House of Representatives Orders Forensic Audit of Central Bank of Liberia for Past Five Fiscal YearsMonrovia – The Plenary of the House of Representatives has ordered a forensic audit of the activities of the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) for the last five fiscal years. The committee was taxed to review the General Auditing Commission (GAC) report on the US$25 million mop up exercise carried on by the Central Bank of Liberia. Like previous reports before it, the GAC Agreed-upon audit revealed that the exercise was marred by several irregularities. It then called on the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) through the consolidated fund to enhance the conduct of audit. “Nowhere in the world that an audit report will come up with continuous deficiency and then we order another audit.
June 19, 2019 00:56 UTC
MONROVIA – The European Union Non-State Actors (EU-NSA) Project teams in Ghana have concluded a meeting and shared perspectives on project implementation with emphasis on progress, lesson learned and way forward in the two countries. The EU-NSA project, “Strengthening the capacity of non-state actors (NSA) to improve FLEGT-VPA and REDD+ processes in Western Africa”, is being implemented since 2016 in Liberia, Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire, with funding support from the European Union. The Ghanaian team also wanted to have knowledge on progress made by Liberia in the establishment and management of community forests. For their part, the Ghanaian team praised their Liberian counterparts for taking lead on advocacy and community level engagements, and also promised to replicate same in Ghana, especially the ‘forest hour’. The team also met and briefed the EU Delegation to Liberia on progress made thus far in Ghana, and also shared differences and similarities between the two countries.
June 19, 2019 00:45 UTC
Margibi County – The Security Experts Guard Agency of Liberia (SEGAL) has begun 11 days training for 25 security personnel in aviation security management. The exercise is aimed at strengthening the capacity of SEGAL security personnel in aviation security management and safety, especially for those assigned at the Robert International Airport and other airports in the country. He added that the purpose of the exercise is to train security personnel of SEGAL in aviation security, stating that aviation security is a new sector his institution (SEGAL) is trying to incorporate in its security apparatus. “Aviation security is another new sector we are trying to dive in, in Liberia. Also speaking, the Aviation Security Manager of the Liberia Aviation Authority, Nah Padmore said the exercise is a positive step forward in promoting the Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development.
June 19, 2019 00:33 UTC
Monrovia – A Senatorial candidate in the upcoming Montserrado County Senatorial by-election MacDella Cooper says it is better to have foreign direct investments rather than depending on donors to strengthen Liberia’s struggling economy. She is now contesting for the Montserrado County Senatorial seat. The Senatorial candidate said when the donors’ funds are depleted; expatriates will always turn their back on the country. What I am interested in is foreign direct investment,” Cooper said. “I don’t have to be part of the problem but I can be a solution to the problems,” the Montserrado Senatorial candidate said.
June 19, 2019 00:33 UTC
Monrovia – It’s been exactly one year since the government of Liberia infamously announced the suspension of all media operating licenses under the pretext of reviewing its own systems and process. Throughout this period, the Press Union of Liberia has been engaged with the Liberia government – hoping it can get a fuller understanding of the decision to suspend media operating licenses, and to work out ways that would lead to issuance of licenses. Other stations affected have remained in business, except for Punch FM. The treatment of Punch FM seems to be selective targeting of critical voices, and we’re appalled. We again admonish the Information Ministry to meaningfully join the LTA FM Regulation formulation processes and end targeting of critical voices.
June 19, 2019 00:32 UTC
Monrovia – Police in Monrovia say they are in pursuit of Kwame Wreh, a former study class teacher at the Christain Association of the Blind (CAB), suspected of raping a 13-year-old girl of the school. Report by Bettie K. Johnson-Mbayo, [email protected]“Police investigators are doing everything humanly possible to ensure that suspect Wreh is arrested and made to face the full weight of the law,” Police said. But prior to her pregnancy, Princess (not her real name) was allegedly raped in the school’s kitchen by Kwame Wreh. Her grandmother then questioned the decision by the school to ask the suspect to leave instead of informing the police. Prince Wreh, who is believed to be the brother of the suspect, the account provided by this paper is ‘unethical’.
June 19, 2019 00:22 UTC
Liberia: New Appointments – Pearson Replaces Sirleaf at CBL; Cuffy to NHA; Changes at RIA, DEA, LPRCMonrovia – Mr. Charles Sirleaf, the eldest son of former President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has been relieved of his position as Deputy Governor for Operations at the Central Bank of Liberia. President George Manneh Weah on Tuesday named Ms. Nyemadi D. Pearson, Managing Director of the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company as Mr. Sirleaf’s replacement. Observers say Pearson is no stranger to the CBL because she once served as deputy director of GSS Department. Mr. Anderson Slober Chea was named Deputy Managing Director/Operations at the Liberia Telecommunication Corporation. At the LIBERIA PETROLEUM REFINING COMPANY, Marie Urey Coleman was named Managing Director while Mr.Emmett R. H. Sampson Sr. was named as a Member of the Board.
June 18, 2019 15:00 UTC
MONROVIA – The Monrovia City Court at the Temple of Justice has issued a Writ of Arrest on controversial Representative Yekeh Kolubah and four others for alleged aggravated assault, criminal attempt to commit murder, kidnapping, criminal facilitation and solicitation. The attempt was thwarted by residence of the District who flooded the residence of the lawmaker to prevent the arrest. Rep. Kolubah was later escorted to the Police Headquarters by ECOWAS Commission Representative to Liberia, Mr. Babatunde Ajisomo and Rep. Edwin M. Snowe who is also a member of the ECOWAS Parliament. According to Reports, he was signed for by some members of the House of Representatives on the orders of the Speaker, Bhofal Chambers. A search and seizure writ was served on him that same day and Court Sheriffs spent over an hour searching his entire home thoroughly.
June 18, 2019 14:37 UTC
President Weah inspecting the ongoing road construction in Old Road community. Monrovia– Residents of Old Road Market in Sinkor are expected to benefit from the construction of a new market, following assurance from President George Weah to implement such project. The promise comes a little over a week after the dedication of the Du-Port Road Market in Paynesville. If completed, the Old Road Community will be one of several communities in the country to benefit from the President’s promise to build modern market facilities in the country. President Weah has at the same time instructed the Liberia Agency for Community Empowerment (LACE) to oversee the construction of the new Old Road market building.
June 18, 2019 09:45 UTC
This year’s event, sponsored by Internews Liberia, also provided additional opportunity for students in the high schools to debate issues surrounding electoral reform. The Electoral Reform Debate, which attracted public attention, provided cogent information on both arguments as part of Youth Media Action’s ongoing campaigns with support from Internews Liberia for Electoral Reform in Liberia. She challenged the winner and other participants to use the three smartphones provided to promote Electoral Reform activities on their campuses and publish their high school stories. For his part, the Executive Director of Youth Media Action, Varmah Kamara congratulated the winner of the National Press Club Exhibition and Electoral Reform Debate. He noted that despite the challenges, Youth Media Acton will remain engaged with its grassroots programs to ensure a strong democratic space and a vibrant media.
June 18, 2019 09:40 UTC
“Passenger 57” victim, Cyrus KarngbayeMonrovia – A victim of a criminal gang, locally known as ‘Passenger-57,’ Cyrus Karngbaye, has alarmed over the wave of security threats associated with this marauding gang, following his account of harassment from them. “The next time, someone might be killed by ‘Passenger-57’ criminals. I got in the front seat and while on our way, the driver stop for two other men along the way. Another incident was in January 2018, when criminals from the “passenger-57” vehicle narrowly escaped death from the hands of angry mob protesters at the commercial district of Redlight in Monrovia’s suburb Paynesville. During that scenario, a police officer smartly drove the alleged criminals away from the scene amidst protest by angry crowd.
June 18, 2019 09:33 UTC
Nimba FC President Sheikh Mustapha KuyatehMonrovia – The President Nimba FC, alias “Lions of the Mountain,” Sheikh Mustapha Kuyateh, has said he will put the club among the top clubs in Liberia. “Nimba FC is not just a football team. It is a team to help reunite our people; it is an instrument to reconcile our people and it is a team that makes Nimba County a county of development,” Kuyateh said. He narrated that he is going to work hand in hand with his Vice President, Ambassador John Yormie and other officials of his team in order for them to help place Nimba FC among the best football clubs not only in Liberian football but also among the most-talk about football teams in African football. “The main focus of my leadership as president of Nimba FC is how I and other officials can put together ideas that will help to institutionalize the team,” he added.
June 18, 2019 09:22 UTC
NPA Goalkeeper Edwin BoakaiMonrovia – Liberian football community is mourning the death of first division’s side National Port Authority Football Club goalkeeper Edwin Boakai. The sudden death of Edwin Boakai now brings to two the number of sportsmen’s death in just four months following the death of Referee Lackey Massaquoi, who died during a physical test for referees in March of 2019. The exact cause of death has not been disclosed, but it is believed to be heart failure. Since the death of several footballers around the world on the pitch, the issue of medics has been a top priority for teams and clubs globally. Rest in Peace Edwin Boakai.”Nimba United“Our condolences to the NPA Anchors family for the death of Goalkeeper Edwin Boakai.
June 18, 2019 09:20 UTC
Jubilant LISCR football team celebrating their win of the Liberia Football Association FA CupMonrovia- The 2019 Liberia Football Association Cup came to an end finally on Sunday, June 16, with the “Shipping Boys” of LISCR FC wining the FA Cup. Skillful winger Sam Jackson came close to giving LISCR the lead twice but saw his headers just inches away from the goal post. Daniel Woto was sent-off in the 61st minute for an off the ball challenge on LISCR winger Sam Jackson. While BYC was desperate for an equalizer, LISCR made it 2-0 from a Curtis Koon’s easy finished following Edward Ledlum’s assist to revenge their 4-0 FA Cup loss in 2018 and the Super Cup 2-1 defeat that BYC inflicted on the “Shipping Boys”The result earned LISCR the FA Cup for the second time in three years. LISCR was presented a symbolic cheque of L$650,000 and a giant-size trophy for winning the FA Cup.
June 18, 2019 09:11 UTC
The National Peace Hut Women of Liberia, Incorporated (NaPHWoL) is scheduled to receive the “2019 United Nations Population Award” today. NaPHWoL, headquartered in Totota, Bong County, is the first institution in Liberia to win the United Nations Population Award. NaPHWoL was established in 2007 with financial support from the United Nations Women in Liberia to promote access to justice, security, and protection, especially for women and young girls. Each year, the Committee for the United Nations Population Award honors an individual or an institution in recognition of outstanding contributions to population and reproductive health questions and to their solutions. The Committee for the United Nations Population Award comprises 10 UN Member States, with United Nations Secretary-General and UNFPA Executive Director serving as ex-officio members.
June 18, 2019 02:26 UTC