MONROVIA – Liberia’s Forestry Development Authority (FDA), through its Community Forestry Department (CFD) has successfully supported the formation of 20-Community Forest Organizing Committees (CFOCs) in six designated counties in rural Liberia. The exercises were facilitated by Partners in Development (PADEV), a Liberian NGO hired by FDA to provide technical facilitation support. Community Forest Organizing Committees are elected interim forest governance entities that act on behalf of applicant communities seeking Authorized Forest (AFC) status. In the southeastern priority forest landscape, 17-CFOCs were organized in applicant communities in Grand Gedeh, Rivergee, Sinoe and Grand Kru Counties. The 20-forest dependent communities that benefited from this intervention are all applicant communities and are currently working with FDA and partners to acquire their AFC status.
January 27, 2021 05:48 UTC
Liberia: SWAL Veep describes Sports Omission from State Of The Nation Address as “Heartless”Monrovia – The Vice President of the Sports Writers Association of Liberia (SWAL) Varmah Kamara has described the omission of sports from President George Weah’s state of the nation address as “heartless”. The SWAL Vice President said the omission of sports is a clear manifestation that the CDC-led government has no plan to develop sports in Liberia. Mr. Kamara added that ignoring the immense contribution of sports in his personal life and Liberian youths at large is regrettable. He was speaking Monday, January 25, 2020 when the Liberian leader presented his one hour thirty-three minutes state of the nation address leaving out Sports. The SWAL Vice president asserted that sports must be the least area where the Liberian leader must not fail adding that he would have being no body if not for sport.
January 27, 2021 05:42 UTC
In this Commentary, I am writing about value addition to show that it is of highest importance for improving the living conditions of the people, especially the poor. The longstanding and widespread production of raw materials for export is the way of value subtraction rather than value addition because value is added abroad rather than locally. What continues to happen in Liberia is the dominance of the position of national leaders who continue to engage in value subtraction rather than value addition and such engagement results in poverty generation rather than poverty alleviation. With Liberianization in education, there is action for value addition rather than action for value subtraction. As there continues to be westernization in education, students, upon leaving schooling, become elected and appointed government officials and employees making decisions that promote value subtraction over value addition and the poverty generation syndrome continues.
January 27, 2021 05:37 UTC
Monrovia – An online Crime Statistics Information System (CSIS) has been launched at the headquarters of the Liberia National Police (LNP). The Initiative is under a joint UN Liberia Rule of Law Programme and brings together relevant UN Agencies under the UN Global Focal Point on Rule of Law. Mr. James Monibah who represented the United Nations Development Programme at the event, recognized UNDP’s long-standing relationship and trusted partnership with the Liberia National Police. For his part, the LNP Commissioner for Administration, Ambrose Nebo, thanked the United Nations for its continued support to the Liberia National Police especially regarding crime statistics. Nebo noted that capacity building adds values to the work of the Liberia National Police.
January 27, 2021 00:22 UTC
Gbarnga, Bong County – Human Rights activist Samuel Kofi Woods has admonished the opposition Collaborating Political Parties (CPP) to ensure George Weah becomes a one-term president and send him packing in 2023, and called on political leaders of the four opposition parties to subordinate and negotiate interests and ambitions ahead of the 2023 presidential elections. “Liberians will become the real zombies rather than the musical zombies used to mock the citizens of this country by none other than this President,” Woods said. “Far from the mistaken belief that they are complacent and complicit, the citizens have debunked these assertions and delivered a rebuke to the CDC misadventures of governing the country,” Woods said. During the elections, Woods said, Liberians voted against mediocrity, disdain and arrogance in leadership, adding that Liberians are not “Zombies”. We become President and never recover 5 from the shock of becoming President until our Presidency is over.
January 26, 2021 05:26 UTC
The trial of Sierra Leonean national and Tampere resident, Gibril Massaquoi, will begin on 1st February 2021 before the Pirkanmaa District Court in Finland, and is expected to last for several months. Massaquoi’s indictment comes shortly after the Finnish National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) concluded its pre-trial investigation of crimes allegedly committed by Massaquoi between 1999 and 2003. Concurrent to Massaquoi’s trial – for three weeks from 15th February – the trial of Alieu Kosiah will resume in Bellinzona, Switzerland, after it commenced in December 2020. This case has involved extensive investigations in Liberia and Sierra Leone since early 2019, with the cooperation and support of the Liberian and Sierra Leonean authorities. Taylor was convicted by the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) in 2012 for aiding, abetting, and planning the commission of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Sierra Leone by the RUF.
January 26, 2021 05:15 UTC
MONROVIA – The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and the Millennium Challenge Account Liberia (MCA-L) marked the successful closeout of the $257 million MCC Liberia Compact which aimed to address limited access to reliable and affordable electricity in the country and poor-quality road infrastructure. MCC programs are designed with partner countries to reduce poverty by addressing the binding constraints to economic growth. Analysis by MCC and the Government of Liberia showed that reliable access to power is a critical element to reduce poverty, strengthen economic growth, and improve living standards. The MCC Liberia Compact was a critical step for the country’s economic growth and development. About MCCThe Millennium Challenge Corporation is an independent U.S. Government agency working to reduce global poverty through economic growth.
January 26, 2021 05:03 UTC
I appeal to the Honorable National Legislature to endorse these recommendations and act swiftly. Despite the printing and delivery of L$4billion Liberian dollars in July 2020, the economy was challenged by difficulty to access Liberian dollars in the financial sector, largely reflecting about forty (40%) percent rate of mutilation of the existing Liberian dollar banknotes in circulation. The General Auditing Commission is also auditing these indirect expenditures also as part of the total national COVID-19 response effort. This is an important component of our national development agenda, the Pro Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD). In order to do so, however, it will require that you rally to the cause, and make your own personal commitment to national development.
January 25, 2021 19:18 UTC
According to the President, the call for printing new family of banknotes was based on the advice of the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL), which has the power to print pending legislative approval. Monrovia – President George Manneh Weah has called on the 54th Legislature of Liberia to act swiftly in authorizing the printing of a new family of banknotes to address the current liquidity crisis grappling the Liberian economy. President Weah made the request in his fourth State of the Nation Address to the joint session of the Legislature moments ago. According to the President, the call for printing new family of banknotes was based on the advice of the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL), which has the power to print, pending legislative approval. President Weah is expected to officially inform the Legislature, with detail information concerning the printing of a new family of banknotes through a written communication shortly.
January 25, 2021 18:19 UTC
Monrovia – The Liberia Land Authority (LLA), has received a consignment of deployment kits which include equipment, office supplies and eight motorbikes worth over USD$50,000. The initiative is part of efforts to support the government deal with land issues and maintain peace, security and reconciliation. The project is managed by UNDP and funded by the Liberia Multi-Partner Trust Fund/Peace Building Support Office (LMPTF/PBSO). It is geared towards supporting the LLA implement programs designed to help settle land and boundary disputes across the Country. She encouraged the Land Authority to think seriously about ensuring that all government land and structural properties are deeded.
January 25, 2021 17:26 UTC
MONROVIA – The Liberian Government, through the Liberia Maritime Authority (LiMA), has strongly condemned the growing scourge of piracy and kidnapping in the Gulf of Guinea. The vessel while underway from Lagos, Nigeria to Cape Town, South Africa was boarded by four armed pirates at sea. The Commissioner of Maritime Affairs of Liberia, Mr. Lenn Eugene Nagbe said: “We strongly condemn the attack against this Liberian vessel and her crew. Liberia, as flag State of the vessel, have initiated an investigation pursuant to Article 94 of the United Nations Law of the Sea. Commissioner Nagbe further calls for practical and urgent solutions: “This problem of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea is only worsening.
January 25, 2021 09:11 UTC
Mr. Kemayah, a deacon of the Baptist Church, said he was very pleased and humbled for his preferment as Chairman of the Board of Trustees. He took over as Chairman of the Board of Trustees from Dr. Aaron G. Marshall. Kemeyah thanked Dr. Marshall and members of the Board for their leadership and contribution to the Convention through the Board. “If you came with a mind to work hard, study hard and get the result that you deserve, than you are on the right track of becoming competent,” he continued. He said this requires hard work with time consciousness, noting that you don’t have to be punished for coming to class late or late for activity before you become committed.
January 25, 2021 09:00 UTC
MR. COSTA, it may be recalled, fled the country in 2020 after a writ was issued for his arrest amid allegations from the government that the talk show host allegedly, fraudulently obtained a laissez passer travel document. SEVERAL CRITICS and media watchdogs wasted no time in slamming the administration for its position on the issue. THE PRESS UNION OF LIBERIA has already begun consulting its lawyers for legal opinion to inform its position on the government’s statement against Radio Bushrod (D-15) regarding the Costa saga. It appears that Mr. Weah is continuing the trend set by his predecessors regarding freedom of speech, reminiscent of the dictatorial tendencies that leave many unanswered questions about the President’s words vs. actions and promises versus implementation. THE LATEST SAGA involving the Weah government and Mr. Costa raises a lot of questions and contradicts every commendable declarations Mr. Weah has made both prior to his election and its aftermath.
January 25, 2021 07:27 UTC
By Rodney D. Sieh, [email protected]Said President Weah: “As we open our doors to all foreign direct investments, we will not permit Liberian-owned businesses to be marginalized. The President himself acknowledged last January in his annual message that Liberia’s next-door neighbors are ahead of the curve. Over the past two years of the Weah administration, the economy faced uncertainty due to declining mining exports and rising inflation and currency depreciation. WATER & ELECTRICITYRocked by inconsistent supply of electricity to residents of Monrovia and its environs, President Weah, last March, demanded more efficiency and productivity. 2 of the government’s Pro-Poor agenda, road connectivity is one of the major aims of the Weah administration.
January 25, 2021 07:15 UTC
Liberia to Become First Country to Power TRANSCO CLSG Transmission Lines As Weah-led Government Lauded for the SupportMONROVIA – Liberia would be the first country among the TRANSCO CLSG nations to commission transmission lines from the Ivory Coast that would bring into the country 225kv volts to compliment the Mount Coffee Hydro for affordable and widespread electricity distribution in throughout Liberia. This, according to the TRANSCO CLSG General Manager Mr. Mohamed Sherif, would not have been possible without the commitment from the Government of Liberia, especially the Minister of Finance and Development Planning. He said at the inception of the government, the project was about 20 percent but it is currently at about 97 percent nearing completion from Mah in Ivory Coast to the Mount Coffee substation. There is a 225kv substation in Yekepa which the LEC would connect to to supply electricity in Nimba. “From Buchanan we come to Mount Coffee is the biggest among the CLSG substations in the four countries.
January 24, 2021 21:56 UTC