Monrovia – Cuttington University has clarified that the embattled president of the university, Dr. Herman B. Browne, has not been dismissed. The Bishop heads the university’s Board of Trustees. “The Board of Trustees wishes to clarify that the president of the university, Dr. Herman B. Browne, has not been dismissed, replaced, fired, removed, suspended or otherwise relieved of his duties,” the statement noted. According to the Board of Trustees, a special committee has been set up and directed to proceed to the Suacoco campus to meet with the complaining parties and investigate their claims and report to the Board of Trustees. This, according to the Board, would enable them to resolve the matter in timely and comprehensive manner and restore normalcy to the campus.
May 23, 2018 01:41 UTC
Report by Kennedy L. Yangian, [email protected]Monrovia – The Criminal Court ‘C’ at the Temple of Justice is yet to adjudicate at least 156 cases, which some describe as “very high.”Under the country’s laws and practices the Criminal Court “C’ operates under four terms yearly — February, May, August, and November terms — with a 42-day sitting and holds only one jury trial. Current report from the court shows that it has recorded on its docket up to 156 cases some of which date as far back as 2011. In the wake of the slow pace of the adjudication of cases at the Criminal Court ‘C,’ human rights lawyer Cllr. Dempster Brown has proposed for the extension of the Criminal Court “C” with an additional court to be named as Criminal Court “B” to ease the stock-pile of cases under a single judge. All he has to do extend the Criminal Court ‘C’ to two ‘A and B’ for speedy trial,” said Cllr.
May 23, 2018 01:41 UTC
Report by Bettie Johnson-Mbayo, [email protected]Nimba County – In order to generate revenue to sustain itself, Liberia’s second largest referral hospital, Jackson Fiah Doe Memorial Regional Referral Hospital in Nimba County, is now planting cocoa and oil palm. In the 2017/2018 budget, the hospital was allotted US$2.79 million but the hospital is still owed US$236,000. This is an increment in the hospital budget, but the hospital concern about the disbursement of the full amount to it. The Acting CEO and Medical Director Dr. James Sobboh said the hospital has turned to agriculture as a means of generating funds to run the hospital. Dr. Sobboh said budgetary allotment to the hospital is not enough, adding that disbursement to the hospital has been reducing.
May 23, 2018 01:39 UTC
Monrovia – The Chief Executive Officer and Chairperson of the Global Environmental Facility, (Gef) Noako Ishii told Sime Darby Plantation Liberia that she was impressed about their operations in the country. Her statement was made last week following her visit at the plantation. Sime Darby Plantation Liberia signed sixty three years (63yrs) concession agreement in 2009 with the Government of Liberia to do develop over two hundred twenty thousands (220,000) hectors of land within four counties in Liberia, Bomi, Grand Cape Mount, Gbarpolu and Bong counties. The company employs over four thousand workforce and provides schools, healthcare and other social benefits to the communities. Toushi Itoka, the Head of Corporate Communication for Sime Darby Liberia, expressed thanks to the delegation for the visit.
May 23, 2018 01:28 UTC
Another lecture and book signing event will be at the Bella Casa Hotel on May 25, 2018. Lecturing at the event, Dr. Burrowes said the path to a brighter future starts with knowledge and appreciation of the past. The Liberian historian stressed that history should not only be taught in the classroom and that the media has a key role to play in educating the public about their history. “Every day on the television, on the radio, in the newspaper, they are putting their history out there teaching it to the new generation,” the Liberian historian said. Right now, people are hungry for their history,” Dr. Burrowes added.
The VPA is a legally binding bilateral trade agreement between the European Union and timber-producing countries outside the EU, such as Liberia. The National Facilitator for the National Union of Community Forestry Development Committees, Mr. Andrew Y. Y. Zelemen and FAO Representative in Liberia, Ms. Mariatou Njie signed the agreement on behalf of their respective institutions. During the signing ceremony on Monday in Monrovia, Mr. Zelemen welcomed the initiative and lauded FAO for addressing the capacity gap in affected communities. He stressed that the new funding from FAO will enhance capacity of communities to monitor production and manage what they received from these companies. For her part, FAO Representative in Liberia, Ms. Mariatou Njie said FAO is committed in supporting the Government of Liberia improve and strengthen the forestry sector.
Report by Mae Azango, [email protected]Kakata, Margibi County – Senator Dallas A. Gueh of the Senate Committee on Education has said that the nation’s educational system needs a resurrection and that all education stakeholders need to put hands on deck to achieve this revival. Making remarks at the ongoing 2018 National Education Summit in Kakata, Margibi County, Sen. Gueh disclosed that the budget submitted to the National Legislature is just enough to only service salaries, while little is there for programs and activities of the Ministry of Education. “If other countries in Africa, under a UNICEF program, have committed 25 percent of their national budgets to education, why can’t Liberia do the same? He described it as “deplorable and shameful for outsiders to see.”“Just imagine for history, there were 27,800 students, who took the history exams, and only 20 of those students passed division 3-6. 17,478 students passed under condition.
Report by Alpha Daffae.Senkpeni, [email protected]Congo Town – The Township of Congotown, located between Monrovia and Paynesville cities, is enduring constraints as the Monrovia City Corporation is claiming to be the legitimate authority to levy and collect taxes in the town. The MCC insists it has the legal power to levy and collect taxes from businesses in the township based on a Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2012. “MCC is the sole authority to collect tax in Congotown besides the MCC no other organization has the authority to do so. Since 2014, the Township of Congotown had reverted to collecting its own legitimate municipal fees, it adds. MCC PR officer argued that the city corporation has not been able to effectively collect taxes in the township because of obstruction by the township government.
May 23, 2018 00:56 UTC
Madam Toure, who is also the CEO Tumarsi Construction Company, is expected to speak at the International Transport Conference “Women Mobilize Women” on May 22 in Leipzig, Germany. The conference “Women Mobilize Women” with focus on “Transforming Mobility through Female Empowerment” is organized by the Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI). Through this conference, TUMI is kick-starting a debate on the role and potential of women in the transport sector. Advisor at the GIZ’ project ‘Capacity Development in the Transport Sector in Liberia’, Yana Tumakova said, GIZ aims to empower Liberian companies in the road construction and maintenance sector. It is recognized that improved road conditions are necessary for all transport, not only public transport, and this issue is being addressed as the Liberian economy recovers.
May 22, 2018 19:30 UTC
Junior Morris, 21, sees tramadol as a normal tablet like any pharmaceutical drug being sold on the market. “The tramadol can make me high; it can make me brave to do things that a normal person cannot do. He, however, blamed customs officers at border points for not asking people for permits before bringing drugs like tramadol into the country. He noted that once pharmaceutical products are not approved, Customs does not process importation of such drugs. Meanwhile, Sumo is also concerned about the abuse of several other pharmaceutical drugs.
May 22, 2018 06:22 UTC
As he spoke about the significance of education, the President urged Liberians to stress to their children the importance of education. If I was running from responsibilities, I would not be here today,” President Weah stated. Commenting further, President Weah underscored the importance of quality education in Liberia. President Weah used the occasion to briefly explain his journey to being where he finds himself today. According to him, as a legacy, he hopes to develop, in six years, an irreversible foundation for Liberian education thereby fulfilling the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) for Education in 2030.
May 22, 2018 06:22 UTC
The University of Liberia Student Union (ULSU) scholarship fund drive is held at the beginning of every semester to enable students facing financial difficulties to remain in school. This semester’s scholarship funds drive experienced a very low turnout of influential personalities within the country. Keshen, serving as chief launcher of the fund drive held over the weekend, says the donation is his initial contribution to the student’s union, adding that his doors will always be opened to the UL students. Keshen says education is the bedrock of every society, adding deserving students must be educated as the means of being productive citizens. “I have been around the world and I am back to give to my people, starting with Montserrado,” Keshen said as he turned over a board with the inscription of LD$1million cheque printed on it.
May 22, 2018 06:11 UTC
The loan deal if ratified by the Legislature will focus on the government of Liberia’s costal road construction. An independent country, which is about to take other people’s money must guarantee it. McGill believes that Sen. Johnson has been ill informed about the loan agreement and cautioned him to seek more clarity on the issue. “There is no collateral, the only thing demanded by the borrowers is that the Central Bank should sign a sovereign guarantee and the Legislature should ratify. It is not where you borrow but who is willing to borrow you money; the options are many.
May 22, 2018 06:00 UTC
A Supreme Court Justice has attributed reasons behind the dismal failure of the government to successfully prosecute high profile corruption cases stems in part from the make-up of the criminal procedure law. But Justice Banks believes that the law is counter-productive in the fight against corruption, as it mostly protects people accused of looting public funds. “If only the defendant is given the right to appeal to the Supreme Court is that justice?” Banks wondered. “What do you expect the prosecutors to do, because they cannot appeal against the decision of the Supreme Court. How do you think the Supreme Court can review that decision, when the state cannot appeal to it?
May 22, 2018 02:29 UTC
This is major because as we know, Uganda and Rwanda are land locked countries and roads are essential for trade. The EOI is for a design, finance, build and road maintainance project proposal under a public, private partnership with the Government (PPP). Although it is an international tender process, local sub-contractors are needed which will bring opportunities for smaller local construction companies. Let’s learn from the experiences of others and not be too quick to saddle our limited treasury with debt when there are so many ways to accomplish a goal. I am a big proponent of public private partnerships in infrastructure development such as this one and others like the Lekki Free Zone and Industrial Park underway in Nigeria.
May 22, 2018 02:26 UTC