The Management of the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC) says there is sufficient quantity of fuel supply in the country to meet domestic needs. The assurance came in the wake of unsubstantiated information that there is a shortage of petroleum products in the country. A release quoting management of LPRC, said they are working along with the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MOCI) to avert any attempt by importers, distributors or retailers/filling stations to hoard petroleum products in order to create an artificial shortage and a hike in the prices. The release further said the public is requested to report any importer, distributor or retailer selling petroleum products above the approved pump price of US$3.70 and US$3.30 for diesel and gasoline respectively or their Liberian dollars equivalent using the Central Bank of Liberia exchange rate. LPRC said, “any importer, distributor or retailer/filling station found hoarding or selling products above the stipulated price will be dealt with in accordance with the law.”Again, LPRC is assuring the general public not to panic, as there are enough diesel and gasoline products in the country to meet domestic needs.
June 07, 2019 02:15 UTC
Rep. Gleekia, in an interview with FrontPage Africa on the eve of the protest, noted that as Liberians exercise their fundamental rights on Friday, June 7, all parties including the protesters should show restraint and go about assembling peacefully. “The message remains the same that our people should be law abiding. Rep. Gleekia indicated that one of the positive outcomes of the series of consultations with key parties was the protest organizers and government’s pledge to ensuring that the exercise will go on peacefully and void of violence. According to him, changing the nomenclature of the gathering from ‘protest’ to ‘peaceful assembly’ signifies the parties are committed to peace. He called on the Council of Patriots (COP) to conduct their activities within one day and avoid prolong assembly as no definite time was given for the protest to end.
June 07, 2019 01:30 UTC
Report by Gerald C. Koinyeneh, [email protected]Speaking through a proxy when he served as the keynote speaker at events marking ‘World Environment Day’ on Wednesday, June 5, Minister Murray outlined ‘environmentally friendly steps’ that when taken would reduce environmental pollution. In addition, he wants new projects, whether infrastructure, mining, agriculture or industrial to be evaluated for their air pollution potential through the environmental and social impact assessment process. A panel discussion focusing on the effects of air pollution and its prevention was held, featuring Liberia’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Francis Kateh and Conservation International’s Country Director, Jessica Donovan Allen among others. About World Environment Day (WED)World Environment Day (WED) is celebrated on the 5th of June every year, and is the United Nation’s principal vehicle for encouraging awareness and action for the protection of the environment. This year’s global theme is ‘Air Pollution’ and the local slogan is ‘Clean Air, Good Health.’
June 07, 2019 00:56 UTC
At the populated Red-light Market, a reporter observed many people buying food items, particularly rice, the stable food for Liberians. “I cannot remember a day that I ever sold bags of rice like what I am doing today,” Jimmy Doe, a rice dealer in Red-light market told FrontPageAfrica. Webster Clayeh [email protected]At the populated Red-light Market, a reporter observed many people buying food items, particularly rice, the stable food for Liberians. Despite the huge purchase of bags of rice, Doe says his rice price remain the same. Liberians lining up to purchase rice on eve of protest at the busy Red Light District.
June 07, 2019 00:55 UTC
MONROVIA – The June 7 ‘Save the State’ protest could overwhelm local security response, emergency services and medical infrastructure which are already limited, a report of the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) under the U.S. Department of State has warned. Report by Lennart Dodoo, [email protected]The report was released on June 6. In its 2019 Liberia Crime and Safety Report, OSAC indicated that security forces in Liberia face chronic shortages in manpower, equipment, and training – particularly within the Liberian National Police (LNP). The crime and safety 2019 report indicated that the Liberia National Police has so far, only managed localized demonstrations involving a few hundreds who remained compliant like the “Bring Back Our Money” protest. However, there are concerns that the “Save the State” protest might offer a different scenario.
June 07, 2019 00:33 UTC
MONROVIA – Liberia’s international partners have urged the Government of Liberia and the Council of Patriots to reduce tensions and maintain focus on addressing the development goals of the nation. We underscore the need to ensure accountability for any violations that may occur during the event,” the group of 13 international partners stated in joint statement. The international partners said they are following closely the preparations for the June 7 protest. The international partners also commended the Council of Patriots for their commitment to conduct the protest in an orderly and peaceful manner, without also infringing on the rights of other citizens. The joint statement was signed by African Union (AU), Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), European Union (EU), United Nations (UN), Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Norway, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom (UK) and the United States of America (USA).
June 06, 2019 23:37 UTC
Prof. Ansu Sonii, newly confirmed Minister of EducationMONROVIA – Despite fears of uncertainty of what June 7 protest may turn out to be, the Ministry of Education has issued a directive insisting that all schools remain open for instructional activities on the day of the protest. The Education Ministry, in a press release, stated that the mass demonstration organized by the Council of Patriots, should in “no way hinder the academic activity of the Liberian child”. According to the press release, the Minister of Education, Prof. Ansu Sonii, has urged all school administrators and proprietors to comply with all regulations set forth including adherence to timeline of the academic calendar which indicates that the academic period for 2019/2019 runs from September 3, 2018 to July 19, 2019. “Disturbing news reaching the Ministry of Education alludes that some schools are planning to close on an early date for the academic year, inconsistent to the National Academic Calendar; the Ministry is calling on those to adhere to the official closing date. A school must ensure that the prescribed curriculum is completed,” the Ministry noted.
June 06, 2019 22:41 UTC
President George Manneh Weah warnings Liberians whom he said “insults PresidentMonrovia – President George Manneh Weah Thursday, June 6, used his address at the dedication of the Duport Market to threaten “those that constantly threatening the states, constantly inciting people.”“I want to be clear, we will not tolerate those kinds of citizens,” the President stressed. However, President Weah admonished every Liberian, who may have grievances to channel them in “honorable way.” He adds and further threatens: “If you have your views, express your views but any insult and any threats that citizen will be dealt with under the law. George Manneh WeahHe then brags about being one of those presidents who signed law for Liberians to have freedom of speech. “In our history, I am the one, one of the Presidents that signed your law for you to have your Freedom of Speech. Even those that abuse our rights are those people that are asking for their human right.”President Weah, however, stated that he will give Liberians their rights.
June 06, 2019 20:03 UTC
The (b) part says: “The right encompasses the right to hold opinions without interference and the right to knowledge. Having cleared his chest, President Weah then stressed the important role market women have played in the development of the society. “Market women have the ability to change the society, and should therefore be supported,” Weah added. Paynesville City Mayor E. Pam Belcher-Taylor, lauded President Weah for the construction of the market and on the marketers to keep the facility clean. Meanwhile, the marketers have extolled President Weah for the new facility, describing him as a “talk and do President.”
June 06, 2019 20:03 UTC
At first, the CoP insisted that they be allowed to hand-deliver their list of demands to President Geroge Weah himself. However, according to Ali, ECOWAS and the United Nations advised that where security is concerned, they would not encourage the President to come out to receive the petition. The CoP agreed to this reasoning but is insisting that the protest will be sustained until their immediate action points on their list of demands are met. “The LNP encourages the CoP to adhere to the laws cited to them by the Ministry of Justice, and the CoP has also asked the Police to remove any suspicious person(s) from the group,” Sudue said. Meanwhile, the Police Chief has urged all Liberians as well as members of the business community, among others, to remain calm and go about their normal affairs.
June 06, 2019 20:02 UTC
Monrovia – The Monrovia office of the West Africa regional bloc has disclosed to FrontPageAfrica that 20 observers have flown in to monitor the planned June 7 “peaceful protest” being organized by a group of Liberians on the banner, “Council of Patriots.”Speaking to FrontPageAfrica, ECOWAS Ambassador to Liberia, H.E. Babatunde Olanrewaju Ajisomo, disclosed that the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) monitors are going to be stationed at Vamoma Airfield Junction, the main Redlight Market, Old Road, Logan Town, Clara Town, etc. According to a Cameroonian news outlet, journalducameroun.com — the arrival of the 20 Observers to monitor the June 7 protest was disclosed by the Special Assistant to the ECOWAS Ambassador accredited to Liberia, Mr. Lola Osunlalu. Osunlalu said some of the Observers are Liberians and the rest were picked from other ECOWAS member states to ensure strict adherence to the rule of law by both the Government of Liberia and COP. During elections in member state, the West African Regional Bloc usually sends out election monitors.
June 06, 2019 16:07 UTC
Mr. Cummings at the same time admonished his fellow partisans as well as all Liberians participating in the June 7 protest to remain peaceful and act in accordance with the Constitution. Mr. Cummings stated that Liberians are well aware of the cost of peace and stability and therefore nobody should compromise the nation’s peace. He acknowledged the current hardship being faced by the people and the compelling reasons they have to protest. Weah to keep his promise to protect the lives of the people. Mr. Cummings reassured the protestors that he stands by them and will ensure that an alternative is presented for next elections.
June 06, 2019 14:37 UTC
But in his deliberations, NPA Managing Director, Twehway noted that demurrage is not being collected by APM Terminals, rather by the shipping lines. Speaker Bhofal Chambers also testified that he had to use his escort vehicle to deliver the latest citation to the management of APM Terminals before it could be accepted. “With regards to challenges with delivery of communications to APM Terminals I must say that it is rather regrettable. “Access to APM terminals is not easy because of the security arrangements at the port. There are multiple layers of access to APM Terminals, and unfortunately we at APM Terminals do not control these level of assets.
June 06, 2019 10:18 UTC
The sweeping immigration bill, dubbed the DREAM and Promise Act of 2019, was passed by a majority vote of 237 to 187 by all 230 Democrats along with seven Republicans. The bill is headed to the Republican-controlled Senate, where it is certain to face an uphill battle with a veto threat from the White House. The delegation led by LCA President Lucy Wilson-Kear was present in the House Gallery for the historic vote. HR-6 is one of two legislations in Congress seeking to grant permanent Residency to Liberians on DED. Another long-standing measure titled the “Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act” was also introduced in Congress for another term by U.S.
June 06, 2019 10:07 UTC
Liberia: No Arms and Ammunition Found in Rep. Kolubah’s Home after Thorough Search by Court SheriffsMONROVIA – Court Sheriffs spent over an hour searching the home of Representative Yekeh Kolubah Wednesday after suspicion of him having arms and ammunition. Rep. Kolubah was invited to the police on allegation that he had ordered the beating of a resident of his district. Former ruling Unity Party chairman, Wilmot Paye, Prof. Alaric Tokpah, Senator Oscar Cooper were all at the home of Rep. Kolubah when the search was being conducted. Speaking to reporters after the search, Rep. Kolubah said the police had nothing on him, but only devised a strategy to humiliate him. Rep. Kolubah said he believes the action of the government is intended to instill fear in him ahead of the June 7 Protest, but insisted that June 7 is a must.
June 06, 2019 09:22 UTC