-Hassan Bility Exposed
-Alhaji Kromah Describes Him “War Actor”
-Leopard Eating Its Own Cub?
The adage that says a ‘small boy can run, but not hide,’ appears to have caught up with a man widely sympathized with at home and in international circles, for the maltreatment meted out against him by former Liberian President Charles McArthur Ghankay Taylor, now serving a fifty years jail sentence in a maximum prison in the United Kingdom for war crimes committed in neighboring Sierra Leone. As Our Staff Reports, information that individuals who played active part during the country’s now ended civil crisis are being identified and singled out to face international justice crimes committed, seem to be causing nervousness amongst former elements of the defunct United Liberation Movement (ULIMO), which was administratively and militarily commanded by University of Liberia’s professor, Alhaji G. V. Kromah.
In reaction to what is being deemed in some quarters in and out of the country as a sinister ongoing campaign by Liberian journalist Hassan Bility of the Global Research and Justice Project, to point identifying fingers at his compatriots who participated in the war and are now residing in several countries in the Diaspora, especially Eurore, the onetime feared rebel leader Gen. Alhaji Kroma, says Mr. Bility is championing equity, whilst his “hands are actually dirty.”
Prof. Kromah’s reaction comes in the wake of the reported arrest of a former ULIMO general, Alieu Kosiah, in Switzerland, which has been blamed on journalist Bility.
-Senate Pro-Tempore Jallah
By A. Omaska Mark
The newly elected President Pro-Tempore of the Liberian Senate says the fate of Liberia rests squarely on the dictates of the Government of the United States of American.
Pro-Tempore Armah Z. Jallah made the assertion yesterday when U.S. Ambassador to Liberia, Debora Malac paid a courtesy call on him at his Capitol Building offices.
-Receives US$130 M From IMF
-Any Reason For Ordinary People To Celebrate?
Although it is still unclear under whose administration Liberia was able to access huge donor support in the name of development between Presidents Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and the late Samuel Kanyan Doe, the two Liberians leaders who are under spotlight in that debate, there are those who believe that the country experienced much infrastructure development during the regime of Mr. Doe as opposed to Madam Sirleaf whose administration is surviving on mere political promises despite colossal donor aid to the country.
As The Public Agenda Reports, although Liberia is advanced in age and endowed with bountiful natural resources as compared to many countries around the world, including Africa, Liberia still lives on begging for handouts as if the country lacks the much needed resources for development after nearly 168 years of existence.
By Charles P. Dennis
Liberian journalists have been called upon to be ethnical in their reporting and ensure that they exhibit all forms of truthfulness.
Addressing a mass gathering of reporters from various media institutions in Monrovia, Press Union of Liberia’s president, Adullai Kamara, said it was necessary that journalists be reminded of the ethical values of the of the noble career they belong to, and do all in their power to live up to the standards and professional norms of the profession, adding that the profession is a noble one and journalists must endeavor to be credible in their reportage, seeking the truth and be independent.
-As Brother’s Brother Foundation Promises More
One of the country’s major underequipped health facilities, Redemption Hospital, Thursday (Feb 26) received medical supplies worth at least US$50,000 to strengthen it meet public health demands.
The donation was made by the Brother’s Brother Foundation, comprising a group of Liberians residing in Florida, United States of America.
The overwhelmed Redemption Hospital is situated on the densely populated Bushrod Island and caters to the health needs of tens of thousands of people monthly. It was where the first Ebola patients died during the second outbreak of the virus in June 2014, and hundreds of others died there 2014, and as an Ebola treatment center was created there.
The Brother’s Brother Foundation said it was moved to help the hospital with the medical supplies because of the crucial role it is playing in saving lives in the midst of daunting challenges.
-Branded As “Misrepresenting”
The National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL), says it attention has been drawn to what it calls “misleading allegations made by Global Witness and carried by FrontPage Africa newspaper, aimed at discrediting the bid round conducted by the Government of Liberia (GoL) and NOCAL, and misrepresenting the otherwise diligent process undertaken by NOCAL and the GoL to put the oil sector on an even keel.”
In a release issued in Monrovia yesterday, NOCAL clarified that the bid round was designed to facilitate rapid investment into Liberia’s oil sector, as well as provide much needed revenue resources to the country, especially at a time when its economy was being adversely affected by various factors, including the significant drops in the prices of key exports such as rubber and iron ore.
Additionally, the bid round sought to encourage the participation of Liberian businesses in the oil sector, promote local businesses, create jobs and skills, and develop Liberian companies that can participate in the upstream hydrocarbon sector, the statement furthered.
The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has announced that a total of 112 marketers, mainly women formally engaged in the sale of bush meat in Liberia, have benefitted from its cash transfer assistance.
The marketers who plied their trade at the Rally Time Market, one of four designated to benefit from the assistance, received US$100 each. Other markets targeted by the initiative are Red-light, Waterside, and Duala.
The cash assistance is to help women in this category, find alternative livelihoods in the wake of the ban placed on the sale of bush meat. According to health authorities, Bush meat is one of the major sources for the rapid spread of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).
Many of these women lost their source of livelihood and are indebted to their suppliers as a result of the ban placed on the commodity by the government. The Government’s ban is part of efforts to reduce the infection rate of the virus.
-Donates Anti-Ebola Materials, Food Items
The Prison Fellowship Liberia (PFL) in collaboration with the United Christian Assembly Church (UCAC) has embarked on the process of supporting Government’s fight against the deadly Ebola virus.
Though the number of reported cases on the virus has reduced considerably according to health authority in the country, the two humanitarian organizations have donated several anti-Ebola preventive materials and food items to communities hit by the virus.
Making the disclosure to this paper in an exclusive interview recently at the offices of the Prison Fellowship Liberia in Congo Town, the Executive Director and head pastor of PFL and UCAC said the donation was made in Montserrado, Grand Cape Mount and Grand Bassa Counties and considered said counties as the most Ebola affected areas.
-Liberians Forced To Surrender To God’s Mercy
-As Another Anti-Ebola Drug Trial Commences
For the second time since the inception of the year 2015, Liberians are again finding themselves being used for the clinical testing of yet another powerful drug, which is being developed as a potential antidote against the hemorrhagic and fast killing virus, Ebola. The disease which was unprecedented in the country prior to March, 2014, has ravished every major fabric, including the population, with thousands dying disgraceful and heartbreaking deaths, and the economy, with hundreds of millions being lost in failed revenue generation expectations. The viciousness of the Ebola epidemic also destroyed the culture and traditional etiquettes of the citizenry to a large extent, which they had practiced before and since the country’s independence in July of 1847.
As The Public Agenda Reports, last month, controversies ensued across the public domain over a Liberian Government’s revelation that the United Kingdom based pharmaceutical company, GlaxoSmithKline’s Chad 3-EBO-Z and Merck and New Link’s rVSV-ZEBO produced drugs were being tested at the Redemption Hospital in Monrovia. Critics of the government condemned the trials, on grounds there had been no prior public pronouncement or awareness regarding potential side effects on persons volunteering to be tested.
-Secures Obama’s Commitment To Liberia’s Economy
In what could eventually turn into a shocking psychological nightmare for critics and detractors of embattled Liberia’s President, Dr. Mrs. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, is her ability to once more charm the respect of United States President Barack Obama, who has pledged to work with the aging female Liberian leader to strengthening the Liberian economy, rebuild infrastructure and accelerating growth her country of nearly five million citizens.
The Liberian Government under Madam Sirleaf, continues to come under widespread criticisms from both at home and in international circles, over its glaring inability or apparent lack of political and managerial will power to lift its citizens from the doldrums of social and economic backwardness, nine years after coming to power in 2005.
There are concerns over how an establishment that boasts of being able to attract billions of dollars in foreign direct investments in the country’s storehouse of natural resources, as well as foreign direct budgetary support can claim all that, and yet majority of its people still continue wallow in below the belt poverty.