June 2016

Minister Addy: “Our debt GDP ratio collapsed to 33 %”

Debt Reaches US$948M To Finance Infrastructure

Commerce Minister Axel Addy has said the country’s debt has increased to US$948 million or 45% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) as the Government tackles investment in road construction, energy and port infrastructures.

The Minister said following the country’s qualification for debt relief in 2008, under the scheme of the Highly Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC), when Liberia gross debt was reduced from US$4.5 billion to US$432 million, “Our debt GDP ratio also collapsed to 33 %.”

From right, Minister Tokpa along with Deputy Minister Sirleaf at the press briefing yesterday in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County

L$6M Generated from 4 County Service Centers

The Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) and its partners have provided the first report on County Service Centers under Liberia’s decentralization policy, describing it as the new way forward for Liberia’s development.

Internal Affairs Minister Henrique F. Tokpa was speaking on Wednesday at the quarterly press briefing of Liberia Decentralization Support Program (LDSP) held in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.

The Church and Leadership in Liberia

Reverend Dr. Samuel Reeves, Pastor of Providence Baptist, Liberia’s oldest church, has said failure of leadership in Liberian churches has led to failure in national leadership.

In an interview with the Daily Observer following his recent selection by the Empowerment Temple of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church as “Best Church Administrator of the Year,” Rev. Reeves said many pastors and other church leaders do not see themselves as leaders, nor do they know how to lead by example.


The focus of this second article on the necessity of knowing one’s true identity in light of who God is and his plan for one’s life, is a question, namely, “Who is God? Is the question of God still relevant to modern life with all its scientific and technological advancement? Why is it important to pay attention to and respond to this question? Let us explore in brief in blow. The introductory article on definitions and context of series made the following observations:

The UNMIL contingent, which will officially turn security responsibility over to the Liberian Government on July 1, made history 13 years ago, as one of the largest peacekeeping forces ever.

UNMIL’s Last Day

Today, June 30, marks the end of the security mandate of United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), after which the UN will officially hand back security to Liberian government. This has been a long anticipated event that gripped Liberians with fear and anxiety, though the process began several years ago, with the gradual drawdown of UNMIL’s foreign contingents. The Liberian government will re-assume full responsibility for the protection of its territorial integrity and inhabitants, nationals and foreign residents.

Takun J performing during launching of Team Survivor

Takun J: Blending Art and Politics

Jonathan ‘Takun J’ Koffa, commonly known as Takun J, a Liberian Hip-Co rapper, activist and the anti-corruption ambassador for the Accountability Lab has just astonished the Liberian community with his political stance for wanting to be the next District 15 Representative.

“We don’t have any politician who we can trust that is for the people and helping the people. I know I can speak out for the people and help my people if I become representative, just as I am doing now,” he shared with our LIB Life reporter.

The burning of the ‘illegal drugs’ in Duazon, Margibi County

US$673K ‘Illicit Drugs’Destroyed

Authorities of the Liberia Drug Enforcement Agency (LDEA) yesterday burned about 8,159 Kg of home-grown Marijuana, 191 grams of cocaine and 149 grams of heroin valued over US$673, 464 in Monrovia. Some of the illicit substances that wouldn’t burn were taken apart and physically destroyed by the LDEA agents in full view of the public.


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