Saturday 16 December 2017
(Heritage 07/05/13)
The Government of Norway has granted the Government of Liberia (GoL) US$72.6M for the rehabilitation of the Mount Coffee Hydro in White Plain. The US$72.6M constitutes 33% of the amount needed for the rehabilitation of the Mount Coffee Hydro. It can be recalled that early this year, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf in her annual address promised the People of Liberia that the rehabilitation of the Mount Coffee Hydro will be completed in December of 2015. Ceremony marking the signing of the US$72.6M grant was held at the Finance Ministry in Monrovia. Speaking at the signing ceremony, the Government of Norway through its Counselor here, Fred Ramussen, said the grant by his government is a big boost towards the rehabilitation process of...
(Heritage 07/05/13)
The plenary of the House of Representatives has rejected amendments made by the Liberian Senate in the Decent Work Bill. Plenary took the decision on Thursday, July 4, 2013 during its 41st day sitting of the second session at the Capitol Building in Monrovia. The Capitol Building is the seat of the Legislature. The latest decision by the House comes just a day after the Plenary of the Liberian Senate concurred with it (House) to pass the Decent Work Bill of 2010. Plenary is the highest decision making body of both houses of the legislature. The Decent Work Bill has suffered series of setbacks since its introduction in the 52ndLegislature in 2010. However, the bill was reintroduced in the 53rdLegislature...
(The Newdawn Liberia 07/05/13)
What could be likely troubling for residents of Monrovia and its surroundings during the upcoming Independence Day (July 26) celebrations remains a challenge for the Liberia National Police as five escaping armed robbery prisoners are still at large. Berry Gontee, Othello Fokpah, Ben Acqueh, Willie G. Rick, Daniel Gbor, Christopher Togba, Kamara and Eric Diah were escapees named in Tuesday’s (July 2, 2013) jailbreak at the Monrovia central Prison. Two days following the jailbreak, Police Spokesman Sam Collins told this paper Thursday that three of the eight escapees have been rearrested. “We arrested one escapee last night (Wednesday night). He is Christopher Togbah,” Sam told The NewDawn yesterday at the National Police Headquarters. Sam said Christopher Togbah was on Wednesday...
(Front Page Africa Online 07/05/13)
The Multi-stakeholders Steering Group (MSG) of the Liberia Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (LEITI) will tomorrow, Friday, July 5, 2013 begin a two-day retreat intended to review findings and recommendations from the Fourth EITI Reconciliation Report for Liberia and the Post Contract Award Process Audit. Both reports were endorsed and launched by the MSG on May 16, 2013. "Office of the Secretariat "Old Bureau of the Budget Office■ Adjacent the Executive Mansion■ Monrovia, Liberia Liberia Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative. The event will take place at the Baptist Seminary on the Robertsfield Highway. It will enable stakeholders to discuss opportunities and challenges surrounding the reports and identify practical areas for policy implementation in bringing improvements to the way Liberia's resources are managed...
(Voice of America 07/05/13)
LONDON — A new satellite system was launched into orbit last week that aims to bring high-speed Internet to remote communities across the globe. Its backers say it could have a big impact in rural parts of Africa by speeding up economic and social development. Others argue the huge amounts of money, however, should be spent on more basic needs. Lift-off for the O3b - or "Other 3 Billion" - satellite system occurred last week in French Guiana. The system goes "live" later this year when eight satellites will enter a lower orbit to provide a faster connection. Its backers include Google and the Development Bank of Southern Africa, among others. Founder Greg Wyler said the "Other 3 Billion" are...
(Heritage 07/05/13)
The Chairperson of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), Cllr. Frances Johnson-Alison, has disclosed that the rejection of a bill seeking to grant the LACC direct prosecutorial powers by the 53rd Liberian Legislature is a lost opportunity to the fight against corruption. In order to overcome new challenges in the fight against corruption, Cllr. Johnson-Alison said the LACC cannot be confirmed to the Ministry of Justice for prosecution. The LACC boss made the disclosure on Friday, June 28, 2013 at the second quarterly chat with the Liberian media. The quarterly chat with the Liberia media is an exchange of ideas between the LACC and the Liberian media in the fight against corruption. Speaking further, Cllr. Johnson-Alison described the fight against corruption...
(Front Page Africa Online 07/05/13)
The sound of heavy gunfire reawakened the fear of residents of Monrovia on Tuesday morning when a Jordanian UNMIL officer tried to stop prisoners who had daringly staged a prison break at the Monrovia Central Prison early Tuesday Morning. According to residents of the area, the escaped inmates were 12 in number, but the Ministry of Justice told FrontPageAfrica there were eight inmates out of eleven, who broke jail and escaped. The Ministry of Justice through its Press and Public Affairs Officer, Ms. Maude M. Somah said it received a call from Assistant Minister for Rehabilitation, Mr. Hilary S. Sirleaf at around 3:45 a.m., that inmates from Block FD, Room 6-where 11 alleged armed Robbers were detained-had escaped. “I was...
(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...

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