Report by Henry Karmo, [email protected]According to the audit report, during FY 2013/2014, the Auditor General observed that a deceased employee was kept on the payroll for 20 months, way past the three-month period allowed. “For FY 2014/2015 and 2015/2016, the AG observed that employees, who were dismissed, died or resigned were kept on the payroll for twenty-two (22) months after the statutory period specified by the PFM Act of 2009,” the report stated. The General Auditing Commission recommended that the MCSS’ management provide justification for continuous payments made to former employees who have died, resigned or dismissed from the employ of MCSS. The GAC in its audit report on the MCSS also discovered that during the conduct of the audit that the Management of MCSS did not maintain a Fixed Assets Registry with a list of coded assets, date of purchase, cost, location and current condition. It was observed during the conduct of the audit that US$3,743,093 was allotted to MCSS in the budget; conversely, the financial statement showed that the actual amount spent was US$3,577,243, resulting in a variance of US$165,850.
May 17, 2018 00:00 UTC
Monrovia – The Liberia International Humanitarian Law Committee has held a one-day Stakeholders Round Table to review the draft Geneva Convention Act. Although Liberia is a state party to the Geneva Convention, the instrument has not been domesticated. The Liberia International Humanitarian Law Committee is an inter-agency committee that is headed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and co-chaired by the Law Reform Commission. The Committee works towards the domestication of all international humanitarian protocols that have been ratified by the Liberian government. Its priorities for this year include the domestication of the Geneva Convention as well as the Kampala Convention.
May 17, 2018 00:00 UTC
Monrovia – Senate Pro-Tempore Albert Chie has refuted claims in the public that the Legislature has amended the rape law, but admitted that there are discussions on the Senate floor to do that. He said Plenary has requested the Judiciary Committee of the Senate to work on the wordings of a report on the law submitted to them. In 2017 the Domestic Violence Bill was introduced on the Senate floor and was discussed in detail. It is many Senators’ view that female circumcision is not a form of domestic violence as this would have a broad range of implications. The passage of the bill thus suffered a setback as it was majority’s opinion that the issue of female circumcision is removed from the domestic violence bill and be treated separately.
May 16, 2018 23:48 UTC
He pledged the support of his not-for-profit organization (Bowier Trust Foundation Switzerland) in the Liberian project. “I had said to each of them, Liberia cannot alone handle the security challenges in the country. The Swiss security expert’s Joviality (of nick-names calling and handshakes) with members of the NGO’s ‘construction team’ in the compound of the Immanuel Academy Elementary & Junior High School, located along S.D. He is also working with the Community Watch Forum of Liberia (CWFL), Liberia Federation of Youth (FLY) and MARYONETT—all partners of the LNP. The security expert re-registered his NGO (Bowier Trust Foundation Switzerland) in Liberia as his humanitarian platform to buttress the Government of Liberia’s efforts of providing quality education, effective security, and better health/sanitation services to Liberians.
May 16, 2018 23:37 UTC
Monrovia – The family of murdered Liberian journalist Tyron Browne has expressed disappointment in the manner in which the case surrounding the death of their son is being handled by the Liberia National Police and the government. At the press conference on Wednesday, Samuel Sieh, uncle of the Tyron, claimed that the family feels threatened because of the way the investigation is unfolding. “We the family of the late Tyron feels that our lives are threatened based on the manner and circumstance surrounding his death. This, we indicated to the Inspector General of the Liberia National Police Patrick Sudue who visited us at our residence on the morning of Thursday, April 17, 2018,” they said. The family continued, “We applaud the Liberia National Police for the steps taken but want them to remain truthful and committed to their implementation.
May 16, 2018 23:26 UTC
Cecelia Toe, along with her granddaughter, was awaiting a mechanic to help them repair their vehicle that had broken down on the bridge. According to Inspector General Patrick Sudue, the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) has failed to provide lights at some areas where they consider strategic checkpoints, and would, therefore, not deploy his officers there. Police patrol at night, according to Sudue, has not been operative in some areas due to the lack of electricity. He said the absence of electricity has exposed the country and its citizen to danger –something he said must be tackled so as to allow officers effectively perform their duties. There’s no longer a police checkpoint at night on the By-Pass.
May 16, 2018 23:15 UTC
The students are also demanding better living conditions in dorms and are calling for more transparency from Dr. Brown’s administration. They shut down access to the cafeteria and the administration building but were only allowing students inside the campus. Several senior students, who were expected to start their exams on Tuesday, were also part of the protest. And the students then marched their way to the main campus of the university to reconvene. Once inside the campus, the protest organizers pledged to continue their actions until their demands are considered.
May 16, 2018 20:26 UTC
Monrovia – Twenty-One staffers of the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA), meanly Customs Officers, and private sector partners working in the areas of logistics and supply chain management, have been awarded professional certificates in Customs and Trade Facilitation. The recognition followed a recent weeklong training course in Monrovia focusing on building effective and efficient supply chains, efficient customs procedures, and supply chain partnerships. The Customs and Logistics training conducted by experts from evofenedex and STC-NESTRA was funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Speaking when she presented certificates to the participants, LRA Commissioner General Elfrieda Stewart Tamba praised the government and people of Netherland for the vital support to the LRA. Netherland Ambassador to Liberia Ron Strikker, in remarks, described customs and logistics operations as key for adequate port management in realizing effective domestic resource mobilization.
May 16, 2018 15:00 UTC
Speaking about the extent and scope of UK Development assistance to Liberia, in a briefing session at The UK Parliament with members of a Liberian legislative delegation, Minister Baldwin recounted that the UK Development assistance to Liberia is focused towards Health Care, through Liberia’s Health Pool fund, as well as Infrastructural development, coordinated through the Liberia Infrastructure Trust. Post Brexit OutlookMinister Baldwin restated that the UK Government clear-cut policy on International Development is committed to spending 0.7 percent of Gross National Income (GNI) on development assistance globally. He recognized the UK multilateral aid assistance to Liberia that is rightfully concentrated along the country’s health and infrastructural needs. Gwaikolo enthusiastically asserted that the team is pleased with UK Government and its approach to international development under the aegis of the Sustainable Development Goals. The Liberian delegation to the Westminster Parliament was guest of the British Group of The Inter-Parliamentary Union (BGIPU), from 7th-11th May 2018.
May 16, 2018 14:15 UTC
The Liberian delegation to the ECOWAS Parliament says the country has taken appreciable steps to make meaningful contributions to the overall goal of attaining the vision of the ECOWAS Community by 2020. The delegation’s assertion was contained in its Country Report that was presented to the regional parliament’s ongoing 2018 First Ordinary Session over the weekend, a release from the Liberian Embassy in Abuja says. Massaquoi read the Country Report, compiled by its five members. Rep. Edwin M. Snowe, Jr., of Bomi County leads the delegation, which also includes Senator Prince Y. Johnson of Nimba County, the 3rd Deputy Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament. The presentation of Country Reports form part of the legislative agenda for the ongoing 21-day session of the regional parliament, which opened on the 10th of May 2018 and will end May 30, the release adds.
May 16, 2018 14:03 UTC
By David A. YatesMonrovia City Mayor Jefferson Koijee has called for the establishment of a Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Commission that will bring a sustainable approach to the sector. Mayor Koijee said the commission, when established, will monitor and supervise the WASH sector as well as address its sustainable growth. The two-day meeting, held under the theme, “Delivering Pro-poor Safety Managed and Sustainable WASH Service,” brought together stakeholders in the WASH sector, including donors. Improving upon these services will bring economic gains while also helping to build resilience,” Mayor Koijee added. Mayor Koijee called for an organized and sustained approach to move the country’s water, sanitation and hygiene sector forward.
May 16, 2018 14:03 UTC
Monrovia – The president of Liberia Football Association (LFA) second division side, FC Bea Mountain, has described his team’s triumph in the just-ended Blue Cup as a clear sign of his team’s preparedness for the upcoming LFA 2018 national league. Report by A. Macaulay Sombai, [email protected]FC Bea Mountain on Saturday, May 12, was crowned champions of the inaugural edition of BYC tournament after a 1-0 victory over LFA first division champions LISCR FC. Wayne made it clear that their main target in the upcoming LFA 2018 national league is to qualify for the First Division. “We are sending a word out to football fanatics that this Bea Mountain team that we have built is going to be the Rock of Gibraltar in Liberian football. He hoped Coach Smith and members of his technical staff will work in that area before the resumption of the national league.
May 16, 2018 10:18 UTC
“Silas”, a documentary about Liberian renowned natural resource campaigner, Silas Siakor, is screening at the EuroLiberian Film Festival at different locations across Liberia this week. It extends back to the days of the civil war, where natural resources, including forest resources, funded Liberia’s deadly civil war that killed 250,000 people. Customary land right is recognized in the Land Rights Act currently before the Legislature for passage into law. Bowier reminded the audience about the connection between land rights and equitable benefits of natural resources, and cultural heritage the festival celebrates. “It is also important how land rights, which we pushing for, have implications for economic growth, have implications for peace and stability.
May 16, 2018 10:18 UTC
Monrovia – Liberian striker Patrick ‘Ronaldinho’ Wleh has joined Egyptian premier league club, Petrojet Sporting Club, on a free transfer two-year deal. “I am happy to announce that I’ve signed a two-year deal with Egyptian Premier League cup Petrojet Sporting Club. Special thanks to my agent and all those that stood with me,” he said. PKNS wasn’t just a football team to me, but a real family in which I found love. I wish the club a better luck in the next years to come and hope to be part of this club history again.
May 16, 2018 10:07 UTC
Development Matters is new engaging TV and Radio program that serves to engage citizens in positive discussions about Liberia’s development challenges and innovative approaches to solving them. The shows will discuss policy issues around the Liberian development agenda to help the Government of Liberia, its partners and citizens to make informed decisions. This initiative is funded by USAID. PurposeThe purpose of the Development Matters TV program is to:
May 16, 2018 07:30 UTC