-Kinsman Raises Red Flag
As rumor saturates the political ambiance for the possible establishment of a war crimes court for Liberia, many arrests have been made while others loom.
The Court when established, according to some legal minds, would afford the accused the opportunity to tell their stories, including what they did during Liberia’s 14-year brutal civil war and victims or their relatives might get justice to enhance Liberia’s much desired reconciliation process which is being given lip-service over the years since the end of the war in 2003.
Although those who are believed to have perpetrated gruesome crimes at various levels of the civil war are gradually being identified in and out of Liberia in addition to the report of Liberia’s Truth And Reconciliation Commission (TRC), it appears some people are exploiting the situation to falsely accuse their friends, perhaps for financial gains.
-Constitutional Tenures Under Spotlight
For too long, many Liberians have expressed disagreement and indignation over certain provisions of the 1986 Constitution which, amongst other things define the tenures of elected government officials, including the President, Vice President, Senators and Representatives amongst others.
Dictators and tyrants as well as economic vampires find sanctuary in the constitutionally guaranteed terms of office to suppress their people and ignore their plight even if it they come in conflict with the organ law of the law that could warrant resignation but those who believe in the rule of law would always choose to wait patiently in confirmative with constitution, while others would take the law into their hands to get speedy justice.
However, As Our Legislative Correspondent, A. Omaska Marks Reports, the matter is expected to be put to rest once and for all as Liberians might likely go to referendum to decide whether to retain the current tenures of elected officials or reduce them to be on par with Nations that are promoting democracy across the World.
Takes on County Initiative
By A. Omaska Mark
Montserrado County District #11 Rep. J. Gabriel Nyenka is said to have been going beyond his legislative duties and responsibilities as lawmaker.
Rep. Nyenka who has gone beyond his bound has embarked on the completion of a bridge project funded by the County Development Fund (CDF) and awarded the National Foundation against Poverty and Disease (NAFAD), a construction company belonging to a Reverend only identify as Rev. Edward.
He told reporters that the stand-stilled bridge project which in total cost US$39,700 was paid for by the Montserrado County Superintendent, Florence Brandy to the contractor.
To Replace Stolen Equipment
The United States Embassy near Monrovia and Press Union of Liberia (PUL) have signed an US$ 3,000 agreement, which is intended to enable the Liberian journalist umbrella organization replace equipment and materials stolen recently in a burglary at its Clay Street, Monrovia headquarters.
The grant was signed yesterday by PUL’s president K. Abdulai Kamara and the Embassy’s Public Affairs Officer Sally Hodgson in Mamba Point.
The grant, according to Ms. Hodgson, is the Embassy’s own way of helping the PUL to recover from the burglary, and to support the Liberian media, which is a critical pillar to the country’s democracy.
“We are very gratified by this significant gesture,” PUL’s head Kamara said in a release issued in Monrovia, adding “the US Embassy’s assistance is timely and noteworthy. Otherwise, as it would have taken months for the Union to restore the lost items.”
Liberia and the European Union (EU) have signed a €279 million development package under the European Union National Indicative Program (NIP), which covers 2014 to 2020, and will seek to address key priority areas essential to growth and recovery on a medium and long-term basis.
According to a dispatch from Brussels, Belgium, the signing ceremony which was witnessed by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Liberia’s National Authorizing Officer, Rev. Alvin E. Atta. Finance and Development Planning Minister, Amara M. Konneh, signed on behalf of the Liberian government, while the European Union’s Commissioner for International Development, Neven Mimica signed on behalf of the European regional body. The event took place on the sidelines of the high-level international conference on Ebola.
Commissioner Mimica, in brief remarks, said the signing signified the EU’s strong commitment to promoting stability and reconciliation in Liberia, as well as encouraging equitable and inclusive development programs. He said the EU’s support targets important areas for sustainable development and growth and stressed the Union’s continued commitment to long-term partnership with Liberia.
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has emphasized the need to have a full functional and comprehensive water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) program in all Liberian schools.
She said work must be done to ensure that Liberian schools experience 100 percent WASH programs within the next two years, thereby reversing the lack of proper water, sanitation and hygiene in all schools that have plagued the society despite tremendous efforts to improve these conditions.
According to a Dispatch from Brussels, Belgium, the Liberian leader made the assertion Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at a forum organized by the Liberian Government and OXFAM, for donors and partners to generate support towards improving the health, and WASH programs in Liberian schools.
Acting Information Minister Isaac Jackson says government is diligently working to make available US$3million to the University of Liberia (UL) to enable it settle arrears and complete the past semester that was interrupted by the Ebola crisis.
Making the disclosure at the Information Ministry’s daily Ebola press conference in Monrovia yesterday, Minister Jackson said government is expected to make the amount available to the University’s authorities by today Friday, March 6.
He said this effort by government was prompted by a recent request for US$15.1 million, made by authorities of the University, in order to commence the resumption of academic activities.
It can be recalled that in 2014 normal academic activities were suspended by government as a result of the Ebola outbreak that claimed the lives of thousands of Liberians.
-As 20% Liberians To Lose Jobs At ArcelorMittal-Liberia
There are concerns that plans by international steel giant ArcelorMittal-Liberia to sack 20 percent of its Liberian staff, as part of structural changes to keep the multi-million dollar company fully operational, could spell further financial sufferings in the country.
According to the company’s Head of Corporate Communications, Hesta Baker-Pearson, however, over 2,000 Liberians will retain their jobs.
Speaking at the Ministry of Information in Monrovia Wednesday, Madam Pearson said the decision 100% attributed to present market realities, where pricing is a problem to the mining industry.
-LNP Ready To Take Over Security
Acting Police Director for Administration William Mulbah, says the Liberia National Police (LNP) is prepared to take over security, after the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) departs the country.
He lauded the assistance of the United Nations Police (UNPOL) during its stay in the country and assured the public that the LNP is up to the task to handle security upon UNMIL’s departure.
According to the Liberia News Agency, Mulbah made the statement at a program marking International Women’s Day at the National Police headquarters in Monrovia Wednesday.
The Food and Enterprise Development (FED) Program, in partnership with the Ministry of Education, has developed Liberia’s first market-based, integrated vocational training program in agriculture.
The USAID-funded FED mandate is to develop the Booker Washington Institute (BWI) and the Community Colleges in Nimba, Grand Bassa and Lofa counties into Centers of Excellence (CoE) in Vocational Agricultural Education.
According to a USAID release, the ministry, with the support of USAID FED, has developed a National Diploma in Agriculture (NDA) curriculum which will be rolled out in March 2015.