Building Liberia, as I consider it, is a work in process because nation building is a continuous process. I am not arguing that other nations and organizations should not provide assistance to our nation building process. The Challenge of Building InstitutionsOne of the greatest challenges with respect to nation building is the building of institutions that are contributive to human capacity building and democratic governance. Liberia must take interest in building institutions upon which to advance the nation building process. The way forward in Liberia’s nation building processNation building goal will not be met with various challenges in existence.
February 20, 2019 00:00 UTC
The Joint Meeting is in preparation for the meeting of the Committee of Governors and the Convergence Council scheduled for February 21 and February 22, 2019, respectively, in Dakar. The key focus of the 34th Joint Meeting is to review progress on the ECOWAS Single Currency programme scheduled for 2020 as part of the ECOWAS Monetary Cooperation (EMPC). According to the WAMA Director General, the Liberian dollar experienced the highest depreciation followed by the Leone. This Director General Saho observed, reflected trends in the international foreign exchange market but also the peculiar economic situation of some Member States. The Liberian dollar, on the other hand, depreciated against all ECOWAS currencies,” the WAMA Director General pointed out in his report.
February 19, 2019 23:48 UTC
It aims at discussing the abuses in the business sector and also how said human rights violation can be prevented. He said there is a need for survey to determine the level of human rights violations across the country. “This includes trans-national corporations, businesses and other institutions that will set the baseline for monitoring all human rights violations,” he said. According to him, the government is under obligation to protect human rights in Liberia. This committee is cut across CSO, business and human rights institutions,” he said.
February 19, 2019 23:37 UTC
Report by Joseph Solo, ContributorOver 40 illegal miners at the Gboanipea Gold Mine near Tappita are trapped following the collapse of the mine a about a fortnight ago. she noted that the situation poses health, safety, and security threats for people in that part of Nimba County. She extended sympathy to the victims’ families and stressed that the livelihood of the survivors need rapid recovery, especially those in communities adjacent to the mines; citing infrastructure, Water Sanitation and Hygiene, safety as some of the areas that need immediate attention. She, at the same time pledged the sum of L$20,000 to be picked up by the leadership of that committee when set up. Meanwhile, the SEARCH boss has called on the National Disaster Commission to empower the various County Disaster Committees to rapidly respond to events of disaster in Liberia.
February 19, 2019 23:37 UTC
Monrovia – The Monrovia City Court at the Temple of Justice Tuesday, February 19, 2019 ordered the detention of Bobby Doebad , 52, at the Monrovia Central Prison for allegedly raping two girls, aged 10 and three. “ In an interview with police, both victims stated that on February 10 and 11 respectively they were sexually abused (fingered) by the Defendant (Bobby Doebah),” the police report added. The third witness, Mary Dahn also of the Symthe Road Community, said she saw the Defendant kissing the three-year-old victim but did not state where they were kissing. During an investigation, Defendant Doebah denied the allegation but the police resolved to charged him based on the medical report from the Hope for Women International Medical Center on the A.B. However, while was being escorted to the Monrovia City Court Tuesday, February 19, Doebah again denied the allegation.
February 19, 2019 23:26 UTC
Report by Augustine T. Tweh, agustine [email protected]Defendant Sam is currently behind bars at the Monrovia Central Prison awaiting trial, which is scheduled for Wednesday, February 20. During defendant Sam first appearance on Monday, February 18, his legal counsels pleaded with Judge Willie for 72 hours to peruse the case file for adequate representation. However, according to the court’s (Court “A”) Indictment, 12 years old little Hawa (not her real name), was allegedly abused by Pastor Sam when her (Hawa) mother carried her to him (Pastor Sam) for spiritual cleansing after she had suffered spiritual complications. According to the Indictment, in pursued of little Hawa in June 2018, her mother travelled to Nigeria where she met her with Pastor Sam pregnant. “When confronted, defendant Sam admitted that it was he who gave her the belly and that he wanted to be his wife,” the Indictment added.
February 19, 2019 23:25 UTC
Monrovia City mayor, Jefferson Koijee speaking at a press conference along with Abraham Jusu Garneo, Director-General for Service Programs at MCCMonrovia – Monrovia City Mayor Jefferson Tamba Koijee says the enumeration exercise launched by the city corporation to locate and track waste is nearing completion. Despite frantic efforts exerted by past city mayors including Madam Mary Broh and Clara Doe-Mvoko in cleaning Monrovia, the city continues to be overwhelmed with garbage. Rebranding the “Mary Broh Day” to “Weah for Clean City,” Mayor Koijee made tackling waste his administration’s top priority but low budgetary allocation and lack of proper strategy have been a stumbling block. However, with this new strategy, the Mayor is upbeat that the problem of instituting a proper waste disposal system will be addressed. He stated that in addition to tracking and locating waste, the exercise aims at providing a proper address system for homes, public and business areas across Monrovia.
February 19, 2019 23:15 UTC
MONROVIA – Cuttington University Alumni Association of Liberia and the Diaspora will this weekend install a new core of officers during festivities marking the university’s 130th Founder’s Day. The festivities, which run from Thursday, February 22 to February 25, 2019, will take place at the main campus in Suakoko, Bong County. Alexander Cummings, a former student of Cutttington and standard bearer of the Alternative National Congress, will deliver the keynote address. “We want to get as many alumni involved in working toward uplifting Cuttington. The university has a lot of challenges, it’s time that the alumni, especially those in Liberia, help the university.’’
February 19, 2019 22:50 UTC
Lawyers for Associate Justice Kabineh J’aneh – Cllr. Laveli Supuwood,leave the courtroom after Tuesday’s ruling into recusal hearingof Chief Justice Francis Korkpor. Monrovia – Chief Justice Francis Korkpor has denied a petition from lawyers representing Associate Justice Kabineh J’aneh, requesting the head of the judiciary branch to recuse himself from the ongoing impeachment trial of Associate Justice J’aneh citing conflict of interest issues. Henry Karmo, [email protected]In a petition last Wednesday, Justice J’aneh moved for Chief Justice Korkpor to recuse himself from presiding over the hearing “in the interest of justice and fair play”. The Supreme Court last Wednesday ruled into a Writ of Prohibition filed by four Senators who claimed the Senate was leading wrongly in the impeachment proceeding.
February 19, 2019 17:12 UTC
IN JUNE 2015, Police charged 23 people over riots at the Golden Veroleum palm oil plantation in which a senior company official was taken hostage and a government minister wounded. QUITE RECENTLY, FRONTPAGEAFRICA reported that Sime Darby, another major concessionaire is on the verge of abandoning its investment in Liberia over similar concerns. THE COMPANY IS LISTED as SIME.KL on the Kuala Lumpur stock exchange and has several investments across the world including palm oil plantation in Liberia. LAST AUGUST, Preston Nunuh, another Sime Darby Plantation security officer in Madina, Grand Cape Mount County was shot at and wounded on the leg with single barrel gun. IN A MEETING WITH president George Manneh Weah last week, Sime Darby executives were assured by the President and government that the matter would be looked into.
February 19, 2019 11:03 UTC
This achievement comes with the requisite skills that enable Bendu to fend for herself and her two children. Bendu was one of fifty teenage mothers and school dropouts, ages 16-19, who formed part of the graduation exercise of the YWCA project in Tienii, Grand Cape Mount County. The project was funded by Activa Group Foundation in collaboration with Activa International Insurance Company, Liberia Limited, at a cost of US$33,000. Saye D. Gbalazeh, served as the guest speaker and said the primary goal of the project is to promote financial independence among vulnerable teenage girls. The occasion was also graced by county and district officials who lauded ACTIVA and the YWCA for the initiative.
-As Chief Justice rules today on hearing to recuse himselfThe respondent in the motion filed by lawyers representing Associate Justice Kabineh Ja’neh, requesting Chief Justice Francis S. Korkpor to recuse himself, has assured him that he has committed no conflict of interest, and any attempt to do so will amount to treason. The petitioners further contested that, besides the Chief Justice, Senator H. Varney Sherman should also recuse himself from the juror bench, because of his law firm, through Cllr. “Just in case that I recuse myself… who will preside over the trial,” Chief Justice Korkpor questioned. But with recent calls by lawyers representing Ja’neh to have the Chief Justice recuse himself on grounds that he is conflicted, it appears a Constitutional crisis may be hovering in the works. However judging from historical precedents, it appears hardly likely that Chief Justice Korkpor would recuse himself as demanded by lawyers representing Ja’neh at least for fear of provoking a Constitutional crisis.
“Hence, I seek to debunk and refute every and all misleading comments, myths, and claims of rape and child attachment in relation to allegations made by Ms. Almaz Jalloh,” Oniyama said in his statement. In a statement released over the weekend in Monrovia, Dr. Oniyama said the smear campaign is intended to blackmail him and injure his good name and business reputation thereby bringing him into public ridicule and disgrace. Dr. Oniyama encouraged Ms. Jalloh to take her grievances against him to court rather than engaging in a smear campaign on social media to seek public sympathy. I was outraged and went to Dr. Oniyama and asked what had he done to me? While the DNA remains an issue the most cardinal issue is the rape and humiliation Oniyama put me through.”
Dedicates State-of-the-Art IAA’s facilitiesPresident George M. Weah says corruption, waste, and the abuse of public resources have continuously undermined Liberia’s development since its existence. The President made the remarks on Monday, February 18, 2019 at program marking the dedication of new modern State-of-the-Art facilities at the Internal Audit Agency (IAA). He said that waste, abuse and pillage of public resources have continuously undermined Liberia’s development since independence, emphasizing that past administrations have fought fruitlessly to end corruption. President Weah observed that despite consistent and relentless efforts, officials of government continue to violate the public trust with impunity. “In fulfillment of this pledge, my administration has committed significant resources to anti-graft institutions, including the Internal Audit Agency,” he said.
As was expected by most — citizens and foreigners included — the Chief Justice was on hand on Thursday, February 14, 2019, to carry out his duties as the Daily Observer knew he would. But Gongloe had it all wrong: the Chief Justice would have generated more problems by not doing his duty, instead of the other way around! The Chief Justice, we felt, had more than enough on his plate to deal with, at that point in time. Gongloe’s suggestion that Chief Justice Korkpor had the luxury to simply stonewall, (refuse to serve, “just say no”) was naïve, to say the least. Based on the above, the relevant question — ceases to be whether the Chief Justice might behave as he did in the past; that question is moot.
February 19, 2019 02:15 UTC