September 2016

The late Augustine K. Blama

Assistant Minister for Budget Is Dead

The Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) is mourning the death of its Assistant Minister for Budget, Augustine Kaifa Blama, who died yesterday at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital in Monrovia.

According to an MFDP announcement, Blama will be buried today, in line with his Islamic faith, in Nyandiayama, Lofa County, after prayers for the departed.

Mr. Jallah told the participants to be ambassadors of their respective county or institution

PPCC Sets New Benchmarks for Procurement Personnel

The Public Procurement Concession Commission (PPCC) on Tuesday, September 27, announced it would shortly set new benchmarks for those wishing to become public procurement directors in any sector in Liberia. The new public procurement standards, according to PPCC
Executive Director James Dorbor Jallah, include individuals going through a full round of procurement courses and earning a certificate or degree at the end of the courses or training.

County officials and their Guinean counterparts after the meeting

Regional Health Practitioners Want Surveillance Team

Health practitioners and joint security officers from Nimba, Lofa, Bong and their counterparts from Guinea have decided to form a ‘Regional Surveillance Team’ to keep track of security issues and outbreaks of diseases.

In a cross-border health meeting held in Ganta on September 24, participants, including superintendents of the three counties and their Guinean counterpart, said forming a regional surveillance team will help get them ahead of issues that demand urgent attention.

Dep. Speaker Hans Barchue and Emmanuel Nuquay

Deadlock over Speaker Election

The Daily Observer has reliably learnt that some ‘majority members’ of the House of Representatives are demanding that the election of the Speaker should be held today (Friday), which marked the end of the House’s 30-day Extraordinary Sitting.

Three lawmakers, who spoke under the condition of anonymity, told the Daily Observer that yesterday’s Executive Meeting ended in deadlock with the Deputy Speaker Hans Barchue arguing that elections be put-off, while the ‘majority members’ have threatened the Deputy
Speaker to either have the election, or he would be removed.

Rev. Torli Krua: “The Liberian government has no right to arbitrarily close down schools just because some students participated in demonstration…”

‘GOL Has No Right to Close Down Schools’

The Liberian government has no right to arbitrarily close down schools just because some students participated in demonstrations for it is the job of the Liberia National Police to clear demonstrators from wherever they gather.

Deputy Speaker Hans M. Barchue breaks tie for the creation of seven additional seats in the House of Representatives

House Cuts Number of Proposed Seats in Affirmative Action Bill

The House of Representatives has endorsed the establishment of seven Special Legislative Constituencies for which an additional seven members would be elected, in addition to the already 73, totaling 81members in the House.

The motion indicated that there would be five seats for women to be divided among five regions; while the youth and persons living with disabilities will have their respective seats.

The dismissed EPS deputy director and his victim are pressing charges against each other

Ex-Deputy EPS Director Wants His Criminal Charge Dropped

A request from the dismissed Deputy Director for Operations of the Executive Protection Service (EPS), Darlington George, to have criminal charges against him dropped could not take place yesterday after state lawyers pleaded with Criminal Court ‘B’ for suspension of the matter.

The case was, however, rescheduled to today at the Criminal Court ‘B’ at the Temple of Justice in Monrovia.

The collapsed classroom at Soul Clinic Public School in Zayzay Community in Paynesville

Soul Clinic Public School in Zayzay Community in Paynesville

6 Students Injured in Collapsed Classroom

Six students of Liberian government operated Soul Clinic Public School (SCPS) in Paynesville yesterday sustained injuries when their classroom collapsed on them.

At about 8:45 a.m. yesterday during the heavy downpour in the area, students in the second grade class felt the school building shake, Vice Principal for Instruction Perry Stevens told the Daily Observer.

“Few minutes later,” he quoted the students as saying, “a big sound came from under their feet and the front side of their classroom broke down.”


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