AllAfrica News: Liberia

UN Resumes Vaccination for Three Million Children
[NEWS] For the first time since the start of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, thousands of health workers are fanning out across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone in nationwide immunization campaigns with an aim to protect three million children against preventable but potentially deadly diseases such as measles and polio.

Liberia At Crossroads of Being Declared 'Ebola Free', If...
[LINA] As Liberia stands to be declared Ebola-free on May 9, if no new cases are reported, the Africa Regional Director of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Matshidiso R. Moeti, assured that WHO will continue to work with Liberia in making ensuring the Ebola virus does not return through its borders.

Ebola Eclipsed Malarial Deaths in Liberia
[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -April 25 of each year is commemorated as World Malaria Day, in Liberia students, teachers, health officials and Government officially paraded the streets in white T-shirt with inscription "Take cover to prevent Malaria; everywhere, every night, sleep under the net". The 8th commemoration program of the day was celebrated under the theme "invest in the future, defeat Malaria".

UN Resumes Vaccination Drive for Three Million Children
[UN News] For the first time since the start of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, thousands of health workers are fanning out across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone in nationwide immunization campaigns with an aim to protect three million children against preventable but potentially deadly diseases such as measles and polio.

WHO Pledges to Rebuild Resilient Healthcare System in Liberia
[FrontPageAfrica] The World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, has pledged the organization's continued collaboration in support to rebuilding a resilient healthcare system in Liberia. According to an Executive Mansion release, the first woman WHO Regional Director for Africa made the commitment when she paid a courtesy call on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at her temporary office at the Foreign Ministry on Thursday, April 23, 2015.

On Proposed 'Christian State' - Muslim Council Breaks Silence
[Inquirer] The National Muslim Council of Liberia has broken silence on National Constitution Review conference, which was held in Garnga City, Bong County, March 29, and April 2, 2015, where delegates considered a proposition that seeks to declare Liberia as a Christian nation. Speaking at the press conference over the weekend in Monrovia, the Secretary General of the National Muslim Council of Liberia, Mr. Sheikh Akibu Sherif disclosed that the National Muslim Council of Liberia obviously and absolutely disapproved

Immunization Resumes in Ebola-Hit Countries
[Unicef] Dakar/Geneva -For the first time since the start of the Ebola outbreak, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone are conducting major nationwide immunization campaigns to protect millions of children against preventable but potentially deadly diseases.

U N Chief Names New Head of Ebola Mission
[New Dawn] The U.N. Secretary General, on Saturday, appointed a new head of the emergency mission responding to West Africa's Ebola crisis, expressing the hope that the world's deadliest outbreak of the virus will soon come to an end.

Lavish Nocal Travel Rumors Abound - Ellen Forced to Intervene
[FrontPageAfrica] President Sirleaf is forced to step in amid speculations about a hefty delegation of 20 executives from the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) taking a lavish trip to the United States, pockets stuffed and bulging with the supersized per diem payments each received

Secretary-General Appoints New Acting Special Representative for UN Mission Against Ebola
[UN News] The United Nations Secretary-General today announced the appointment of Peter Jan Graaff of the Netherlands as the Secretary-General's Acting Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER).

Elevating Our Students From the Floors to Chairs - "To Whom Much Is Given, Much Is Expected"
[Observer] Who is Tibelrosa Summoh Tarponweh? We do not remember ever doing a story on this caring and patriotic parent. But last Thursday our Health Correspondent, Alaskai Johnson, caught him doing a great deed: providing 78 armchairs to students of the John Payne Mitchell Elementary and Junior High School in Marshall, Margibi County. Johnson dutifully covered the event and put Mr. Tarponweh suddenly in the news.

We Support a Holistic Corruption Fight Not Selective
[NEWS] The Managing Director of the National Port Authority (NPA) Matilda Wokie Parker and her comptroller Christiana Kpabar Paelay were on Wednesday suspended by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf. The President also suspended all members of the Board of Directors of NPA, except for statutory members, and the Chairperson who was recently named.

Witness in Alleged NPA Corruption Saga Fears Allison Scenario
[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -Whistleblowing is encouraged in Liberia due to a law protecting people who blow whistle against acts of corruption, but the recent death of Michael Allison, a key witness in alleged acts of corruption by some members of the House of Representatives including Speaker Alex Tyler is raising fear amongst other whistle blowers.

Arcelormittal Struggles to Keep Promise, Bolts On Key Project
[FrontPageAfrica] A little over three months after the Liberian government through the Ministry of Public Works and the Senegalese contractor, Compagnie Sahélienne d'Entreprises (CSE) put pen to paper on an agreement to commence construction of the crucial Ganta-Yekepa highway, the major funder of the project appears to have backed out, citing global meltdown of iron ore prices and the impact of the deadly Ebola virus outbreak has had on its operations.

Co-Defendant Testifies Against Fda Managers
[Observer] Torwan T. Yantay, the man charged with the same crimes as those for which the dismissed Forestry Development Authority (FDA), Managing Director Moses Wogbeh and three other mangers and a senior surveyor at the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy (MLME) are currently being tried, testified against his colleagues.

U.S. Government Releases Ninth Annual Malaria Report
[New Dawn] The U.S Government says World Malaria Day is observed each year by the global community to call attention to the disease, as well as to mobilize action to combat it.

MSF Hands Over ELWA - 3 to Liberian Ministry of Health
[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -The international medical organization Médecins Sans Frontières /Doctors Without Borders (MSF) hands over the ELWA 3 Ebola management center in Monrovia to the Liberian Ministry of Health/IMS. The Ministry will run the facility as a temporary Ebola management center.

Ellen Congratulates Sierra Leone On 54th Independence Anniversary
[Observer] President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has sent a message of congratulations to the government and people of Sierra Leone on the occasion commemorating the country's 54th independence anniversary.

President Sirleaf On Two-Day Working Visit to Cote d'Ivoire
[Liberia Govt] President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is in the Ivorian capital, Abidjan, for a two-day working visit at the invitation of her counterpart, His Excellency, Mr. Alassane Ouattara.

By Korboi K. Gbelewala/Lina Lofa County Correspondent
[LINA] The Bangladeshi Non-governmental Organization BRAC-Liberia with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is currently implementing a nine-month psychosocial project for Ebola Survivors and Orphans in Lofa County.

LCCC Badges and Caps 118 Nursing Students in Lofa County
[LINA] The Lofa County Community College (LCCC) has for the first time since its existence as a college, badged and capped students of its Health Sciences Department.

DEA to Get U.S.$25K Office in Bomi Soon
[LINA] The Acting Commander of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) in Bomi County, Othello Watson, has disclosed the construction of a US$25,000 DEA Office in the county.

Volunteers Working Day and Night to Repair the Only Public School in West Point, Monrovia
[Global Ebola Response] For over a month now, West Point residents have been landing a hand in repairing the Nathaniel Varney Massaquoi School, the only public school in the overpopulated township. Both skilled and unskilled volunteers have been working in shifts to ensure that the school renovations are completed by the deadline.

News Celebrates 26th Anniversary
[NEWS] The Liberia Media & Marketing Services, publisher of the NEWS Newspaper over the weekend celebrated 26 years of existence.

NSCC Inducts New Leadership
[NEWS] The National Student Christian Council Sunday inducted a new leadership headed by broadcast journalist Facia B. Harris as National Chairperson.

PUL Leads Journalists to Zwedru
[NEWS] The Press Union of Liberia will Friday, May 1, lead journalists to Zwedru City, Grand Gedeh County, for the official observance of this years' World Press Freedom Day.

Ecowas Delegation Inspects Fraud Detection Unit
[NEWS] A delegation from ECOWAS National Coordinating Office in Liberia over the weekend visited the Fraud Detection Unit of the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN) at the Roberts International Airport in Margibi County.

'Pay Our Land Rental Fees'
[NEWS] The National Union of Community Forest Development Committees (NUCFDC) is calling on the Liberian Government to disburse its share of the Land Rental Fees.

Police Financial Transactions Questioned
[NEWS] The General Auditing Commission (GAC) appears not to be satisfied with money transactions at the Liberia National Police for which it has questioned the financial activities at the security agency during the Ebola crisis.

Gen. Bakut in Liberia's 'No Peace, No War Operation'
[Daily Trust] Of all the senior Nigerian army officers who served as ECOMOG commanders in Liberia during the civil war, perhaps, the one commander who had the most difficult assignment was General Ishaya Bakut, 67, who passed on weeks ago in Abuja after a brief illness and was buried yesterday 24.