Dr. McRobbie very passionately observed that it is a privilege for Indiana University to count such distinguished individuals as honorary alumni. Dr. Sawyer convincingly passed that scrutiny as evidenced by IU’s findings in its statement published in its official records, quoted verbatim below. “There is, perhaps, no living person on the African continent who better exemplifies dedication to the democratic process than Dr. Amos C. Sawyer. Originally a professor, then a dean, at the University of Liberia, Sawyer earned degrees in political science and government from the University of Liberia and Northwestern University. He promised to continue to work for justice, democracy and human capacity development and to uphold the honor and confidence reposed in him by Indiana University.
May 08, 2018 02:32 UTC
In the mist of all the controversy surrounding the Supreme Court of Liberia, Associate Justice Kabineh M. Ja’neh’s admission to Liberia’s poor system of justice has engendered even more controversy with some claiming that his words ring hollow and appear self-contradictory. Justice Ja’neh made the statement at the opening session of Young Political Leaders School on May 7, 2018 in Sinkor, Monrovia. He spoke on the theme, “Adherence to the rule of law: A foundation to a sustainable democracy in Liberia”. “Only by adhering to the rule of law will justice, peace, security and economic growth and prosperity of a nation be assured and preserved,” Ja’neh said. She was addressing the same forum at which Justice Ja’neh had made the opening remarks admitting to the poor system of justice in the country.
Banks, who served the 1986 Constitution Committee as director of its legal department, last Friday publicly confessed that members of the commission, including its chairman, Dr. Amos C. Sawyer, inserted certain provisions into the document to favor the People’s Redemption Council (PRC). It was during this period of review that the impunity clause for members of the Peoples Redemption Council was entrenched in the document, according to sources close to the Commission at the time. Justice Banks also claimed that they agreed to reform the constitution in the future to have make what he described as the necessary correction. He also said since 1986 there has not been any effort by the government to make the necessary amendment. Banks said he was mentioning the issue because that was the same problem that they have with the Circuit Courts that needs urgent reform.
As part of efforts to mitigate challenges in the water sanitation and hygiene sector (WASH) in the country, stakeholders will on Thursday, May 10-11 hold a two-day Joint Sector Review (JSR) conference in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County. The deputy minister for Rural Development at the Ministry of Public Works Benjamin Banto said actors in the WASH sector would review activities and progress made over the years. During the JSR, he said, stakeholders engage in considerable discussions; “status report and progress, in the form of evidence-based information, is reviewed. The Public Works official noted that, after missing out on three years of review, the CDC-led government could not plan in vacuum, as there is currently no document to reference and benchmark the WASH sector. He then acknowledged the continuous support of international partners to the sector, and encouraged them to continue.
Amid complaints of ‘extortion’Following complaints from parents and guardians about extra fees apart from what students were told to pay earlier as activity fees, the principal of the John Wesley Pearson Elementary School in Ganta Anthony Z. Topoe has described as “unlawful” any extra amount collected from students by teachers. Mr. Topoe spoke against the backdrop of complaints from parents and guardians about extra fees they continue to pay apart from what the administration has requested students pay during registration period. Topoe made the clarification in his office when he spoke to the Daily Observer on April 30, after he was asked about mounting concerns expressed by parents regarding payment of extra fees. However, as complaints from many parents and guardians have revealed, teachers reportedly charge students at the beginning of every test period to pay fees for printing of tests papers. He said since parents are complaining, he will institute a vigilant monitoring system to track teachers and that anyone caught charging extra fees will be referred to the DEO.
May 08, 2018 02:15 UTC
The Confucius Institute at the University of Liberia (UL) has ended its 17th edition of the Chinese Bridge Competition Proficiency for Foreign College Students (Liberia Division) in its cultural activities. The program was held on the grounds of the Confucius Institute in Congo Town. The contents of the “Chinese Bridge” were the keynote speeches (in Chinese), questions and answers and the exhibition of the Chinese Cultural Talent. Some students related the profound China-Liberia friendship and conveyed their love for the Chinese language. The success of the “Chinese Bridge” is a continuation of past years of experience, which opens a window for Liberians to understand the Chinese language and culture, and enhances the popularity and influence of Confucius Institute at the state-run university.
May 08, 2018 02:15 UTC
Monrovia – Catholic Relief Services (CRS) in collaboration with Monrovia City Corporation (MCC), West Point Community Empowerment and Sanitation Services Inc., and community members of West Point participated in a community cleaning day in West Point as part of the national “Clean Cities” Initiative on Saturday May 6, 2018. The event marked the first global CRS Community Day, where CRS staff around the world work in service and solidarity with people they serve on community projects. As part of the event, Honorable Mayor Jefferson T. Koijee officially handed over three public latrines rehabilitated by CRS to the West Point township. Approximately 20,000 community members will directly benefit. Catholic Relief Services is an international humanitarian relief and development organization founded in 1943 by the Catholic Bishops of the United States.
May 08, 2018 01:07 UTC
Monrovia – Vice President Jewel Howard-Taylor has received in audience the overseer of Gospel of Christ Ministries based in the Cameroon, Apostle Dr. Shawn Smith. Dr. Smith is a duly ordained minister of Jesus Christ who was also elevated to the Episcopacy and affirmed to the Apostolate. A release from the office of the Vice President said Apostle Smith was accompanied to the office of the Vice President by two official of the Liberia chapter of the Church. The Liberian Vice President received Apostle Dr. Smith on Monday, May 7, 2018 when he paid a courtesy call on her at her Capitol Building office in Monrovia. VP Howard-Taylor thanked Apostle Smith for the visit and asked for the church to continuously pray for the country and its leadership so that God can intercede in the many challenges facing the nation.
May 08, 2018 01:07 UTC
Dr. McRobbie very passionately observed that it is a privilege for Indiana University to count such distinguished individuals as honorary alumni. Dr. Sawyer convincingly passed that scrutiny as evidenced by IU’s findings in its statement published in its official records, quoted verbatim below. Originally a professor, then a dean, at the University of Liberia, Sawyer earned degrees in political science and government from the University of Liberia and Northwestern University. In 2011, President Sirleaf awarded him the Grand Cordon of the Knighthood of the Most Venerable Order of the Pioneers, Liberia’s highest distinction. He promised to continue to work for justice, democracy and human capacity development and to uphold the honor and confidence reposed in him by Indiana University.
May 08, 2018 01:02 UTC
These missteps have led to entrenched poverty, massive corruption, deprivation, under development, projects abandonment and disunity amongst a larger portion of the population. In Bong County District # 7, citizens have always complained of bad roads condition, lack of safe drinking water, lack of improved infrastructures, inadequate health care, messy education and under representation in national government. Joseph Papa Kolleh, a number of development projects and priorities for possible consideration during his six-year term. In response, Bong County District # 7 Lawmaker, Rep. Kolleh stressed the need for collective engagements in order to effect the much needed change in the district. Rep. Kolleh said the move will ensure that development projects are taken to all parts of the county.
May 08, 2018 00:56 UTC
At least 67 aliens and illegal miners have been arrested over the last few days at borders and gold mining camps in Grand Kru County, following Surveillance Border Operations, headed by Hendris Daye of the Liberia Immigration Service (LIS). The arrest of the foreign gold miners, mainly Ghanaians, has disrupted mining activities and sparked a widespread letup in the County. Tobee is also the Grand Kru County LIS’ commander of the Border Patrol Unit. He said Surveillance Border Operations is expected to formally end any time soon, “but there will be lots of off-the-record border patrols to curb aliens based on headquarters’ instruction.”However, the Daily Observer spoke to a Ghanaian, only known as Nana, in Sasstown. According to the tentative schedule of the Surveillance Patrol, the LIS said there will be an intensive patrol in the Sasstown region and its environs, including surveillance patrol at the Buah region.
May 07, 2018 02:30 UTC
Education Minister, Dr. Ansu D. Sonii is not happy about the untidy appearance of many of the teachers and their support staff at their respective assigned places of work. It will he held on the campus of the Booker Washington Institute in Kakata, Margibi County. This has provided us the first-hand information about the issues affecting education in the country today,” Min. Sonii said. It will also outline government’s approach to working alongside key stakeholders to give Liberian children the best possible start in life.
May 07, 2018 02:26 UTC
My proposal therefore is to focus on improving the quality of high school education from grades 10th through 12th. My use of the term educational system herein, refers specifically to primary through high school education. Put simply the quality of high school education should be prioritized, however not to the detriment of junior high and elementary education. Furthermore, a survey done by our institution of six (6) high schools in Monrovia, showed the average age of a high school student is twenty (20). In 2016, I was privileged to audit some classes at a local high school in an economically challenged community.
-Promises transparent environment for more opportunitiesThe Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Mogana Flomo, has launched the Liberia Cocoa Sector Improvement Programme (LICSIP) in Suacoco, Bong County. So, those of you who are in the cocoa sector that this project has come to support, we will want you to make maximum use of this opportunity. “Over the years, the agriculture sector, has received lot of money but just little has been realized. Echoing the same sentiment of her colleague, Solidaridad‘s International Cocoa Programme Coordinator, Suzan Yemidi, stressed that good national policies are key to revitalizing the country’s cocoa sector. Solidaridad serves as second funder and implementer of the Liberia Cocoa Sector Improvement Program.
By Alvin WorziThe management of the APM Terminals has promised to enforce health, safety, security and good environment (HSSE), to ensure a better working condition for employees and port users. “Nothing is most important than safety at the APM Terminals. Unfortunately, in 2012, we lost one of our operations men and it took a big toll on APM Terminals,” he said. Celia Cuffy-Brown, acting managing director of the National Port Authority (NPA), cautioned the management and employees to consider safety in whatever they do. APM Terminals has 75 ports around the world, including Port of Douala in Cameroon, the Port of Abidjan in Nigeria, and Port of Tema in Ghana, among others.