January 2015

‘I Signed Several Blank Checks’

Bong County Representative Prince Moye has admitted to signing “several blank checks” in connection to the controversial US$1.2 million allegedly remitted to the House of Representatives for Oil and Gas Law consultation that was held across the nation by lawmakers.

Liberia’s Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) announced that it has launched an investigation into US$1.2 million allegedly provided by the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) to the House of Representatives for the financing of a Nationwide Consultation on the draft Oil and Gas law at the time.

The late Abdurrahman addressed the audience at last year’s Armed Forces Day at the Barclay Training Center in Monrovia

Former Liberian Army General, Abdurrahman, Dies at 62

The second Nigerian senior military officer, Major General Suraj Alao Abdurrahman, who led the post-war Liberia Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) resurgence, has died in New York, while undergoing treatment, Defense Minister, Brownie J. Samukai, Jr., disclosed yesterday in Monrovia. He was 62.

  According to Minister Samukai, the former Commander in Charge of the AFL died Wednesday in New York, where he was undergoing treatment for an undisclosed ailment he had suffered for some time now.

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Ellen Hosts State-owned Enterprises, Commissions and Agencies at a 1-Day Retreat

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf will host heads of State-owned Enterprises (SoEs), Commissions and Agencies at a one-day retreat in Julijuah, Bomi County on Friday, January 30, 2015.

According to an Executive Mansion release, participants will include Cabinet Ministers, Heads of SoEs, Deputy Heads of SoEs, Commissioners, Director-Generals and Deputy Director-Generals, Board Chairpersons and Members.

They are expected to discuss challenges and expectations of what each institution would hope to achieve over the next three years of this administration.

Justice Minister Sannoh and US Ambassador Deborah Malak with Commissioner Massaquoi and other Police top brass

At 3-Day Retreat LNP Director Massaquoi Aims at Far Reaching Reforms

The Director of the Liberia National Police (LNP), Col. Clarence C. Massaquoi, has stressed the need for more reforms, including building the capacity of the police and their accountability.  These are critical to the LNP after the withdrawal of UNMIL from Liberia in June 2016.

RESH Provides Psychosocial Training for Ebola Survivors

The Renewed Energy Serving Humanity (RESH) has conducted a psychosocial counseling workshop for members of Ebola Survivors Association of Liberia (ESAL).

The workshop, which was held recently, aimed at providing basic training for Ebola survivors, who, out of their quest to give back to humanity, have decided to become care-givers themselves.

From left to right: Egyptian Foreign Min. Samel Shoukry, Liberian Foreign Min. Ngafuan (center) & Chinese Special Envoy Zhang Ming

Liberia Tightens Diplomatic Ties With China, Egypt

On the margins of the 24th Ordinary Session of the African Union (AU) taking place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the Liberian delegation last Monday, January 26, 2015, held productive discussions with representatives of the governments of China and Egypt.

Customary/Community Lands to Boost Agriculture

In her Annual Message to the Honorable Members of  the  National  Legislature on Monday, January 26, 2015, President Sirleaf indicated that agriculture  lands  (suitable  for  crops  and  livestock)  are  about  27  percent  of total land area, but only 4.6 percent of the land mass is currently under annual cultivation. She stated that land  and  the  conflicts  associated  thereto  have  to  be  tackled  in order to promote  large scale agriculture in tree and food crops  including the goal of self-sufficiency in rice.

Mama and Rosalind Dahn, who lost over 30 family members to Ebola, are beneficiaries of CURE's scholarship and outreach initiatives

CURE Reaches Out to School-age Ebola Survivors

At a high-profile event held at the Monrovia City Hall on Wednesday, January 27, the organization CURE (Caring Understanding Respect for Ebola Afflicted Nations and People) celebrated the young life and future of children who overcame Ebola by giving them full scholarships to attend primary school in the 2015 calendar year. An advocate for children’s education at the primary level, CURE raised thousands of dollars selling bracelets through its CURE Bracelet Campaign to send children to school who have overcome the Ebola virus or the loss of parents to the deadly disease.


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