MONROVIA – Opposition Liberty Party Chairman Senator Steve Zargo (LP –Lofa County) has resigned his position as Chair of the party. Addressing a news conference Friday, he said, it now appears to him that his continuous service as a chairman of the Liberty Party may not serve the spirit, intent and purpose which Cllr. Senator Zargo failed to recognized the political leader, Senator Nyounblee Karnga-Lawrence’s efforts to his leadership. According to Article 6 of the Liberty Party revised constitution, the Standard Bearer shall be the leader and Chief Representative Spokesperson only during election year. However, if the Standard Bearer is not elected President, the Standard Bearer position shall cease to exist ninety (90) days immediately after the presidential election, and the Standard Bearer automatically becomes the political leader”.
January 23, 2021 18:29 UTC
Graduates of the Liberia Returnee Network Vocational Training Program at the Cycle 6th held at the Jubilee Praise Church on the Old RoadMonrovia – Liberia Returnee Network Vocational Training Program, a vocational institution training program established by a group of Liberian professional volunteers who returned from exile (refugee camps) has graduated 106 students, mostly women from its cycle 6th training program. The Liberia Returnee Network Vocational Training Program Cycle 6th graduating ceremony was held at the Jubilee Praise Center Edifice on the Old Road. He called on the graduates to use the skills they have acquired and contribute to society. It’s an asset that you have acquired and you will take it with you wherever and whenever,” Representative Morris said. Also speaking, the Executive Director of the Liberia Returnee Network Vocational Training Program Tyrone Taigar Marshall says as a professional returnee volunteers group, their desire is to contribute to the rebuilding process of Liberia.
January 23, 2021 00:11 UTC
MONROVIA – The General Auditing Commission (GAC) has identified multiple issues of significant materiality that affect the operations of the Central Agricultural Research Institute (CARI) for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2020 in the audit report recently released to the National Legislature. According to the audit report, payments amounting to US$47,922.50 were made in the name of CARI Finance staff rather than the vendors / service providers or the authorized representatives. The audit further noted a variance of US$59,369.29 between the total amounts disbursed to CARI as per the Fiscal Outturn Report 2019/2020 and the total amount received as per the Expenditure Report. Therefore, given the nature of this transaction, the GAC has referred this matter to the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission for further investigation. The total salaries paid in the names of the separated staff for the period under audit was US$14,006.85.
January 22, 2021 23:58 UTC
Officials of EPA at the one-day stakeholders’ dialogue in Dean’s Town, Kokoyah DistrictKokoyah District, Bong County – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has concluded a one-day stakeholders’ dialogue with citizens of affected communities in Kokoyah Statutory District, where the Turkish mining company MNG is currently carrying on underground mining. The dialogue was concentrated on the ongoing underground mining exploration being done by the company and the permit granted the company by the government of Liberia to carry on underground mining. Jallah said that dialogue was also geared towards obliterating the fears that underground mining would cause nearby towns and villages to sink in. “The revised document seeks an Environmental Permit for the operations of an underground gold mining in the existing open pit through its independent environmental consultant, Petra Resource, Inc,” he said. Presenting the roadmap for the underground mining, a senior Liberian staff at MNG, Eugine Kollie, said the underground mining would be done vertically, which means the holes would be dug downward and not horizontal towards any other towns or villages.
January 22, 2021 23:57 UTC
Ambassador to the Republic of Liberia Michael A. McCarthy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Ambassador McCarthy thanked President Weah for his gracious letter to U.S. President Joseph R. Biden expressing congratulations on his inauguration, noting it was one of the first such messages from an African country. Ambassador McCarthy hailed the extension as a sign of the longstanding partnership and friendship between the United States and Liberia. Both President Weah and Ambassador McCarthy agreed on the importance of nurturing Liberia’s youth and helping Liberia’s next generation of leaders meet their full potentials. Ambassador McCarthy noted that Peace Corps, USAID, and State Department educational and outreach programswill continue to support our countries’ historic and important relationship, moving forward together.
January 22, 2021 23:37 UTC
Other Liberian women are changing the world in various ways outside the UN. For example, two Liberian women won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011—her Excellency Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Madam Leymah Gbowee. Liberian women are trailblazing in civil society at leadership levels as well. You do not have to be recognized by the Secretary-General for us to know that you are a strong, determined, and achieving Liberian woman. Strong men support strong women!
January 22, 2021 23:31 UTC
Volunteers of the Migrants As Messengers project along with partners and community youthsMONROVIA – In continuation of efforts to discourage Liberians from migrating irregularly around the globe, Migrants As Messenger (MAM) volunteers conducted a community awareness campaign in collaboration with the Hope For Migrants International in Montserrado County. Migrants As Messengers is a group of Liberian migrants (returnees) who voluntarily share their stories through various programs as a means of discouraging irregular migration through a 3-year project under the auspices of the International Organization for Migration (IOM). According to her, the community engagement through cleaning up exercise under the MAM project, was “introduce to rekindle a sense of community engagement through conservation, education, and assisting in massive cleanup activities” in urban areas. “This project will provide youth and other community dwellers with authentic information on the dangers of irregular migration and the benefits of regular migration. The Assistant Project Manager disclosed that a Migrants As Messengers (MAM) team will be setup in the various communities to help propagate messages against the irregular migration of people while at the same time promoting regular migration.
January 22, 2021 10:18 UTC
Monrovia – The Youth Climate Change Initiative –Liberia is calling on the Government of Liberia to join its campaign as they embark on a compulsory Climate Education in every institution of learning. “Education is an essential element of the global response to climate change. Speaking further, “The campaign aims at making climate change education more central and visible part of the national response to climate change. They believes that humans must take immediate steps to change activities that contribute to global climate change and continue-development and implementation of environmentally sound practices that abate global climate change and its effects in partnership with the global community. However, we are hopeful that this Government will see the need to introduce the “Compulsory Climate Education” in grade schools as climate education falls under Article 12 of the Agreement known as Action for Climate Empowerment.
January 22, 2021 09:56 UTC
Under the FLOW Program, NIPO was funded to work in two districts of Sinoe County: the Commonwealth District of Greenville and Juarzon. Gender justice was an issue of priority in the county and we can largely credit this to the FLOW program. These two women leaders were members of the Sinoe County Women Platform prior to their nomination and appointment to these top posts. Strengthening the Sinoe County Women Platform was one of the biggest achievements made by the FLOW Program. It is apt to mention that the platform is the most ideal factor for sustaining the FLOW program.
January 22, 2021 06:47 UTC
Senator Dillon Pushes for Vote of No Confidence in ‘Nigerian’ Head of Liberia Anti-Corruption Agency over His Nationality CrisisMONROVIA – The Liberian Senate will on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021, deliberate on how to address issues surrounding the nationality of Cllr. The Senate in its plenary session on Thursday, set the date to discuss the status of the Nigerian native’s Liberian citizenship. A. Ndubuisi Nwabudike, position as chairman at the LACC is a long standing debate in the Liberian Senate. Section 6.2 of the LACC Act states that “The five (5) Commissioners shall be nominated by the President. The President may consult the civil society pursuant to the partnership between Governments and said civil society in the fight against corruption.
January 22, 2021 02:42 UTC
Ministry of Labor, Liberia Immigration Service Provides Clarity on the Residence & Work Permits Bid; Says It’s Operating in line with PPCC LawsMONROVIA – The Ministry of Labor and the Liberia Immigration Service has responded to FrontPageAfrica report on the bidding process for the supply of digitalized Residence and Work Permits in which sources familiar with the development informed this paper of an alleged attempt by the Labor Ministry to favor one company in the bidding process. According to the Labor Ministry, it has followed all the Public Procurement Concession laws regarding the bid which is still ongoing. But the Labor Ministry and Immigration Service noted that the invitation to bid was extended to six high-tech companies two of which were local businesses. All the six companies acknowledged receipt of the invitation to bid, but only two companies responded by submitting their respective Technical and Financial Proposals. The PPCC is to scrutinize the documents to ensure that the selection was in full compliance with the PPCC laws.
January 22, 2021 02:15 UTC
MONROVIA – The Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), will on Friday, January 22, 2021, hold a validation conference to access and evaluate laws that are hindering and undermining the effective fight against corruption in public and private institutions. These laws and acts of the National Legislature including the Statute of Limitation in pursuing criminal actions against public officials and the weaknesses in the criminal Laws have over the years restrained from cases of corruption especially against public officials. The LACC Board of Commissioners (BoC) have done an extensive review of several Acts of the National Legislature and Criminal Law and urgently seeks to amend aimed at strengthening the law to ensure successful criminal prosecutions. The LACC views the Act that established it as restraining, as it does not empower the Commission with absolute power and authority to prosecute public officials caught in the web of financial misappropriation and corruption. The validation process is expected to bring together professionals from diverse backgrounds and other integrity institutions in Liberia.
January 22, 2021 02:11 UTC
Liberia: Man, 50, Jailed for ‘Raping’ 13-Year-Old Girl; Says He Believes the Case Will Go NowhereMonrovia – A 50-year-old man identified as Bill C. Kollie has spent his second night behind bars at the Monrovia Central Prison for allegedly raping a 13-year-old girl. Defendant Kollie was sent to prison on Wednesday by Monrovia City Court Judge Jomah S. Jallah. “According to her (Blessed C. Kollie), when she got the information from witness Jemall Davies, she asked her niece about what Jemall told her and her niece explained the same story. “That very day they (Blessed C. Kollie and Comfort Kahn) left the clinic with the defendant. “He stated that on the 17th of November 2020 in his absent, his wife again took the victim away without informing him.
January 22, 2021 01:52 UTC
Liberia: Commercial Court Judge Issues Writ of Arrest for LACC Chairman and Commissioners over Refusal to Remit Former Employees’ Salary DeductionsMonrovia – An arrest warrant has been issued by Commercial Court’s Chief Judge Eva Mappy Morgan for the Executive Chairperson of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), Cllr, Nudubusi Nwabudike, along with other top officials over the Commission’s consistent violation of the court’s order. George Dahn, among others to give reasons, if any, why they should not be arrested for disobeying the order of the court and in total defiance of the authority of the Commercial Court. Following legal proceedings at the court, Judge Morgan ruled in favor of the former workers and ordered the LACC to pay US$61,799, inclusive of court costs, statutory interest and successful attorney fees. Between 2019 and 2020, the LACC refused to honor series of Writ of Executions from Judge Morgan but they were all ignored, said Atty. The Judge, “apparently fed up with LACC irresponsible behavior” decided enough is enough and issued an arrest order for all Commissioners and Senior Management of LACC.
January 22, 2021 01:52 UTC
Liberia: At Launch And Dedication Of Afriktech Computer Lab In Monrovia, Commerce Inspector General Davies Wants Students Prioritize Computer EducationMonrovia – Liberia Inspector General Josephine Davies has encouraged students in the country to use education as a means of transforming Liberia. Meanwhile, she admonished students not to do things that will delay their education, stating that Liberia depends on them. For his part, the CEO of AFRIKTECH Lab Samuel D. Kamara said his institution was very grateful in working with high schools to setup their computers Lab. Afriktech solution is an information technology company that aim to provide ICT education for high schools in Liberia. “We set up computer lab, provide training materials and qualify Instructors to help students in getting quality ICT education,”Afriktech solutions give out Microsoft certificates to high school students at the end of every academic school year to help get them opportunities in their career after high school.
January 22, 2021 01:49 UTC