-As AFL Gets Arms Marking Machine
-But Can Liberians Trust Their National Security?
Mistrust in the current Liberian National Security setup, restructured and retrained by the United Nations Missions in Liberia (UNMIL), with financial and technical support from major staffs contributing countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, People’s republic of China and the federal republic of Nigeria, among others, has continues to escalate by the day, especially, with citizens openly expressing apprehension and uncertainty over what could happen in the now and not too distant future, as the UN’s mission continues its gradual drawdown from the country. As the Public Agenda Reports, as if the bloodshed which has characterized the relationship and engagements between citizens and various national security organization, principally the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) and the Liberia National Police (LNP) in the immediate few years, with 2014 and 2015 being no exceptions, there are genuine concerns about the maintenance of the fragile peace, which the country has enjoyed since the restoration of law and order, as well as democratic national participation.
-China Congratulates Liberia
Chinese President Xi Jinping has congratulated President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and the Government and People of Liberia for the success scored against the deadly Ebola Virus Disease, following the declaration from the World Health Organization that Liberia is Ebola free.
In the message to his Liberian counterpart, President Jinping on behalf of the Government and People of the People’s Republic of China extended heartfelt congratulations to the Liberian leader and added that under the dynamic leadership of President Johnson Sirleaf the Government and People of Liberia spared no efforts to fight against and finally eradicated the Ebola Virus Disease.
The Ministry of Health & Social Welfare (MoH), on Tuesday, May 19, commenced back pay hazard payments for the months of Oct-Dec 2014 to at least 1,587 routine healthcare workers in 13 of Liberia’s 15 counties.
With support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), four Teams comprising personnel of the County Health Team (CHT), Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP), Ministry of Health and a bank staff have been deployed to carry out the payments across the targeted counties.
The Federal Government ofNigeria celebrated the fortieth anniversary of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)Monday at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Abuja by paying homage to the founding fathers and reflecting on the achievements and challenges of the regional body over the past four decades.
According to a dispatch from the Liberian Embassy in Abuja, Nigeria, the event, whose theme was “Nigeria, ECOWAS Celebrating The Economics of Unity,” brought together an array of former Nigerian luminaries, including one of the founding fathers of ECOWAS, former Nigerian Head of State GeneralYakubu Gowon, senior government officials of the Nigerian Government, officials of ECOWAS and members of the Diplomatic Corps.
Liberia’s Foreign Minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan, has been highlighting the political, social and economic transformation the African continent is undergoing in a statement to mark the celebrations of Africa Day popularly known in Liberia as African Liberation Day. Minister Ngafuan highlighted the strides the continent is making in democracy, governance and women rights among others.
-Receives Standing Ovation For Defeating Ebola
President Ellen Johnson has told the high-level panel discussion that beyond the leadership provided by the Government of Liberia and help from the international community, community ownership and participation was critical to containing the further spread of the Ebola virus disease that had ravaged the country.
The Public Procurement and Concessions Commission (PPCC) has established a Vendors Register aimed at ensuring efficiency in public procurement, enhancing the level of participation of businesses in government procurement, and facilitating the implementation of the Small Business Act legislated to promote the growth of Liberian-owned businesses.
-Wants Pres. Sirleaf Withdraw Accused Nominees
By A. Omaska Mark
A stalwart of the ruling Unity Party (UP), Nimba County District #7 Representative Worlea Saywah Dunah, is calling on President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf to immediately withdraw the nomination of several individuals who have been implicated in several reports into acts of financial and administrative malpractices by the Liberia Anti Corruption Commission and its counterpart, the General Auditing Commission.
-Rep. Joseph Begins Distribution of Medical Supplies
By A. Omaska Mark
As the Liberian Government and people begin the tedious task of shaking off the ashes of an unprecedented deadly attack of the hemorrhagic fever Ebola, which for nearly nine months, heavily affected every fabric of the country, leaving more than forty hundred persons dead, including scores of medical and health workers, as well as hundreds of millions lost in revenue, the man who has come to be described both at home and abroad as Liberia’s, perhaps, most famous frontline soldier in the all-out fight to expel the by then fast spreading disease, Montserrado County District #13 Representative Saah H. Joseph, has embarked on an ambitious distribution of assorted medical supplies to hospitals and health centers, worth over one million United States dollars (US$1m), weeks after the country was declared free of the virus by the United Nations World Health Organization, (WHO).
-Rep. Youngblood Embarks On US$ 68,000 Bridge Construction
By A. Omaska Mark
Montserrado County District #9 Rep. Munah Pelham-Youngblood has broken grounds for the construction of a modern bridge, linking the New Matadi Estate to Fredrick Island and on to 12th Street, Sinkor in Monrovia, which according to her, is in line with the US$73m intended to directly impact development projects in the country’s 73 Electoral Districts, as was first proposed by House Speaker J. Alex Tyler, and passed by both houses of the Liberian Legislature.