(Abuja, February, 16, 2017:) The Speaker of the Fourth Legislature of the ECOWAS Parliament, Moustapha Cisse Lo, has urged his colleagues to uphold the oath they took to serve the over 300 million people in the ECOWAS region. A release from the Liberian Embassy in Abuja says the Speaker made the appeal on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 during the closing session of the regional parliament’s First Extraordinary Session for the year in Abuja. Representative Jefferson S. Kanmoh of Sinoe County, who is the 4th Deputy Speaker of ECOWAS Parliament along with the 1st , 2nd, and 3rd Deputy Speakers, constitute the Bureau of ECOWAS Parliament. The ECOWAS Parliament sits in session three times a year with two ordinary sessions in May and September. The regional body is expected to reconvene for its Ordinary Session in Abuja from the 8th to the 10th of May, 2017, the release concludes.
Bamako, Mali - Barrack Young Controllers (BYC) were abandoned by Stade Malien de Bamako for almost two hours at Bamako’s Modibo Keita international airport. BYC were forced to hurriedly charter eight taxis to take the delegation to their hotel. For his part, BYC Administrative Manager Albert Sarweah disclosed that the head of delegation of Stade Malien promised to reciprocate the hospitality shown in Monrovia at a technical meeting before the first leg. With only holding midfielders available, coach Cooper Sannah fielded three but BYC were short of confidence and a shadow of their past performances. Zimamoto lead 2-1 from the first leg ahead of their meeting at the Estadio do Ferroviario in Beira on February 19.
Monrovia – The Cummings Africa Foundation (CAF) has donated US$3,000 to the James Kin Freeman Memorial Elementary, Junior and Senior High School on the S.K.D. This is just the beginning,” Mrs. Cummings, who is the acting Chairperson of the CAF board of directors, said. Thrilled by what she witnessed, Mrs. Cummings urged students of the school to keep their eyes on their lessons. Cheerful students sang the chorus of the school ode: “James Kin Freeman Memorial School. Bless James Kin Freeman School we pray.”
Monrovia - Ahead of his much publicized trial slated for Friday, February 17, former House Speaker Alex Tyler has requested the Criminal Court ‘C’ at the Temple of Justice to deny and dismiss the amended indictment of the Special Presidential Taskforce against him. The Special Presidential Task Force, on February 8 amended its May 2016 indictment which charged Tyler and other government officials of multiple criminal offences including bribery, economic sabotage, criminal conspiracy, facilitation and solicitation. In the previous indictment, it was alleged that the defendant received US$75k in bribes from Sable Mining. The amended indictment stated that the defendant asked for US$250k in bribes but was given only 75k. Presiding Judge Yarmie Gbeisay is to hold argument pros and cons into the motion to amend indictment and its subsequent resistance on Thursday at the Criminal Court “C” at 10:a.m.
Monrovia - Despite the criticism by many Liberians, including politicians, that the Unity party led government has failed Liberia, a presidential hopeful, Samuel Thompson, has taken different trend by encouraging Liberians to appreciate President Sirleaf for progress made over the years. Mr. Thompson said despite the daily struggle, Liberians need to appreciate President Sirleaf for where she has taken country. Liberia has been trying to rise up from the bottom of a very deep hole,” he said. Thompson said government is making major investments in port, airport and administrative office infrastructure throughout the length and breadth of the country. We must also help Liberian small and medium enterprises to play a major role in their country,” he noted.
Mr. Johnson, who was making his first trip to Africa as the UK’s foreign secretary, stopped over en route to the UK following visits to Sierra Leone and the Gambia. Touching on his discussions with Liberian government officials, the UK foreign secretary termed the discussions as “very valuable” understanding the country’s huge potential. “We look forward to quick decisions on those issues that are already before the UK Government,” foreign minister Kamara indicated. “It should help them reach decision points on many of the issues,” foreign minister Kamara emphasized. During his stopover, UK foreign secretary Johnson also visited the Firestone Natural Rubber Company (Firestone Liberia) near the Roberts International Airport.
The contract for the construction of the college was signed on October 13, 2010 for a twin-storey academic and administrative building of Dolokelen Gboveh Community College. Who signed Addendum? Other signatories to the addendum contract included –Thomas K. Cisco, Project Management Team, Selena Polson Mappy, County Superintendent and Lian Zhi, General Manager of the construction company. The addendum contract was also attested by William Gyude Moore, Minister of Public Works. Senator Yallah served as Chairman of the Bong County Legislative Caucus from 2015 to early 2017 and during his tenure bulk of the money to the Chinese contractor was paid but the BCTC is yet to be completed.
Montserrado County Senator George Weah yesterday reported how Nimba County Senator Prince Yormie Johnson (PYJ) nearly escaped arrest in Abuja, Nigeria. Senator Johnson is the political leader of the opposition Movement for Democracy and Reconstruction (MDR) and is vying for the country’s presidency in the October poll. But Senator Johnson, upon arrival, informed us about being interrogated by airport security,” Senator Weah said. No one left Senator Johnson, but rather he had problems there,” Senator Weah said. Weah said Senator Johnson is trying to make him “look bad as the one who was in the know of what unfolded at the airport between Senator Johnson and the security.”“Whatever Johnson did in the past, it’s not me to talk about it,” Weah added.
The reported poor human relations of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s designated chairman of the Land Authority, has claimed the attention of some Senators. Brandy’s thorny interaction with co-workers came under scrutiny when he appeared before members of the Senate for the first of four confirmation hearings headed by the Senate Committee on Lands, Mines, Energy, Natural Resources and Environment. Brandy told the Committee. He, however, thanked the Senate for its support and cooperation in advancing the country’s land reform agenda, and for working with him in previous capacities as chairman of the erstwhile Land Commission and most recently as chairman of the Interim Land Taskforce. Senator Chie said that all the functions of the Land Commission which were exercised by the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy have now been transferred to the Land Authority.
REGRETTABLY, THE LEAD of the Liberian delegation, Montserrado County Senator George Weah, was guilty of the charge. WEAH WHO HEADS THE LIBERIAN delegation to the Parliament arrived with his team on February 9 for the first extraordinary session for the year 2017. Sen. Johnson further disclosed that on the Liberian delegation, it is only Weah who signed for his stipend and left. We still remember that Senator Weah abandoned constitutional responsibilities at the Capitol to watch a football match involving Paris San German in France. SENATOR WEAH NEEDS TO RISE to the occasion and prove himself worthy of his membership both the Liberia Legislature and the ECOWAS Parliament.
Sen. Johnson made the statement during a telephone interview on the ‘Bumper Show’ on ELBC Radio Wednesday evening. He added that among the Liberian delegation, it is only Sen. Weah who goes and sign for his stipends and leaves. Senator Weah excused himself from the ECOWAS Parliament session to pay a courtesy visit to the Ghanaian President Nana Addo Danqua Akuffu-Addo in Accra. But in reaction to Weah’s short stay at the Parliament, Sen. Johnson said, “He should have remained here. There are procedures here; when you come for one week, it’s one week, two weeks, it’s two weeks,” Sen. Johnson said.
Despite President Konneh’s optimism, his boys managed a narrow 1-0 victory, courtesy of a penalty award. Now the team has arrived in Bamako and will be clashing against their opponents on Sunday. “Winning 1-0 indicates that BYC will have a lot of work to do to avoid their opponents scoring two goals against them,” said a Go Blue Boys (BYC) fan. It is possible that Stade Malien may be good at home and trailing 1-0, they may be invigorated to do their best. What about that philosophy for the BYC versus Stade Malien return-leg match?
Catchy colloquia singer Eric Geso has ditched his manager Sonie Grant, according to multiples sources. “Right now, the artist sees DJ Flexz as his manager. We have tried to talk to Eric to reconsider his decision but he still insists that his mind is made up. But his manager, Sonie, confirmed that she has not heard from him in a while. “He has released one song without my knowledge,” Sonie said.
Ghana football was thrown into a state of mourning on Sunday, 12 February 2017 following the demise of one its iconic coaches, Sam Arday. The Ghana Olympic team also reached the quarters of the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, USA, under his watch. One of the revered Ghanaian football brains, he also guided the Ghana U-17 to win gold at the 1995 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Ecuador. He also had two stints at the helm of the Ghana national senior team, 1997 to 1997 and briefly in 2004 during the qualifying campaign for the 2006 FIFA World Cup and Africa Cup of Nations. Arday also enjoyed memorable stints with top local sides including Asante Kotoko, Hearts of Oak, Ashantigold and Okwawu United.
The population of Sierra Leone is 6.092 million while Liberia is 4.294 million, quoting World Bank February 6, 2017 added. He said 50% of Sierra Leone’s national budget accounts for recurrent expenditure while 86.7% of Liberia’s budget accounts for recurrent expenditure. Our National Legislature is one of the most clandestine and incompetent assembly anyone can ever imagine. We must demand immediate reduction in the salaries and benefits of Liberian Lawmakers through mass civil action. Corruption has been an acceptable standard or value in the Liberian Legislature.