Coming to the attention of the FrontPageAfrica is an alleged serial theft and embezzlement within the Grand Gedeh Association in the Americas (GGAA). They have also been asked by the board of directors of the association to restitute US$30,952.42 to the coffers of the organization in 60 days. The Committee discovered that that Wells Fargo checking account balance was US$1,450.14, and the saving balance was US$46.12. Also, Bank of America Saving account balance was US$14,854.24. Despite the spending freeze placed on these Accounts, Mr. Gwyan went into GGAA Savings Account at Bank of America and withdrew US$14,020 on October 20, 2016.
For Ambassador Joe Boakai, he comes to the election as an incumbent Vice President after winning two successive elections on the same ticket with President Sirleaf. Regardless the challenge of convincing Liberians to elect him this time around as president, VP Boakai has emphasized the significance of the 2017 elections in the country’s existence. “Notwithstanding the current reality of our national security and law enforcement lies for the large part in our own hands,” VP Boakai said. Vice President Boakai is unquestionable the standard bearer of the UP after he received the party’s backing during a convention held in Gbarnga Bong County. Political commentators say, Boakai era could prove more challenging compare to the past two elections under Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as running mate.
Monrovia – Investigation into the alleged involvement of the Director of the National Security Agency (NSA), Fombah Sirleaf, in the Sable Mining bribery scandal unearthed by Global Witness, has been rejuvenated by the Special Presidential Task Force, FrontPageAfrica has gathered. And Kupee and Wotorson, both allegedly received US$5,000 each for “consulting fees”, the Global Witness report said. Jones and Christopher Onanuga who were the first batch of individuals named in the report indicted by the Special Task Force. Why would I assist Sable Mining in paying huge sums of bribes to those person and “peanuts” to Ernest C.B. Sherman nor the Sherman & Sherman law firm was directly involved in the alleged payment, Sable Mining may have acted on Sherman’s advice.
Liberia’s burgeoning industry experienced collapse just in the last two years mainly due to the collapse in oil prices and partly due to failures of NOCAL management. Liberia has since done much to reform its oil and gas industry, bracing for a brighter future. In October, the Petroleum (Exploration and Production) Law of 2014 was passed into law, replacing the National Oil Law of 2000. But experts say structural reform is not the only challenge the Liberian oil and gas industry faces. Oil prices have risen to US$55.87 per barrel, the highest since 2014 when prices began dropping.
Joe Chayetee Jarwleh wants the leadership of the country to be placed in the hands of church leaders. Dr. Zarwulugbo Liberty, Sr. by natives of Gbi-Doru District and members of the ‘Church of The Believers’ on Sunday, January 8 in Sinkor. Reverend Jarwleh pointed out that the failure of religious leaders to participate in political activities in the country was wrong and damaging. “In choosing the leadership of the country, we sit back, and say we will pray for them. He thanked Dr. Liberty for his exemplary leadership role in the church and the community; and called on other church’s leaders to follow his footsteps.
Monrovia - It’s been 13 years since the guns went silent in Liberia, and Liberians are now enjoying a relatively peaceful country. Liberians are upholding the peace, thanks to the help of foreign partners that have contributed to the peace. A survey conducted by the Catholic Justice and Peace Commission (JPC) in March 2016 shows that Liberians believe that despite the 13 years of uninterrupted peace, the peace is still fragile and volatile as issues that led to war have not been adequately addressed. The report stated possible risk factors that could lead to renewed violence which include systemic public sector corruption, disputes over land ownership and high rate of youth unemployment. The report also stressed the significance of ensuring the resolution of land disputes through effective legal framework.
Buchanan, Grand Bassa County – The Liberian National Police says it has now arrested up to 18 persons believed to be linked to the violent protest that occurred in the Port City of Buchanan, Grand Bassa County over the weekend. Top officers of the Liberian National Police were seen in the port city of Buchanan early Sunday morning, January 8 investigating the mysterious death of an 18-year-old girl which sparked violent riot from angry residents. The lifeless body of Siah Tamba alias Princess was discovered in the Sugar Cane Farm community Friday morning by community dwellers. This prompted angry residents to go amuck, storming the city in violent protest – demanding the Police to arrest the culprits. Following the arrest of the unidentified man who reportedly confessed to the crime, the protesters then stormed the LNP headquarters on the Fairgrounds in Buchanan City, demanding mob justice.
As efforts to minimize teenage pregnancy and maternal mortality in Liberia continue, the Officer in Charge (OIC) of Banjor Clinic, Madam Christiana Massaqoui, has urged parents to educate their children about the importance of family planning. She explained that “there are many cases of teenage pregnancy which is the cause of the high rate of maternal mortality. In order to minimize the high maternal deaths, parents should educate their children on family planning methods, Massaquoi admonished. “Family planning has so many methods which include implant which is to place medicine under the skin for 5 years, injection for 3months, and the pills which require to be taken on a daily basis according to time,” she said. He encouraged the family planning method which he described as very important for both sexes and used the medium to encourage women to practice what they learned from the outreach.
The national Elections Commission (NEC) has received over 2,200 kits of assorted voter registration materials for the impending nation-wide voter registration scheduled for February 1 to March 7 this year. “Considering the crucial nature of this year’s representative and presidential elections, the call for adequate materials to conduct the elections cannot be overemphasized as any shortage of elections materials will hamper the smooth operations of the NEC,” Cllr. Jerome Korkoyah said at the Commission’s headquarters in Sinkor, Monrovia when he received the materials. The OMR and other essential materials needed for the upcoming voter registration and to conduct the training of over 8,000 registration staff and implement the actual registration process were received by the executives of the NEC upon arrival. He said NEC transported registration materials to the commission’s extended warehouses around the country by trained logisticians, who are ready to execute the voter registration exercise.
We once again appeal to Mr. Jammeh to accept the verdict of his people and step aside in order that President-Elect Barrow may assume his post. We pray that Mr. Jammeh will heed the voice of reason and DO THE RIGHT THING—step aside. When it comes to human life, He prescribed it thus: “Three score and ten, and by reason of strength, four score”—80 years. The Bible says, Heaven and earth will pass away, but my Word shall not pass away.”All we are saying in this Editorial is that Mr. Jammeh should listen to the voice of reason and realize that nothing lasts forever—only the Word of God. So, Mr. Jammeh, you are too small to buck (kick) history.
Criminal Court ‘C’ yesterday approved the request made to it by Eugene Shannon, former minister of Lands, Mines and Energy (MLME) named in the Global Witness bribery report as Big Boy 1, to be included in the US$1.5m criminal appearance bond filed by co-defendant Senator Varney Sherman of Grand Cape Mount County. Sherman and two other co-defendants, including former deputy minister for the MLME Ernest C.B. Jones’ (also named Big Boy 2) bond was posted by Omega Insurance Company. “Moreover,” the judge said, “co-defendant Sherman and others in whose favor the criminal appearance bond was filed have also communicated to the company that it would appreciate were the said amount extended to cover Shannon.”Initially, Shannon’s legal team asked the court to allow their client to be included under the US$1.5million criminal appearance bond filed by co-defendant Sherman and other defendants and also approved by the court. Shannon and his co-defendants face charges that include economic sabotage, bribery, criminal conspiracy, facilitation and solicitation.
By NY1 NewsWith less than two weeks to go as Commander-in-Chief, President Obama is preparing to deliver his farewell address tonight from his hometown of Chicago. The President will be joined by First Lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden at the McCormick Place convention center. His advisers say his speech will focus on the country’s future, and how the American people can help build on his successes and move the nation forward. The address continues a tradition set in 1796 when George Washington addressed the American people for the last time as president. Source: NY1 online(Visited 23 times, 1 visits today)Commentscomments
World Bank Country Representative Larisa Leshchenko has pledged the institution’s support to government’s Youth Opportunities Project (YOP) and called on other partners to join in supporting expansion of the project. Madam Leshchenko noted that this can only be achieved if donors support the project through a youth development pool fund so that more youth can benefit from their intervention. Leshchenko made the remarks Monday at a program marking the launch of the Youth Opportunities Project, a flagship program under the government’s Agenda For Transformation (AFT) policy aimed at empowering the country’s youthful population held at the Paynesville City Hall. “About 15,000 youths in a nation with over a million youth is a drop in the bucket, but this is just the starting and together more can be done to empower youth in Liberia,” the World Bank Country Representative said. She stressed that investment in developing systems for improving government’s capacity to deliver social protection programs under this project is a major step towards government’s goal.
The Judge of Criminal Court “C”, Yamie Q. Gbeisay, has granted co-defendant Eugene Shannon’s motion to be included in the US$1.5 millon bond filed by other defendants in the Sable Mining bribery case. The US$1.5 million bond was in May 2016 filed by co-defendants Varney Sherman, Christopher Onanuga and E.C.B. Jones as a criminal appearance bond for the three of them. “The movant’s motion though not supported by law, being sound in reasoning, same is hereby granted and the resistance not being supported by law is denied,” Judge Gbeisay said in his ruling. He further indicated that since the object of the criminal appearance bond is already approved by the court, the defendant should make day-to-day appearance in court.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Emmanuel Nuquay, has disclosed that the Legislature is proposing the inclusion of the Liberian media in the National Budget beginning the 2017/2018 fiscal year to help with construct the headquarters of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL). Speaking at the opening of the 6th and final session of the 53rd Legislature at the Capitol Building on Monday, Nuquay said this move is intended to enhance media partnership and the vision of the legislature and the transformation agenda of Liberia. “The media can promote and damage the image of the country and scare away investors. This is why we are engaging the media in a partnership so that all of us can work together in moving our country forward,” Nuquay said. We are asking the media to do their duty with patriotism to ensure the country remains peaceful,” Nuquay noted.