Quote: Hunger makes monkey eat pepper.
Port Truckers Association Files Formal Complaints Against World Food Program (WFP) with Relevant Government of Liberia Ministries.
Monrovia, December 18, 2014--
The Port Truckers Association has filed formal complaints with the National Port Authority (NPA), Ministry of Labor, Ministry of Commerce and the Ministry of Transportation seeking the immediate intervention of those regulatory entities in investigating a contract entered into between the World Food Program, Conakry Office, and a private Guinean Company to lease 29 trucks operated by Guinean nationals to come and work here in Liberia. The contract is valued at US$ 240,000.00 per month with an annual value of US$ 2,880,000.00 should it be extended to a year. At present, all 29 trucks under this contract are parked at the Samuel K. Doe Sports Stadium Complex awaiting clearance by the Bureau of Customs and Excise.
The Port truckers Association, since September 2014, has been diligently working upon request with all major entities providing humanitarian assistance in Liberia including the US Army and WFP. The PTA has made over 2,500 trips all across Liberia with over 100 member trucks delivering relief supplies, medical equipment, PPEs, containers, and much more to over twenty Ebola Treatment Centers, and has done so without any major incidents. Our work has continued to receive praise and on October 1, 2014 we were awarded a formal contract with a US Logistics firm to assist in the movement of its humanitarian supplies across Liberia. Full story...
Hope for an Ebola-Free and Strong Liberia in 2015
Jones Nhinson Williams, New Liberia Foundation
The first case of Ebola reported in Liberia this past March was the start of a devastating chapter in our country's history. However, we are seeing glimmers of hope as we turn to 2015, with the rate of infection beginning to show signs of slowing in Liberia. In the face of this deadly crisis, the senatorial elections are moving forward this Saturday, and with it I'm optimistic that we can start the New Year on the right path to a peaceful, strong democracy and a nation free of Ebola. Full story...
United Nations Secretary General Pays Official Visit To Liberia
Monrovia, Thursday, December 18, 2014: The United Nations Secretary General, His Excellency Mr. BAN Ki-moon arrives in Liberia Friday morning, December 19, 2014 for a one day official visit.
The UN Secretary General is leading an 18-member delegation which includes Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization.
While in Liberia, the UN Secretary General and delegation will meet with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and other high officials of government.
A Foreign Ministry release says the delegation will participate in an Incident Management System (IMS) meeting at Monrovia City Hall, and hold a high level meeting with H.E President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and other high Government officials at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs which will be followed by a Press Stakeout in the Foyer of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Mr. BAN Ki-moon and delegation will also hold meeting with the United Nations Country Team in Liberia at the Pan African Plaza, and make a brief stop at the Monrovia Medical Unit (MMU), Charlesville near the Roberts International Airport (RIA).
Third Regular Session of the 53rd National Legislature Extended By One Week
Monrovia, Monday, December 15, 2014: The Third Regular Session of the 53rd Legislature of the Republic of Liberia has been extended for an additional one (1) week beginning on Saturday, December 13, 2014 and ending on Friday, December 19, 2014.
The one-week extension of the legislative session was effected through a Proclamation issued by the President of Liberia, H. E. Mrs. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
According to a Foreign Ministry Release, the Presidential Proclamation was issued upon receipt today by the President of a certificate signed by more than one-fourth (the Constitutional minimum) of the total membership of each House of the National Legislature in line with Article 32 (b) of the Liberian Constitution.
Article 32 (b) of the Liberian Constitution requires that "when the extension or call is at the request of the Legislature (as is the case in this situation), the Proclamation shall be issued not later than forty-eight hours after receipt of the certificate by the President."
Liberia court rejects petition to halt Senate vote over Ebola
MONROVIA (Reuters) - Liberia's Supreme Court on Saturday ruled that Senate elections in the West African nation should go ahead, rejecting a petition to suspend the vote until an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus is brought under control.
The country's highest court suspended campaigning for the planned Dec. 16 vote last month while it considered the petition from a group that included some former government officials and political party representatives. Full story...
Applauding Government amid the Signing cum Sealing of the Deal for the Construction of the Ganta – Yekepa Road
The Government of Liberia under the Presidency of Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has again come to fulfill as promised to the people. Surely, the government had given its word that it would build roads, schools, hospitals, restore electricity and revamp social services across the nation. Those promises were incensed by the obtaining challenges after the most difficult moment in our country’s history.
True to fulfilling its commitment to the people, the government embarked on an aggressive infrastructure development sojourn to meet the demands of the population. The time had indeed come to keep the promise and no stone was left unturned to achieve what had become a social contract between the government and the citizens. Full story...
Pulitzer-winning photojournalist dies in Liberia
WASHINGTON (AP) — Photojournalist Michel du Cille, a three-time Pulitzer Prize winner who recently captured compelling images of Ebola patients and their caretakers, died in Liberia while on assignment for The Washington Post. He was 58.
Liberian president: Help needed to stamp out Ebola
WASHINGTON (AP) — Liberia is making progress against Ebola but stamping out the final cases so the epidemic doesn't flare up again will be difficult, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf told U.S. lawmakers Wednesday.
Guest Commentary in Defense of The President’s Executive Order No. 65
By: The Department of Public Affairs – Executive Mansion
The Beauty of our democratic system enables the free, fair, open and frank exchange of ideas that either favor or go against the government of the day. Lest we forget that the government duly elected by the people through a democratic process owes it to all and sundry in order to safeguard the public trust, we are doomed. As a people we cannot think of surviving the doomsday prophesy because it is not a recipe of national unity and renewal.
Evidently, many of the critics have begun to misread the intent and purposes of Executive Order No 65 without looking at the bigger picture. The bigger picture; we must all understand engrosses our totality as one people and one nation indivisible with liberty and justice for all. Full story...
IFC Supports GT Bank Liberia to Boost Liquidity and Trade in Liberia
Monrovia, Liberia. December 8, 2014 - IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, announced an agreement with GT Bank Liberia to provide a US$7.5 million liquidity facility. The facility will support the importation of basic goods, including energy, food and agricultural commodities, and other manufacturing goods that will help strengthen the economy following the Ebola crisis.
The Ebola Emergency Liquidity Facility is a rapid response facility that combines working capital and trade support, to provide US dollar liquidity that will finance import of basic goods in Liberia. This IFC initiative is part of the World Bank Group's broad effort to provide support during the Ebola epidemic and prepare for economic recovery in the countries most affected by the crisis. Full story...
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity recognizes V.P. Boakai and John T. Woods contributions
The charity group Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity has bestowed honors on Vice President Joseph N. Boakai and University of Liberia’s Forestry and Agriculture Department chairman, John T. Woods for their contributions to building the Liberian society.
This honor of recognition was carried out on December 4, 2014 at the Monrovia City Hall during celebration of the organization’s 108 years of existence. Full story...
Liberia court lifts order suspending election campaign due to Ebola
MONROVIA (Reuters) - Liberia's Supreme Court on Sunday lifted a government order suspending campaigning in and around the capital for next week's Senate election imposed on the grounds that electioneering risks spreading the Ebola virus. Liberia is the country hardest hit by the epidemic and has recorded more than 3,000 deaths out of a total from Liberia, Sierra Leone. Full Story...