26 Officials to Restitute US$64M, L$12M

Davies should restitute US$6,905,166.38; Messrs. Boom M. Wilson and Dede Sandiman will restitute US$43,420,200.44 and PFMU Unit Manager Dr. Christopher Sokpo should restitute US$1,669,387.50, totaling to US$52,003,754.32. The former comptrollers, Ernest Massaquoi, Samuel B. Nah and Stephen Y. Konah are also to restitute the amounts of US$5,908.60 and L$283,557.45. The Committee further recommends that Mr. Mr. Dunstan L.D. Macauley, former Comptroller Mr. Augustine S. Vandi and Mr. Henry A. Lewis jointly restitute the amount of US$57,000. It added: “With these marks of weaknesses expressed by the Auditor General, the Committee concurs with the Auditor General that head of agencies must adhere to standing rules and regulations to detect errors, irregularities, fraud and prevent occurrences.

March 23, 2017 01:41 UTC

250 Immigration Officers in ‘Trouble’

Authorities of the Liberia Immigration Service (LIS) in Monrovia have reportedly failed to address the plight of about 250 of their officers who have not been paid their monthly salary since they graduated last year from training the LIS conducted in Grand Cape Mount County. The officers reportedly fell in trouble with their respective commanders when they demanded to see President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for their salary arrears and allegedly abandoning their respective assignments chasing their paychecks, the Daily Observer has unearthed. LIS, formerly the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN), is headquartered in a rented apartment in Fiamah, Sinkor, outside Monrovia. Two of the disgruntled officers told the Daily Observer on condition of anonymity that their colleagues were jailed following a failed meeting the LIS authorities had arranged with the leadership of the affected officers. The Daily Observer established that while the officers had hoped to get redress concerning their salary arrears, Commissioner Zayzay, who had invited them, became enraged and ordered that each of the officers he invited to his office be detained.

March 23, 2017 01:41 UTC

Bong County: The New Fate Decider in October Elections

Gbarnga, Bong County - It is almost clichéd now to say that the Bong County is where the October 10 Presidential election will be won and lost. There is a growing suspicion that Bong County is open to five political parties: Liberty Party, the ruling Unity Party, Alternative National Congress and the All Liberian Party. One of the key factors that will be at play in Bong County in October is that the county is a fractured political county. Jewel’s CDC vice pick may backfire in BongThe selection of Senator Taylor, in the eyes of many, gives the CDC some edge in Bong County. Money could influence voters in BongWith the way that appeal to money was elevated to a major decider in the 2014 special senatorial election in Bong County, it is safe to expect the inducement of voters to be a major electoral strategy in Bong County.

March 23, 2017 01:30 UTC

USAID Launches ICT Support Project

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has launched the “Digital Liberia and e-Government Project in Liberia,” an information communication technology (ICT) program. She said that the project lends support to several government institutions to improve decision making and management. Elder disclosed that USAID recognizes the need for nationwide connectivity and has initiated support in other areas that complement the Digital Liberia and e-Government Project. Online education and research in important fields of study such as medicine, disease control, and security are also among benefits of ICT that Minister Norkeh named. He, too, lauded USAID for initiating the project and said government is in full support.

March 23, 2017 01:08 UTC

VP Boakai Graces Opening of Old Folks, Others Home in Liberia

Serving as the keynote speaker at the launch of “Aachen Home Care Liberia,” Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai thanked the church, particularly its Senior Pastor, Rev. “Aachen provides direct care and education to help patients manage illnesses and avoid complications on the road to restoration, healing, recovery or wellness practices,” Dr. Reeves said. He said the homecare institution specializes in providing private duty assistance with activities of daily living and independent activities to the elderly, chronically ill, disabled and homebound clients. Although cost for services was not discussed, the Providence Baptist Church Pastor said costs will be minimal to provide the required services. The Home Care services will be provided at the church’s main edifice on Broad Street in Monrovia.

March 23, 2017 01:07 UTC



Official Tribute Song for Quincy B Drops Tomorrow

Rawlo, a Nigerian producer based in Liberia, has collaborated with 19 artists to cook the official tribute song for the fallen artist, Quincy B. The song used the beat and intro of CIC’s (one of the artists in the car with Quincy the morning of the accident) “Brother” song, with some addition, to deliver a soft tempo track. In the song, tilted “All Star Tribute to Quincy B,” the artists either expressed shock or talked about their relationship with the late artist. The song also features DenG, Takun J, the groups Soul Fresh and Christoph, arguably the best rappers in the county. “I understand every artist feels the death of QB, but on a tribute song, you need people who know and have worked with the late artist,” Rawlo said.

March 23, 2017 00:52 UTC

Quincy B’s Wake and Funeral Start Tomorrow

The late music icon, 23, died on his way from an impromptu performance at Anglers Bar and restaurant in Monrovia. Quincy B, whose real name is Quincy L. Burrowes, was born on April 24, 1993 in Liberia before migrating to Ivory Coast where he started singing in a local Lutheran church choir at an early age. He added that the funeral service is expected to end ‘by 1:30 p.m.,’ followed by interment outside Monrovia. Absolutely, no one is allowed to engage in such a criminal act, which undermines the legacy of the late music icon. Also, I am calling on all loyal fans of the late Quincy B not to purchase any t-shirt with his photo on it until we say so,” Lewiz added.

March 23, 2017 00:45 UTC

The Wanderings of a Child Soldier

There was no one else in front of the video club. A man, who could have been the proprietor of the video club and who also must have seen the approaching soldier, was in the act of shutting the entrance. The video club attendant jumped down from the stool and ran out of the room, the proprietor close behind him. “That guy who owns this video club must be playing tricks with the generator,” someone else said. But once those rebels beat me up here as though I was a small boy, and they did not even look at my grey hair.

March 23, 2017 00:45 UTC

VP Boakai Invites Swiss Businesses

Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has invited Switzerland’s business community to come to Liberia and explore investment opportunities that currently exist in the country. “VP Boakai underscored the long-standing ties between Liberia and Switzerland dating back to the early 1950s and the key role Switzerland continues to play in the reconstruction of Liberia,” Mr. Saah said. The release further said VP Boakai will meet with the Swiss Vice President and further talk with Swiss business entrepreneurs about the investment climate in Liberia. VP Boakai will also meet with the UNHCR Commissioner, Filippo Grandi, the WHO Director General, Dr. M. Chan, and the United Nations Director, Moeller, all in Geneva. “He will also meet with the Swiss Minister of Defense and Sport, Guy Parmelin, and former Secretary General of the United Nations, Dr. Kofi Annan, at the Annan Foundation in Geneva,” Saah added.

March 23, 2017 00:36 UTC

USAID To Structure Senate Financial System

Both Senators Lawrence and Saytumah reechoed the need for USAID to help strengthen the Senate’s financial management system. He further disclosed that the USAID delegation accepted the request and jotted lots of information, which will form the basis of the financial structuring of the central administration and financial management system of the Senate. “The initiative is important for the Senate especially, because it will holistically and prudently structure our financial management system and make and make it more robust, accountable and effective in its core operation; and we are happy with their response to improve our system,” Senator Jallah said. Mr. Chan promised that the Senate’s request will be highly considered to ensure an improved financial system at the Legislature. Meanwhile, Sen. Jallah has appointed Senator Lawrence to coordinate with the USAID officials to actualize the financial management structuring of the Senate to reflect accountability.

March 22, 2017 22:31 UTC

Aspirant Proposes Health Insurance System for District #13

Wolo told the young people that he was seeking their support to be elected to also make infrastructural improvements in District # 13. Aspirant Wolo said his objective to seek their support to go the House rests on two pillars, to provide jobs and to ensure a corruption-free society. Wolo said if elected he would invest in accessible and affordable healthcare for all residents of District #13 that would be a blueprint for Liberia. “We will develop for the first time a District Health Insurance System to manage our people’s health care costs.”He said the district health insurance system will achieve three important goals. He is presently he is pursuing his PhD degree at Keiser University in Florida, USA in industrial and organizational psychology.

March 22, 2017 22:26 UTC

NEC Certificates Lofa By-election Winner

Francis S. Nyumalin, the man who won the just ended Lofa County Electoral District #1 by-election on the ticket of Union of Liberian Democrat (ULD), was yesterday certificated by the National Elections Commission (NEC). Mr. Nyumalin obtained 3,149 votes representing 32 percent, followed by William T. Kamba of the Movement for Economic Empowerment, who obtained 2,996 votes, representing 30.5 percent, at the February 28 polls in Lofa County. The total valid votes cast stood at 9,832 with invalid votes totaling 771, bringing to the total of 10,603 voters who turned out in District #1 by-election in Lofa County. Earlier, the runner-up, Mr. Kamba, protested the outcome of the by-election on grounds that the 771 invalid votes were “alarming.” However, he later withdrew his protest, which prompted the certification of Mr. Nyumalin. Meanwhile, NEC has announced March 20 as the deadline for the submission of petition listings for independent candidates.

March 22, 2017 22:18 UTC

USAID and Government of Liberia Launch New ICT Support Project -

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in collaboration with the Government of Liberia (GoL), today launched the USAID Digital Liberia and e-Government Project in Monrovia. Below Is Remarks by Ambassador Christine Elder at USAID Digital Liberia & e-Government – Bella Casa Hotel, Monrovia; March 22, 2017Our Embassy is delighted take part in this launch. The Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications fosters strong partnerships and remains central to the success of the Digital Liberia and e-Government Project. In launching this project, USAID recognizes the need for nationwide connectivity and has initiated support in other areas which complement the Digital Liberia and e-Government Project. The Digital Liberia and e-Government project will help Liberia take full advantage of these connectivity infrastructure investments.

March 22, 2017 18:47 UTC

“We Want to See It Happens for Taylor to Be Back After Serving 5 of 50-Year Sentence”, Liberians Question Paye’s Prediction -

If carried out, the sentence is likely to mean that Mr. Taylor, 64, will spend the rest of his life in prison. Prosecutors have said that Mr. Taylor was motivated in these gruesome actions not by any ideology but rather by “pure avarice” and a thirst for power. Associates and aides of Mr. Taylor also testified. One aide described a secret bonding ritual in Liberia during which he and others joined Mr. Taylor in eating a human heart. The three-panel bench, made up of judges from Uganda, Samoa and Ireland, gave Mr. Taylor leeway during his defense.

March 22, 2017 18:11 UTC

London terror attack: Two people 'arrested on Westminster Bridge' -

Two people have allegedly been arrested after reports of a car ploughing into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge. Bernard Cazeneuve, the Prime Minister of France, has confirmed a number of French students are among the casualties. A police officer has also been stabbed and a suspected assailant shot outside Parliament moments after the incident. Several victims are being treated for “catastrophic” injuries after the attack, according to a junior doctor speaking to the Press Association. Read more of this reportSource: News Now/The Independent(Visited 178 times, 151 visits today)Commentscomments

March 22, 2017 17:37 UTC




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