-Public Works, CHICO Finalize Deal
The Liberian Government, through the Ministry of Public Works, has signed a US$8,288,872.91 contract with the China Henan International Cooperation Company Limited (CHICO) for the construction of a new bridge on Stockton Creek to connect the Township of Caldwell and the Bushrod Island.
Caldwell according residents is the second oldest settlements in Monrovia and has been in existence about 188 years.
According to the contract, the 18-month bridge project should commence in 45-days after the issuance of the letter of acceptance which has already been done since May 18, 2013. The new bridge will cover 120 meter with a center pier and two lanes.
The contract which is being funded under Liberia’s Urban and Rural Infrastructure Development Project (URIRP) from Liberia Reconstruction Trust Fund (LRTF) also includes maintenance of the existence bridge. Public Works under the arrangement is the implementing Agency, while CHICO serves as contracting entity.
Over US$8.2M Caldwell Bridge Project Sealed
-Public Works, CHICO Finalize Deal
Sen. Johnson: “Symbol of Embarrassment”
-Says Rep. Yealue
As the war of words between Nimba County senior Senator, Prince Johnson and kinsman from the House of Representatives, Garrison Yealue ensues unabated, the latter has described the former as a “symbol of embarrassment to the people of the county”.
Sen. Johnson recently blurted that the 2011 election victory for Rep. Yealue was influenced by him, adding that the representative did not fairly win the Nimba County District #4 Representative position.
But in response, Rep. Yealue termed the claim made by the Senator as unfortunate and far from the truth, branding it as “words of empty hope”.
According to Rep. Yealue, his victory was the manifested will of the people of his district, and added that the National Election Commission procedurally sanctioned a recount, because of a challenge from another contender.
Typhoid On The Rise!!
-Medical Administrator Alarms
The Officer-In-Charge of the Cedar Medical Clinic located in Brewerville City, Cecelia Brown, has alarmed that laboratory testing records at her facility, as well as other health centers around Monrovia, are revealing a startling rise in cases of the deadly typhoid.
According to OIC Brown, her clinic alone has reporting a drastic 60% increase of the killer disease on a monthly basis for a period now. She made the frightening disclosure in an exclusive interview with our staff earlier during the week at Cedar Medical Clinic on the VOA Road.
Madam Brown also noted that second to typhoid, malaria, especially amongst women and children, is another major challenging case being recorded at her health facility.
WB Makes US$1b Pledge To Great Lakes Region
On the first day of an historic joint United Nations/World Bank Group mission to the Great Lakes region, the World Bank Group announced $1 billion in proposed new funding to help countries in the region provide better health and education services, generate more cross-border trade, and fund hydroelectricity projects in support of the Great Lakes peace agreement that was signed by 11 countries in February.
World Bank Group President Dr. Jim Yong Kim, who is traveling with the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, on a three-day trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Rwanda, and Uganda, said that a secure and developed Great Lakes region was vital to Africa’s efforts to dramatically reduce extreme poverty and create prosperity for millions who have had little economic opportunity.
Ellen’s Nepotism Index Alarming
-As Corruption Consumes Government
-So, Where Is The Good Governance Theory?
Reports of nepotism and endemic corruption have also undermined the credibility of the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf regime if there was. Many Liberians are disenchanted about what critics referred to as failed promises of the regime, including the ability of the government extend the war against corruption to the doorstairs of perpetrators who are enjoying patronage.
But as the Public Agenda Reports, Ellen’s nepotism index appears to be alarming while corruption has overwhelmed the regime, thereby creating dark cloud over the good governance theory of Madam Sirleaf.
“If President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s ‘good governance’ theory is to increase the number of relatives unprecedentedly in government amidst public outcry under the pretext that they are ‘qualified’ and continue to deny other qualified Liberians the opportunity to serve, then Liberia has a long way to go. Corruption has consumed the regime, and then you are still preaching good governance theory. Should we believe that? We think this is a total mockery to the country’s emerging democracy.” Political activist, Tuopay A. Tuopay observes.
Civil Societies Demand Good Governance
-Threaten Pressure On Ellen
The maxim that says “what goes around must come around” is gradually creeping on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf who strongly agitated previous regimes for various reasons. Pressure on Madam Sirleaf from civil society actors and political leaders is said to be increasing too.
“The Government of Liberia must understand that the patience of the opposed people cannot be endure forever. We remain robust in our advocacy, and we will not compromise the interest of the masses. It is also necessary now for those who initially opposed our planned April 12 2013 protest to now begin prevailing on the Government of Liberia to implement the masses’ recommendation or they get ready to join us in the nearest future in demand of good governance from our leaders.” Those were contained in a statement issued by two civil society groups yesterday.
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