Monrovia – Barely a week following the official launch of the Grebo-Krahn National Park in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County, the Management of the Forestry Development Authority (FDA) over the weekend likewise officially inaugurated the Gola National Park in Kongba District, Gbarpolu County graced by an array of collaborating partners and local government officials thus bringing to three the number of national parks Liberia proudly owns consistent with global quest of biodiversity conservation. The first park includes the Sapo National park established by law in 1983 during the regime of the People’s Redemption Council and now the Grebo-Krahn and Gola national parks both of which were approved by an act of the National legislature of Liberia. Mr. Karnwea also prayed for FDA to gain her autonomous status to enable the management independently and effectively drive its vision and agenda smoothly. He suggested the training of more forest rangers to police the forest as the only possible way to protect the forest from poachers and illegal minners. Also making remarks the Paramount Chiefs of the two Chiefdoms ( Kongba and Porkpa), Paramount Chief John Try and Paramount Chief Jamartu Watyan promised to ensure that the children in their Chiefdoms abide by every rule and regulation governing the Gola National Park.
April 23, 2018 00:00 UTC
Monrovia - Justices of the Supreme Court have requested lawyers representing suspended former ECOWAS Justice, Cllr. Wright was suspended in 2017 by the Supreme Court of Liberia for allegedly committing conflict of interest in 2009 while serving as Liberia’s Solicitor General. On March 30, 2017, Wright filed an action of violation of human rights in the community court of justice of ECOWAS against Liberia. Taiwon Gongolo, one of the counsels who represented Wilkins during the argument at the Supreme Court, argued that since the mandate of the Supreme Court was sent to the ECOWAS Court, his client (Wright) ceased to practice law. The Supreme Court is requesting that the purported legal suit that was filed at the ECOWAS Court in Nigeria should be brought before them (Supreme Court) to ascertain whether or not the former ECOWAS court judge was not in defiance of the Supreme Court’s mandate.
April 23, 2018 00:00 UTC
Lower Montserrado, Margibi Counties - The Liberia National Red Cross Society has completed and dedicated several projects valued at US$539,729,000 in rural towns of Lower Montserrado County and parts of Margibi County. The projects were implemented by the LNRCS as a way of helping communities affected by flood and other disasters recuperate and get sustainable livelihood. In addition to the facilities, Mr. Clarke noted that Red Cross has also provided shelter materials, emergency health, non-food items, water sanitation and hygiene and the implementation of early warning system. He however highlighted the role played by LNRCS, IFRC and the community volunteer in combating natural disaster in Liberia as the Red Cross goes through changes. “Again, to our partners we called on you to continue to support our projects especially as we are going through the process of rebranding the Liberia National Red Cross Society.
April 22, 2018 23:37 UTC
Trapco rapper Bucky Raw has taken the blame for his deportation from the US on charges of domestic violence and for violating the terms of his parole. In his first public interview since been deported to Liberia, three days ago, conducted on Prime FM 105.5, Bucky Raw said: I take all the blame. I’m sorry to my female fans that listen to my music. Domestic violence is not something I am proud of. Meanwhile, an unconfirmed report has it that SB Records WORLDWIDE is closing negotiation to sign Bucky Raw to a 5 years venture deal for an undisclosed amount.
April 22, 2018 19:18 UTC
‘Back’, the most anticipated single from fan favorite Liberian recording artist, F.A, featuring soulful Nigerian singer Seyi Shay, has been released. ‘Back,’ is the second collaboration single F.A has done with Nigerian artists. The charismatic performer is currently the West Africa ambassador for Pepsi and Gionee Mobile Phones. Since the success of ‘Desire,’ F.A has kept an unusually low profile over the past few months, posting sporadically on social media and making few public appearances. Meanwhile, few fans of F.A has reacted angrily to F.A singing like a Nigerian instead of using his Liberian accent or, better yet, the Colloqua.
April 22, 2018 19:18 UTC
Jewel Howard-Taylor has spoken of the need for Africans to use innovative technology to solve Africa’s development challenges. VP Howard-Taylor however stressed that the people of Africa (both urban and rural) need “Knowledge and information on the use of today’s innovation to be on speed pace of our one world. A teacher is Sydney can use his virtual classroom to teach students in Timbuktu the value of cultural heritage sites. In the dispatch, VP Howard-Taylor and other distinguished speakers including the Director of Kenya Law school professor Plo Lumumba had brief interactions with the media on variety of issues. The summit was held under the theme, ‘Using Innovative Technology to solve Africa’s Development Challenges’.
April 22, 2018 07:30 UTC
Newton Stewart, security guard as Massaquoi’s residence told FPA that suspect Williams had hurriedly gone to meet the former LNP boss. Police sources told FPA that the former IG have told investigators that he only saw suspect Williams Friday prior to his arrest and apprehension. Meanwhile, suspect Williams finally made a formal statement in the presence of his lawyer, Cllr. Moses Carter, Director for Press at the LNP, said suspect Williams told investigators that he mistook the deceased for an armed robber. He said suspect Williams is cooperating with investigators to establish the main cause of the murder.
April 22, 2018 00:40 UTC
Monrovia - Friends and family members of fallen Liberian journalist Kamara Abdullai Kamara converged on Friday, April 20, 2018 at the Monrovia City Hall to memorialize his life. An endowment fund was also launched to cater to the family, while President Weah promised to shoulder the responsibility of caring for the kids of the fallen journalist. Kamara, popularly known as KAK by his media colleagues, suddenly died on Tuesday, April 17 at the Phebe Hospital in Bong County. Several longtime friends eulogizing the attributes of the fallen journalist described him as “someone special.”“Kamara made a lasting impression on all the people he knew,” said Trokon Tarr, a Liberian journalist, who said he knew KAK for more than 20 years. He was respected by people from all walks of professions,” Sianworla said, adding “He was calm, tolerant and hard working.
April 21, 2018 23:37 UTC
Monrovia – Police in Monrovia have arrested a man in connection with the murder of Tyron Browne, a videographer working with Super FM/TV in Monrovia. Suspect Jonathan Williams, who was arrested through a special police operation, told investigators few hours ago that he mistook the journalist for an armed robber. Brown’s body was early Monday morning in the Duport Road Community where he lived. Reports quoted eyewitnesses as saying his body was dropped off in the area by unknown men in a black SUV at about 3:00AM that morning. The Liberia National Police is poised to hold a press conference later this afternoon in Monrovia on the outcome of an ongoing investigation.
April 20, 2018 14:37 UTC
Thirty-six employees of the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) have completed a two-week “intensive training” in Nigeria in several professional areas, to enhance productivity of the corporation . The training was held under the West African Power Pool (WAPP)-USAID Capacity Building Program, provided by the National Power Training Institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN). In this regard, LEC submitted a list of the 36 employees. The 36 personnel were trained in power transmission network and sub-station operations, maintenance, power distribution network and repairs, power system commercialization, power generation operations and maintenance, power distribution network design and operations, as well as power system planning and environmental safeguard guidance. Dr. John Gorlorwulu, USAID-Liberia Incoming Economic Growth Office Director, spoke of how important the power sector was to national development.
April 20, 2018 02:33 UTC
By Omari Jackson & Hannah GeterminahA group of physically challenged Liberians under the banner of Disabled Like Minds for Good Governance, led by Samuel Dean yesterday congregated on Capitol Hill in Monrovia, to present a petition to House Speaker Bhofal Chambers. “Enough is enough,” Dean said when the Sergeant-at-arms from Speaker Chambers’ office, came down to speak to the group. Meanwhile frantic efforts were being made to calm tempers, with assurances to the disabled group that their demands would be honored and the petition would reach Dr. They assured the group that they regretted the incident and recognized their right to come to Capitol Hill to demand an audience with the Speaker. A few months ago, President George Weah re-instated the three directors at the National Commission on Disabilities (NCD), the life-blood of the disabled community.
April 20, 2018 02:33 UTC
Senator Tengbeh assures them of complianceA group under Women for Land Rights in Liberia yesterday presented a petition to Lofa County Senator George T. Tengbeh, to use his influence and prevail on his colleagues to pass the 2014 version of the Draft Land Rights Bill into law. The group drew attention to five areas of concern, including tribal certificates, 30 percent of public lands, protect the rights of communities to informed consent; protected and proposed protected area declared as government land and women land rights. Tribal CertificatesThey said the 2017 version recognizes tribal certificates and other property documents without taking into account measures that would protect communities’ land rights. Women Land RightsThey told Sen. Tengbeh that the current draft bill does not adequately address the rights of women to access, own and transfer land. He told them that the importance of the Land Rights Bill demands that all sectors of the Liberian society are listened to, in order to make the right decision for the people.
Daku Mulbah, Solicitor General-designate on Wednesday, during his confirmation hearing, suggested that the justice system actually needs an urgent overhaul of transparency, fairness, and accountability. Mulbah noted that reform should take into consideration the amendment and repeal of some of the laws and periodic training for judges, court staffs and other justice actors, to ensure an effective and efficient justice delivery system. Supporting the bureau’s report, Cllr. Mulbah said he intends to reform and give spirit and meaning to the prosecution of cases if confirmed. He emphasized that “The interpretation of the law is with the judiciary, and the judge decides which bond to take.
The Association of Liberian Journalists in the Americas (ALJA) says it welcomes the Liberian government’s pledge to bring to justice the perpetrators of the reported murder of a broadcast journalist, Tyron A. Browne, of the Monrovia-based Super FM radio station. The station is owned by Liberian businessman and politician George Kailondo, a member of the opposition Unity Party (UP). The Association asserted that the Weah-led administration must now begin to take concrete actions that would ensure that the probe is executed with immediacy and transparency. ALJA reminded Mr. Weah and the CDC that they promised to ensure accountability in the public sector by weeding out corrupt and shady deals. “ALJA is saddened by the loss and prays that the Almighty Allah would grant the PUL and the Kamara families solace during this difficult moment,” the release, signed by ALJA president Moses Sandy, said.
Police Inspector-General Patrick Sudue has assured journalists that they have no need to fear as the government is not interested in harming them. According to Sudue, until facts are established through investigation and arrest, no one should be pointing fingers at anyone, least to mention the government, which is being blamed in some quarters for the journalist’s murder. His assurance was contained in his statement yesterday at the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism’s (MICAT) weekly press briefing on current developments. “We wait on Kailondo to prove beyond all reasonable doubt that his life is threatened by the government because of the death of his employee. “It is totally premature for anyone to assume that the government is responsible for the journalist’s death.