Report by Henry Karmo, [email protected]Monrovia – Former and current employees of GEMCO are accusing their boss, Representative Crayton Duncan (UP-District #1 Sinoe County), of bad labor practice for allegedly refusing to pay them their arrears. Representative Duncan, who chairs the House’s Labor Committee, is also accused of wrongful dismissal of employees as well as underpaying skilled employees. In response to the allegations, Duncan described the aggrieved employees as “thieves” and “crooks.” He vowed not to pay them. She left on maternity leave and left the company with someone to run but things got bad and so we had some financial issues. Ms. Gwannu stated that all attempts to have Duncan pay them have so far been difficult.
June 01, 2018 00:46 UTC
Harbel, Margibi County – Animal and Human health experts are brainstorming at the Farmington Hotel in Margibi County to develop a national strategic action plan for rabies prevention and control in Liberia. The forum is also gear at developing a multi-sectoral national strategic action plan for stakeholders to support rabies control capacities. Speaking at the opening of the discussion, FAO Representative in Liberia Ms. Mariatou Njie said: “This workshop is timely and relevant for Liberia to join the global eradication efforts through proper prevention and control strategy”. In remarks, both the World Health Organization and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention assured the Government of Liberia of their commitment in supporting the “One Health” Approach geared towards preventing rabies in Liberia. At the end of the discussion, a comprehensive national action plan for rabies prevention and control is expected to be developed to carry out plan activities for implementing a sustainable long-term program.
June 01, 2018 00:33 UTC
Report by Gerald C. [email protected]Monrovia – On Monday, May 28, the Community HealthCare Initiative (CHI) in collaboration with Action Aid Liberia collaborated with several high schools in Paynesville city to celebrate International menstrual Day. Menstrual Hygiene Day is also known as MHD, MH Day, or Menstrual Health Day is an annual awareness day observed on May 28 every year to highlight the importance of good menstrual hygiene management (MHM). “We are calling on the National Government to take all the taxes on a sanitary pad. Menstrual Hygiene Day creates an occasion for publicizing information in the media including social media. The day offers an opportunity to actively advocate for the integration of menstrual hygiene management (MHM) into global, national and local policies and programs.
June 01, 2018 00:22 UTC
Monrovia – Econet Media’s dynamic content business, Kwesé TV, has launched in Liberia. This will see the sale of Kwesé TV decoders through Orange stores in Liberia. Kwesé TV holds pay TV broadcasting rights for all 64 matches in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™. Commenting on the distribution partnership with Econet Media, Mr. Mamadou Coulibaly, Orange Liberia CEO said, “This is a great day for Liberia and for Orange. Our customers will be able to enjoy a whole new experience with Kwesé TV.
June 01, 2018 00:00 UTC
In a statement Thursday, Mr. Sirleaf said all SOEs pay bonuses including the Liberia Petroleum Refinery Company (LPRC), National Port Authority (NPA), Liberia Maritime Authority (LMA), Liberia Telecommunication Authority (LTA). The committee recommended that NOCAL board members who authorized the payment must give back the money within 30 days or be charged and prosecuted for misuse of public money. The committee also recommended that all the members of the NOCAL board during the period should be barred from ever serving on the board of any public corporation in the republic of Liberia. Said Mr. Sirleaf: “The NOCAL – ExxonMobil/COPL transaction bought in a record US$50,000,000 signature bonus to the Government of Liberia in 2013. NOCAL was also advised by the President of the Republic of Liberia that other State-Owned Enterprises commonly paid bonuses.
May 31, 2018 14:26 UTC
According to a Ministry of Information release, commodities affected by the reduction of tariff include pig feet 81%, chicken feet 63%, vegetable oil 41%, used cloth 41%, among others. But speaking to FrontPage Africa Wednesday, May 30, several marketers and ordinary citizens expressed their frustration over the increasing exchange rate between the United States and Liberian dollars. They claimed that the exchange rate is the major cause of higher prices in Liberia, calling on the CDC led-government to do something about the exchange rate. Dropping of the US exchange rate is also very important because when the rate is high, prices will keep going up. Are chicken feet and pig feet basic commodities?
May 31, 2018 10:18 UTC
Monrovia – The Government of Liberia, through the Ministry of National Defense has presented a check of US$70,000 to the family of the late Ousmane Sherriff who was killed on a peace-keeping mission in Mali. The Army Chief of Staff noted that although life is priceless, the gesture serves as the AFL and the United Nations’ family way of appreciating the ultimate sacrifices their fallen hero made towards Liberia and world peace. He also disclosed that plans are underway for the family or the Government to travel New York to receive an award from the United Nations for the Corporal’s role towards international peace. “It is important to note that life is priceless, but this is the way of his appreciation to the family. His dedication to service led him to form part of the peacekeeping mission sent to help the West African Country of Mali to defend against extremist jihadist militants.
May 31, 2018 08:09 UTC
Monrovia – The Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications, represented by the Minister, Cllr. Cooper W. Kruah and the QR Angel Investment Inc, a South Korean Investment group, represented by its Chairman, Mr. Michael Choi, signed an MOU yesterday May 30, 2018 to hold further discussion for possible assistance for the establishment of a Postal Financial Services within the Liberia Postal Operation. According to the MOU, QR Angel Investment INC will send to Liberia, technicians to work with technicians at the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications to determine the type of financial services that will be beneficial for the Liberia postal service base upon international standards. The provision of inclusive financial services around the country will support the pro-poor agenda of the government. For his part, Mr. Choi assured the minister that his investment group will do everything within its reach to assist the ministry to establish first-class postal financial services.
May 31, 2018 08:03 UTC
Monrovia – Government has reactivated the Liberia Diaspora Engagement Program in fulfillment of President George Manneh Weah’s inaugural address delivered on January 22, 2018. The Liberia Diaspora Engagement Program was endorsed by the Liberian Cabinet in 2010 under the auspices of the Minister of State Without Portfolio with a mandate to develop a comprehensive draft National Diaspora Engagement Policy. The Diaspora program was successfully activated in September 2015 with funding from World Bank (WB), while a draft National Diaspora Engagement Policy was produced in July 2016 to enhance the smooth implementation of the program. In line with President Weah’s inaugural address, the program has moved into its next phase by engaging Diaspora Liberians for their direct involvement in the growth and development of the country. The program, which intends to create direct engagement with Diaspora Liberians, will focus on three basic areas including social, economic and political engagements.
May 31, 2018 07:52 UTC
The Ministry of Education has been collaborating with the World Food Program (WFP) and Mary’s Meals International to run the school feeding programs across the country. The school feeding program began in 1968 with few schools benefiting from the program but later extended to several other schools across the country. “The school feeding will encourage parents to enroll their children to access affordable, quality and relevance education,” the release said. The school has 159 students – 98 males and 159 females – but has seen a huge irregularity of students’ attendance ever since the food supply ran out. In a recent press release, the Ministry of Education said the feeding program impacts approximately 241,146 beneficiaries in 1,802 schools across the country.
May 31, 2018 06:56 UTC
Report by Selma Lomax, [email protected]Suakoko, Bong County – The Cuttington University board of trustees on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 met for more than five hours with members of the Cuttington University Faculty Association before announcing its decision to suspend the president, Herman B. Browne. “The Board of Trustees is aware of the public outcries and concerns about what going on the University main campus,” said Bishop Jonathan B. Students of the university have been demonstrating for weeks, barring vehicles from entering its Suakoko campus as part of a protest against Browne’s administration. They accused Browne, a 1986 graduate of Cuttington, of bad labor practices, poor management and dictatorial leadership. “At this time, it is important that the Cuttington University faculty remains focused on our top priority and greatest treasure, which is our students,” Torlon said in a statement.
May 31, 2018 06:55 UTC
“We have come to dedicate Phase One of the Somalia Drive Road, the main link that provides access to thousands of people who live in Housing Estates on this side of this town. For his part, the Senior Representative of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Mr. Norihito Yonebayashi said the Somalia Drive Road Project is JICA’s largest infrastructural project in West Africa. Beneficiaries of the RoadSome beneficiaries of the Somalia Drive Road have expressed gratitude to the government. Some students in the Gardnersville area who use the Somalia Drive, have also expressed happiness in the opening of the road. Charles said since vehicles started using the new Somalia Drive Road he no longer wakes up at 4:30.
May 31, 2018 06:43 UTC
Grand Bassa County – Aggrieved residents of Kpogbah Statutory District in Grand Bassa County are claiming that the Equatorial Palm Oil (EPO) has been polluting their major drinking water source. Equatorial Palm Oil is an oil palm concession company operating in Grand Bassa, Rivercess and Sinoe Counties. The firm holds interests in 34,398 hectares of land at Palm Bay area in Grand Bassa County; 54,550 hectares of land at Butaw, Sinoe County area; and 80,000 hectares of land in RiverCess County. Since entering Grand Bassa County in 2010, the company has been embroiled in allegations of land grabbing by its host communities. In a fresh allegation of polluting the drinking water source, Paul Tamba, spokesperson of the affected towns in Grand Bassa County, alleged that EPO continues to pollute their creeks.
May 31, 2018 06:37 UTC
Also attested to the letter to the Liberian Senate is Mr. John F. Lloyd, National Chairman Coalition of Concern Liberians (CCL). More importantly, naturalization abroad is a privilege subject to conditions that can be withdrawn but their Liberian citizenship is a birthright. In the United States, for example, many federal, state and local government jobs require citizenship. Some of the best jobs in the United States are federal government jobs and are only available to citizens. In the United States, Liberian families rely heavily on financial assistance, including student loans and government grants, for college education.
May 31, 2018 02:41 UTC
Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor’s remarks that “This is our time to eat. We will eat but we are going to do it in a way that everybody will be able to eat” to District Commissioners in Bong County has, without doubt, struck a very sour note given the avalanche of public criticisms which have since attended them. Moreover, according to political observers, her utterances that it is now her “time to eat” conveys the unmistaken impression that Vice President Howard Taylor appears predisposed to theft of the nation’s resources under whatever guises. This is our time to eat. We will eat but we are going to eat in a way that everybody will be able to eat, too,” she stated.
May 31, 2018 02:37 UTC