Weala, Margibi County – Aggrieved residents of affected communities have accused the Salala Rubber Corporation (SRC) in Margibi County of masterminding a wave of violent attacks against them and Green Advocates International (GAI). According to the residents, the violence erupted when the pro-company group disrupted series of meetings that were scheduled between them and staff of GAI -and its partners. “I tell Green Advocates thank you for opening our eyes and standing by us. The company merged with a rubber processing factory, Weala Rubber Company in 2007, with the merger retaining its name. The communities opted for a resolution to the dispute with the company—one of two options under the IFC’s complaint mechanism.
January 08, 2021 05:03 UTC
MONROVIA – the Liberia Baptist Missionary and Educational Convention, Inc. has discredited media reports alleging that one of its auxiliaries – Liberia Baptist Missionary Educational (LBMEC) – is claiming ownership of the four lots of land on which President George Weah’s Jamaica Resort is situated. The report further averred that the land in question is part of the Liberia Baptist Theological Seminary on RIA highway. But the Liberia Baptist Missionary and Educational Convention as the proprietor of the Liberia Baptist Theological Seminary in a statement issued on Thursday clarified that the four lots being occupied by the Jamaica Resorts do not belong to the Liberia Baptist Theological Seminary and have never at any time been part of the Seminary’s property. The statement added that while it is true that Deacon Nathaniel Blama heads the Baptist Transitional Committee, the information attributed to him is fabricated. The Liberia Baptist Theological Seminary is situated on 1,000 acres of land and this does not include the four lots of the Jamaica Resorts.
January 08, 2021 05:03 UTC
MONROVIA – A man who identified himself as Daniel Davies, alias DMX, has accused one of the police officers assigned to the Deputy Inspector General of Police for Administration (101), Sediatu Reeves, of masterminding the cutting of his throat which almost led to his death. He narrated that he had gone to intervene and calm down the argument but he realized that the man was bent on being uncompromising. He further alleged that prior to the incident, Col. Reeves had threatened to get even with him. FrontPageAfrica’s multiple attempts to get comments from Col. Reeves were futile up to press time on Thursday. Davies has, however, reported the case to the Liberia National Police and expressed optimism that the government would independently investigate the saga and grant him justice.
January 08, 2021 04:52 UTC
Other panelists include Lena Cummings, Project Coordinator, Women NGO Secretariat of Liberia (WONGOSOL), Eric Nagbe, National Coordinator, Servants of all Prayer (SOAP) Men’s Ministry and officer Joseph K. Kowel, a Supervisor, at the Liberia National Police. They spoke during a panel discussion at the ongoing ‘Capacity Development Training in SGBV Trauma’ sponsored by the Cummings Africa Foundation (CAF). Woods noted that a proper rehabilitation center would be pivotal in curbing crimes including rape. It is also in addition to CAF’s ongoing support including the provision of grants to organizations serving SGBV survivors. The mental anguish, long term effect and devastation of rape and SGBV trauma should never be underestimated!” the statement said.
January 08, 2021 04:52 UTC
MONROVIA – Representative J. Fonati Koffa (CDC-District #2 Grand Kru County) is the current chairman of the House Committee on Judiciary who is vying to become the next Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives replacing out going Deputy Speaker Prince Moye. His critics believe that electing him as the next Deputy Speaker will create a one-party system of governance and a one-sided regional government. Koffa is not bothered because, according to him, criticisms made against his bid for the Deputy Speakership are genuine but being a ruling party Deputy Speaker is not unprecedented. Most recently, the President, the President, Speaker and Pro-Temp were from the Western region with the Vice President from the north. We are not rivals, obviously there is nothing you can do as Deputy Speaker without the confidence of the Speaker.
January 08, 2021 04:51 UTC
According to him, the economic policies being implored by Minister Tweah and others are only intended to impress the International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank and other international partners. “The Samuel Tweah’s economic policies are leading us nowhere; it cannot translate to bread and butter on the table of Liberians. Government of Liberia economic policies appears more likely to impress the IMF, World Bank and international community than to transform the lives of ordinary Liberians”. It is not the IMF or the World Bank that are eating here every day or having difficulties in sending their children to school; so we should go beyond the World Bank and IMF politics. The IMF and World Bank will make the projections, but we have to work on them.
January 08, 2021 04:41 UTC
MONROVIA – The long-standing conflict in the Tartweh-Drapoh Authorized Community Forest in Sinoe County over the forest leadership has finally been resolved by the Forest Development Authority. The process was peacefully guided and the election and appointment of the newly elected the EC and CFMB respectively was supervised by FDA. There were 24 of the 32 CA members and 4 of the 5 CFMB officers and members present at the investigation. She said the community forest was given to benefit community and Government but noted that it has turned chaotic. In response to the recommendation of the CA and CFMB, FDA resolved to the following as a decision on the matter.
January 08, 2021 04:30 UTC
Lofa – Residents of Bluyeama clan are currently displeased over the operations of Sing Africa Plantation Liberia Incorporated, a company carrying out logging activities in Bluyeama Clan, Lofa County. According to residents, ECOWOOD did not complete their tenure of the contract, but later turned over to Sing Africa Plantation Liberia Incorporated, which revision is expected soon. They furthered stated that ECOWOOD also failed to addressed its social responsibility, prior to turning over to Sing Africa Plantation Liberia Incorporated. He said the company’s failure to address its social responsibility is as a result of poor leadership exhibited by Bluyeama Clan Forest Management Body. He stressed that the such an ‘underperformance’ was not just limited to Sing Africa Plantation Liberia Incorporated, but other companies across Liberia.
January 08, 2021 04:30 UTC
Liberia: Accountability Problem Hits Buchanan City Corporation, Over US$100k Yet to Be Accounted ForBuchanan, Grand Bassa – As Liberia strives to fight corruption, accountability seems not to assist at the Buchanan City Corporation as the Mayor Moses Haynes is yet to account for monies received from ‘Bollare ‘ a company paying annual US$100,000 to the City. Thomas Alexander Goshua provided three days ultimatum for the mayor to appear before the caucus but Mayor Haynes refused. 2020 Report Yet to Be MadeThe temporary report made after pressure was mounted on the Buchanan City Corporation was 2018 and 2019. The Buchanan City Corporation is yet to inform the public as to when will the 2020 report of the US$100,000 be made. Our reporter toured Buchanan City of recent but there has been nothing new added to the City as compare to the past Mayor Julia Bono.
January 08, 2021 04:26 UTC
MONROVIA – The year 2020 has no doubt witnessed the rise of so many talented singers, slowly dominating the music industry. Talented Beevonne Recordz singer, J Slught has snagged an award at the 2020 Liberia Entertainment Awards as the new artiste of the year. J Slught has proven to be one artiste that puts in time and just watch his works speak for him. This is J Slught’s second time wining the New Artiste of the year award as he also won it at Tunes Liberia Music Award (TLMA). J Slught also bagged the album of the year at the just concluded MLMA which was held at the Ministerial Complex in November for his “HOME & BEYOND EP.
January 08, 2021 00:09 UTC
MONROVIA – Parashoot, a global wizard that got stranded in Liberia due to the coronavirus lockdown, is speedily becoming a household name in Liberia – bringing new vibes and color to the entertainment industry in Liberia. Parashoot changed the dynamics of musical video in Liberia with an unprecedented quality and concept displayed in D-LOYAL’s “Gradually” video. After ‘Gradually’ was released, the Liberia entertainment industry’s attention was drawn to the wizard, because of the projection and concepts behind the video. Following ‘Gradually’ Video, ‘Venita’ was the follow up visual from Parashoot for ‘1Dollar’ under Executive Media Groups (Boxx Records), And ‘Gyrate’ respectively, a top-class video for Nasseman Featuring Jaredo. He said, “Putting my frustration on my creativity is the best thing I did for myself this year.” He added, “Covid couldn’t stop the changes Liberia Entertainment Industry has been waiting for and deserves.
January 07, 2021 23:37 UTC
Monrovia – The Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning ( MFDP) has begun a month-long training workshop on the procedures and processes leading to the imposition of excise tax stamps on several commodities and goods currently on the Liberian market. The workshop is sponsor by USAID through its Revenue Generation, Growth and Governance project (RG3) and it is aimed to educate and enhance the capacity of key stakeholders, manufacturers, importers, suppliers, taxpayers, and tax practitioners on the rules, procedures, modules, and solutions to problems that may arise when trading in commodities such as alcohol, fuel and tobacco products. LRA Assistant Customs Commissioner for Ports Operation, Edwin F. Kendema said the specially designed stamps as per the established tax regulation are customized and unique to each one of the listed commodity and can be easily detected if counterfeited or tempered with by any supplier or manufacturer. He indicated that the training is scheduled to take place in the 15 counties of Liberia for the next 30 days. The imposition of excise stamps on selected goods and products is a result of an administrative regulation formulated by the LRA and the MFDP and has made it possible to put in place the proper use of specific stamps for use by manufacturers and suppliers of petroleum, tobacco and alcohol products on the Liberian market and would curtail the leakages of potential tariffs for the country.
January 07, 2021 16:18 UTC
Minister Tweah said printing new banknotes would not solve the problem until confidence is regained in the bank. And the reason why it cannot be solved is the quantity of money that is not coming back is staying out of the banks,” Minister Tweah said. “The new estimation is that we have to print a quantum that will allow for certain people to keep their money outside until confidence is restored in the banks,” Minister Tweah said. When asked about the four billion dollars, Minister Tweah said all of the four billion Liberian dollars can be accounted for, adding the Central Bank is supervised by international experts. Call LBDI, call ECO-Bank, call all of the commercial banks and ask how many dollars of this four billion the government gives you they will give you the answer,” Minister Tweah said.
January 07, 2021 06:22 UTC
FrontPageAfrica/Moses R. QuollinKORNINGA, Gbarpolu County – On March 4 2019, Korninga B, an authorized forest community, signed a logging contract with Singaporean-Indian logging company Indo Africa Plantation Liberia Incorporated. Mining Law vs Forestland ActAwarding a mining concession in a community forest contravenes the Community Rights Law (CRL) of 2009 with Respect to Forest Lands. However, the forestland law, crafted nine years after the mining law, is silent on mining. A Bridge in Korninga B Community Forest Indo Africa promised to reconstruct. The community blames Indo Africa for the failure of the contract despite acknowledging the presence of the miners in the forest.
January 07, 2021 06:11 UTC
MONROVIA – The National Elections Commission (NEC) on Wednesday certificated five winners of the just ended December 8, Special Senatorial Elections in Liberia. Four of the five winners certificated are from the opposition Collaborating Political Parties (CPP) with one from the People Unification Party (PUP). Emmanuel Nuquay of the People Unification Party (PUP) was also certificated as winner of Margibi County Senatorial Elections. She assured Liberians that as soon as cases are adjudicated and disposed of, winners will be certificated without delay. “Saul will either turn to Paul by force or persuasion, or personal volition but we should allow Saul to change to Paul for a better Liberia.”
January 07, 2021 06:00 UTC