May 2015

(L) Deputy Foreign Minister B. Elias Shoniyin, CNDRA Director, P. Bloh Saye (C), and Walter Y. Wisner of Land Commission

CNDRA Calls for Improvement in Records Care

The Director General of the Center for National Documents and Record Agency (CNDRA), Ms. P. Bloh Saye, has underscored the need to build the capacity of the institution and its staff in order to improve the preservation of records for the country and its people.

Minister of Education in waiting George Werner

Senate C’ttee Recommends George Werner for MOE Post

The Senate Committee on Education and Public Administration has recommended to plenary to confirm Minister of Education-designate, George Werner. He is the former director-general of the Civil Service Agency (CSA).

According to the Committee’s report to plenary on Thursday, which was expected to be acted upon in executive session, Mr. Werner and other nominees to the Ministry of Education posts were found to be qualified for their respective designated positions following what was described as ‘thorough scrutiny.’

Dr. Darius Mans stepping down as Africare’s president.

Africare’s Darius Mans Resigns

The latest edition of Africare’s newsletter has disclosed that earlier this week, after nearly five years as the organization’s president, Dr. Darius Mans, has tendered his resignation.
Africare’s Board of Directors thanked Dr. Mans for his leadership and service and wished him and his family the best in years to come.

Civil Society Group Condemns Violence in Sinoe

The Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) of Liberia along with its working group on concessions has condemned the recent violence at Butaw in Sinoe County.

The CSO has therefore called on the Independent Human Rights Commission to conduct an investigation into the incident.
The Civil Society Council’s view in a statement about recent attacks at the Golden Veroleum oil palm plantation in Sinoe County notes that it is troubled by the wave of violence in the country leading up to the withdrawal of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).

Sen. Lawrence: “We would like to see a comprehensive report on the effectiveness and efficiency of beneficiary programs.”

Sen. Lawrence Wants Full Report on NASSCORP

Grand Bassa County Ranking Senator Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence is requesting the Senate to invite the head of the National Social Security and Welfare Corporation (NASSCORP) for an open hearing to address some pertinent issues regarding the future well-being of that corporation’s tax payers.

Senator Lawrence in a letter to plenary yesterday noted that her request was prompted by reports of complaints and concerns of Liberians who pay Social Security fees to “secure their future well-being and the welfare of their family members in the case of disability or death.”

PYJ: ‘I am disappointed with this false report that we are manufacturing arms in Nimba’

Media Report Angers PYJ

“We are peaceful citizens who are worthily contributing to the growth and development of post-war Liberia, to the extent that many of the towns and villages destroyed during the country’s civil crisis have returned to their pre-war status.”

Dismissed FDA Managing Director, Moses D. Wogbeh whose lawyers are seeking US$6m PUP case to be dropped

Lawyers Fight to Dismiss FDA’s US$6M PUP Case

Lawyers for four dismissed Frostery Development Authority (FDA) managers and a senior surveyor from the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy are fighting to convince Judge Peter Gbeneweleh of Criminal Court “C” to drop the US$6m case against their clients.

Judge Gbeneweleh is serving as both the judge and jury, because the defense team chose to wave their rights for a jury.
The judge will decide on Wednesday whether or not he will drop the charges against the defendants.

Information Minister Lewis Brown addressing reporters yesterday in

Gov’t Vows to Use Sinoe’s CDF for Damage at GVL

The Government has vowed to use Sinoe County’s Development Funds (CDF) to pay for damages caused by rioters at the Golden Verolum-Liberia (GVL) recently.

At the Ministry of Information press briefing yesterday, Minister Lewis Brown explained that the relevant government authorities, including the Ministries of Justice and Labor have been directed to work with the GVL to carry out a full assessment of the damages to the concession’s properties. He said the government will use the Social or the County Development Fund to pay for properties damaged by the rioters.


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