By Sherman C. Seequeh
The policy actions designed by Education Minister George Werner to reform Liberia’s education system are ill-fated. They are cloak in missteps. They are not a product of scientific thinking. Worse still, they are a far cry from the real, critical issues and questions about the sector under reform. They are a composite of shameful cover-up of colossal political and moral failure on the part of our current education reformists and their sponsors. And, of course, they are pointless and therefore doom to fail, unfortunately at the irking expense of poor parents and tax payers.
-EJS Cuts Yet Another Stunning Leadership Trait
No doubt, both her objective critics and staunchest loyalists agree that despite her almost ten years at the helm of national leadership in Liberia with the country’s vast natural resources, couple by huge financial and technical international assistance in the tone of billions of United States dollars being at the disposal of her administration, from the prevailing look of things around the country, especially the glaring low living standard of majority of the people, who by all accounts are the direct target of all such worthwhile undertakings, there is an attending level of shame and embarrassment, when it come to the public relations image of the government lead by veteran female social, economic and political campaigner Nobel Laureate Dr. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, 23rd President of the Republic of Liberia.
-MIA Team Thrown Out Of Budget Hearings
Political scandal scared Internal Affairs Minister Morris Dukuly and team, were last Friday, July 3, 2015, thrown out of the joint Legislative Budget Committee hearings, for what the Committee’s members saw as his unpreparedness and lack of skills in defending his Ministry’s submitted budget, which put him in the score rank of ‘F,’ as A. Omaska Mark of Our Staff Reports:
According to the Committee, Minister Dukuly presented his 2014/15 budget performance reports on pieces of flying sheets, thus implying that he was not ready for the hearing, making him the second line Minister to face the same disgrace for being inept. Agriculture Minister Dr. Florence suffered similar fate recently.
-Judge Slaps City Solicitor With Contempt
The Judge of the 11th Judicial Circuit Court in Bomi County, William Sando, has charged Senior City Solicitor, D. Stephen Williams of the Tubmanburg Magisterial Court, with “Contempt” for using profanity in open court last Friday.
Judge Sando took the decision during hearings into three summary proceeding cases, brought before the Court by the county prosecutors, headed by Bomi County Attorney Juma Karnley, against the Magistrates of the Tubmanburg Magisterial Court.
The Press Union of Liberia (PUL) has welcomed a United States of America State Department’s latest report, which criticizes the Liberian media for compromising professional ethics in the coverage and reportage of events in the country.
In its 2014 Country Report on Human Rights in Liberia, the US State Department noted that newspaper publishers commonly accept fees to publish press releases or other favorable articles.
-Demands Gov’t’s Explanation
The family of Africano H. Freeman has accused officers of the Liberia National Police of brutality against them and theft of their properties.
According to the reported highly traumatized family, the team of LNP officers on last Saturday, barricaded and raided their Kpelleh Town Community, Bardnesville’s residence, tortured them and made away with their personal belongings, including mobile phones, video cameras, cash (US $ Liberian dollars), on grounds that they were in search of on of their relative, Africano H. Freeman, a former employee of the First Internal Bank in Monrovia.
Lewis Brown Still In Legis. Dragnet
By A. Omaska Mark
The Lower House of the Liberian Legislature is still licking its self-inflicted wounds after failing to drag President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf into its Capitol Building Chambers last week.
Apparently reeling from the deadly impact of what political commentators have branded as a “botched and mis-guided attempt to unconstitutionally ‘SUMMON’ the Liberian Leader” to answer to why she should not be held in Contempt for disrespecting them on last Thursday, July 2, 2015, the angry lawmakers have now turn their insatiable quest for revenge and face-saving to Information Minister Lewis G. Brown, based on a communication from the office of Montserrado County District #7 Representative, Solomon George (CDC).
-Confident Ebola Resurgence Will Be Controlled
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has expressed confidence that the re-emergence of the new Ebola virus disease outbreak in lower Margibi County will be nip in the bud. “I am confident that the situation will be put under control,” she asserted.
According to an Executive Mansion release, the Liberian leader made the statement at the Robert International Airport (RIA) where she had gone to inspect the three brand new electronic scanners installed there meant to detect elevated body temperature even if an individual is 10 meters away and numerous other physical conditions including fever.
Plan International-Liberia, has donated a consignment of educational materials, including textbooks, blackboards, office papers and exercise books, etc, valued at around US$ 5000 to pupils of the Pleemu public school in Todee District, Montserrado County.
Koala Oumarou, Plan International’s Country Director to Liberia said his organization was moved to make the donation because the pupils have over the years complained of lack of basic school materials to keep them in classes, noting, “we have come to ensure that these kids have access to quality education in this rural part of Liberia.”
-Youth Activist blasts NOCAL
A prominent Liberian youth activists has slammed the past and present management teams of the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL), terming them as “wicked, heartless, and corrupt.
According to Martin K. N. Kollie, since the coming into power of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf in January 2006, NOCAL has been characterized by rampant corruption, fiscal indiscipline, greed, mismanagement and patronage.