Friday 20 October 2017
(AFP (eng) 06/25/13)
Liberian football great George Weah has been joined by legends of the game from across Africa to promote reconciliation in his homeland more than a decade after civil wars which killed 250,000 people. Weah, who was recently chosen to be Liberia's Peace Ambassador, invited Cameroonians Roger Milla and Patrick Mboma, JJ Okocha of Nigeria and Cyril Domoraud of Ivory Coast for a glittering exhibition match in the capital Monrovia on Saturday. "I know my job is very difficult but I want you all... to join me in sending the message of peace to our people. My appeal to you all is to help me achieve peace," Weah said as he launched a campaign for post-war reconcilation. Thousands of Liberians enjoyed...
(Voice of America 06/25/13)
Liberia's national police force (LNP) has begun an intensive recruitment program across the country aimed at women. The effort is part of the government’s Poverty Reduction Strategy, which calls for women to make up 20 percent of the police, the army, and other security forces by the end of 2013. Gender-based violence, including sexual assault, has long been a problem in Liberia. The police have been criticized in the past for poor management of the cases. The LNP says it now hopes to improve its response to gender-based violence by recruiting more women to work in their Women and Children Protection Unit, where officers are specifically trained to handle cases related to sexual abuse and domestic violence. LNP spokesperson Sam...
(Ventures-Africa 06/25/13)
VENTURES AFRICA – Ghana’s oldest and biggest bank by profitability, the Ghana Commercial Bank (GCB), will in the next few months expand its operations into three other West African countries. The bank which recently rebranded from Ghana Commercial Bank to GCB says it will leverage on this new brand to start operations in other markets. This was disclosed by the Board Chairman of the bank, Dr Fritz Gockel, at a dinner and awards night to celebrate the bank’s 60th Anniversary in Accra over the weekend. GCB, which has the most number of branches in Ghana, 158 in total, registered an impressive profit growth last year of GH¢192.8 million ($96 million) for the year 2012. This represents a profit before tax...
(Front Page Africa Online 06/25/13)
The Association of Disabled Females International (ADFI) has accused the government of Liberia of violating the rights of war victims in the country. Addressing a news conference on Thursday in Monrovia, the organization's National Program Officer, Mr. Glabor Dennis, said the government's reluctance and lack of interest in the implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) recommendations, which seek to make reparations available to deserved war victims, has the propensity of undermining human rights in the country. He said: "we are constrained to speak to this issue because we are the ones who bear the greater social injustices of the government's continuous gross human rights violations against war-victims." He said ADFI is of the opinion that war survivors also...
(The Newdawn Liberia 06/25/13)
The government of Liberia, World Bank and development partners on Monday, June 24, launched a US$23.1m Smallholder Tree Crop Revitalization Support Project (STCRSP). The project is expected to increase access to finance, inputs, technologies and markets for smallholder tree crop farmers in Liberia, as well as to develop a long term development program for the tree crops sector in six counties to include Bong, Nimba, Grand Gedeh, Grand Bassa, Montserrado and Margibi), the country’s main tree crop producing counties. According to a release issue in Monrovia, under the financing agreement, the International Development Association (IDA) of the World Bank is lending US$15m out of the overall US$23.1m project cost, which was approved by the Bank’s Executive Board of Directors in...
(The Newdawn Liberia 06/25/13)
Security in Liberia following the departure of UNMIL remains a critical concern for the country’s international partners with increasing calls here to strengthen the national security before the departure of UN peacekeepers. The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has noted that the current strength (3,500 personnel) of the Liberia National Police (LNP) is insufficient for the entire country. UNDP Representative Napolen Abdulai told a forum in Monrovia on Monday that Liberia needs 8,000 police officers besides resources and logistics to take over from UNMIL. “We need to increase the number of police; currently, the 3,500 officers in the police are not sufficient for the security of Liberia." "We need more officers and resources to transition from UNMIL to state security...
(National Mirror Online 06/25/13)
Africa has lost at least $200 billion in five decades to illegal fishing and another $100 billion in illegal bunkering since 2003. Speaking at the opening of the Summit of Heads of States and Governments of the Economic Community of Central African States, ECCAS, the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, and the Gulf of Guinea Commission, GGC, the African Union Commission Chairperson, Nkosazana Dlamini- Zuma, warned that such incursion should not be allowed to continue. The summit with focus on maritime safety and security in the Gulf of Guinea opened yesterday in Yaoundé, the Cameroonian capital with President Goodluck Jonathan in attendance, among 25 other African leaders. Jonathan, who had last week raised serious concern over crude oil...
(Heritage 06/25/13)
A prominent Liberian, Madam Leymah Gbowee, has criticized Liberia's Education System, terming it as "poor". Madam Gbowee, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, asserted that the education system of Liberia is appalling as compared to other countries across the African Continent. Madam Gbowee, President Ellen Johnson- Sirleaf and Tawakkol Karman of Yemen were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in the Norwegian capital, Oslo in 2011. She made these comments on Friday, June 14, 2013 at a news conference held at the head offices of the Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa in Congo Town, outside Monrovia. This is not the first time a prominent Liberian has criticized Liberia's education system. It could be recalled that several months ago, President Johnson-Sirleaf heavily criticized...
(The New Republic 06/24/13)
World Bank Country Manager in Liberia, Ms Inguna Dobraja has disclosed that on May 30, 2013, the institution`s Board of Executive Directors approved two International Developments Association (IDA) credits totaling US$45 million to support the Government of Liberia’s new strategy to expand electricity coverage by 2030 as well as improve maternal, child health and infectious disease services in the country. The Country Manager said the Accelerated Electricity Expansion Project will support the extension of transmission and distribution grid, providing access to electricity to about 10,300 new users located not only in Monrovia but also outside of the capital. Ms. Dobraja made the statement over the weekend at a local hotel in Monrovia when she hosted the Bank’s quarterly media dialogue...
(Heritage 06/24/13)
The World Bank Liberia Country Manager has urged rural communities to redouble their efforts to ensure that investments financed by the World Bank and European Union (EU) under the Community Empowerment Project (CEP)implemented by the Liberia Agency for Community Empowerment (LACE) have long lasting impact in their communities. Madam Inguna Dobraja praised community people noting that the World Bank and EU's investment across Liberia would not have materialized into gains without strong community involvement during implementation. Speaking at the dedication of 15 sub-projects at the Gbongoma Bridge in Vahun District, Lofa County the World Bank Liberia Country Manager Madam Dobraja averred that communities have repeatedly shown Liberia's commitment to self-improvement. The dedication of these projects, Madam Dobraja told community people,...
(Front Page Africa Online 06/24/13)
The Inspector General of the Liberia National Police Hon. Chris Massaquoi, who is currently visiting the United States of America, has held talks with several U. S. Police Chiefs, including the Police Commissioners of Philadelphia Charles Ramsey and the City of Baltimore, Maryland Jerry Rodriguez, in a visit aim at lobbying for more support for the Liberia National Police. The Liberia National Police through its Inspector General, and the Police Chief of Philadelphia Charles Ramsey said that they will work together so as to implement newly acquired skills and deal effectively with crime and law and other incidents. Both Police Chiefs agreed in principal to exchange training programs to strengthening the capacity of the Liberia National Police, and help in...
(AFP (eng) 06/24/13)
JOHANNESBURG, June 24, 2013 (AFP) - Nelson Mandela was critically ill in hospital on Monday after his condition suddenly deteriorated, leaving South Africans anxiously awaiting the latest news of their revered anti-apartheid icon. "The condition of former president Nelson Mandela, who is still in hospital in Pretoria, has become critical," presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj said in a statement late Sunday. The frail 94-year-old was admitted to hospital over two weeks ago, in the early hours of June 8, for treatment for a lung infection. But after intensive treatment at Pretoria's Mediclinic Heart Hospital and some signs of improvement, his condition deteriorated. President Jacob Zuma visited Mandela on Sunday evening and was told by doctors "that the former president's condition had...
(The New Republic 06/24/13)
As part of a self-help initiative to empower market women at the Waterside General Market in Monrovia, a women group has launched a micro finance credit scheme to enhance the growth and development of its members who are considered as the focus group. Speaking at the program held by the United Women Forever Social and Financial Club Chairman of the group Esther Kollle said the initiative seeks to address the socio-economic problems that market women face daily ranging from inadequate working capital and poor resource management as some of the issues the group is grappling with. According to her, the group which was founded April 7, 2013 now has a registered membership of a little over one hundred market women...
(Front Page Africa Online 06/24/13)
The Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Finance in collaboration with the Central Bank of Liberia has dedicated the first cash center in Barclayville, Grand Kru County that will help alleviate some of the constraints faced by civil servants in cashing their monthly pay checks in a quick, orderly and secure manner. Speaking at the dedication ceremony in Barclayville, Grand Kru County on Monday (June 17, 2013), Deputy Finance Minister for Expenditure and Debt Management, Angela Cassell-Bush said the cash center is part of government efforts to create easy access for civil servants in non-bank counties across the country to safely cash their pay checks upon receipt. According to her, government will continue to create more opportunities to safeguard...
(The Newdawn Liberia 06/24/13)
The House of Representatives through its Ways, Means and Finance Committee will today commence public hearing on the 2013/14 national draft budget, totaling about US$553 million, which is US$122million less the current (2012/2013) budget of US$675m. A press statement issued here said the committee will today Monday, June 24, commence public hearing on the revenue component of the draft budget. The statement issued by Press Director Isaac Redd said the hearings will concentrate on whether all revenue and income in the 2012/2013 Fiscal Budget were deposited in the Consolidated Funds Account at the Central Bank of Liberia as required by Section 7 of the new Revenue Law of Liberia. Over 35 revenue generating ministries and agencies are expected to present...
(Front Page Africa Online 06/24/13)
Monrovia-The management of the Liberia Broadcasting System and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) have signed an agreement for the hosting of a Civic and Voter Education program on ELBC. Speaking during the signing ceremony Friday in Monrovia, the Country Director of IFES, Florim Purova said IFES was very happy to sponsor the radio program which will assist the National Elections Commission in educating the public about the work of the Commission. Mr. Purova said the sponsorship of the program was part of IFES commitment to supporting the work of the Commission in its drive to conduct free, fair, transparent and credible elections in the country. Speaking earlier, the Acting Chairman of the Commission, Cllr. Sarah Jegede-Toe, commended IFES...
(AFP (eng) 06/22/13)
JOHANNESBURG, June 22, 2013 (AFP) - The ambulance that rushed Nelson Mandela to hospital two weeks ago broke down and another had to be called, but the mishap did not endanger the anti-apartheid hero, the South African presidency said Saturday. "All care was taken to ensure that the former president's medical condition was not compromised by the unforeseen incident," presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj told AFP. The ambulance had engine trouble on its way from the 94-year-old Mandela's Johannesburg home to a specialist heart clinic in Pretoria, some 55 kilometres (30 miles) away. Doctors are "satisfied" that Mandela, who is battling a serious lung infection, suffered no harm during the wait for a replacement ambulance, Maharaj said. Maharaj said the "fully...
(Heritage 06/21/13)
The Governments of the Republic of Liberia and the Federal Republic of Germany on Thursday, June 20, 2013 signed a Financial Cooperation Agreement in the amount of 38 million Euros aimed at strengthening the bilateral ties between both countries. The signing ceremony took place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the Capitol Hill where Liberia's Foreign Minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan signed on behalf of the Government of Liberia while outgoing German Ambassador Dr. Bodo Eric Werner Schaff signed for his Government. The agreement will enable Liberia obtain financial contribution totaling 38 million Euros for its reintegration and recovery programme. Phase one of the project which covers 5 million Euros will support the Ivorian Refugees Program and host communities while...
(Heritage 06/21/13)
Liberia's Peace Ambassador, George M. Weah, has said the issue of peace and reconciliation is a matter of urgency and imperative for the country's developmental process. According to Amb. Weah, in order to ensure that such urgent matter is addressed, the Government of Liberia (GoL) must ensure that the resources of the country are equally distributed. Amb. Weah, who is also the political leader of the main opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), made these comments on Thursday, June 20, 2013, at the official launch of the National Peace and Reconciliation initiative for Liberia. Program marking the official launch of the National Peace and Reconciliation Initiative was held at the Centennial Memorial Pavilion in Monrovia. The National Peace and Reconciliation...
(The New Republic 06/21/13)
Few minutes following the handling of the mantle of authority as Minister of Labor at the Ministry of Labor, Minister Juah Lawson has been challenged to appoint long serving and experienced employees at the Ministry. Newly appointed Minister Lawson who is said to be the second female minister at the Ministry of Labor in the ruling Unity Party Government headed by Africa and Liberia's first female President was challenged by the President of Liberia Labor Congress to appoint people with long experience and not degree holders who have just graduated from universities in the country. The Liberia Labor Congress boss Madam Eletha Manning said there are long serving and experienced employees within the Trade Union Department of the Ministry of...

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