Ignorance – This is evidenced by their lack of knowledge about the power and importance of their language and culture to their existence. Yet, the country does not have an indigenous national language and dress. Unarguably, President William Richard Tolbert, Jr. apparently desired that the country adopts an indigenous language as our national language. Following that address, there were suggestions that Kpelle be adopted as the country’s indigenous national language. RecommendationsA national referendum should be held to choose an African-Liberian language as the country’s national language as well as choose our national dress and meal;The language that would be chosen in the referendum should be the first language to be taught to children when they start school; and should be seriously taught up to the 12th grade;The National Legislature should pass an Act that would make the African-Liberian language a national language and mandate the Ministry of Education to ensure that the language is included in the curriculum as a major language.
June 11, 2019 00:56 UTC
Monrovia – Ambassador Babatunde Olanrewaju Ajisomo, the Special Representative of the President of ECOWAS Commission to Liberia has for years, been a member of the High-Level Delegations of Nigeria and ECOWAS to several Member States in West Africa. COP said ECOWAS failed to mention that the government failed to honor its own pledge that it would send the Vice President to receive the petition on behalf of the President – a failure that angered the protesters. The protest organizers also questioned the censorship of social media on the day of the protest which undermined additional mobilization efforts. Senator Johnson, according to a source in the meeting, indirectly told the meeting with the visiting ECOWAS delegation that the vice president was not part of the organization of the protest. He served as Secretary to the Joint Ministerial Council of Nigeria – Sao Tome and Principe from 2007 to 2010.
June 11, 2019 00:56 UTC
MONROVIA – The finale of the much-anticipated Orange Fashion Talent has taken place in Monrovia at the TM Mall in Mamba Point on the 1st of June. Speaking at a special post-event press conference to formally present prizes to the winners, the Fashion Talent Organizer Mrs. “We have always known that there are exceptional fashion designers in Liberia, and through its program, Orange gives us the change to highlight that,” Mrs. Sackie said. She went on to encourage Orange to continue their support of fashion and to expand it to a make-up competition. Orange Liberia’s Chief Marketing, Communication and Customer eXperience Officer Mr. Noel Chateau expressed his satisfaction about the outcome of the entire Orange Talent competition which included both a music component and a fashion component.
June 11, 2019 00:11 UTC
Gerald C. Koinyeneh -0880881540/0777769531/[email protected]MONROVIA – The June 7 protest has come and gone but the echoes of the protesters’ voices are likely to resonate for a long time. We voted Ambassador George Manneh Weah for change but we are not seen the change. We are just mandating you [President Weah] and your government to listen to the people’s plight and address their problems. That’s why we have come here today to erect a check point that the looting of our money must stop. [President] George Weah has to get the issues straight.
June 10, 2019 19:30 UTC
Rep. Seiboe crafted the communication in the wake of the death of Grand Cape Mount County’s Senior Senator, Edward B. Dagoseh from a protracted illness. However, before plenary’s decision, Rep. Seiboe’s communication received mixed views as some lawmakers argued that the move will be unconstitutional. In Rep. Womba’s arguments on the floor, he noted that declaring a state of emergency lies within the purview of the Executive branch with approval from the Legislature. “The Legislature will be in error if it petitions the President to declare a state of emergency with the intent of cancelling by-elections,” he stated. He vowed to vote against any decision as it will not be prudent for the Legislature to crave the Executive for a state of emergency.
June 10, 2019 18:56 UTC
The AME University on Camp Johnson Road in Monrovia shall name its Graduate School “Alexander B. Cummings School of Graduate Studies”Monrovia – The African Methodist Episcopal University (AMEU) on Camp Johnson Road in Monrovia has decided to name its graduate school in honor of the Political Leader of the Alternative National Congress, Mr. Alexander Benedict Cummings. I asked him to support our Graduate School and he gave the University a substantial amount of money to our Graduate School. Also speaking to FPA, the honoree, Mr. Cummings stated how excited and humbled he is to have such recognition bestowed upon him. We will continue to work with the Graduate School in order to make sure that the graduate degrees that are awarded can compete with any graduate degrees anywhere,” he stated. This year, AME University is expected to graduate approximately 400 undergraduate students across all colleges and disciplines and the inaugural class of the Graduate School will put out its first nine students.
June 10, 2019 18:33 UTC
Authorities of the Liberia National Police (LNP) charged and forwarded to court Montserrado District #10 Lawmaker Yekeh Kolubah, and 20 others for prosecution. “Due to the severity of the officers’ wounds, they were rushed to hospital for treatment,” Carter explained further in his statement. “It can be recalled that this is the second time the CoP has refused to present the same petition to the government. And they didn’t return.”According to the statement from the Information Minister, the accused have been charged and awaiting appearance in court represented by their lawyer. The government also commends the police and other members of the security apparatus for their professionalism during Friday’s activities by the CoP.
June 10, 2019 04:31 UTC
On Friday, June 7, Liberians woke up to the rather startling reality that their primary source of information — social media — had been blocked. At first not many knew the government to be the culprit, as some times major national events and weather patterns can affect internet access. The social media blockade by the Weah Administration became the first in the history of Liberia by a sitting government. Liberia joins a running list of countries including Zimbabwe, Chad, Uganda and Cameroon, whose governments have shutdown their internet. According to the NetBlocks Cost of Shutdown Tool, which estimates the economic impact of an internet disruption, mobile data blackout or app restriction, the 12 hours blockade of social media platforms cost internet service providers and the government to lose at least US$109,913 or LD$17,781,180.
June 10, 2019 04:30 UTC
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), in collaboration with the Liberian government on Monday June 3, 2019, officially launched the Integrated Sustainable Rice System Development Project at the Central Agriculture Research Institute (CARI) in Suakoko District, Bong County, to further improve the rice sector. Additionally, the project will help to strengthen the underdeveloped value chain of rice, which will cover infrastructure development, production, as well as post-harvest development to include milling, packaging and marketing. The project is also intended to increase food security and incomes for farmers to improve the capacity of the MoA in the development of a competitive and inclusive rice value chain and to impact sustainable and productive rice system. He named low production, high consumption and huge importation as some factors that are impeding the production of rice in the country. The project will be implemented by MoA in partnership with Africa Rice in closed collaboration with JICA, while FAO will provide the technical support.
President George Weah has commissioned the newly appointed Liberian National Police Deputy (102) Director for Operations Marvin Sarkor, according to an Executive Mansion release. President Weah performed the commissioning ceremony on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at his Foreign Ministry Office. He charged the LNP Deputy Inspector General Sarkor to execute his duties with the highest degree of diligence, sensitivity and commitment. He assured the President that he would do everything within his power to serve with utmost commitment and diligence. President Weah recently appointed Sarkor to replace former Deputy Police Director for Operations, Robert Budy, who was appointed Commissioner General of the Liberia Immigration Service (LIS).
The Ministry Agriculture (MoA) through its Tree Crop Extension Project – TCEP recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Central Agricultural Research Institute (CARI) to establish a cocoa seed garden in Liberia. The first national cocoa seed garden will guarantee the availability of improved, certified and quality planting materials (seeds and seedlings) for smallholder cocoa farmers, village nurseries and privately owned nursery farmers across the 15 counties of Liberia. The 30.4-hectares of cocoa seed garden is estimated at US$1.537 million and it shall be located in Beeplay (Buu-Yao District), Nimba County. The Director General at CARI, Dr. Marcus Jones, stated that the seed garden will put an end to the importation of poor quality cocoa seedlings. It is expected to further improve household incomes of smallholder cocoa farmers, and address climate change challenges that confront smallholder cocoa producers, particularly women and youths who are members of Farmers Based Organizations (FBOs).
They are sometimes called zoonotic diseases that animals can carry as harmful germs, such as bacteria, fungi, parasites, and viruses. MoA selected the CAHWs from nine of the 15 counties, and trained for three-week in both theoretical and practical of the basic principles of animal health and production. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), through the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA), supported the training to address zoonotic diseases and animal health in Africa. She described the CAHWs as the frontline animal health service providers to the communities, who play pivotal roles in the animal disease surveillance and response system. The GHSA also supports the human and animal health sectors under the One Health Platform of Liberia to protect, prevent and response to zoonotic diseases.
Monrovia – A lot of blames are floating around in the aftermath of the largest gathering of protesters since the end of Liberia’s brutal civil war. Protest organizers had initially insisted on President Weah receiving the petition but abandoned the issue when the government’s chief spokesperson, Information Minister Lenn Eugene Nagbe that VP Taylor would receive the petition instead. Musa Dean, Justice Minister, Trokon Kpui, Minister of State without Portfolio, the Security and Legal Advisor, Jefferson Karmoh and Cllr. “That COP wasn’t even officially informed that the VP will be sent to get the Petition did not go down well. We also noticed the used of foreign security forces on the day of protest wearing state security uniforms.”Next Course of Action?
June 10, 2019 02:15 UTC
The Liberia National Police confirmed over the weekend that Rep. Kolubah has been charged for allegedly ordering the flogging and torturing of a resident of his district. The police, while performing their statutory duty, came across throwing of stones from the UL students and supporters of Rep. Kolubah causing chaos to peaceful citizens with road blocks. But Rep. Kolubah is not the only lawmaker in the police dragnet for alleged assault of a district resident. He further alleged that Rep. Gray stepped and broke the glass door of his night club where he had run for safety after they started beating on him. Rep. Gray explained that a stander-by tried to intervene by asking Boye to low his voice and calm down but was slapped by Boye for intervening which led to a scuffle between the two.
June 10, 2019 02:03 UTC
LOST IN THE SPECTACLE of it all is the fact that Liberia remains deeply divided along ethnic, political and class lines. BOTH SIDES must continue to work together to ensure that some common ground is reached. THIS IS NO TIME for who said what, when and where or why didn’t COP or President Weah do this, that or the other. LIBERIA CANNOT afford any more moments of uncertainty. This is why President Weah and the Council of Patriots must work toward achieving the common denominator, which is Liberia, a nation full of promise but equally filled with hate; a nation full of hope but forever finding itself teetering on the brinks of uncertainty.
June 10, 2019 02:03 UTC