Monrovia – The plenary of the House of Representatives has mandated its Public Accounts and Expenditure Committee (PAC) to look into a concern raised by Grand Bassa County District #5 Representative, Thomas Goshua, who called for audit of the Liberia Agency for Community Empowerment (LACE) over the unfinished Legislative projects across the country. The House plenary reached the decision in chamber on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 during the 12th day sitting of the first sitting of the Honorable House of Representatives of the 54th Legislature. According to him, the audit is intended to expose corruption and reclaim the monies from the perpetrators and place a ban on companies that received full disbursement but deliberately abandoned the projects. By doing this, Representative Goshua believes it would serve as deterrence and an instrument that will avoid recurrence of the mass abandonment of Legislative projects under the 54th Legislature by LACE and companies hired through its terms and conditions. The committee is expected to report to plenary within two weeks.
February 22, 2018 03:00 UTC
Unlike his trip to Senegal - a former French colony - where he received critical reviews back home for ditching Liberia’s official language for French, President Weah opted to speak English in Paris. "I remember that I arrived in Paris at Charles de Gaulle Airport on a very cold morning on my way to Monaco,” recalled President Weah mounting the podium alongside French President Emmanuel Macron. As President Weah catalogued his success in world football on Wednesday February 21, a smiling Macron, who shared the stage with him looked on. The former Paris Saint-Germain striker’s return to Paris this time around is for a bigger cause: to garner support for Liberia’s socio-economic development. President Weah’s trip to Paris was about appealing for aid as mentioned in his official statement to President Macron.
February 22, 2018 02:48 UTC
In a communication addressed to the Deputy Speaker of the House, Rep. Gray craved the indulgence of his colleagues to demand a careful scrutiny of the civil servants payroll, which he noted would enable the Legislature help government curb wastes and remove ghost names. According to him, most of the managers, contractors and other professionals transferred to the civil service maintain their salaries up to US$3,000 in some cases. "Also, general allowances of some agencies and ministries are distributed with huge disparities at the will and pleasure of a sitting minister,” he noted. He continued: “We have the responsibility to help clean this financial mess through our oversight as we approach the process of a recast budget." He said, he’s optimistic that said action would help government generate more revenue for government.
February 22, 2018 02:37 UTC
Article 50 of the 1986 Constitution clearly and exclusively vests in the President the executive power and authority of the Liberian State. In fact, the President has the exclusive executive constitutional power under Article 56 to appoint all public officials where it is constitutionally applicable. To aptly put, the appointment by the President of public officials can be likened to a lessor and lessee relationship. This exercise is ultra vires to the intent and spirit as well as the letter of Article 56 of the 1986 Constitution. In summary, there is no tenure position within the contemplation of Article 56 of the 1986 Constitution.
February 22, 2018 02:26 UTC
But, instead of a success story, Mr. Wolfowitz might learn that many Liberians think that the World Bank is not a philanthropic institution created to fight poverty. In less than three days, the World Bank, again, came under fire from the most powerful Ghanaian, President Nana Akufo-Addo. That is what they were hired to do...”Mr. Zaza did not end his inquiry of the World Bank. However, unlike credit card or bank overdraft, where the beneficiary does not increase his/her assets, the Guidelines of the World Bank permit a borrowing country to overstate its assets by including SDRs. Subsequent to Mr. Zaza’s presentation, Mr. Emmanuel Feuderthal and Alloycious David, in a December, 17 2017 article, identified the World Bank as a greedy investor, according to Reuters.
February 22, 2018 02:03 UTC
African countries need to create a system aimed at tackling cyber crime. The creation of cyber crime was not an instantaneous act, rather, it was a continuum of development and involved three generations. Also, the second-generation cyber crimes are classified as, “hybrid” crimes that fall between traditional and true cyber crime. Public perception of cyber crime is apparent when we examine the way our legal system and law enforcement has addressed the problem. We need better legislation to prosecute, punish and deter cyber crime offenders and curb the problem before it expands.
February 22, 2018 01:41 UTC
THE PRESIDENT ALSO REPEATED the bad news about his country when he and the French President, Mr. Emmanuel Macron, had a standout yesterday. INDEED, MR. PRESIDENT, you and your lieutenants can truly end corruption in Liberia; but not by and through your initial steps toward achieving it. IT IS LAW THAT ALL PUBLIC officials, including you, Mr. President, should declare your assets. The declaration shall be promptly updated by Public Officials and Employees of Government upon subsequent changes in his or her interest and/or assets. SO MR. PRESIDENT, YOU and all your lieutenants, need to declare your assets.
February 22, 2018 01:30 UTC
Report from western Liberia via a Correspondent of state radio, ELBC has disclosed that a man who usually roams villages that he is a nurse has allegedly killed a lady after administering unknown drugs to the victim who had gone to him for treatment. According to the report, the man name withheld who is currently behind bars in Gbarpolu County has admitted his wrongdoing and is pleading for pardon, while some of the citizens of the County who spoke to ELBC Correspondent said he has been doing well for them, but noted that the death of the lady is regrettable. Dozens of people considered here in Liberia as ‘Black bag’ doctors are usually seen roaming streets corners and villages under the pretext that they are nurses or doctors making many who are desperately in need of healthcare to fall prey, despite warnings from the Ministry of Health. (Visited 108 times, 17 visits today)Commentscomments
February 21, 2018 09:00 UTC
By Lori Chung |(NY1.com) – A man who spent more than a dozen years in prison for the slaying of a college student got a new trial date Tuesday. “I find no reason to release the defendant, nor to grant bail in this case,” the judge said. John Giuca was convicted of killing 19-year-old college student Mark Fisher back in 2003. “I’m looking for justice, and I just can’t seem to get it,” said Doreen Quinn Giuliano, Giuca’s mother. We want the judge to do the right thing.”“I don’t believe they have any chance on an appeal and I don’t believe they have any intent of ever retrying this case.
February 21, 2018 03:22 UTC
Monrovia – The newly hired monitoring consultant FCG/GOPA of the Liberia Swedish Feeder Road Project Phase III (LSFRP) on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 paid a courtesy call on Public Works Minister Mobutu Nyenpan. The Liberia Swedish Feeder Project is the Swedish government’s contribution towards the poverty reduction strategy of the Liberian government. During the interacting discussion, Public Works Minister Mobutu Nyenpan thanked the delegation for what he termed as acquaintance visit as well as issues highlighted the commencement of Phase III of the project in the Southeast. For his part, LSFRP Project Director T. Oliver Zomonway informed the Minister that procurement work is on-going-with physical rehabilitation work expected to start mid-April. The bank delegation spoke on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 when it paid a courtesy on the new Public Works Minister at his office on Lynch Street.
February 21, 2018 02:26 UTC
The case was postponed after UP’s lawyer, Cllr. “The behavior of the expelled persons…constitutes sabotage and undermined the existence of the party,” said the statement announcing the decision, which was taken by the party’s executive committee. Sims argued that Patrick Worzie, one of the expelled executives, was the only person whose name appeared on the suit filed to the NEC. Sims, the available legal option was for the expelled executives to have sought reconsideration or review of their expulsion through a quorum of UP Executive Committee members. It may be recalled that on Thursday, January 14, a group of individuals described as ‘thugs’ converged on the UP Congo Town headquarters and staged a protest against the expulsion of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and other party members.
February 21, 2018 02:26 UTC
The confirmation has gone through and it is left with the President to give Honorable Nuquay another post,” Senator Oscar Cooper said. Senator Cooper and Nuquay both hail from Margibi County. Maryland County Senator H. Dan Morais, Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, presided over the hearing. Charles Gibson after continuous public outcry was rescinded; while a similar outcry is ongoing against the nomination of Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah, Health Minister-designate. Meanwhile, in a rather strange twist, Nuquay’s confirmation was conducted behind closed doors in a committee room, although the majority of the confirmation hearings so far had been conducted in the Joint Chambers.
February 21, 2018 02:26 UTC
Monrovia – FrontPageAfrica has obtained a load of documents alleging that the Director General of the General Services Agency, Mary Broh, has sold government vehicles to several individuals despite a government mandate halting the sale of all scrap vehicles under the GSA. Madam Broh’s decision to auction vehicles – documents of transactions in FPA possession – contravenes instructions by the government, violates public procurement regulations and further drains government’s vehicles assets. The committee also suggested that if vehicles were to be sold, it should be done through a public auction where bidders would compete fairly in compliance with the law. When an FPA reporter sought clarity from the GSA Boss about her recent auctioning of government vehicles and other allegations, she responded angrily. In their petition statement rejecting the reappointment of Madam Broh, the workers outlined a seven point accusations.
February 21, 2018 02:26 UTC
Providing Africa’s perspective on the zero draft of the ‘Global Compact on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration,’ Ambassador Brown said the continent believes that integration and development are unthinkable without the mobility of people, goods, and services. And they are also agents who can contribute in accelerating socioeconomic development in countries of origin and countries of destination,” he said. He further proposed the construction of an agenda for fair migration which emphasizes the respect for the fundamental rights of migrants and offers real opportunities for decent work and integration. Ambassador Brown stressed the need for the proper governing of labor migration to ensure that human resource investment constitutes brain gain and not brain drain. The zero draft of the ‘Global Compact on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration’ envisions collective cooperation on international migration and proposes a people-centered approach that is gender and child-sensitive, and takes into account issues of human rights, sustainable development, national sovereignty, and due process among others.
February 21, 2018 02:15 UTC
61 males to 9 females; 3 seats still emptyNimba County District #7 Representative Roger S. W. Y. Domah has been admitted as a member of the House of Representatives of the 54th Legislature through an Oath of Affirmation administered by Speaker Bhofal Chambers on Thursday, February 15 during the House’s 11th day sitting. The Nimba lawmaker becomes the 70th member of the House of Representatives, with three seats still empty, including Bong County Districts #4 and 7 and Nimba County District #4. Domah has also increased the male lawmakers to 61, while the females total nine. Seventy-three (73) elections are held for the 73 electoral district seats spread across the country. Their certification was followed by those of Rep. Clarence Massaquoi of Lofa County District #3 in January 2018 and Representatives Joseph M. Matthew, Jr. of Gbarpolu County District #3, Larry Younquoi of Nimba County District #8, and now Rep. Domah, all in February.
February 21, 2018 02:15 UTC