-Confirms Abject Poverty In Liberia
Liberia, a tiny West African Country with a manageable population, is undisputedly endowed with natural resources, but its citizens, particularly ordinary people, are still languishing in the dungeon of extreme excruciating abject poverty perhaps because, successive political regimes, including the current have not created the opportunity for equal distribution of the national wealth.
Although the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf regime introduced what it described as “Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS), perhaps in an attempt to address alarming hardship amongst ordinary citizens which is horribly affecting women and children, critics however maintain that the regime has miserably failed in its attempt to address the issue of poverty in the Country.
Others described the PRS as a Poverty Exacerbation Strategy (PES), because some officials of the regime charged with the responsibility to successfully execute the latest approach saw it as an opportunity to enrich themselves at the detriment of the masses.
However as the Public Agenda Reports, one of the torchbearers, crusaders and key architects of the “failed PRS”, Liberia’s Finance, Planning & Economic Affairs Minister, Amara Konneh, has confirmed that although Liberia has abundance natural resources, its citizens were still languishing in abject poverty.
Finance Minister Vindicates Critics
-Confirms Abject Poverty In Liberia
Coca-Cola Makes Headway
-Launches ‘5by 20’ In Lofa
-Boost Women Empowerment
The Liberia Coca-Cola Bottling Company (LCCBC) is said to be making significant headway in rural communities promoting and buttressing government’s poverty reduction strategy through women empowerment.
Besides full compliance and adherence to its corporate social responsibilities, the Management of the LCCBC recently extended its latest ‘5by 20’ women empowerment program in Lofa County, where it successfully launched the program in the provincial City of Voinjama, Lofa County.
The launching of the women empowerment program in the county, according to the LCCBC Management was prompted by a partnership initiative between the Office of Vice President, Ambassador Joseph N. Boakai and the Company.
Former British Prime Minister Visit Liberia
On a two-day visit to Liberia, the Right Honorable Mr. Tony Blair, former British Prime Minister and Founder and Patron of the Africa Governance Initiative, paid a courtesy visit on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, where they reviewed Liberia’s progress and challenges, and the work of Mr. Blair’s charity organization, AGI, which has been assisting with capacity building in Liberia for four years. The two leaders held a press stakeout, following their tête-à-tête.
In her statement, President Sirleaf said she was once again pleased to honor former Prime Minister Blair who, through his team and with his personal support, has worked with her office to identify goals and achieve development objectives.
Commented the President: “This visit is particularly important to us because, as many of you know, we’ve just completed out budgetary process and we are about to start a major acceleration in our program under the Agenda for Transformation (AfT). For the next four years, we’ll be concentrating on ensuring that we get the results that have been identified in the Agenda: getting our infrastructure fixed; making sure the direct foreign investment that we mobilized turn into operations that will create the jobs; making sure that the laws we have regarding ensuring equity in our system are implemented; tackling youth unemployment, good governance, corruption, etc.
Public Works Minister On Thin Line
-Ellen’s Surprise Visits Are Clear Signs
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Thursday drove to the Ministry of Public Works in an unusual fashion unexpectedly to officials of the Ministry, including Min. Antoinette Weeks and her deputies while they were still absence from work.
The President, perhaps disappointed for the absence of the senior officials of the Ministry, reportedly went to the Compound of the General Service Agency (GSA) where she met GAS Director-General, Mary Broh.
In less than 30 minutes, the Liberian leader according to information, returned to the Ministry and asked for the authorities while they were still on their way to work. But sources at the Ministry told the Public Agenda that Min. Weeks and her deputies misled the President that they when on inspection tour.
140 AFL Recruits To Train In Todee
The Defense Ministry has announced that training of its first batch of new recruits of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) will commence Tuesday, December 12, at the Camp Todee Military Barracks in Todee District, Montserrado County.
The Command Officer –in-Charge, Major General SurajAlao Abdurrahman, disclosed that 140 candidates were selected for the training process.
Major General Abdurrahman said the Todee training is considered special because it is solely funded by the Government of Liberia.
A Defense Ministry press release said the General thanked the Commander-in-Chief of the AFL, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, for providing funding for the training exercise as well as facilitating the welfare of the new AFL.
Court Fines Lawyer Brown For Contempt
Human Rights advocate and lawyer Dempster Brown was Wednesday fined US$150.00 by Criminal Court ‘D’ for making ‘contemptuous statement’ in open court.
The fine is to be paid within 72 hours, Presiding Judge Yusuf Kaba ordered.
He threatened to incarcerate Cllr. Brown at the Monrovia Central Prison for fifty days, if he failed to pay the fine.
Cllr. Brown, who is a member of the defense team in the kidnapping, criminal conspiracy and terrorism case involving a Nigerian national David Safarno, had asked the court to disqualify four jurors on grounds that they confided in him that they were serving as jurors because they wanted money.
Judge Kabbah overruled Cllr. Brown’s submission, but Cllr. Brown insisted that the four jurors be disqualified by the court, otherwise the proceedings will not take place.
Meanwhile, the case has been assigned for hearing on Thursday, December 5, 2013.
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