April 2016

Dr. Amos Sawyer, head of Governance Commission

‘Pioneer Leadership Stifles Liberia’s Development’

The head of the Governance Commission (GC), Dr. Amos Sawyer, has said that pioneer leadership continues to affect Liberia’s development agenda, and wants emerging leaders to graduate from it and build on past leaders’ platforms.

Dr. Sawyer made the comment on Monday, April 25, in Gbarnga during the National Development Summit held at the Administrative Building Auditorium, which highlighted progress that has been made since the Agenda for Transformation was adopted in 2012.

Harry Gbusseh with an airplane and a house he has designed

Designer Desires Advance Studies

A young designer of bamboo airplanes is calling on well meaning Liberians, the government and philanthropic organizations to assist him get advanced study abroad.

Speaking to the Daily Observer in an exclusive interview on April 27, Harry W. Gbusseh said his dream is to become an airplane designer, but can only achieve that dream through further education abroad.

President Sirleaf

Ellen Commends MOE for Steps to Promote Quality Education

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has commended the authorities at Ministry of Education (MOE) for taking a bold step in initiating a two-day Round Table Conference to foster a shared-vision for quality education in Liberia.

She said the process will ensure that stakeholders feel consulted to guide Liberia towards developing a greater understanding of the challenges in education and the difficult decisions that need to be taken in a resource-constrained environment.

Formidable Candidate George Manneh Weah

Partisans at the Mighty Congress For Democratic Change Headquarter in Sunkor

CDC Tsunami Hits Monrovia

Shortly after Senator George Weah (Montserrado County) accepted the petition statement mandating him to contest for the 2017 presidency by the Congress for Democratic Change’s (CDC) Legislative Caucus, he told the mammoth crowd that he would wage war against the poor standard of education if elected to power.

Respond to the petition, Weah, who dropped out of high school in his early years, described the country’s education as substandard, calling it a “national security threat.” He referred to the health sector as disastrous, calling electricity “elusive.”

Plenary’s mandate to include US$2.5m under the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy or the EPA, in the 2015/2016 National Budget was not done and no erosion control work has taken place.- Grand Kru County Senator Albert Chie

US$2.5M Needed for Urgent Coastal Defense Works

The Chairman of Senate Committee on Lands, Mines, Energy, Natural Resources and Environment, Grand Kru County Senator Albert Chie, has reechoed recently recommended findings to plenary that a minimum annual appropriation of US$2.5 million is needed in the National Budget for Coastal Defense Works.

Outgoing MFDP Min. Amara Konneh presents a copy of the Finance and Dev. Planning Ministry’s 3-year Strategic Plan to Governance Commission Chairman, Dr. Amos Sawyer

MFDP, Governance Commission Launch 3-Yr Strategic Plan

Outgoing Minister of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP), Amara M. Konneh, alongside Dr. Amos C. Sawyer, Chairman of the Governance Commission (GC), has launched a three year strategic plan for the MFDP.

The three-year plan is aimed at promoting inclusive sustainable growth and development through efficient resource allocation, equitable wealth distribution, prudent financial management, integrated development planning, coordinated economic management and well formulated and implemented policies.

The handful of Senators present yesterday leaving their Chambers after they failed to acquire quorum

Senate Fails to Convene

For the first time since the inception of the 5th Session of the 53rd Legislature, the Senate yesterday failed to hold session due to lack of quorum.
Out of 30 in all, only 14 Senators plus the Pro Temp were present for the 27th day sitting.

By 11:20 a.m., only three Senators including Pro Temp Armah Jallah were present in the Chamber; a situation that forced Jallah to instruct the Sergeant-at-Arms to visit offices of individual Senators to remind them of their duty to represent their people; but up to 11:55 a.m., only 14 of them were available.

FTI Executive Director Karmo listens to Dr. Topor making the case for “a clear definition and direction for the institute.”

Forestry Training Institute Wavers

The Forest Training Institute (FTI), located in Tubmanburg, Bomi County is reportedly straddling (on both sides of) the line between the Forestry Development Authority (FDA), a component of the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA), and the Ministry of Education (MOE), making it difficult for the entity’s true identity, allegiances and affiliations to emerge.

TRANSCO CLSG General Manager, Mohammed Sherif

TRANSCO CLSG to Host Stakeholders Commercial Framework Confab

The Transmission Company of La Cote d’ Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea (TRANSCO CLSG) is expected to hold a commercial framework conference for the Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) and the Transmission Service Agreements (TSAs) in Liberia, with stakeholders to discuss, validate and adopt the draft bilateral agreement.

Auditing the Auditors: A Startling, but not Unexpected Revelation

We have not yet seen the Kenyan Auditor General’s report on his audit of Liberia’s General Auditing Commission (GAC). We are, however, not surprised at what he said—that the GAC between 2009 and 2013 had been “extremely corrupt.”

Without actually knowing what he meant by that, we can begin with Kenyan Auditor General Edward Ouko’s first substantive statement: During the period 2009-2013, “the GAC failed to comply with rules governing international financial best practices.”


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