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Police Abuses Power

LNP Boss Chris Massaquoi
-Takes Undue Advantage Of Female Journalist
 The history of Liberia’s state security agencies, including the Liberia National Police (LNP) is replete with the culture of disgusting human rights violation and indiscriminate use of excessive force against peaceful citizens, often with impunity. 
However, following the end of the Country’s devastating civil war, the international community pumped in millions of offshore money to transform Liberia’s security sector to reflect and conform to internationally acceptable standard, but, it appears the international effort has not generated the much desired results as ordinary peaceful citizens, including journalists continue to excruciatingly endure brutality and other forms of maltreatment in the hands of power-intoxicated state security personnel in the name of doing their work. 
“Every year, nearly every month and week or day, this history has not significantly changed; it has become the culture of the police officers to take undue advantage of peaceful Liberians, because they have power, but using the power wrongly is unacceptable under Liberian laws,” Jackie Davis observes.
 However, as evidence of Madam Davis’ observation, the police have added another bad record to its already poor human rights history by reportedly taking unnecessary advantage over a Liberian female journalist, Victoria Wesseh. 

Coca-Cola Boosts Liberia’s Education Sector

LCCBC’s Country Manger, Mr. Seth Adu-Baah
-Signs MOU With AMEU Today 
As part of its unbending Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), the Liberia Coca-Cola Bottling Company (LCCBC) is introducing a new dynamism aimed at adding value to Liberia’s educational sector.
The LCCBC Management is expected to sign a major Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) today, April 16, 2014, with the authority of the African Methodist Episcopal University (AMEU) for the establishment of an institution for Innovation at the AMEU.
LCCBC’s Country Manger, Mr. Seth Adu-Baah and Dr. Joseph T. Isaac, President of the AMEU, are expected to sign on behalf of their respective institutions, while representatives of both entities would also grace the occasion which will be held at the premises of the industrial site in Paynesville by 11: am.

First Post-War Brain Surgery

-Hope For Liberians? 
It appears the waiting period is over for Liberians; particularly those who have been suffering from various brain related diseases.
Since the end of the civil conflict in Liberia, nothing had been heard of concerning the performing of brain surgery in the country.
But with the aid of a team of neurosurgeons from the Korle-Bu Neuroscience Foundation, based in the United States and Canada, the first post-war brain surgery in Liberia was performed at the Jackson F. Doe Memorial Regional referral Hospital in Tappita, Nimba County.
Breaking the news to reporters recently, the Medical Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Hospital, Dr. Francis Nah Kateh, revealed that the beneficiary of the first post-war brain surgery in the country was a young child who had over the years suffered the trauma of brain effect.
Dr. Kateh said, the operation would not have been possible without the effort of the team of brain experts from the West who provided most of the equipment and set up the facility for the operation.

Min. Konneh Addresses Panel On Fragile States

Finance Minister, Amara Konneh
-Says Africa Needs Inclusive Transformation To Rebuild
Liberia’s Finance Minister, Amara Konneh has addressed the high-level panel on fragile states recently in Washington. A dispatch from the USA, quotes Min. Konneh as saying that in order for countries to build the resilience to combat fragility, Africa needed a transformation, based on inclusive growth for its people. 
At the Thursday’s World Bank high-level panel meeting on fragile states, Min.  Konneh noted that improved management of natural resource wealth, robust and effective responses to youth unemployment, urbanization, and climate change, were Africa’s  best hope of tackling fragility and economic development.
Min. Konneh who represented President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, at the Meeting stressed the need for a new paradigm of partnership going beyond the Millennium Development Goals, one that stresses shared values, ownership, and national responsibility.
According to him, the consolidation of peace and stability in any country was intimately linked to efforts that spur sustainable economic development and inclusive growth. “A clear example of the peace dividend can be seen in the positive transformation of Africa in the last decade,” he stated.

LACE Launches US$235,396. 85 Projects

Rep. Tokpah and county officials at the groundbreaking ceremony at the Sanniquelle High School
The Liberia Agency for Community Empowerment (LACE) has launched construction works for three school annexes and a market hall valued at US$235,396.85 under the third phase of the Government of Liberia funded Legislative Support Project in Nimba County.
LACE Acting Executive Director, Madam Marian D. Varfley appealed to the government,  especially the Ministry of Finance to ensure that when request for payment is made for contractors from the escrow account, the process should be expedited so that unnecessary delay will not hinder the implementation of the projects.
“We’re calling on the contractors, Madam Varfley averred, to work hard and to take note of the contract duration and warned that unnecessary delays could cause the termination of their contracts.” A dispatch from LACE says.
 Madam Varfley disclosed that the works are being pre-financed based upon the satisfactory completion of a milestones.
She assured members of the National Legislature and the Executive that if given the resources, LACE along with contractors will implement the Legislative Support social infrastructure projects nationwide.

US Ambassador Launches Farm-To-Market Road Project

US Amb. Deborah Malac and Government officials at the officially launching of Bahn-Payee-Zuoplay ‘feeder road’
United States Ambassador accredited to Liberia, Deborah Malac has officially launched construction of a ‘feeder road’ from Bahn-Payee-Zuoplay, in Nimba County, describing the groundbreaking ceremony as the beginning of a major commitment by the US Government to support farm-to-market road rehabilitation in Liberia.
Other officials, including Public Works Minister, Dr. Antoinette Weeks, and farmers  reportedly graced the occasion  to mark the start of the road rehabilitation in Nimba County.
Malac said: “Between now and 2018, we intend to rehabilitate up to 500 kilometers of roads.  These are farm-to-market roads that will connect agriculture production to commercial centers, helping to keep Liberians fed, and will also connect people to hospitals, schools, and communities.”
She highlighted the importance of the project, saying it would make travel easier for local residents. “We are partnering with Liberian businesses to do so – these are Liberian roads rehabilitated by Liberian firms for Liberian development. I am happy to recognize 21st Century Engineering, which won the contract for Nimba County and is here today for this ceremony.”

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