Monrovia – The Mayor of Monrovia Jefferson T. Koijee has won the Face of Trek Africa 2018 award of Excellence. Mayor Koijee now becomes African Youth Role Model Personality of 2018. Face Trek Africa is an annual award designed to recognize the contributions of potential youth leaders around Africa. The selection of Mayor Koijee follows a year of thorough vetting exercise of Twenty three ( 23) nominees from various African countries. The award ceremony took place at the end of Trek Africa 2018 youth conference on Sunday, July 22, 2018 in Ekejah City, Lagos, Nigeria.
July 27, 2018 20:26 UTC
Monrovia – The General Auditing Commission (GAC) says it has received the declaration of personal interests, income, assets and liabilities forms from President George M. Weah, on Wednesday, July 25, 2018, at 6:05 PM. The submission of the personal interests, income, assets and liabilities forms by President Weah is in fulfillment of Section 10.2 of the Code of Conduct which calls on public officials of the Executive Branch of Government to declare their personal interests, income, assets and liabilities to the General Auditing Commission. In line with the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the GAC and the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission signed on October 6, 2016, the GAC will forward to the LACC the President’s Declaration and all other declarations submitted to the GAC. The GAC calls on all Cabinet Ministers, Public Officials and Employees of Government involved in making decisions affecting contracting, tendering or procurement, and issuance of licenses of various types to declare their income, assets and liabilities. The declaration of personal interests, income, assets and liabilities by public officials is intended to enhance accountability and transparency, curtail corruption and acquisition of illicit wealth and to increase public confidence and trust in our governance system.
July 27, 2018 11:48 UTC
Monrovia – In its 8th year, the Golden Image Award (GIA) has now undoubtedly become Liberia’s platform of distinguished recognitions. For instance, the addition of about a dozen international awardees at this year’s event far exceeds previous events on similar platforms in our country. But you know that such an initiative is bound to go afar when a seven-month old President stamps his approval on it. At the national front, the City Hall’s luminous event proved more of a post-electoral reconciliatory function. In that way, the Traditional Queen and Liberia’s Cultural Ambassador who has been recognizing the contributions of others would have had herself honored.
July 27, 2018 09:11 UTC
According to a dispatch from Abuja, the training, which brought together current and active diplomats from around the continent, was organized by the Zimbabwe Diplomatic Institute in Harare. It was entitled “Diplomacy and Protocol Workshop for the 21st Century.”The training covered several topics in the field of diplomacy including International Diplomacy, State and Social Protocol, Conference Diplomacy, International Business and Social Etiquette, Professional Grooming and Deportment, Diplomatic Practice, Diplomacy and Statecraft, Professional and Personal Branding, etc. The overall objective of the training was to give active diplomats up to date and sufficient knowledge in 21st century diplomacy. This is the third of such trainings in the last eight months that Mr. Spencer has participated in. When we asked Mr. Spencer who is sponsoring these trainings when our government is facing financial constraints, he was reluctant to say that these trainings are all self-sponsored.
July 21, 2018 22:56 UTC
“The President told us that since he assumed office in January 2018, the Liberian Dollar has depreciated by 25 percent. The opposition bloc underscored the need for serious policy responses that would stimulate economic growth and roll back inflation. Alternative Economic SolutionsThe opposition parties believe rather than looking at short-term fixes to the economy, it would be necessary to consider policy options that can produce immediate positive results while simultaneously addressing long-term structural impediments to growth and development. The opposition further underscored the need to implement reforms that would make it easy to move goods in and out of the ports. Cummings, however, noted that implementing these suggestions would require the political will and technical and technical know-how.
July 20, 2018 14:06 UTC
Monrovia – There is confusion on the currency market in Liberia; at the moment it is unknown what exchange rate is being used to exchange U.S. dollar for Liberian dollar. The Central Bank of Liberia (CBL), commercial banks and operators of forex bureaus all use self-determined rates. The exchange rate also varies in the various commercial banks. They accused the Central Bank of failing to announce a new exchange rate since holding a consultative meeting with them on Wednesday. He has also announced the introduction of licensing requirements for all foreign exchange bureau.
July 20, 2018 02:37 UTC
The Election Coordinating Committee (ECC), a pro-democracy group and not-for-profit organization, filed the petition on Wednesday, July 18, arguing that June 26, 2018 joint resolution adopted by the Legislature and the Executive is unconstitutional. The senatorial by-election became necessary after the election of President George Weah and Vice President Jewel Howard-Taylor, who served as Senators for Montserrado and Bong Counties, respectively. Per the Constitution, the by-election was supposed to be conducted in March this year [90 days after the National Elections Commission was informed by the Legislature of the vacancies]. Article 1 of the Constitution says: “All power is inherent in the people. All free governments are instituted by their authority and reform the same when their safety and happiness so require.
July 20, 2018 02:35 UTC
“Anyone who obstructs the collection of the road fund whether you in the Executive, Judiciary and Legislature, you will be punished,” he emphasized. Chambers: “We will not compromise in collecting money to support our budget. “We will ensure that everyone involved will pay the road fund no matter what. We have had meetings with people responsible; they will pay,” President Weah stressed. In the Writ of Prohibition, Justice Ja’neh also instructed the respondent (MFDP, LPRC, and MPW) to stay all further actions, and the parties are ordered to return to status quo ante.
July 20, 2018 02:25 UTC
Ganta, Nimba County – Over a hundred aggrieved workers of the Project Implementing Committee are demanding their nine months’ salary arrears and other benefits they are claiming the county administration owes them. Tarr said in 2012 they signed a contract with the county’s Project Implementing Committee but have since not been consider for full-time employment. According to three aggrieved workers, some of the aggrieved contractors are paid US$320 and others are paid US$400. The aggrieved PMC workers are now threatening to stay away from work until their salaries are paid by the county administration. “If they want their jobs let them get it but we need our pay,” the aggrieved workers disclosed.
July 20, 2018 02:03 UTC
Monrovia – President George Weah Thursday, July 19, admonished maintenance staffs at the Capitol Building to ensure that the bathrooms in the building are kept clean and tidy every day. Report by Henry Karmo, [email protected]President Weah, himself a former Senator, made the plead Thursday when he dedicated the newly constructed annexes of the Capitol Building. Blamoh Nelson, founding Chairman of the Joint Modernization Committee, Members of the 52nd and 53rd Legislatures, amongst others. BackgroundIn their determination to make the Liberian Legislature 21st century compliant, lawmakers of the 52nd Legislature evolved a Modernization Plan. While all five pillars are vital to the workings of the Legislature including the three cardinal functions of representation, lawmaking and oversight, improved working condition at the Legislature has been of troubling concern.
July 20, 2018 01:52 UTC
Monrovia – FrontPageAfrica has observed that Vice President of Liberia’s staffers have turned the office into a business ground. Report by Henry Karmo, [email protected]According to our reporter, who also went to ascertain for himself what this newspaper had been told, observed that staffers in the Office of Vice President Jewel C. Howard-Taylor were seen engaging in petite trading during normal working hours. When contacted, Mr. Solomon Ware, Director of Communications in the Office of the Vice President, told our reporter that he had no knowledge about such activity ongoing in the Office of the Vice President. Until you can identify the individuals you purchased such items from or the name them, I cannot speak to that, Sir,” Ware told our reporter. This newspaper couldn’t establish whether or not Vice President Taylor is in the know of what is currently taking place within her office.
July 20, 2018 01:51 UTC
Tel Aviv – A Liberian student in Israel has urged his fellow compatriots, who desire to pursue further studies abroad to consider the State of Israel as a priority option. Prince M. Korvah, a former President of the Federation of Liberian Youth, is currently pursuing the International Master’s program in Security and Diplomacy at Tel Aviv University (TAU), Israel’s largest academic institution. In a dispatch from Israel, Korvah vouched for the quality of the educational standards at TAU, an institution which comprises nine faculties, 106 departments and 90 research institutes and is consistently ranked as one of the top institutions of higher learning worldwide. It is headed by Prof. Dr. Azar Gat, a renowned academician and author. It can be recalled that Liberia was one of only two African nations that voted at the UN in 1947 in favor of Israel’s independence.
July 20, 2018 01:30 UTC
Totota, Bong County – Campaigns for Bong County’s July 31 by-election have entered the homestretch, and with some 11 days to the polls, politicians of the centrally located county are currently engaged in last-minute efforts to woo voters. He will also visit Fuamah District in Lower Bong County. “July 31 is the day of change, let us keep marching to a better Bong County where there would be justice for the people of Lower Bong County,” said Gbilah at a campaign in Sanoyea. “This is time that we as citizens of Lower Bong demonstrate our desire for a county status by voting for me. It would be sad if I don’t get the overwhelming support from the people here in Lower Bong,” he said.
July 20, 2018 01:07 UTC
“The victims need de-orientation because their doctrine so far is about mental orientation so we need program that will deprogram them,” he said. He disclosed that he is also a victim after his nephew became a member of the Caldwell branch of the church. He said he and other families involved were not taking it lightly as they feel that the “strange church” devalues education and family value.”Rev. Degorl further told this newspaper that the church members also told them that they are not subject to anybody to clarify anything and they are an independent group. According to him, apparently, because the police couldn’t understand them, they (police) turned them (strange church) over to the Liberia Council of Churches (LCC) and LFFGM, because they are two large Christian religious groups.
July 20, 2018 00:56 UTC
Lois C. Brutus, has applauded the international community for establishing the United Nations Mission to Liberia (UNMIL), which is recorded historically as one of the most successful peacekeeping missions in the world. The program was organized around the three former Mano River Basin peacekeeping missions of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Cote d’Ivoire, whose respective mandates have successfully ended. The Liberian envoy stated that UNMIL’s success was possible because of the full support given the UN by the international community. Chairman Royce, who played a critical role regarding U.S. engagement to end Liberia’s civil crises, said having more women in peacekeeping is important to ensure the success of peacekeeping missions. Also in remarks, Mr. Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for UN Peacekeeping, expressed the need to continue to strengthen regional, sub-regional and international partnerships to ensure a successful peacekeeping mission.
July 20, 2018 00:11 UTC