-House’s Plenary Hearing Fails
-Complaint Deferred To Committee
“We have persistently over the time told the public that this legislature is unserious, and what you see here today is a manifestation of what we have been saying along,” were the words of student activist Omesee Mamadee Kerkulah, when he spoke to this paper yesterday on the grounds of the Capitol Building, after the dramatic but disappointing failure to convene, of a much heralded public hearing by Plenary of the House of Representatives into a complaint filed against Deputy Police chief, Commissioner Abraham Kromah.
-Liberian Man Charged For Son, 10 Death
-Placed In Protective, Solitary Confinement
Barway Edwin Collins, a 10-years-old Liberian boy, went missing after His school bus dropped him off at his Cederwood Crystal apartment in Minnesota. Moment before He was dropped off, little Barway was seen happily on his school bus video camera saying “there goes my dad and my uncle.”
Immediately after Barway’s reported missing, a state-wide search and rescue operation was initiated by the Crystal Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA), The Organization of Liberians in Minnesota (OLM), The Liberian Minister’s Association (LMA) and many other organizations and individuals.
On April 11th (24 days later), a search and rescue team uncovered the rigor mortis remains of a young person in the Mississippi river, where, investigators suspected the body of Barway to have been deposed by those who may have murdered him.
United States President Barack Obama has reiterated that the U.S. will continue to help West African countries affected by the Ebola virus until the disease is fully eradicated, saying, “we’re proud to partner with you and we intend to see this through until the job is done.”
President Obama made the statement during a meeting Wednesday at the White House in Washington, D.C. with leaders of three West African countries, worst hit by the Ebola virus disease. The leaders were Presidents Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of Liberia, Alpha Conde of Guinea and Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone. The meeting, according to him, was intended to “assess progress today and to look ahead.”
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Liberia and the Liberia Refugee Repatriation and Resettlement Commission (LRRRC), has handed over a newly constructed clinic to residents of Dougee Town in Grand Gedeh County.
The project, constructed in response to the Dougee community residents expressed need for a clinic, includes a ten-room clinical facility, a five-room staff quarters, hand pump, placenta pit and incinerator.
At a ceremony witnessed by the Government and UN officials, local authorities and members of the host community, UNHCR’s Head of Sub Office, Mr Christopher Raymond, symbolically handed over the key to the clinic signifying the turnover of the facility to the community.
The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the World Bank (WB), in partnership with the Liberian Government, Wednesday, commenced a 3-day discussion on the harmonization of the Social Cash Transfer (SCT) program implementation plan in Monrovia.
Supported by the UNDP and the World Bank, the SCT program seeks to transfer cash to labor constrained and Ebola virus disease (EVD) affected households, including EVD survivors in Liberia, and also targets at least 12,500 labor constrained and EVD affected households in eleven of Liberia’s fifteen counties.
The return to work continues in Liberia, led by gains for wage workers and the rural self-employed, while the picture remains mixed in Sierra Leone, where urban youth and the non-farm self-employed continue to lag behind. This is according to the latest round of high-frequency mobile-phone surveys conducted in both countries by the World Bank Group and partners, in order to assess how Ebola is impacting people’s livelihoods.
-UNI-Africa Rally Support for Liberia Affiliates
As part of efforts to building a strong and vibrant health system in the country many non-governmental groups are involved with post Ebola recovery activities throughout the country one of such group is a trade union organization Bank Professional Technical and Allied Workers Union of Liberia (BAPTAWUL).
According to the group Secretary Prince Leo Kponbowoe trade union organizations are going to be involved with post Ebola recovery campaign for worker and people that were victimized by the Ebola Virus Disease in the country.
Kponbowoe also disclosed that they are currently been supported by UN-Africa under the post Ebola recovery campaign , he stressed that they are going to also be donating Anti- Ebola materials including hand sensitizers, disposable rubber gloves,sprayers, Clorox among other.
-Sinoe County CHO Urges Citizens
The Acting County Health Officer (CHO) of Sinoe County, Samson Q. Wiah, has called for concerted efforts between the Liberian Government, civil society, community leaders and international partners, in order for the country to respond to killer diseases such as HIV/AIDS and TB in the country. According to Mr. Wiah, it is about time that Liberians see HIV/AIDS and TB as elements which are seeking to destroy human existence.
“Both diseases have the power to kill, but they can be prevented and treated, and with collective efforts, we can beat them,” the Sinoe County Acting CHO noted.
He made the call at a two day dialogue, organized by the Secretariat of the group “Liberia Coordinating Mechanism (LCM) and Malaria-Sinoe Team; seeking to identify HIV and TB prioritization dialogue from March 30 to 31, 2015 in Greenville City.
-Ask Those Behind ‘Christian State’ Debate To Abandon Quest
As debate intensifies ahead of national referendum to decide whether Liberia should remain a secular state or be declared a Christian State, two civil society groups, the Center for Empowerment & National Co-Existence (CENCO) Incorporated and the Islamic Foundation for Peace and Development (IFOPED) Incorporated are urging calm, giving the explosive nature of the matter.
In a joined statement issued late Tuesday evening and signed by Mr. Sidiki A. M. Kromah, Chairman of the Board of Directors of CENCO and founding Chair of IFOPED, the groups called on those behind the “Christian State” debate to abandon the quest.
-Pres. Sirleaf Justifies Misapplication Of Ebola Fund
-Says It Was Emergency Time
-But Why Did She Commission Audit?
Many Liberians who have been critical of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and her regime in the governing process of the State, perhaps with the hope of making things right are losing faith in the ability of the regime to prosecute those accused of corruption in an effort to make “the public enemy or vampire, corruption” an abominable thing in the country.
Corruption, in Liberia, is an entrenched culture which many blame on the affliction ordinary citizens are being subjected and enduring, as well as the underdevelopment of the tiny West African Country, rich in marketable natural resources but with high unemployment, excruciating poverty and archaic infrastructure, a situation Pres. Sirleaf promised to change during her first inaugural address in 2006.
But As The Public Agenda Reports, it is not clear whether the Liberian leader has achieved that in the last 10 years, but what is clear and perhaps denting the legacy of Madam Sirleaf, is her inability to live up to her 2006 inaugural speech in which she vowed to confront and fight corruption no matter where it exists or by whom it is practiced.
Although it is not the first time Pres. Sirleaf has come in defense of officials caught in, accused of and sometimes indicted for corruption by anti-corruption watchdog groups, her latest attempt to render audit report from the General Auditing Commission (GAC) irrelevant in favor of those accused without due court proceedings has sparked debate and increased skepticism over the sincerity of the President to sustain the war on corruption.