Former Nigerian Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, has attributed the success of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to the “strong will power” of the sub-regional leaders.
He told participants at the 40th Anniversary of ECOWAS in Abuja, Nigeria that the formation of the economic bloc should not just be attributed to him and former President Gnassingbe Eyadema of Togo, as is usually done, but to all the 15 West African Heads of State who signed the Treaty of Lagos to establish ECOWAS on May 18, 1975.
Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has described the Governance Commission’s (GC) reassessment of the impact and shortfalls of the National Anti-Corruption Strategy, since its creation in 2006, as “a worthwhile initiative,” however cautioning that while the assessment will not provide all of the answers needed to respond to the problems identified, it will set the stage for an improved strategy that will enhance the fight against corruption in the country.
Deputy Information Minister Robert Kpardeh has assured that the Ministry is committed to protecting the country’s cultural instruments and property.
Speaking Wednesday at the start of a two-day workshop organized by the ministry in collaboration with UNESCO at the Ministry of Information conference hall, Kpardeh noted that Liberia is behind because cultural practices have not been placed on the pedestal.
Kpardeh indicated that Information Minister Lewis Brown’s team at the ministry has the intention to go beyond the workshop and work with all stakeholders, the Legislature, Foreign and Justice Ministries in exerting efforts in this direction.
Deputy Information Minister Andrew Tehmeh, says the appointment of Public Information Officers (PIOs) in government agencies and the popularization of the Freedom of Information Act (FOI), are part of government’s 2015-16 ‘Open Government Partnership’ (OGP) plans to ensure transparency.
Tehmeh also named the provision of training for PIO’s to fulfill their terms of reference as well as ensuring that more Liberians receive access to law as other commitments under the OGP aimed at ensuring accountability in government.
An official of the World Bank Liberia Office has said the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) policy launched by the government will undoubtedly contribute to enhancing the employability of Liberian youth.
World Bank Country Manager Inguna Dobraja, however, said this will require greater coordination and collaboration between the current governing bodies of the TVET sub-sector like the Ministries of Youth and Sports, Agriculture and Education as well as the National Commission on Higher Education, until the Liberia TVET Commission is established.
The Criminal Court “C” at the Temple of Justice in Monrovia has set June 5 as the date when final ruling in the motion to dismiss the indictment filed by one of 10 former members of the Board of Directors of the National Oil Company (NOCAL) in the economic sabotage, bribery, and criminal conspiracy case, currently being heard there, will be announced.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has re-echoed that China will participate actively in the socio-economic reconstruction of Liberia in the post-Ebola era.
He said China values the development of Sino-Liberian relationship and expressed wiliness to work with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to deepen the friendly and mutually beneficial cooperation in all fields to benefit the peoples of the two countries.
President Xi noted that China and Africa are “good friends and partners” standing together through storm and stress but assured it is a compelling obligation of China to help Africa fight against the Ebola virus.
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The outgoing president of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr. Donald Kaberuka, has disclosed that the Bank will soon begin the process of constructing a highway linking Liberia and Côte d’Ivoire.
A news dispatch from Abidjan, said Dr. Kaberuka made the statement at programs marking the bank’s 50th Anniversary celebrations.
Three Liberians, James Mulbah, William Dennis and Peter Gbelia, have been selected by the Tony Elumelu Foundation, to participate in its ‘Entrepreneurship Program,’ after they submitted competitive proposals on waste management, information and the country’s communication technology and energy/power generation sectors respectively.