The observance of this year’s National Unification Day, which had as its Theme: “Reconciling Liberia for the 21st Century: Taking Ownership of National Unification,” was characterized by a live podcast panel and interactive discussion, reflecting on the significance of the National Unification Day. Bartholomew Colley, while concurring with Mrs. Norman, stressed that the promotion of unification in Liberia should be a shared national vision. Can Liberia achieve genuine national unification? How have traditional practices and processes supported national unification over the years; or in what ways have traditional processes not supported national unification? What options should we consider as we look forward to sustainable national unification?
May 29, 2020 06:11 UTC
Monrovia – Scores of drivers and commuters plying the Bushrod Island road, outside Monrovia continue to experience severe difficulties and hardship due to the prolong delay of the ongoing rehabilitation works on the road by the Ministry of Public Works. He turned off the engine, disembarked from his blue Almera vehicle and walked few steps away to take a glance of the long traffic ahead of him, leaving his passengers uncomfortable in the already crowded and tight vehicle. He told FrontPage Africa that the situation is a normal routine that commercial drivers encountered. ‘Sitting in Traffic’ the normTraffic congestion, mainly on the Bushrod Island, continues to negatively affect timeliness at various workplaces. Increasing hardshipThe current situation of severe traffic congestion occasioned by the ongoing renovation works and multiple potholes is also imposing economic constraints on commuters.
May 28, 2020 22:07 UTC
IN HIS COMPLAINT, Senator Tengbeh claims that Senator Dillon and Cohorts have in recent months embarked on a “smear campaign” aimed at denigrating the Liberian Senate both wholly and individually. The Lofa County Senator alleged that his peer has willfully and intentionally distorted the image of the Senate, causing massive injury to the characters of Senators and the institution. SENATOR TENGBEH SAID: “On Wednesday, May 20, 2020, Senator Dillon accused all Senators who affixed their signatures to the Senate resolution containing the COVID-19 recast budget and certain fiscal measures of receiving bribes. SENATOR DILLON is not perfect. SENATOR DILLON is not God.
May 28, 2020 21:45 UTC
Senator Tengbeh in his communication claimed that Senator Dillon and Cohorts have in recent months embarked on a “smear campaign” aimed at denigrating the Liberian Senate both wholly and individually. The Lofa County Senator alleged that his peer has willfully and intentionally distorted the image of the Senate, causing massive injury to the characters of Senators and the institution. Said Tengbeh: “The constant invectives rained by Senator Dillon on the Liberian Senate are abhorrent and prohibitive. Since entering the Senate Mr. Dillon has used his presence to shine light on numerous misdeeds in the Senate and became the first elected official in recent memory to make public the salaries of the members of the legislative branch. Mr. Dillon has been a vocal voice in numerous confirmation hearings, asking serious questions to nominees for appointed positions.
May 28, 2020 20:15 UTC
In cancelling the bid, the minister argued: “Our farmers need equipment and tools suited for Liberia; for our farms and crops. ADB to Minister: ‘New Procurement Will Delay’The African Development Bank which is one of the funders of the project disagreed. On Monday April 27, Minister Cooper, sent an email to Bob Fassah of the ADB. Slamming ‘Half-Baked Truths’Three months into her reign at the MOA, Minister Cooper is no doubt facing some serious challenges. For the immediate future, the agriculture minister is racing against time to fulfill many of the deliverables she set out to accomplish for a sector which has been lagging behind for decades.
May 28, 2020 19:01 UTC
MARGIBI COUNTY – Communities in Margibi and Bong Counties, represented by Green Advocates International (GAI) and three of its local partners, filed a complaint with the Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO), against the operations of the Salala Rubber Corporation (SRC) in Margibi County (Liberia). CAO is the independent watchdog and accountability mechanism for the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), of the World Bank Group. How could the Assessment team be bias in favor of the affected communities? We understand that during lockdown your operations and revenues are suffering, but we are convinced that it is within the financial capabilities of the Socfin group to pay full salaries to their employees during the Covid-19 outbreak.”Historically, the Salala Rubber Corporation in Liberia (SRC) was established by a merger in July 2007 between a standalone rubber processing factory called Weala Rubber Company and a standalone rubber plantation formerly called Salala Rubber Corporation. The plantation was setup in 1959 by the Weala Rubber Company and was acquired by the Socfin Group in 2007, after the civil war in Liberia.
May 28, 2020 18:45 UTC
Saryee said the donation is just the first of several other that will be carried out by the organization. Therefore, we are appealing to our parents not to doubt but to follow all the measures,’’ The Voice chief stated. In response, the Chairman of Kamara Town, Chief Momo Ballah, lauded the group for the kind gesture, stressing that it is the first group ever to reach out to them since the outbreak of the disease in the country. Like Chief Ballah, several other residents of both towns, thanked the group for what they described as a laudable initiative. So, the one these people did, I am so satisfied,” noted Mary Clarke, a resident of Kamara Town.
May 28, 2020 18:33 UTC
The initiative which started three weeks ago, according to Ambassador Sylla, is called “Water Is Life” and it is a US$7,000 project. “Access to safe drinking water is essential in the fight against COVID-19,” Ambassador Sylla said at one of the distribution sites on Front Street. We are providing this safe drinking water to make sure our people are safe, to make sure our people do not go through the many challenges during this difficult period of the coronavirus.”“This initiative is to serve humanity. Susan Tukue, a mother of 4, says she since her seven years as resident on the Front Street, water has been a serious problem for them. Drinking water, we cannot get it.
May 28, 2020 18:22 UTC
According to the Country Manager, Antonio Cazares Turcott, “The COVID-19 pandemic is having a profound impact on access to Family Planning products and services all around the world. Not only did the supply chain of Family Planning products crash from production to international shipment, but also the availability of healthcare providers has been disrupted.” Despite this scenario, he explained that the Liberians’ Family Planning needs are not on hold during this pandemic. As such he reiterated the commitment of DKT Liberia to its principle of ensuring access to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Right (SRHR) under any circumstances by putting in place innovative actions to mitigate COVID-19 impact on access to Family Planning. As such to facilitate these insights, DKT Liberia, committed to providing a subsidy on all Family Planning products and services. DKT Liberia, promoted free OCP doorstep delivery to prevent unwanted pregnancies by giving six cycles per woman.
May 28, 2020 18:11 UTC
The clean-up exercise held by community PASSA volunteers was marked by the installation of 20 signboards with the inscription “NO DUMPING BY ORDER OF MCC AND EPA – Violators will be fined LR$500.00” in the community. Speaking at Peace Island, the Commissioner of Congo Town Township, Mr. Mensah Suku, highly commended the community for initiating the project and continued engagement in their own development. Mr. Suku reiterated his commitment to support the community leadership in reinforcing of the recently developed community by-laws in accordance to city ordinances of the City government of Monrovia. He stated that this can help improve health for the local community residents. According to the Chief of Party of Habitat for Humanity International, Mr. Mathew Ndote, residents of Peace Island and the leadership have been very involved in the whole process.
With more than 5 million infected and over 300,000 deaths worldwide, former President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, addressing the United Nations Security Council Videoconference, said the Coronavirus pandemic is a painful human tragedy. Monrovia – Former Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf says the deadly Coronavirus pandemic has humbled the world and dealt the greatest test in living memory. Let us not fail ourselves, and posterity,” the President told a high-level videoconference on the Protection of civilians in armed conflicts, Wednesday. The videoconference was presided by the Permanent Representative of Estonia to the United Nations, Sven Jürgenson and included Sirleaf, the Secretary-General of the United Nations and the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Peter Maurer. Today, she explained, the UN Security Council now represents the hope and aspirations of the global community for international peace and security.
Monrovia – The Customs Department of the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) has received a donation of Testing kits for precursor chemicals and explosive from the World Customs Organization (WCO). The equipment will be used by Customs to uncover smuggling of narcotic drugs, dangerous chemicals and other harmful substances into the country. LRA Commissioner General Nah described the Authority’s engagement with the WCO “as very important” for the advancement of Liberia’s customs program. He said the testing equipment will play a useful role in helping to boost the LRA customs border management operations in detecting dangerous chemicals. The WCO’s latest donation is under the WCO’s Security project for Central and West Africa region aimed at boosting Liberia’s customs operation.
Liberia: Christian Revival Church Association & Partners Embark on Drilling of Wells for 6,000 Households In Kolahun and Foya DistrictsChristian Revival Church Association Bishop Aggrey said this current initiative will target about twenty towns and villages in Foya and KolahunMONROVIA – Christian Revival Church Association (CRCA), Water of Life and the Last Well Institutions operating in Liberia have embarked on the drilling of wells in Kolahun and Foya districts, Lofa County. According to CRCA Bishop Dennis Aggrey, the wells initiative started on May 26, 2020 and is expected to end August 2020. Bishop Aggrey said that the water initiative undertaken by CRCA and its partners is not the first of its kind in the rural parts of Liberia. Commenting on the cost of the entire drilling initiative, he noted that it amounted to US$70, 000. Christian Revival Church Association (CRCA) is an indigenous body of Chris operating in West Africa with ‘focus on education, agriculture, health, among other projects in Liberia , Guinea and Sierra Leone.
May 28, 2020 17:37 UTC
It is becoming clear that the food support which was promised Liberians over a month ago seems like yet another pie in the sky. This means that while we’re faced with a public health and economic crises, we stand a great chance of experiencing food crisis well before everyone else. This food support seems more like a charade than a fanciful promise. Until we be certain that removing the lockdown measures wouldn’t risk public health, we must ensure a flattened curve. But right now, everyone is patiently looking forward to the long awaited food support.
May 28, 2020 17:16 UTC
Monrovia – Criminal Court ‘C’ Judge Yamie Quiqui Gbeisay has given Liberian government lawyers a seven- days ultimatum to proceed with the trial of former Central Bank Governor (CBL) Milton A. Weeks’ trial. Judge Gbeisay ruling grew out of Prosecution’s four-counts motion for continuance of the case trial for three weeks. In the motion, prosecution argued that the three weeks continuance is aim at finding an amicable solution that would mitigate the charge leveled against the former CBL Governor. In his ruling, Judge Gbeisay granted the prosecution’s motion for continuance and gave the prosecution one week (seven days} instead of three weeks. “The prosecution’s motion for continuance is therefore hereby granted with modification that it reverts to this court in seven days.
May 28, 2020 17:15 UTC