-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.
- Pres. Sirleaf Tells U.S. Congress
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has told U.S. Congressional leaders and members that Liberia is ‘back in business.’
“We have only come to say thank you on behalf of the Liberian people and in my own name for all that you have done for us, especially when we cried out for help and you responded in no small measure,” President Sirleaf stressed during various meetings with leaders of both sides of the U.S. Congress Thursday.
She pointed out that the Liberian Government was glad that kids are now back in school, markets are buzzing again, the borders have reopened and the restriction on people’s movement are lifted.
The Liberian leader also indicated that most importantly, the spirits of Liberians are lifted and reignited in hope and that the country was now back to the business of development.
-Urges Legislative, Executive Collaboration
Barely two months into his ascendency as newly elected Senator of Montserrado County, the political godfather of the opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), George Weah, has called for cooperation between the Legislature and Executive to attain the national agenda.
Contrary to expectations by his critics and political detractors that his presence in the Capital Building, home of the Liberian Legislature would have yielded no substantial results for citizens of Montserrado County and Liberia in general, Sen. Weah made the call in Session last Thursday, when he delivered the report of the ad-hoc committee set up by the Senate to look at the planned national football county meet, slated to take place in Grand Bassa County next month.
-Dep. Min. Isaac Jackson
Acting Information Minister Isaac Jackson has disclosed that for the past seven days Liberia has not reported a single confirmed case of Ebola.
Quoting statistics emanating from the Incidence Management System (IMS), Jackson revealed that there are 116 Ebola contacts, 98 of which are in Montserrado and 18 in Margibi counties, while all of the 19 ETUs in the country only have two confirmed Ebola patients.
He made the disclosure at the Ministry of Information daily Ebola press conference held at the ministry in Monrovia on Friday.
-Nudges ECOWAS Leaders
Liberia’s Justice Minister and Attorney General Cllr. Benedict Sannoh, has recommended the adoption of what he called “a common position on eradicating statelessness in the West African sub-region.”
According to Cllr. Sannoh, a onetime human rights campaigner, this is necessary, considering the porous nature of the borders of ECOWAS countries, as well as the significant progress made by the body in regional collaboration.
The Liberia News Agency (LINA) in a news update over the weekend in Monrovia said, Cllr. Sannoh made the statement Thursday, February 26, at the ongoing Ministerial Conference on Statelessness, in the Ivorian capital, Abidjan.
The Director General of the Liberia Institute of Public Administration (LIPA), Mr. Oblayon Nyema, has challenged participants of a two-week procurement training to justify the knowledge acquired through its application.
He made the statement Friday when LIPA certificated 54 procurement officers after two weeks of intensive training.
He noted that interacting with other professionals in ways that promote growth and development will add more meaning to the certificate.
The Constitution Review Committee (CRC) will convene a National Constitution Conference in Gbarnga, Bong County, from March 22-29, to review the over 56,000 views received during consultations across the country.
The forum is part of the CRC efforts in validating outcomes of the just-ended consultations in the 73 electoral districts, leading to amendment of the 1986 Constitution of Liberia.
Meanwhile, the Central Bank of Liberia has launched the Collateral Registry of Liberia, with support from the International Finance Corporation (IFC).
The CBL in its 2014 annual report, said the establishment of the Registry in June 2014 has made Liberia the second country to Ghana, to establish a properly functioning state-of-the- art registry in the West African Monetary Zone (WAMZ).
The report said the registry receives, stores and makes available to the public, financial statements relating to security interests, finance leases and liens in moveable collaterals, according to the Liberia News Agency.
The head of the Bomi County’s branch of the National Teachers Association of Liberia (NTAL), Isaac Kamara, is appealing to Government to improve the procedures by which teachers in the county are paid.
Kamara said the current system under which pay teams from the Ministry of Finance and Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) go to the county to pay teachers is hindering the effectiveness of teachers on the job.