January 2017

Ezra Dahn Keller, Sr. First President of the Lutheran Church in Liberia, LCL re-interred in Haindii, Fuamah District, Bong County

Re-interment Rekindles Memories of Rt. Rev. Ezra D. Keller

At the re-interment ceremony of Rt. Reverend Ezra D. Keller Sr., first president of the Lutheran Church in Liberia, (LCL) on January 20, on his farm near Haindii, several people turned out to pay homage and reflect on his life and the role he played in theirs.
Leaders of the Lutheran Church in Liberia, the clergy, government officials, local authorities, family members, and friends came together to witness the reburial.

: “After a fair trial, with the government represented by experienced trial lawyers with integrity, those found guilty will be made a public example when they find themselves in orange jumpsuits performing public works.”

‘Annual Message Lacks Continuity’

Movement for Economic Empowerment (MOVEE) chairman Dee-Maxwell Kemayah has given mixed reviews to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s final Annual Message to the joint session of the legislature, adding his take on the issues the speech dealt with, including transformative change in the financial sector, fixing the economy and curbing corruption.

Putting forward a brief disclaimer, Dee-Maxwell Kemayah said although Sirleaf’s annual message did not justify continuity, citizens should however be prepared to move on with something different.

Some participants with their Master Trainers after the workshop.

BRAC Completes ECD Training for 100 Teachers

The Bangladeshi agro-based organization, BRAC-Liberia, has concluded a week long Early Childhood Development (ECD) workshop for 100 teachers and ten caregivers from ten selected communities at the St. Martin Catholic Pastoral Center from January 23-27 in Gbarnga, Bong County.

Project Manager for the program Benedict Sekey said his organization implemented the ECD Project for the United Nations Children Education Fund (UNICEF) to test new intervention approaches to early childhood development in Bong, Grand Bassa and Grand Gedeh counties.

Madam Wuo (in pink) poses with farmers, ESLRF ED, Emma Smith

MOA Lauds ESLRF for ‘Great Job’

The Montserrado County Agriculture Coordinator has commended the Emma Smith Life Recovery Foundation (ESLRF) for the level of work the organization is doing in the agriculture sector.

Madam Beatrice Togba Wuo said ESLRF is making a huge impact in the county as many of the farmers continue to receive farming implements from the organization.

“We want to say that you are doing a great job and we hope you continue,” she said.

TRANSCO CLSG members and NCC contractors


The General Manager of the Transmission Company in Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea (TRANSCO CLSG), Mohammed Mulibah Sherif, has praised the Liberian government for its immense contribution towards the project.

Mr. Sherif made the statement yesterday at the opening of a two-day project with the Owners Engineer and National Contracting Company Limited to discuss in detail the scope of the CLSG project and its implementation.

He said the government has provided US$2.3 million for a resettlement plan for those that would be affected by the project.

Secretary-General’s remarks to the African Union Summit

Your Excellency Mr. Idriss Deby Itno, President of the Republic of Chad and Chairperson of the African Union,
Your Excellency Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union Commission,
All protocol observed,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am honored to be with you.

I humbly join you in profound solidarity and respect.

Rebutting a Despot’s Fanatic: The Case of Cyril Allen Sr.

Another agent of the war criminal Charles G. Taylor has allegedly spewed the sharp-cutting rhetoric that must never again be a part of our national dialogue. Reportedly, Cyril Allen Sr. told the media that he sees “nothing wrong with resuscitating the Taylor regime.” The sentimental longing for the return of despotic rule in any form is simply reckless to say the least. If the statements attributed to Mr. Allen are true, it is critical that all sensible Liberians call his bluff. CDC and its coalition too must also speak against this decadent desire.

Reforms in Public Bureaucratic Structures in Liberia since 2005: Case Studies of LRA and PPCC

The Liberian Governance system has experienced significant reforms over the years from 2005 to 2015. This is evidenced by the establishment of the General Auditing Commission (GAC), Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), as well as the formation of the Executive Protective Service (EPS), including administrative restructuring of the Liberia National Police, (LNP), among others by legislative enactments.


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