AllAfrica News: Liberia

'05 Elections - Joseph Boakai Courted George Weah Ahead of Ellen
[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -Dr. Sakui Malakapa offers a flattering portrait of Liberia's Vice President Joseph Nyuma Boakai in his biography, "From Foya to the Capitol.

Liberia Makes Modest Contribution to UN Peacebuilding Fund
[FrontPageAfrica] New York -Liberia has made a modest contribution of US$50,000 to the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund.

Aminata CEO Trial Begins Today
[New Republic] The trial of the chief executive officer and proprietor of Aminata & Son Filling Station, Shakai Toure, is expected today Tuesday to begin at the Criminal Court "C" as he had earlier pleaded not guilty.

Women Caucus Engages Media On Affirmative Action Bill
[LINA] The Women Legislative Caucus Monday called on the Liberian media to raise awareness on the Affirmative Action Bill of 2016.

GVL Rejects Logging Allegations and Continues Working to Preserve Forests
[New Republic] Working to Preserve Forests Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL) rejects erroneous assertions about the proposed sale of timber from palm oil concessions and makes it clear that its development work in Liberia is in line with national and international laws on the protection of forests and also endangered species.

52 Ebola Survivors Get Capacity Building Skills
[New Republic] The Ebola Survivors Association of Liberia (ESAL) and the West Africa Ebola Affected Organization (WASAO) have certificated 52 survivors after ending six months of training.

High Court Suspends Judge for Shaming Colleague
[LINA] The Supreme Court has suspended for six months from active practice the Judge of the 15thJudicial Circuit Court in River Gee County, George Smith, for willfully humiliating Tax Court Judge Solo Teah.

GOL, Gigawatt Global Sign MOU for 10 Mw Solar Plant
[LINA] The Liberian Government and project developer, Gigawatt Global Cooperatief U.A., have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to finance and construct a 10 megawatt solar photovoltaic power plant in Monrovia.

Legislature Pressures Executive to Reprimand Corrupt Public Officials
[Observer] The outgoing leadership of the Joint Public Accounts & Expenditure Committee (PAC) of the Legislature has urged the Executive to reprimand corrupt public officials who have been found liable in the Auditor General's audited reports and ensure the restitution of money misapplied.

Aminata & Sons U.S.$5.7 Million Oil Deal Case Begins
[Observer] The Chief Executive Officer of Aminata & Sons, Siaka Turay, on Thursday, September 22 was arraigned before Criminal Court 'C' to answer to charges levied against him by the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC).

Supreme Court Extends Sentences of 11 Convicted Over Arcelor Mittal Riot
[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -The Supreme Court of Liberia has sentenced 11 defendants to 15 years detention, adding an additional five to the 10 years given previously by a court in Grand Bassa County.

Pregnant Women Challenges - Hunger At Maternal Waiting Homes in Liberia
[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -Investigation conducted at maternal waiting homes in Liberia reveals that hunger remains a major challenge faced by pregnant women.

State Lawyers Object Three Years Jail Sentence for Guilty JFK Employees
[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -Ruling on Monday at the Temple of Justice by Criminal Court "C" Judge Emery Paye to award three years jail sentences to several defendants found guilty in the John F. Kennedy financial scandal that allegedly caused the hospital a loss of over US$300,000,00 has been objected by state lawyers.

GVL Rejects Logging Allegations - Continues Working to Preserve Forests
[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL) rejects erroneous assertions about the proposed sale of timber from palm oil concessions and makes it clear that its development work in Liberia is in line with national international laws on the protection of forests and also endangered species.

Local Groups Collect Data of Drug Users
[New Republic] With increasing wave of illicit drug abuse among young people in the country, three local nonprofit groups has launched a campaign to collect the census of drug users throughout Liberia.

Quardu-Gboorni Youths Reject Cocoa Concession Agreement
[New Republic] Tusu United Youth Association, a youth group claiming support of the larger society of Quardu-Gboni District in Lofa County, said it rejects action by the government to impose the Liberia Cocoa Corporation on the locals.

Warlords Enjoy Culture of Impunity
[New Republic] Former notorious fighter of the defunct United Liberation Movement of Liberia (ULIMO) has blamed 'culture of impunity' for the level of protection former warlords are enjoying since the end of the civil war.

Ellen - Liberia Stands With UN
[New Republic] Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has recognized the significant role of the United Nations in the search for global peace and security, and also said Liberia stands with the world body in the realization of such goals.

Tyler Not Arrested
[New Republic] Following a widely publicized media report in Liberia that Speaker of Alex J. Tyler, who recused himself from presiding over plenary of House of Representative was arrested in Ghana following a reported discovery of huge quantity of money in his possession in the amount of over US$100,000.00, one of the men that called for the recusal of the Speaker and is currently visiting Ghana has denied the report that he saw he and his wife in Accra, Ghana with no situation of such.

'State Security Officers Are Traumatized'
[Observer] Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan, has said that national security officers, especially those assigned at various point of entry that compromised the interest of the country by allowing harmful narcotic substances to enter the country, are traumatized and should be offered psychosocial counseling services.

Police Storm Turtle Base
[Observer] A joint team of Liberia National Police (LNP) and Paynesville City Corporation (PCC) officers over the weekend stormed the Red-Light Market "Zogos Turtle Base" and destroyed several makeshift zinc shacks.

Judge Paye Gives Light Sentence to Six JFK Robbers
[Observer] The brains behind the John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital syndicate who made away with over L$16 million and US$126,000, were yesterday sentenced by Criminal Court 'C' at the Temple of Justice to perform community service for the period of one month.

'Demonstrate Tolerance, Honesty and Humility'
[Observer] Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai has called on the student community to avoid vandalism, dishonesty and violent demonstration, and instead to be tolerant, humble and honest in their dealings with each other.

Ellen Calls for Full Int'l Support for 2017 Elections
[Observer] President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has expressed the need for full international support to Liberia to ensure free and fair democratic elections in the country in 2017, a dispatch from Washington has said.

Liberian Government, Gigawatt Global Sign Solar Power Plant Agreement
[FrontPageAfrica] New York -The Liberian Government and project developer, Gigawatt Global Cooperatief U.A., have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the financing and construction of a 10 megawatt solar photovoltaic power plant in Monrovia.

National Public Health Institute Act Before Senate
[Observer] The Senate yesterday received from President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for enactment into law an Act to establish the "National Public Health Institute of Liberia."

Bong Teachers Defy NTAL Boycott Call
[LINA] Amidst calls by the National Teachers Association of Liberia (NTAL) for public school teachers to boycott classes, an official of the Bong County School System has said normal academic activities are continuing in the county.

Local NGOs to Collect Data On Drug Abuse
[LINA] Three local non-profit organizations have launched a data census of drug users aimed at highlighting the scale of the problem to inform efforts aimed at reducing the increasing wave of drug abuse across the country.

Liberia Contributes U.S.$50K to UN Peacebuilding Fund
[Observer] Despite positive assessments of its performance and impact, PBF is in danger of seeing its critical role weakened due to inadequate funding, increased demand.

West African Nations Committed to Fight Terrorism
[Observer] Noting that the United Nations General Assembly is taking place at a time when there is escalation of conflicts engulfing millions of people in many parts of the world, Liberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf stressed that West African States are collectively demonstrating their commitment and preparedness to combat terrorism affecting the sub-region.