye toward a continent that Obama describes as about to “take off," U.S. government officials and investors alike will find that geopolitical rival China has already made huge strides there. China’s footprint in Africa is huge. The 20-story African Union tower (in Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia) which Beijing donated to the continental group is a testament to the size of Beijing’s ambition. “Every country, as it achieves global greatness, seeks to leave behind major landmarks that become evidence of its ascendance into global power," said Wole Soboyejo. Winston Wole Soboyejo spoke...
(Front Page Africa Online 07/01/13)
Washington, D.C. – The attention of the Embassy of Republic of Liberia in Washington, D.C. has been drawn to an article in the June 17, 2013 edition of Front Page Africa news publication entitled, “U.S. Policy Shift? John Kerry vs. Hillary Clinton – A Liberia Tale of the Tape.” The article asserts that “since the departure of Hillary Clinton as U.S. Secretary of State, speculations have heightened regarding America’s relationship with Liberia with some critics suggesting that Washington is unhappy with the Sirleaf administration’s policy and lack of political will to fight corruption. ” It further states that , “Clinton, a long-time friend of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, has been viewed as Liberia’s key voice in the Obama administration,” adding that,...

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