-Reports US$305M Deficit
By Charles P. Dennis
Before the deadly Ebola crisis hit Liberia, the country was already going through unprecedented appalling economic crisis, which exacerbated hardship amongst ordinary people and government could not even settle its domestic debts, let alone to fund development projects across the country.
But the Ebola crisis which critics long predicted would be used by the regime to cover up its failure has now become the alibi to convince donor communities to woo supports to the country.
Finance and Development Planning Minister, Amara Konneh earlier predicted another budget shortfall for the 2014/20145 fiscal year long before the outbreak of the Ebola virus and, Liberians were bracing themselves to meet the challenges, after the regime has reported two or three budget shortfalls uninterruptedly.
-Can He Succeed To Cleanse His Name?
-Admits Having No Biological Children
Election times everywhere, mainly in a politically exciting and volatile ambiance are peculiar and very interesting times that afford electorate the opportunity to hear deep and secrete things about individuals who raised their hands to contest in elections.
Things that have been rumored for long time about those seeking political jobs especially, elected posts, whether true or false, are brought to the public to confront the accused and hear their side of the story.
As The Public Agenda Reports, one of the critical issues that would not be suppressed by anyone but highlighted always during this special senatorial race, and which every candidate would have to address, is the creeping culture of ‘gay and lesbianism’ (same sex marriage) into the Liberian society, besides corruption, women and children, as well as other related developmental, political and social issues.
By A. Omaska Mark
After several months of scrutiny of the Draft 2014/15 National Budget, the House of Representatives has finally passed the instrument into law, with total revenue adjustment of US$660, 236,000.
The draft budget, which was submitted to the Legislature by the Executive Branch of the Liberian Government last April, has been stocked in the House, reportedly undergoing scrutiny by the law makers.
-Rep. George-Francis Asserts
By Eugene K. Myers
The Montserrrado County Women’s Legislative Caucus, through its chair, Representative Josephine George-Francis, yesterday, presented a total of 20 female Senatorial Candidates to the general public, highlighting the official start of campaign activities leading to the controversial December16, 2014 Mid-term Senatorial election in the country.
Presentation of the female senatorial hopefuls, Rep. Francis appealed to women groups and their male counterparts around the country, to vote for them in their respective counties, because according to her, “the ‘the world has changed.”
The World Bank Group’s Board of Executive Directors has approved a US$285 million grant to finance Ebola-containment efforts underway in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, as well as to help communities in the three countries cope with the socio-economic impact of the crisis and rebuild and strengthen essential health services. The grant is part of the nearly US$1 billion previously announced by the World Bank Group for the countries hardest hit by the Ebola crisis.
The grant provides additional financing to the Ebola Emergency Response Project approved by the WBG’s Board on September 16, 2014, including US$72 million for Guinea, US$115 million for Liberia and US$98 million for Sierra Leone, the three countries most-affected by Ebola.
Today’s announcement brings the total financing approved so far from the World Bank Group’s International Development Association (IDA)* Crisis Response Window (CRW) for the Ebola response to US$390 million. The CRW is designed to help low-income IDA countries recover from severe disasters and crises.
-Sympathize With Ebola Victims Relatives
The President of the ECOWAS Commission, Kadré Désiré Ouédraogo, has expressed sympathy and condolences to victims of the Ebola virus and their families, and stressed that all institutions of the sub-regional organization were fully behind the affected countries.
“ECOWAS will do its best to help address the current Ebola crisis,” Ouédraogo assured the grieving families, adding, “let me pay a special tribute to you Madam President, for your country’s courageous fight against the further spread of the Ebola virus disease.”
He said that “ECOWAS stands ready to collaborate with your government, the UN System and all partners for an effective and efficient response to the Ebola outbreak.”
-Over Low Patients Intake At ETUs
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has expressed delight that most Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs) around Monrovia are experiencing a decline in patient intake.
She, however, warned Liberians to continue to follow the measures outlined by health authorities to break the transmission of the disease, as there are still hotspots and pockets in communities.
“I feel very good. The people are working well – doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers – they are all very vigilant and very efficient; more importantly, most of the ETUs don’t have patients,” the visibly elated Liberian leader told journalists.
According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf made the statement following a tour of several ETUs around Monrovia to assess conditions there, including constraints and to thank healthcare workers, partners, and volunteers for their services to the country, especially in the fight against the Ebola virus.
-As Budget Passes Soon
The President Pro-Tempore of the Liberian Senate, Gbehzongar Findley, has assured that the 2014/2015 National Budget will be passed into law within the next two weeks.
Speaking at his regular monthly press conference at the Capitol Building Tuesday, Findley revealed that with the lifting of the State of Emergency, it is no longer prudent for the government to operate without a budget.
The Government of Liberia has ordered all beaches operating across the country closed on November 29.
November 29 is the birth anniversary of Liberia’s18th and longest serving president, William V.S. Tubman, which is observed as a national holiday.
Traditionally, Liberians crowd the beaches and other entertainment places to celebrate the day.
-Angie Brooks Center Official Urges
The Coordinator of the Angie Brooks International Center (ABIC), Yvette Chesson-Wureh, has underscored the need to empower market women to combat Ebola in market places.
According to MadamWureh, market women should be trained in spreading Ebola preventive messages at their various market places, adding, “it will help eradicate the virus 100 percent from Liberia.”