-“I’m A Man Of Peace”
-Dep. LNP Chief Tells PA Exclusively
Deputy Police Director for Operations, Col. Abraham Kromah, currently finds himself walking on ‘tight ropes’, as the result of what has become a major public talking point, regarding acts of alleged violence against “peaceful citizens” by critics accounts, this time perpetrated against one Victor Johnson who claims that a motor cycle on which he was riding on the morning of Sunday, February 15, 2015 at the intersection of Carey and Newport Streets in Monrovia, was ran into by the official vehicle of the deputy police boss, who was personally aboard, leaving him (Johnson) with a broken leg and other minor bodily injuries.
Narrating his account of what happened on that fateful Sunday morning, Johnson alleged that he was enroot to buy some food for his grandmother, when he and the bike operator encountered Col. Kromah. According to him, the bike operator became paranoid, but he advised the young man to be calm, as the ranking police chief is his friend and would thus understand. But, he furthered, to his surprise, the LNP vehicle however ran into them.
-HoR Suspends Reps. Cooper, Fahnbulleh, Kogar Without Pay
The Liberian Government, including the Legislative Branch, now appears to be bowing to pressure from both at home and abroad, to muster the political and administrative will power for it to get its corridors cleaned up, especially in the face of what critics have described as its failure or inability to punish public officials, found to be involved in alleged acts of financial and moral improprieties. Earlier this week, the Grand Jury of Montserrado County issued a stinging indictment against several past and present officials of the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL), as well as Senate Secretary, Ndaborlor Sengbeh, move political commentators are describing as a demonstrative indication that the government is belatedly ready for face saving. Now, the House of Representatives, some of whose members recently shocked the nation with a rabblerousing display in Chambers, also seem to be putting its feet down to restore public confidence in it. As A. Omaska Mack of our Staff reports, Plenary of the August body yesterday endorsed the report of its Standing Committee on Rules, Order and Administration, which called for immediate strong punishments against those involved in the disgraceful disturbance.
-As MPW Prepares For 2015 Independence Day Celebrations
By Charles P. Dennis & Margaret Jimmy
Public Works Minister Gyude Moore has disclosed that as early as mid-March, members of the Japanese engineering team who were undertaking the Somalia Drive road project, will arrive in the country to conduct assessments and determine the level of work needed to be done, before restarting actual activities on the road, which is expected to begin by the latter part of the month.
According to Minister Moore, the Liberian Government is confident that the Government and people of Japan are committed to their pledge to aid the people of Liberia through infrastructural development, such as constructing roads, bridges and other meaningful development projects.
He stressed that while the Japanese are gearing up to restart the project, his ministry will on early next week, commence some active work on the road as part of efforts aimed at easing the stress that commuters undergo due to the bad condition, and indicated that minor reconditioning on the road, most especially around the Battery Factory area, will be carried out to allow vehicles commute on the road with little difficulty.
The Country Director of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Liberia, Dr. Kamil Kamaludden has reaffirmed the organization’s support to the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) in enhancing its work.
Speaking today when the Executive Chairperson of the LACC, Cllr. James N. Verdier, Jr., paid him a courtesy call to familiarize him with the pending Partners Conference scheduled to take place on March 19, 2015, Dr. Kamaludden said the work of the LACC was unique and critical to good governance and that the UNDP would continue to support the LACC in dealing with the issue of corruption in Liberia.
- US$ 3m Psychological Support Project Launched
- Stakeholders Target 8,000 Beneficiaries
Several thousand Liberians of all ages and societal statuses who have been directly traumatized as a result of the devastating effects of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the country, may very soon began to sigh relief, as the World Bank Group and the Liberian Government, in partnership with the Government of Japan, yesterday launched a new $3 million project to address the psychological effects of the crisis and to promote psychosocial health in the country. The ceremony was held at the World Bank Liberia’s Office.
The project, ‘Supporting Psychosocial Health and Resilience in Liberia,’ is funded by Japan, through the Japanese Social Development Fund (JSDF), a trust fund administered by the World Bank.
With a three years life span, the project, which is expected to reach approximately 18,000 beneficiaries in Montserrado and Margibi Counties, will be implemented by the Carter Center.
-Pres. Sirleaf Selected Co-chair
Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has been invited by the European Union (EU), to co-chair a High Level Conference on Ebola and also serve as spokesperson for the Mano River Union (MRU). The Presidents and Ministers of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Togo, as well as representatives of the African Union Commission, the UN, the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) and the European Union, are also expected to attend.
The Conference will take place at the historic Egmont Palace, Brussels, Belgium, on Tuesday, 3rd March, 2015, and is to be attended by Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of Belgium.
The Regional Mining Coordinator of Lofa, Bong and Nimba Counties, Mr. Sumo Talar, has frowned on illicit miners for what he terms, “their continuous violation of the Liberian mining laws.”
According to Mr. Talar, the Ministry under the administration of Patrick Sendolo, has initiated several reform activities that have brought tremendous changes to the mining sector, warning that as such, anyone caught in illicit mining activities will face the full penalties as required by the mining law.
Nimba County Health Officer (CHO) Dr. Collins Boah, has called on authorities to revamp Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs) across the county to ensure that they are prepared to combat future outbreaks of the virus.
“Studies surrounding the virus have proven possible recurrence of the epidemic as experienced by the Ugandans in 2000, 2001, 2007 and 2011,” Dr. Boah noted.
AUTHORITATIVE LOCAL AND international reports of significant gains made in the fight against the Ebola Virus Disease onslaught in the West African Sub-region, including Liberia, which ravished the already struggling economies, as well as the human and socio-cultural fabrics of the three most affected countries, are welcoming.
-Nimba Caucus Dismisses Acting PMC Chair
The Nimba County Legislative Caucus has dismissed the Treasurer and acting Chairman of the county’s Project Management Committee (PMC), Eddie Z. Tenwah, for allegedly extortion of money from the Bahn Health Center and Bahn market women.
The caucus took the decision after conducting an inquiry into the allegation at the third session of the County Council Sitting held in the Tubman Hall in Sanniquellie at the weekend.
Tenwah was accused of allegedly collecting US$7,000 and L$22,000 from the Bahn Health Center and the market women respectively for the grading of the roads leading to their facilities.
During the hearing, Tenwah admitted receiving the amounts from the Bahn market women to fuel one of the yellow machines to grade the Bahn Public Market facility, but said the decision was the community’s and not based on any request or intimidation from his office.