-From Nimba To Redlight And Then Sinoe
-But Ellen Threatens Reprisal
-Is That The Solution?
Nearly a year ago, Liberia jubilantly commemorated 10th year of peace, which marked the end of a brutal and devastating civil war that decimated nearly 250,000 people and destroyed the country’s infrastructures. The celebration was characterized by extensive political remarks and pageantries. But a human rights activist during the cerebration described the country’s 10 year peace as elusive. Others say, the absence of gun sounds was not sufficient to convince them that Liberia has a durable peace, adding that more needed to be done to sustain the peace the country partially enjoys.
However, As The Public Agenda Reports, latest unfolding hostile developments across the country from Yekepa, Nimba County to Paynesville Redlight, Montserrado County, and then Butaw, Sinoe County, are sufficient reasons to convince many that the country is on edge, particularly with report that the United Nations Mission In Liberia (UNMIL) is ending its mission by June next year. UNMIL is credited for sustaining the fragile peace in Liberia.
-Liberia Gets Ebola Defeat Commendations
The 101st African Caribbean and Pacific States Council of Ministers Conference has opened at the ACP-House in Brussesls, with commendations for Liberia for ending the scourge of Ebola, as well as calls for more support to Guinea and Sieera Leone, as they fight to end the spread of the disease in their respective countries.
The Press Union of Liberia (PUL), has announced that its annual awards and dinner night will take place on July 10, 2015.
A release from the Union issued from its national headquarters on Clay Street in Monrovia and signed by its president K. Abdulai Kamara said, the annual awards night and dinner night is set aside to recognize journalists and media institutions that performed exceptionally during the outgoing year, and climaxes celebrations of World Press Freedom Day.
The Ministry of National Defense has reacted to a New Democrat Newspaper’s report of Tuesday, May 26, 2015, Vol. 22, No. 094 edition captioned “Dangerous Crossroads, Leaked Senate Report Raises Fears, Pitfalls,” in which the local daily quoted what it called “leaked” information from the Liberian Senate that asserts that the country’s security forces had received incomplete training from inexperienced trainers, hired to reform the Liberian police and military, which also suggests that the nature of the training is to blame for the unfolding scale of poor judgment and brutality being meted out to civilians.
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.