Deputy Minister Sherman praised the very high quality of training being offered at the VTC and recognized the positive livelihood programs and environmental actions being supported by ArcelorMittal Liberia. Debriefing executives of ArcelorMittal Liberia at the close of the visit, Deputy Minister Sherman said it was important to consider the critical timeline of the Phase II expansion project. The more iron ore ArcelorMittal Liberia produces, the better it is for the government and people of Liberia,” Deputy Minister Sherman emphasized. However, he also called on ArcelorMittal Liberia to make improvements in several important areas highlighted by his team. In the last fifteen years of operations, ArcelorMittal Liberia has been a strategic partner to the country.
February 10, 2021 06:45 UTC
MONROVIA – Two youth and students advocacy groups, The Federation of Liberian Youth (FLY) and the Liberia National Students Union (LINSU) Tuesday launched the National Youth and Students Taskforce with a call from the population to support their quest for genuine advocacy. The aim of the Taskforce, among other things, is to elevate the issues on budget tracking, with key focus on education, security, justice, and the rule of law. As part of the initiative, the two bodies are also expected to begin a nationwide monitoring and budget tracking of key sectors including; health, education and the rule of law. The youth and students umbrella body stressed that they will endeavor to foster genuine advocacy hereby aimed at digging into impacts of the deliverables of the Government of Liberia’s National Budgetary Allocation on the livelihood of the common people. Meanwhile, the intense nationwide youth and students tour which is expected to begin On February 15, 2021, is under the theme: Advocacy through monitoring.
February 10, 2021 06:33 UTC
Monrovia – Liberia’s largest civil society platform, the National Civil Society Council of Liberia and the Liberia CSOs Anti-Corruption Coalition have petitioned the Liberian to remove Senator H. Varney Sherman of Grand Cape Mount County as Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. On December 9, 2020, marking International Anti-Corruption Day, the United Sates Department of Treasury placed Senator Sherman on economic sanction for his alleged role in a thread of bribery and corruption related cases. Harry Varney Gboto-Nambi Sherman is removed as Chairman of the Liberian Senate Judiciary Committee. The Liberia CSOs Anti-Corruption Coalition and the National Civil Society Council of Liberia will continue to advocate and promote transparency, accountability and integrity in the governance framework of the Republic of Liberia,” vowed. In the statement signed by James Koryor, national coordinator of the Liberia CSOs Anti-Corruption Coalition, James S. Swen, National Secretary-General, National Civil Society Council of Liberia, and Mrs. Pope-Kai.
February 10, 2021 02:47 UTC
Barclay Training Center, Monrovia – Liberian Defense boss, Major General Daniel D. Ziankahn, Jr., (Rtd. ),has called for reinforced relationship between the French Defense Sector and its Liberian counterpart. The Liberian Defense Chief expressed satisfaction over the impact of maritime training on the Liberian Coast Guard. Also making remarks, Colonel Xavier Clochard said his government’s interests are in the areas of training for MINUSMA, Maritime Training, French Training and Research and Development (R&D). He informed Minister Ziankahn that personnel of Liberia’s defense sector stand to benefit from trainings that are tailored to meet reality regarding emerging threats, especially in the area of intelligence gathering and sharing.
February 09, 2021 19:52 UTC
Liberia Does Not Have An Army – Liberia Has A Brigade and Here’s WhyThe Liberian people deserve to know the truth ahead of Armed Forces Day on February 11. Martin Kollie [email protected], Contributing WriterIn terms of military strength ranking, Liberia only tops a small south Asian landlocked kingdom. Out of 138 countries, Liberia ranks 137 with a rating of 9.5753 according to the 2021 Global Fire Power Military Ranking. With all due respect, the official rank of the Chief of Staff, Prince C. Johnson, is Brigadier General and not General, Lieutenant General, or even Major General. The military spending/defense budget of Liberia for 2017 was US$20m, a 4.23% increase from 2016 under former Pres.
February 09, 2021 19:07 UTC
On 8 February, the World Maritime University Alumni Association of Liberia (WMUAAL) presented a donation to the WMU Endowment Fund. Dr Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, President of WMU, expressed her deep appreciation to WMUAAL, noting that this is a landmark gift as the first contribution from a WMU Alumni Association to the University’s Endowment Fund. She noted that WMU graduates are working in diverse areas in Liberian society and that their contribution to Liberia’s post-war development is highly commendable. We see education and capacity development at the World Maritime University in Sweden as a key part of this. To date, there are a total of 51 WMU alumni from Liberia.
February 09, 2021 15:00 UTC
Liberia: Lofa County Senator-elect, Brownie Samukai, Others, Found Guilty by Supreme Court; Ordered to Pay US$1.1M; Given Six Months to Pay Half the Amount or Go to JailTemple of Justice, Monrovia – The Supreme Court of Liberia has upheld the lower court’s ruling against Senator-elect J. Brownie Samukai and two other co-appellants and sentenced them to two years in prison each for misapplication of US$1.1 million intended for the Armed Forces of Liberia. Mr. Samukai, the former Minister of Defense had hoped to have been exonerated by the High Court following his conviction by the lower court in 2020. But the Defendants took appeal at the Supreme Court and they (serving now as appellants), justified that they acted in line with the Constitution and relevant laws. And many of Samukai’s supporters have still not fathomed how come his pending appeal case outside the political arena suddenly surfaced on the Supreme Court’s priority docket. They term the judgement against him as a witch hunt by the Weah- government through the Supreme Court.
February 09, 2021 06:11 UTC
If asked “how’s the Revolution?” many would answer: “it failed.” That’s because there seems to have been many false starts. There were many moments when leaders claimed to be leading a revolution just to fall well short and chased away. Abdoulaye Dukule, [email protected], Contributing WriterPeople believe the revolution has failed because they tend to focus on events, rather than processes. However, the political revolution is meaningless if it does not have solid economic foundations. During its political revolution, Liberia fails to pay attention to the economy.
February 09, 2021 06:00 UTC
“Since the upgrading process of the LEC, Jallah Town community has been out of current. According to him, most of the residents within the slum Jallah Town Community heavily depend on the sale of local cooling commodities to take care of them and their respective family members. He added that the lack of street lights in Jallah Town makes the community vulnerable, especially during the night hours. For his part, a youth leader of the Jallah Town Community, Blama Sarnor claimed that criminal activities have intensified in the community over the years as a result of the lack of public electricity. He termed as false and misleading accusations that community dwellers of Jallah Town are most often engaged into power theft.
February 09, 2021 05:54 UTC
MONROVIA – The House of Representatives Committee on Concession and Natural Resources says it has investigated and established that the Ministry of Mines has given authorization to MNG Gold to carryout underground mining in its place of operations. The initial term of the underground mining authorization falls within the timeframe of the current Class ‘A’ mining license. “It was established that the Ministry of Mines gave them the authorization to do underground mining. “If it is established that the awarding of the permit has a fault, whatever was not done illegally was not done at all.”On July 20, 2020, the Ministry of Mines granted to MNG Gold authorization to carryout underground mining for gold. In 2015, a Class ‘A’ mining License to MNG which was in compliance with, the terms and conditions of the class a mining License.
February 09, 2021 05:36 UTC
MONROVIA – Representative Samuel Korgar (PUP-Dist#5 Nimba County) has alarmed over what he calls unfair business practices by foreign businesses, specifically Chinese businesses against struggling Liberian businesses. Rep. Korgar who chairs the House of Representatives Committee on Commerce and Industry in an interview at his Capitol Building offices said that the “Chinese are killing Liberian businesses”. He is also calling on Liberian businesses to provide the needed information to help the committee properly function to bring relief to struggling Liberian businesses. A law to strengthened 26 businesses was proposed in 2018 dubbed, the Liberian “Business and Economic Empowerment Act of 2018” introduced by Deputy House Speaker Cllr. It is styled “Liberian Business and Economic Empowerment Act of 2018” and was submitted and sponsored by Grand Kru County District # 2 Representative Cllr.
February 09, 2021 05:36 UTC
Laffa lamented, “It is difficult for us to attend the [community] college due to the distance, damaged bridge and the college loop structures are not disabled-friendly.”“I graduated from the Liberia Christian High School two years ago. I managed to make my way to the community college but I couldn’t continue due to the challenges,” Laffa added. “The college campus is very far from Buchanan; other students use the bus but we as disabled students do not have access to the bus due to our wheels,” he explained. Due to the existing challenges, Laffa stressed he dropped out of school and has now become mending old shoes as a means of survival. “I have turned to be a shoe repairer because I need to survive.”Like many public buildings in Liberia, Grand Bassa Community College (GBCC) does not have a ramp, which makes the facility accessible to wheelchair users.
February 09, 2021 05:26 UTC
He lauded the Ministry of Health and partners for aggressively working to turn public health threats, especially the current COVID-19 outbreak at an acceptable level. “This Polio Emergency Operation Center is essential to better coordinate and conduct analysis, which is key to my government’s agenda. Liberia has the capacity to mitigate public health threats and I call on all health workers, partners to ensure our children are immunized,” the President said. For her part, the Director-General of the National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL), Ms. Jane MaCauley, said the public health emergency center, which was established during the Ebola epidemic, has helped in management of various public health emergencies including the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. “Today we are happy that another emergency operational center is welcoming and will go a long way in mitigating public health threats.”“Mr.
February 09, 2021 05:26 UTC
Monrovia – Three young men who had undergone rehabilitation have gotten a new lease of life after they graduated from the New Life Recovery Center, a faith-based rehabilitation center in Sundaygar Town, Margibi County. Jefferson Knight, director of the center, said he was inspired to open a rehabilitation center in Liberia in 2008 after his two brothers had died from drugs addiction. The center, Knight said, has been catering to the rehabilitation of male and female drug addicts from across the country and from abroad. In his testimony, Sonpon said Knight was influential in releasing him from jail and later took him to the rehabilitation center. And one lucky day, I got billed out by Knight who took to the rehabilitation center where I remained and got cleaned of drugs,” he said.
February 09, 2021 05:15 UTC
One of the charges by Finnish State Prosecutor Tom Laitinen centers on murders that Massaquoi allegedly committed and oversaw in the Waterside market area in Monrovia, Liberia. The probable timing of the alleged events is between January and December, 2002, according to Laitinen. Massaquoi’s defense challenged these accounts on Monday, saying that the timing does not align with news of events as they reportedly happened during the civil war. Completing the presentation of nearly 80 different written pieces of evidence on Monday, Massaquoi’s defense team argues that their evidence shows Massaquoi was not in Liberia during the time that the alleged crimes took place. The court will hear from Massaquoi himself later this week, after which the court will move to Liberia and Sierra Leone to hear witnesses there.
February 09, 2021 05:03 UTC