Monday 24 July 2017
(The News 05/27/13)
Liberia Finance Minister Amara Konneh has termed the failure of government ministries and agencies to spend monies given to them during the budget period for the intended purpose as “fiscal indiscipline”. He made the statement when he appeared before the plenary of the Liberian Senate Thursday. Minister Konneh appearance at the senate was intended for him to provide information regarding strike action by health workers in Grand Kru and Grand Bassa Counties due to government refusal to pay their salaries. Minister Konneh told plenary that his ministry should not take the blame for the workers’ actions, because the Ministry of Health did not send the checks for vouchers to be raised on time. He said the delay in the workers’...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/27/13)
JOHANNESBURG/MOGADISHU (Reuters) - A website created for Africa's proposed continental defence force proclaims a lofty mission "to support and keep peace for Africa's prosperity and a better life for all in the world". But click on current operations on the African Standby Force site ( www.africa-union.org/root/au/auc/departments/psc/AMISCE/AMISCE . htm) and the response is a dispiriting "page cannot be found". The force dreamed of half a century ago by the founding fathers of independent Africa still exists only on paper, casting a shadow over the back-slapping at this weekend's African Union (AU) summit, which is marking 50 years since the foundation of its precursor, the Organisation of African Unity (OAU). Instead of a muscular rapid-response force to halt genocide, protect civilians in...
(The Associated Press 05/25/13)
Dozens of African leaders met in the Ethiopian capital Saturday to mark 50 years since the founding of the African Union, a continentwide organization that helped liberate Africa from colonial masters and which now is trying to stay relevant on a continent regularly troubled by conflict. Opening the summit that was attended by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and other foreign dignitaries, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said the AU's original pan-Africanist aspirations remain relevant for a continent where many states are still struggling to overcome rampant poverty and violence. "This historic day marks not only a great leap forward in the Pan-Africanist quest for freedom, independence and unity but also the beginning of our collective endeavor for the...
(The Newdawn Liberia 05/24/13)
The Government of the People’s Republic of China has expressed interest in exploiting the Wologisi Mountain in Lofa County, northwestern Liberia, amidst reports here that an Indian company O.P. Jindal Group has similar interest. Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua, told a news conference Thursday in Monrovia that the Wologisi Mountain is China’s interest, but there is yet no formal agreement between both governments. “Wologisi remains one of China’s interests, but still awaiting bidding process from the Liberian government,” Ambassador Zhao told Journalists here. Earlier reports here said the Government of Liberia has awarded the mountain to an Indian company through Mr. Robert Sirleaf, son of President Ellen Johnson- Sirleaf. But the House of Representatives Chairperson on investment, Moses Kollie, has clarified...
(The News 05/24/13)
The Liberian Government has got more problems now perhaps than during the years of violence. The problems are multiple and hugely insurmountable in many respects, and it is glaring that the government does not have answers to all of them. The Unity Party-led government came to power in 2006, three years after the war ended in 2003. Most Liberians had thought that with the election of Madam Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf as president, she would have used her international contacts and influence to solve the problems. Honestly, she made some efforts in attracting the attention of the international community to focus on Liberia. It Is A fact that the current administration inherited some huge problems from past governments, but that does not...
(The Newdawn Liberia 05/24/13)
Tension is said to be mounting in the northern Liberian County of Nimba, following what amounts to a public confession by the county's Senior Senator Prince Y. Johnson, when he detailed how he influenced election officials in the county to cheat for his NUDP’s candidates on a local radio station Wednesday. Appearing on a local radio talk show in Nimba, Johnson named Garrison Yealu, Samuel Korgar, and Worleah Dunah, as sitting representative from his National Union for Democratic Progress Party that did not win free and fair elections in 2011 in the county but through his intervention. He asserts that he played a very influential role in ensuring that NEC officials declared them winners. Tempers flared, local civil society groups...
(The Newdawn Liberia 05/24/13)
Finance Minister Amara Konneh, has conceded that many officials of government are fiscally indiscipline. Minister Konneh said public officials, especially authorities at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare love receiving funds from government, friendly nations and organizations, but always slow in terms of submitting performance report on money received as a result, it becomes difficult for him as head of the government’s financial house to live in the conformity of the public financial law. Speaking during public hearing in the Chamber of the Liberian Senate on Thursday, Minister Konneh continued that it is unfortunate and embarrassing for the government to be indebted to its employees, especially the health sector, which has received huge donor support, noting the problem has...
(The Newdawn Liberia 05/23/13)
The ECOWAS position on Mali is quite clear; that there’s going to be an intervention force, which is already there from most countries; that they will continue the process of political accommodation to get all of the Malian parties together for reconciliation, and that’s already ongoing. Mr. Threlfall: Ladies and Gentlemen, it’s a great pleasure for me to be hosting this Newsmaker conversation with the President this afternoon. It seems that the Liberia story is getting more and more newsworthy by the minute, so we couldn’t have asked for a better time to host this event. I went into the “green room” just about a half hour ago to meet with the President ahead of this. She said to me,...
(The News 05/23/13)
The faith based media group, Christian Media Center, says it finds it difficult to accept that Archbishop Michael Francis has finally left Liberians without a word from his lips. Responding to the news of the Archbishop’s death, Christian Media Center noted that Liberia has lost a voice and it is very less likely that any member of the Liberian clergy can fill the void that Michael Francis has left in both the church and the state. “He was not only a preacher but a soldier of social justice, a humanitarian, a man with great passion for people of all faiths”. According to a release signed by Philip A. Sandi, President/CEO, the Faith-based media group noted that it has always hoped...
(Front Page Africa Online 05/23/13)
Shares in Frank Timis' African Petroleum (AP) have fallen 90 percent over the past 12 months and reports of an alleged investigation by the National Stock Exchange of Australiaamidst claims of stocks dumping by senior AP executives have made international headlines. In February 2012, AP announced a major discovery in its Naria-1 Well offshore Liberia, causing a significant jump in its stocks from 0.70 cents AUD ($0.68USD) to 1.55AUD ($1.51USD) at the time of its closing. By June of 2012, the attractiveness of the Liberian discovery fueled a buy-out offer to PetroChina by AP at $1.35 per share for all of its petroleumassets in Africa. The oil industry gave a collective gasp at the sheer brazenness of the Timis offer...
(Front Page Africa Online 05/23/13)
Less than 500 students have gotten their Degrees in various disciplines from the state University. The University of Liberia Commencement convocation held at the Samuel K. Doe Sports complex on Wednesday May 22, 2013 in Paynesville was not characterized by the usual personality galore like many others before it. Many students expressed dissatisfaction over the failure of the visitor to the university President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to grace the occasion. They also expressed dismay over the graduating class' decision not to bring in a keynote speaker. Graduate Matu Williams from the Business College and many officials including some students blamed the provost of the graduating class for not arranging for a guest speaker as her office is said to be...
(The New Republic 05/22/13)
Liberian delegation in a meeting with World Bank officials in DC. In response to a detailed summation of pos-twar Liberia’s financial growth and development challenges from Finance Minister Amara Konneh, the World Bank has pledged to leverage financial resources needed to jumpstart the country’s medium term development agenda, the Agenda for Transformation (AfT). A press statement issued over the weekend said. Making the disclosure last Wednesday in Washington, D.C. during high level stakeholders meeting with donors and the visiting Liberian delegation, World Bank Country Manager for Liberia, Ghana and Sierra Leone, Mr. Yusufu Crookes, disclosed that the Bank will work with the Government to develop a framework through which the Bank’s supports would be channeled. “We will be more than...
(The New Republic 05/22/13)
The Liberia anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) in its latest report on officials of government asset declaration has booked some public officials for what it described as intentional material misrepresentation and unexplained wealth accumulation while serving in government. Those hooked for the false declaration of assets are the Managing Director of the National Port Athority (NPA), her deputy, Oretha Zeon and Comptroller Blayon Brown Sarlee, amongst others. LACC Chairperson Cllr. Frances Johnson Allison said of the four persons booked so far, Oretha Zeon National Port Authority-port of Buchanan Operations Manager who is on a net salary declared no other source of income. Cllr. Allison told a news conference yesterday that that she declared under oath the value of a storey building under...
(The Newdawn Liberia 05/22/13)
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has ordered Public Works Minister Samuel Kofi Woods, to close the SKD Boulevard Road currently under renovation in Paynesville to traffic in order to avoid ongoing works obstructed and delayed by cars and pedestrians. “Mr. Minister [Samuel Kofi Woods], block the road so you can get the work done! You can’t be building the road and you have people passing cars there. You want development, you got to make the sacrifice, be discipline,” said President Sirleaf. President Sirleaf issued the order upon her arrival to Liberia Tuesday and immediate presence at grounds breaking ceremony for a US $10m China-aided Monrovia Vocational Training Center (MVTC) in Paynesville. Driving through the SKD Boulevard Road to the MVTC project site,...
(The Newdawn Liberia 05/22/13)
The Liberia Anti Corruption Commission or LACC has released the names of several government officials who lied about their wealth when they declared their assets. LACC Cllr. Francis Johnson Allison named National Port Authority or NPA Managing Director Matilda Parker, the Port of Buchanan Operations Manager Oretha Zeon, Ministry of Internal Affairs Comptroller Blayon Brown Sarlee and Charles Gono, Deputy Commissioner, Marine Safety and Environment as some of the state officials who attempted to outsmart government’s Asset Declaration (AD) policy. These officials and others likeminded presented intentional and material misrepresentation to the commission, officials said Tuesday. LACC Johnson Allison told journalists here that NPA Parker "embarked on a campaign of misrepresentation from the beginning of the process to the end...
(Voice of America 05/21/13)
The man considered by many Liberians as the embodiment of the fight for human rights, good governance, and democracy, has died. Roman Catholic Archbishop Michael Francis, 77, died early Sunday in Monrovia. He had been ill since 2004 after suffering a stroke. In one of his final speeches, Francis spoke to Liberians in the United States in 2003 on a number of issues, including injustice in Liberia. He said there can never be peace in Liberia without justice. In his 2003 speech which he titled “A Liberia with Justice, Peace and Reconciliation,” Francis said there can be no peace without justice. “Liberia, the land of the free, is a land of pains, a land of woes, and a land of...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/18/13)
Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf on Friday defended her government's record on good governance and transparency, following an independent audit that cast doubt on her anti-corruption efforts. She said a recent audit of resource contracts by accounting firm Moore Stephens contracts had been commissioned to fix, and not hide, problems in the West African country. The independent audit showed that almost all the $8 billion worth of resource contracts signed by Liberia since 2009 violated the country's laws and showed widespread irregularities. "We commissioned the audit, we wanted to know what went wrong because we want to set it right and that is exactly what we have done," Sirleaf told a Thomson Reuters Newsmaker event. She said, however, that her government...
(The Associated Press 05/18/13)
MONROVIA, Liberia – Prince Johnson, a former warlord-turned-politician who is best known for having videotaped himself overseeing the torture of Liberia's ex-president, announced Friday he is quitting the political party he founded. For years since the end of Liberia's civil war, Johnson has tried to erase his violent past, first becoming an evangelical pastor, and later running for office. He was already a senator from his native Nimba County when he founded the National Democratic Union Party in order to run for president in the 2011 election. Despite his notorious past, he came in third, allowing him to play the role of kingmaker in the election by throwing his support behind Nobel Peace Prize winner President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who...
(Front Page Africa Online 05/17/13)
Monrovia - The Multi-Stakeholders steering Group of the Liberia Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (LEITI) says it fully endorsed the fourth EITI Reconciliation findings for Liberia and the post Award process Audit Report. LEITI explained that its decision to endorse the report was concluded by members of the board Thursday at an emergency MSG meeting held at the LEITI secretariat in Monrovia. Said the secretariat head Sampson Tokpah: “The 4th EITI report, for Liberia, prepared by the Reconciler, Ernst and Young (Ghana), captures all material payments of taxes, Royalties, Land/surface rentals and other administrative fees paid to, and acknowledge by the government of Liberia by all oil, mining, forestry and agricultural companies for the period July 1, 2010 to June 30...
(The Economist 05/17/13)
“I’M ENJOYING this benign neglect,” noted Liberia’s president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, when asked to comment on the decision of her country’s media to boycott her. “I wish they will continue it for a long time,” she said. Liberia’s press called for a blackout on coverage of the president, following comments made by the head of the Executive Protection Services, Daniel Othello Warrick, at World Press Freedom Day on May 3rd. The event, hosted by the Press Union of Liberia, was on media and security relations. But the president’s chief bodyguard, delivered a speech accusing the media of character assassination and cautioning journalists against getting involved in “presidential intelligence”. “Be careful questioning the integrity of Liberians,” Mr Warrick warned. “Be careful,...

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