-Pres. Sirleaf Reveals
-But No Performance Report
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf recently fulfilled Article 58 of the Liberian Constitution which states “the President shall, on the fourth working Monday in January of each year, present the administration’s legislative program for the ensuring session, and shall once a year report to the Legislature on the state of the Republic. In presenting the economic condition of the Republic, the report shall cover expenditure as well as income.”
As The Public Agenda Reports, the President disclosed that expenditure for the period totaled
US$530.7 million, an increase of 10.6 percent over the previous year, 2013. “Recurrent expenditure totaled US$363.5 million of which wages and salaries claimed US$206.8 million or 39 percent and goods and services US$156.7 million or 30 percent. These two items continue to crowd out the fiscal space required for capital expenditure to expand the economy.”
Although the Liberian leader has announced the total money used during the period under the review, it is not clear when would the regime also muster the courage to release performance report from spending entities to justify the US$530.7 million spent.
-Defeated Candidates Succumb To Sen. Wesseh
Claims and counter-claims that characterized the conclusion of the controversial midterm senatorial election in the South-eastern County of River Gee has reportedly come to an end thus settling the political dust which blurred the political climate over the County for some time.
While some defeated candidates in other counties were yet to accept results of the just ended midterm senatorial battle, those in River Gee have already rested their case and pledged unflinching support to work with Ambassador Commany B. Wesseh who was declared winner of the poll in River Gee.
According to them, their action was in the spirit of supporting the county’s reconciliation agenda which they noted, would be achieved under the leadership of Senator Wesseh when all the political actors join hands together to move the county forward.
Speaking on behalf of his colleagues at a meeting held in the office of Sen. Wesseh over the weekend, Friday, January 30, 2015, at the Capitol Building, former Superintendent of the county, Daniel Johnson said, it is their way of demonstrating gratitude to the people of the county who made a decisive decision to elect someone of their preference.
-Rep. Youngblood Urges
By A. Omaska Mark
Montserrado County District #9 Representative, Munah Pelham-Youngblood, has urged the newly elected officials of the Wroto-Town Community, to serve their people with truth, diligence and sincerity.
She made the statement over the weekend, during a colorful program marking the inaugural ceremony of officers elect of the Progressive Youths of Wroto-Town (PROYOWTO).
Rep. Youngblood called on the youth leaders to make transparency the underlying strength of their administration, and never to compromise the interest of those they have been called to serve, in order to ensure success.
“Development must be the order of the day,” she challenged, and added that the leadership must go beyond bounds, in making its presence and workings felt in every nook and cranny of the community, as well as incorporate everyone, as a means of fostering reconciliation.
The Montserrado County lawmaker named reconciliation as one of the major challenges that the leadership will face, adding, those that feel disenchanted and did not attend the program must be called on a round table to proffer the way forward, in the best interest of developing their community.
-Lauded For “Impressive Progress”
The Management of the National Ports Authority (NPA), a Liberian Government public corporation, has been commended by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, for the remarkable achievements in its operations under the leadership of Madam Matilda Woki Parker.
The Liberian leader rained the praises on the NPA’s Management in her recent ‘ Annual State of the Nation Address’ to a Joint Session of the Liberian legislature, during which she mentioned the sustained progress being made, especially in the areas of revenue generation, operational activities and overall development.
President Sirleaf indicated that “impressive progress” have been made in the Liberian seaports, in spite of the onslaught of the Ebola Virus Disease in the country, which has had a devastating impact on every sector.
She highlighted development and operational activities that have either taken place or are in progress at the country’s three major seaports in Monrovia, Buchanan and Greenville respectively, in terms of services to ships berthing at those facilities, and revenue generated.
-MOE Stings Fees Hiking Principals
By Charles P. Dennis
The Liberian Education Ministry says it has suspended the head administrators of several public schools, allegedly caught involved in defrauding education ambitious school going children in the country, by overcharging them during the process of registration, meaning that the accused had been collecting illegal money, a crime under the Liberian Penal Code.
Making the vexing disclosure to journalists at the Information Ministry’s daily press briefing Friday in Monrovia, Deputy Education Minister for Instruction, Hawah Goll-Kotchi, said the Ministry’s decision to suspend the school principals came as a result of a recent nation-wide assessment exercise, conducted to obtain on the spot appraisal of preparations leading to the resumption of academic activities.
Madam Goll-Kothchi who did not reveal the names of the alleged corrupt principals, nor those of the schools were they are assigned, said the assessment however targeted only government run institutions.
-Zion Grove, Partner Feat ELWA Hospital
Though it is being widely reported by local and international health related institutions in and out of Liberia, that the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), which has reeked human, socio-cultural and economic havoc, leading to the hitherto unpredicted deaths of nearly ten thousand Liberians and foreign residents, not to exclude more than one hundred Medical Doctors and health workers, as well as millions lost to a drastic drop in revenue collection, according to the Liberian Government, is literally in ‘retreat’ at an encouraging pace, efforts are continuing by stakeholders to ensure the enhancement of the campaign to finally eradicate the virus.
The Secretary General of the Dugbe River Union, Mr. Aaron Manneh, has disclosed that citizens and residents of Sinoe County are ever more ready than before, for the celebration of National Independence Day on July 26, 2015.
He said this time around possible failure and postponement of projects and celebration of July 26 would be made impossible through citizens and residents’ participation in all aspects of the activities leading to a successful celebration of National Independence Day in the South Eastern Region.
Mr. Manneh has therefore called for the immediate setting up of a development task force that will closely collaborate with County authorities in overseeing the full implementation of all projects on schedule.
-To Curb Illegal Border Crossings
Authorities of the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN), wants the Liberian Government, as well as international partners to provide the bureau more logistics to combat growing illegal border crossing points.
Vehicles, motorcycles, communication gadgets, computers, generators, solar panels and fuel are needed to maximize the bureau’s efforts, according to Deputy Commissioner of Immigration for Administration, Peter Forkpayea Zaizay.
Reacting to media reports about illegal border crossing, Zaizay blamed the lack of adequate logistics that is impacting the bureau’s operation negatively.
Three employees of the Liberia Nation Newspaper who were sent to the Monrovia City Court for allegedly faking a tax clearance, were last Friday, ordered released by Magistrate Kennedy Peabody. The three defendants were released on “personal recognizance” to their lawyers until the case is heard.
-For Scrap Metals In Bassa
Africa Express Import and Export, a scrap company, has been awarded the contract to lift 5,000 metric tons of scrap from the facilities of ArcelorMittal Liberia in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.
Africa Express, which did not win the scrap bidding process in 2014, was later awarded the contract based on the failure of Kituma Resources, the bid winner, to deposit an initial amount of US$200,000 before extraction.