-LACC’s Anti-Corruption Radar Exposes Shady Deals
-Presidential Axe Hangs Over NPA
-As Pres. Sirleaf Takes Pre-emptive Strike
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf who is under intense criticism for doing little or nothing in the war against corruption since 2006 is appearing tough and uncompromising in the last days of her administration, perhaps to invalidate her critics at the expense of those who might take her for granted and to engage in malpractices for various reasons.
Because former Executive Chairperson of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), Cllr. Frances Johnson Allison, at a news conference on Friday, October 4, 2013, expressed disappointment in the manner and form the Sirleaf regime was then handling the corruption war which, according to some critics, alleged corrupt officials were capitalizing on in their incessant campaign to plunder the meager resources of the State with impunity under the pretext of “no prove or legal evidence” to prosecute perpetrators of corruption.
But As The Public Agenda Reports, it appears the latest strike of Pres. Sirleaf to dangle some officials at the National Port Authority (NPA), including Managing Director, Mrs. Matilda Parker and Mrs. Christina K. Pealay, Comptroller at the NPA on the basis of alleged financial impropriety as reported by the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) depicts the other side of the Liberian leader who declared corruption in 2006 as public enemy and 2015 as vampire and vowed to fight and confront it no matter wherever it exists or by whom it is practiced.
-As Pres. Sirleaf Requests for Extension
-Attributes Drop In Revenue Collection To Ebola
By A. Omaska Mark
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has requested the House of Representatives for an extension to the April 30th deadline for the submission of the 2015 2016 National Budget.
Section 11 of Liberia’s Budget Law states, “To avoid delays in the passage of the budget, the President shall submit the draft budget on or before April 30th of every year.”
The Chairman of the Political Science Department at the African Methodist University, Dr. Felix A. Adesina, has launched the Liberia Institute of Local Government Studies in Monrovia.
Speaking at the ceremony held in the Sinkor district of Monrovia recently, the president and Chief Executive Officer of the institute, Professor Adesina, said the school which currently operates in the Wells Hairston High School building on Mechlin Street, is in the business of training students in the functions and duties of local government administration and management.
-Liberians Remain Safe and Secure
In the wake of the evolving Xenophobic attacks against Africans in South Africa, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs says it has been assured by its Ambassador accredited near Pretoria in South Africa, along with the South African Ambassador accredited near Monrovia, that Liberians living in the that country are safe and secure.
-Pledges Support To Rebuilding Liberia’s Healthcare System
The World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, has pledged the organization’s continued collaboration in support to rebuilding a resilient healthcare system in Liberia.
An Executive Mansion release issued in Monrovia said, the first woman WHO Regional Director for Africa, made the commitment when she paid a courtesy call on President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf at her Foreign Ministry building offices yesterday, Thursday, April 23, 2015.
Liberia has deposited its instrument of ratification of the Arms Trade Treaty, to fulfill its national and international obligation to prevent illicit trade and transfer of Conventional Weapons worldwide.
The Government of Liberia, through the National Legislature in consultations with the relevant agencies, completed the ratification process and deposited same in compliance of the Treaty’s provisions.
Presenting the instrument of ratification on behalf of the government to the UN Treaty Section, Liberia’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Marjon Kamara, said the ratification of the Arms Trade Treaty signifies Liberia’s commitment to global peace and stability.
As the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) continues its planned draw down activities, Liberia’s Defense Minister Brownie J. Samukai has called on the European Union (EU), to provide non-lethal support to the country security sector,
According to Minister Samukai, it is important for the EU to lend logistical support as Liberia’s security sector prepares to play its constitutional role in protecting the country.
The Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini -Zuma, has commended the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the World Bank Group (WBG) for their latest financial support to the fight against the Ebola virus.
According to a press release, a total of $950 million in financial support was confirmed at the World Bank-IMF Spring Meeting held in the United States recently.
The Deputy Chief of Mission and Political Counselor at the Chinese Embassy near Monrovia, Mr. Pang Hanzhao, has stressed the importance of qualified teachers, as a key to the attainment of education quality.
He also noted that the advancement of information communication technology (ICT) provides a more efficient and convenient way of training teachers compared to the traditional training methods.
The President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL), Dr. Randolph A. McClain, has challenged Liberian students to develop interest in the sciences to transform Liberia’s technical sector.
Dr. McClain noted that education is the foundation on which Liberia’s development process can move forward, and that the sciences should be prioritized in schools for the growth and development of the nation.