Monrovia – A 32-year-old man has been sentenced to six months in jail by the Bushrod Island Magisterial Court for impersonating as an employee of the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC). The LEC reiterates that the arrest and trial of Bridge is a reinforcement of our campaign against electricity theft. The LEC will use the full vigor of the law in dealing with individuals found impersonating as employees of the LEC or engaging in power theft. The public is once again cautioned not to do business with anyone requesting money to connect them to the national electricity grid. The LEC wishes to assure the public of its commitment to increasing access to reliable and affordable electricity throughout the country.
August 01, 2018 00:56 UTC
Montserrado – The low voter turnout in Tuesday’s Senatorial by-election is a threat to Liberia’s young democracy, said Frances Greaves, Chair of the National Civil Society Organization (NCSOCL) Council of Liberia. She further stated that the low turnout is an indication that Liberians do not have a strong desire for democracy. “We are not observing this election because the ECC petitioned the Supreme Court,’’ Joseph said. The NEC did not respond, so the EEC took the matter to the Supreme Court last week. In its petition, Victory of Change asked the high court to determine the constitutionality of the 54th Legislature’s decision to hold the Senatorial by-election on July 31.
August 01, 2018 00:56 UTC
Beijing, China – For the first time since Liberia reestablished diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China (PRC) nearly 15 years ago, the Liberian Embassy in Beijing hosted a diplomatic reception in observance of the country’s 171st Independence Anniversary. Others included members of the diplomatic corps, especially the African missions in China, their spouses; Chinese partners and business executives; the Liberian and student community in China and other well-wishers. “Not only on a bilateral basis, but also through the mechanisms of the Forum on China – African Cooperation (FOCAC) and the ‘Belt and Road Initiative’, China and Liberia can achieve ‘Win-Win’ cooperation,” he pleaded. Those installed for a one-year period included: Charles Gbollie, PhD candidate, Central China Normal University, President; Yamah Joy Barvor King, PhD candidate, China University of Mining and Technology, Vice President; McSimon Prosper Garvlehn, Master’s degree candidate, Tianjin University, Secretary General; Darlington D.W. Dahn, Master’s degree candidate, Beijing Normal University, Financial Secretary and Loretta Teemah Dolo, Master’s degree candidate, China University of Mining and Technology, Treasurer. For once in a long time, Liberians in and around China celebrated their country’s 171st Independence Anniversary that continued into the early morning hours.
August 01, 2018 00:45 UTC
Monrovia – The Government of Liberia and its partners including the World Food Program (WFP) and the World Bank has recommitted their support to the Home-Grown School Feeding (HGSF) program for Liberian schoolchildren. We must take ownership of the home-grown school feeding program. He said a recent United Nations Cost-Benefit Analysis of school meals programs globally showed that every dollar invested in school meals programs generates US$6 in economic return. Speaking further the WFP Regional Director indicated that the National Stakeholders Conference is being held to not just reiterate the well-evidenced benefits of school meals, but to also highlight the evolution of school meals programs in Liberia today. Minister Sonii lauded the government’s partners that are currently providing a meal for school children including the WFP,WFP, Mary’s Meal, ZOA and Save the Children and stressed that the issue of school feeding is more critical now that the government has extended the school hours to 3 pm.
August 01, 2018 00:45 UTC
Monrovia – Polling places in Monrovia have shown a low turnout of voters’ early Tuesday morning. Polls, according to the National Elections Commission (NEC), were opened at 8:00AM but cues were empty as polling staffs were only seen at the entrances of the centers. It was noon when she said low turnout of voters is probably because of the holiday and they are carrying on home chores. Francis Greaves, Chair of the National Civil Society Council of Liberia said the low turnout should serve as a wakeup call to Liberians that the young democracy is under threat. She expressed regret on the low turnout.
July 31, 2018 13:52 UTC
Monrovia – The Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) has named Orange Liberia as its highest domestic tax payer for the fiscal year 2016/2017. The award was presented to the CEO of Orange Liberia Mr. Mamadou Coulibaly on July 27 at a well-attended program held at the Monrovia City Hall. Bright congratulated Orange Liberia and thanked the company for its commitment to supporting development in Liberia. Bright and Commissioner King-Sackie, Orange Liberia’s Chief Executive Officer Mr. Mamadou Coulibaly said that the recognition from the LRA was highly appreciated. He said that Orange Liberia was delighted to have qualified for the award barely a year after entering the Liberian telecommunications market.
July 31, 2018 12:56 UTC
Monrovia – Polling for the senatorial by-election for Bong and Montserrado County began at 8:00 am today with a generally unimpressive turnout so far. Our reporter only saw one voter coming in after nearly 30 minutes of observation. According to him, the poor turnout is the people’s way of expressing their dissatisfaction with the status quo. Money that could be used to improve the lives of us the citizens would likely be used to host another by-election if they win. The senatorial by-election for the two counties came about by the election of President George Weah and Vice President Jewel Howard-Taylor who served as Senators for Montserrado and Bong Counties, respectively prior to winning the 2017 elections.
July 31, 2018 12:56 UTC
Monrovia – Samuel P. Jackson, renowned Liberian economist and Christopher Z. Neyor, global energy expert have presented a 700 million United State Dollar loan proposal to the government of Liberia. The loan is being proposed through Morweh Energy Corporation, a duly organized Liberian corporation. Morweh Energy range of services include work in South Sudan, Angola, Ghana, Nigeria and the African Development Bank. Morweh Energy proposes to facilitate the loan agreement between the Liberian government and a major South American Development Bank. In 2003 at the end of the war, Sam began to aggressively pursue business development interests in Liberia.
July 31, 2018 00:45 UTC
ASSETS DECLARATION is an essential ingredient for the growth of any government serious about the welfare of its people. THIS IS WHY MOST serious serious-minded around the world adopt ethics and anti-corruption laws requiring public officials to declare their assets, income and liabilities. ADDITIONALLY, a strong assets declaration regiment enhances the legitimacy of the government in the eyes of the public and stimulate foreign direct investment. This is why many countries looking to raise foreign aid and assistance take the issue of assets declaration seriously. However, only 43% of countries provide the public with open access to public officials’ financial disclosures.
July 31, 2018 00:45 UTC
Monrovia – A pastor of the St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Monrovia has slammed President George Weah for not working hard enough, warning him that his achievements on the football pitch would do him no further favor at the Executive Mansion. President Weah rose to political prominence on the back of a blissful football career that saw him win the FIFA Player of the Year (now FIFA the Best Award) and the Ballon D’or in 1995. The President has not forgotten his roots after a landslide victory in the 2017 presidential elections to become the first ex-footballer to be elected president of a country. “Playing football does not benefit our country,” he added to a rapturous applause from the audience. The St. Peter’s Lutheran Church Massacre single-most heinous atrocity of the Liberian civil war (1990-2003).
July 31, 2018 00:00 UTC
Citizens of Bong County seem to be faced with the choices they are familiar with as the race is, in the main, between Tokpa and Cole. Tuesday’s by-election in Bong County is a battle of interests, relevance and political survival. Cole traversed many towns and villages, seeking votes of the people of Bong County. His campaign promises have been anchored on the need to elect a senator of the ruling party in Bong County. Marvin Cole, CDCStrength: Cole transversed many towns and villages, seeking the votes of Bong County electorate.
July 30, 2018 23:48 UTC
Monrovia – Two transport unions in Monrovia say they are confused about the recent transportation fares released by the Ministry of Transport (MOT). Report by Bettie K. Johnson-Mbayo, [email protected]The Federation of Road Transport Union in Liberia (FRTUL)- Montserrado region, and the Motorcyclist and tricycle federation claim that the pronouncement is unfair to them, adding that they were not consulted before the fares were released. Comparing the past and present administrations, Kromah said MOT and FRTUL did the fare list together. Kromah said the unions are in the streets appealing to their respective members to resume duty but they (drivers) have refused. Zayzay said the reduction in the transportation fares does not commensurate with petroleum sales.
July 30, 2018 23:15 UTC
The one-day project kickoff workshop is expected to direct the partnership between medica Liberia and UNDP as well as the government of Liberia. Speaking at the workshop, medica Liberia country representative Caroline Brown said the gender strengthening workshop is intended to highlight and discuss the challenges facing the growth of female in security institutions. “We have recognized the gap within the security sector which to a larger extent has excluded the participation and inclusion of women in the security sector. “This workshop is the beginning of a project intended to build capacity of security institutions in gender and security sector reform”, she stated. Medica Liberia (mL) formerly medica mondiale Liberia is a women’s rights organization operating in five counties in Liberia.
July 30, 2018 22:52 UTC
Monrovia – The Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) has recognized and awarded 39 devoted taxpayers for their firm commitment tax payment and meaningfully contributing to the revenue envelope of the country. In the medium Tax Category, ARD TETRA TECH, Aluminum Kassir Inc. and Monroe Chicken got awards for being Most Compliant. Speaking on behalf of the awardees, the Chief Executive Officer of Orange Liberia, Mamadou Coulibaly, thanked the LRA for the recognition. The Orange Liberia CEO said as taxpayers, they will continue playing their respective roles in supporting the government to achieve its development goals. In its median edition in July 2017, the LRA awarded 33 taxpayers in several categories.
July 30, 2018 22:41 UTC
The President, on whose shoulders now this nation must truly be reconciled, has arguably a good resumé toward national reconciliation. But we think, Mr. President you can lead the way for true national reconciliation. MR. PRESIDENT, THIS process must begin with a round table discussion in providing a space for those disenchanted over past issues. The national reconciliation drive can begin with those categories of people. MR. PRESIDENT, MINISTER Tweah and all other stakeholders, be warned that you won’t sit behind your desks and expect to achieve true NATIONAL RECONCILIATION.
July 30, 2018 11:15 UTC