Monrovia – Liberty Party’s standard-bearer, Cllr. Some senior members of the Liberty Party like Israel Akinsanya, Maxwell Grigsby and J. Fonati Koffa have already pledged their support to the CDC, promising to campaign hard to ensure Weah’s victory. Quizzed by FrontPageAfrica on whether his move met the approval of his party he said, “LP is a party of credibility. Koffa resigned his chairmanship of the Liberty Party after he was nominated by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as Special Prosecutor (Head of the Special Presidential Taskforce) and Minister of State without Portfolio. The Liberty Party’s National Deputy Secretary-General for Administration Seh Morris Brown is the latest to join ranks with the CDC.
December 14, 2017 03:11 UTC
Addressing newsmen Chairman Butu Levi pointed out what he called a “cloud of uncertainty” looming over the political future of Liberia. Jerome Kokoya must responsibly demonstrate that it is law abiding by adhering to the Court’s ruling”. But, without any information about whether the NEC has started to adhere to the Supreme Court decisions; the NEC has begun the progress taking voting materials in various parts of the country, something SUP warns the NEC to refrain from. SUP Chair “Any recalcitrant posture from NEC in terms of deliberately objecting to the Court’s mandate could further impede Liberia’s democracy and fertilize a seed of national discord and deepening political quagmire. SUP cherishes the value of the Rule”, SUP Chair noted.
December 14, 2017 03:01 UTC
Monrovia – Health Minister, Dr. Bernice Dahn on Wednesday, December 13 visited Grand Cape Mount and Bomi Counties, expressing gratitude to healthcare workers and county stakeholders for their service in the health sector during her administration. Minister Dahn said she was pleased that with the support of government, donors, healthcare workers and other stakeholders, much has been achieved in the health sector. She said initially, there were 4000 health workers not on government’s payroll but her administration managed to revise that number by 2000. The Health Minister explained that besides health verification was ordered and outcome showed that over 1500 healthcare workers were not in the county and over 900 not either on county health team lists nor the ministry’s. In Zeedru, Minister Dahn said 15 units are being constructed and a mortgage policy would be developed for health workers to eventually own those units.
December 14, 2017 02:48 UTC
Koijee at a press conference Wednesday held at the party’s headquarters announced that the CDC has agreed to hold a mass Christmas party on the 29th of December. Already, some citizens have registered their discontent with the National Elections Commission’s decision to schedule the runoff just a day after the Christmas. Meanwhile, Koijee has also called for the expulsion of some officials of the ruling Unity Party. Varney Sherman former chairman of the UP and current Chairman Wilmot Paye of the Unity party as bad apples within the party. The two parties – Unity Party and Congress for Democratic Change – have been given the green light to begin campaign activities.
December 14, 2017 02:48 UTC
New York, USA – Under the Chairmanship of Liberia's Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Israel Davies, the UN General Assembly has adopted two draft resolutions in support of improving universal health coverage. On Tuesday, December 12, 2017, Liberia co-sponsored the two resolutions – “Global health and foreign policy, addressing the health of the most vulnerable for an inclusive society” and “International Universal Health Coverage Day”. Liberia recognizes that despite progress in the health sector, challenges in global health including major inequities and vulnerabilities still remain and require urgent attention. Toward that end, the General Assembly adopted, without a vote, the draft resolution “International Universal Health Coverage Day” is proclaiming December 12 every year as International Universal Health Coverage Day to be observed in Members States with relevant educational and awareness raising activities. The issue of universal health is captured under Goal 3 of the Sustainable Development Goals which seeks to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages by 2030.
Monrovia – The Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) has set March 31st, 2018 as the deadline for all insurance companies to comply with the bank’s new capital requirements for insurance companies operating in Liberia. The new regulation sets the capital requirement for each class of insurance business, and requires each insurance company to maintain a minimum capital requirement based on the category of insurance activity being undertaken by a company. Under the regulation, General/Non-Life Insurance Business, must maintain a minimum capital requirement of U$1.500, 000.00; Life Insurance Business, a minimum capital requirement of US $750,000.00; and Reinsurance, a minimum capital requirement of US$5,000,000.00. Dr. Siaplay encouraged non-compliant companies to either merge with or be acquired by viable companies. The move the Bank noted is in line with its mandate under the New Insurance Act of 2014 as the Regulator and Supervisor of the Insurance Industry of Liberia.
Monrovia - The Commercial Court at the Temple of Justice has assigned the US$10.7 million debt case involving Lebanese businessman George Haddad against the Government of Liberia for Thursday, December 14, 2017 at the hour of 10:00 am. Earlier, lawyers representing the Alliance and Prestige Motors vehemently opposed the request of state prosecutor Cllr. Fayiah to suspend the case and said that the request was made in bad faith intended to baffle the case. At the start of the case in late 2015, state lawyers in a motion asked the court to dismiss the case on ground that the court established in 2011 by an act of the Legislature had no legal authority over the matter as the transaction was done prior to the establishment of the court. Judge Mappy-Morgan, however, rejected that argument, noting that the Court was established to adjudicate all debt cases.
It can be recalled that following the October 10 elections, its results were challenged by the Liberty Party(LP), Unity Party(UP) and the All Liberian Party(ALP) who prayed the Supreme Court to annul the elections results. Yesterday, a group of protesters led by businessman George Kailondo expressing disenchantment with Korkoya’s actions blocked the main entrance of the Commission’s headquarters calling on him to step down as chairman of the NEC. Holding aloft placards with inscriptions such as “Korkoya must resign from NEC,” “Korkoya you cannot chair NEC,” “Liberians love peace! A statement demanding Korkoya’s resignation was read by social activist John Pangbe, who cited Korkoya’s lack of independence and his unwillingness to abide by the recommendations of the Supreme Court, among others. Yesterday’s group, led by Kailondo, with the support of Arkie Moore, All Liberian Party’s youth chairman and Telia Urey, one of Benoni Urey’s daughters, promised to return to the NEC headquarters today to continue to demand Chairman Korkoya’s resignation.
December 14, 2017 02:30 UTC
A decision by the national chairman of the erstwhile grand old True Wing Party (TWP) to endorse the opposition Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) for the December 26 run-off election has been challenged by an executive of the party. On Tuesday, Reginald Goodridge announced his party’s decision to support the CDC in line with their platform to unseat the ruling Unity Party (UP) of Vice President Joseph Nyuma Boakai. “I have the endorsement of the executive committee to speak on behalf of the party against the fake one Goodridge announced to the CDC,” King declared. He clarified that the TWP executive committee has not made any decision as to which party to support during the pending runoff presidential election. “Goodridge’s action is unconstitutional, so I urge the CDC leadership not to take it serious by doing any business with Mr. Goodridge in the name of the party,” King warned.
December 14, 2017 02:26 UTC
The Central Bank of Liberia is conducting a seminar and capacity building forum on the management of rural community financial institutions (RCFIs) in Liberia. The seminar, which started on Monday, December 11 at the Guinea Embassy Entertainment Center in Ganta City, Nimba County, will bring together Board Members of the RCFIs – local banking institutions established by the CBL. The workshop will cover topics such as, RCFIs prospects and challenges (the Liberian experience); needs assessment of RCFIs; discussion SWOT analysis of ACDI/VOCA; and the importance of community banking (the Sierra Leone experience). The CBL has brought experts from Sierra Leone to share their experiences with regards to the running of community banking institutions. Meanwhile, a release from the City Mayor of Ganta has called on the CBL and Afriland Bank to extend branches to other parts of Nimba to ease some of the banking problems faced by farmers and civil servants.
By Jallah AmosonThe principal of Mary Sharp Memorial Mission School in the Water Side community on UN Drive, Monrovia, Rev. Josiah W. Nimely, has pledged to provide a solid education foundation for students at the school. He said the school’s standards will include moral discipline to prepare students to withstand academic challenges and to uphold societal norms. In an exclusive interview at the school’s campus recently, Nimely said Sharp Memorial was established in 1980 in support of government’s effort to provide Liberian children with quality education and moral discipline. The school was founded by an American evangelist, Mary Sharp, to help prepare children academically and to support Liberia’s education sector.
LISCR FC have been drawn against Sudan’s most successful football club, Al-Hilal, in the preliminary rounds of the 2018 CAF Champions League. The 1992 losing finalists have reached two finals, five semifinals and made 8 appearances in the CAF Confederation Cup. Al-Hilal emerged as 2017 champions of the Sudanese Premiere League to reach a record 26th league title. ELWA United became Liberia’s next representative to the CAF secondary club competition after reaching the final of the domestic FA Cup against LISCR who had already won the championship-booking their slot to represent Liberia in the CAF Champions League. Liberia was this year represented in the Confederation Cup by Monrovia Club Breweries who were shockingly defeated 3-0 away to J.S Kabylie in Algeria.
Today, Mr. Weah continues to make reference to the same unsubstantiated claims, impressing upon his gullible supporters that their democratic rights will not be infringed upon this time around. What, Mr. Weah, can you do differently to improve the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and increase the literacy rate of Liberia from 43% to at least 75%? Mr. Weah and the CDC should know that being ambitious and excited about victory ahead of the runoff is too premature, as humans can change at any time. Instead of making a statement that will inspire violent feelings in people about the electoral process, we urge Mr. Weah to tell Liberians how competent he is to lead Liberia and to preside over the affairs of the state. We need to hear from you, Mr. Weah, what future you envision for Liberia and Liberians.
Freeman praised Africa World Airlines (AWA) for their decision to expand their routes to Liberia and assured them of LAA’s support in their endeavor. He revealed that AWA will acquire several larger aircraft to expand the company’s services across West Africa and beyond. Boima Kamara, Minister of Finance and Development Planning, commended AWA authorities and assured them of the government’s fullest support. Kamara said the development of Africa rests with Africans and therefore the development of West Africa also rests with West Africans. Finally, he challenged the AWA and its officials to do Ghana proud by providing excellent services to their passengers.
Jarwolo made the statement yesterday during a program marking the Universal Health Coverage Day, held at a resort in Monrovia. She stressed that quality and affordable healthcare is the foundation for individuals to lead productive and fulfilling lives and for countries to have strong economies. The program included a panel discussion that focused on leveraging momentum to achieve UHC targeting primary healthcare, health financing, and governance. Montserrado County Health Officer Dr. Yatta Sackie-Wahpoe, a panelist, stressed the need for health workers to change their behavior in order to encourage the public to seek healthcare services. Currently, there is a lack of trust within the country’s health system, which is causing serious problems.