-CDCians Digging Trenches Against Each Other?
-As Rep. Forh Accuses Sannoh Of Inciting Violence
As Liberians gradually gravitate towards the 2017 which is being branded as perhaps the most decisive election year in the country since the cessation of nearly two decades of fratricidal civil crisis which left hundreds of thousands of their compatriots either dead or financially and socially incapacitated, as well as massive destruction to public and private properties worth millions of United States dollars, already, low intensity machinations and other political maneuverings by sitting elected officials and those suspected to have a penchant to democratically unseat them have begun to be noticed. As our Staff pieces together the emerging development, indications are that the country’s main opposition party, the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), widely seen as the potential alternative to the ruling Unity Party of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf come 2017, because of its near failure to improve the social and economic condition of the general population, despite huge international support, could experience self-damaging internal consequences, with its loyalists deploying ‘below the belt’tactics as a means of garnering the votes of the party’s eligible voters.
-Family Makes SOS Call
By A. Omaska Mark
The family of a sick officer of the Arm Forces of Liberia (AFL), identified as Abdurazack A. Kromah, is alarming that he has allegedly been abandoned by authorities, including the Liberian Government.
calling on well meaning and philanthropist in and around Liberia to help their son seek appropriate medication outside as advice by medical professionals.
Officer Kromah, according to his brother Mohamed Kromah, has been sick and suffering several medical affliction, including enlarged heart, kidney and liver problem for a protracted period, after being diagnosed by doctors.
Narrating the family’s ordeal as the result of the unfortunate situation, Kromah, said his brother who has been an active serving AFL soldier for the past four years, took sick since November of last year.
He furthered that since his junior brother’s illness started, they have made frantic efforts for him to get well, but to no avail.
-Liberia Begins New Ebola-Free Countdown
Disappointment over the recent confirmation and subsequent death of yet another Ebola victim has engulfed Liberians, which has led to the discomfort of a renewed countdown of a 42-days incubation period, intended to have the nation hopefully declared Ebola-free once and for all.
However, Assistant Health Minister Tolbert Nyenswah, sought to alley widespread apprehensions over the possible resurgence of the disease which has killed thousands across the country, when he assured that if none of the contacts generated from the recent infection is proven positive of the virus, the nation will be declared an Ebola-free, upon completion of the 42-day incubation period. He spoke during the Ministry of Information’s daily Ebola press conference in Monrovia Monday.
Liberia’s previous quest of becoming an Ebola-free nation was thwarted by the emergence of a new case on March 20, after the country made a journey of over 27 days into the countdown period.
-Amb. Nyenabo Champions Diaspora Liberians Participation
Former Grand Gedeh County Senator and Liberia’s new Ambassador designate to the Kingdom of Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxemburg and the European Union, Isaac W. Nyenabo, II, has challenged Diaspora Liberians, especially those in the Benelux Zone, to join the ongoing massive development and reconstruction activities taking place back home in their country.
According to Amb. Nyenabo, significant transformation has taken place in Liberia in the areas of economic and infrastructure development, since the democratic election of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf in 2005. He made the assertion at a welcome ceremony hosted by members of the Liberian Community residing in the region.
Since 2005 to date, the country has seen massive improvements and huge development, especially construction and reconstruction of rural and urban roads, construction of new school buildings and the rehabilitation of old ones, health centers and hospitals in nearly all parts of the country, as well as housing development in both the private and public sectors, he told the enthusiastic gathering.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced an increase in the price of the ordinary Liberian passport beginning May this year.
According to the Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal Affairs, Boakai Kanneh, the new biometric passport will cost US$50, replacing the current manual one which costs US$23.
Making the disclosure Monday at the Ministry of Information daily press briefing at the ministry, Kanneh indicated that the new measure is part of the ongoing transformation at the ministry’s Bureau of Passport and Visa to enhance service and conform to international standards.
By, Chris F Pewu
Montserrado County District # five (5) Representative Thomas P. Fallah, has challenged newly inducted officers of the Bassa Town Community in Paynesville, to espouse constructive dialogue, if their community should move ahead.
According to Rep. Fallah, the new leadership of Bassa Town must have the capacity to provide direction by advocating and speaking on behave of the people.
Speaking recently when he served as induction officer, he urged the leadership to avoid encouraging gossips and making mistakes in decision making, which according to him, could destroy the community and its people as a whole.
He name disunity and personal greed, among other vices, as things that negatively affected the community in the past, and acknowledged that developmental wised, the area is lagging behind time.
-Pres. Sirleaf Stresses ‘State Actors’ Role
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has urged state actors to play their respective roles in the constitution review process to ensure that the voices of the Liberian people are heard.
The Liberian leader pointed out that the report from the Constitution Review Committee (CRC) clearly shows that the people of Liberia have spoken and, as such, state actors should focus their attention on constitutional amendments the people are craving for.
President Sirleaf made the call on Monday at the start of the National Constitutional Review conference ongoing at the Administration Building in Gbarnga, Bong County in a build up to amending the 1986 Liberian Constitution.
Liberians residing in the Diaspora are urging stakeholders at the ongoing Constitution Review Conference in Gbarnga, Bong County, to consider the controversial issue of ‘dual citizenship’ in the amendment of the 1986 Liberian Constitution.
Speaking on behalf of Diaspora Liberians at the launch of the Conference Monday, the president of the European Federation of Liberian Associations, John Nimely Brownell, called on the National Legislature to accept Liberians living abroad, by advocating for the passage of the Dual Citizenship Act.
According to Brownell, Liberians living abroad should not be seen as foreigners by those residing in the country, but rather as partners in the rebuilding process of Liberia.
He indicated that it is about time that Liberians living abroad be seen and accepted as true Liberian citizens through the acceptance of the dual citizenship act that has been submitted by some Liberians, including President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, to the Legislature.
The Partnership for Research on Ebola Vaccines in Liberia (PREVAIL), a Liberia -U. S. research team, plans to launch a natural history study of Ebola survivors, to better understand the after-effects of the disease.
Four sites in Monrovia, as well as locations in the United States, may begin enrollment into this study in the coming months.
The study is pending regulatory review and approval, according to statement issued by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH).
NIAID conducts and supports research at NIH, throughout the United States, and worldwide, to study the causes of infectious and immune-mediated diseases, and to develop better means of preventing, diagnosing and treating these illnesses.
PREVAIL is currently conducting trials of two experimental Ebola vaccines in Liberia with more than 600 people in Liberia participating in the first stage and about 1,500 volunteers are expected to enroll in Phase Two.
-Due To Low Market Iron Ore Price
The Management of China Union iron ore mining company says it is currently operating at a loss, as the result of the drop in the price of iron ore on the world market.
Speaking in an interview with the Liberia News Agency in Bong Mines, the company’s General Services Manager Cloud Gao, said the current world market price of US$55 for a ton of iron ore is causing the company to lose up to US$30 for every ton produced.