AllAfrica News: Liberia

Young Entrepreneur Builds Jobs & Futures
[allAfrica] Mahmud Johnson is founder and chief executive of J-Palm Liberia, an oil palm processing business he founded in 2013. He is one of a new group of young Liberians who attended university in the United States but returned to their country rather than settling abroad. Their contributions are essential elements in Liberia's attempt to regain momentum towards peace and prosperity after a quarter century of conflict and unrest, followed by the devastation of Ebola. He talked to AllAfrica about his work and his go

Marylanders Selfish and Clannish? Have They Forgotten Tubman?
[Observer] The demand by a few Marylanders, including some of their Legislative leaders and students, that Tubman University should be headed by a Marylander or southeasterner and not by a man from Nimba County, creates two wonders. The first is: What has a Liberian's birthplace to do with being appointed to a position anywhere in Liberia?

LRA Collects U.S.$453 Million of Revised National Budget
[LINA] The Commissioner General of the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA), Mrs. Elfrieda Tamba, has disclosed that the LRA has as of April 30 collected US$453 million or 81 percent of the revised national budget.

USAID Provides U.S.$24 Million Grant for Roads
[LINA] The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) plans to spend US$24 million over four years on feeder roads in Liberia.

WTO Delay - Brace Yourself for Another Liberia Embarrassment
[FrontPageAfrica] As if the Global Witness report of bribery amongst high-level members of the Liberian government is not enough, the post-war nation is now at risk of losing its membership in the World Trade Organization as the lower house stalls passage of protocol ratification.

Global Witness Report On Liberia - Exposure of Ellen's Corruption Legacy or Foreign Investors Predatory?
[FrontPageAfrica] Liberia, especially its densely populated and seemingly clean capital Monrovia, has been gripped with mixed reactions and political in-fights since the exposure of a corruption syndicate report by a renowned UK-based corruption watchdog group, Global Witness.

Speaking With UN Peacekeepers in Liberia, South Sudan and Central African Republic
[UN News] Dr. Catherine Buzmion-Cheong, a United Nations peacekeeper, was working in Liberia when the first case of Ebola was confirmed in the West African nation.

Impoverished Hard-Hit Area Points to Ebola Recovery
[allAfrica] Monrovia -You can't walk too far along West Point's main thoroughfare before realizing that life in the slum community is much like it was before the Ebola epidemic made it a battle ground for its tens of thousands of residents.

LEC Completes 18 Megawatt Power Plant
[Observer] The Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC), with funding from the government, has constructed an 18 megawatt Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) Power Plant located at the entity's Bushrod Island compound, a release from the corporation has said. Construction work on the plant began in 2014, but delays were experienced because of the Ebola outbreak in the country, according to the release.

Koffa's Law Firm Shielding Client From Tax Obligation?
[Observer] Despite a previous Tax Court order to shut down the Srimex Oil and Gas Company for its blatant refusal to pay legitimate taxes owed to government as per a court judgment in 2012, the International Law Group (ILG) has been preventing the company from obeying the decision, a communication in the possession of the Daily Observer has established.

LEITI Welcomes Probe Into Global Witness Report
[LINA] The Secretariat of the Liberia Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (LEITI) says it welcomes government's decision to promptly probe the Global Witness report, contrary to the Civil Society Group's (CSG) stand on the matter.

USAID Begins Hydro Project in Bong
[LINA] The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has kicked off the construction of a one megawatt hydro plant in Bong County.

Liberian Police Director Attends UN Chiefs of Police Summit
[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -The Director of Police, Col. Clarence Massaquoi is attending the first ever United Nations Chief of Police Summit being held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

From Delta to Sable Mining - Tragic Tale of Shady Investment Gone Wrong
[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -In a chain of emails published by FrontPageAfrica back in 2007, it was revealed that Mr. Willis Knuckles (now deceased), a former Minister of State for Presidential Affairs and a trusted aide to the President may have used his influence to request as much as US$2.5 Million in "success fee" for consultancy and public relations work to two companies - Delta Mining Consolidated and Tata Steel - bidding for the coveted Western Clusters in Liberia.

Liberia Marks International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers
[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -At a commemoration of the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers held today at UNMIL headquarters in Monrovia, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and Coordinator of UN Operations in Liberia, Farid Zarif, and the Coordinator of the Cabinet, Minister of Defence Brownie J. Samukai, laid wreaths in honour of the 238 uniformed and civilian peacekeepers who lost their lives while serving on the Mission since 2003.

Unmil Confident in Liberia Handling Security
[Observer] The Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) of the United Nations Mission in Liberia, Farid Zarif, says now that the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) have kept the peace in the country and trained more security officers over the years, they are confident that Liberia can handle its security responsibilities.

Police Arrest Six Students for Storming Capitol Building
[LINA] The Liberia National Police (LNP) has arrested six persons who claimed to be students of the University of Liberia after they stormed the official seat of National Legislature on Capitol Hill.

VP Boakai Reaffirms Liberia's Commitment to Istanbul Program
[LINA] Liberia has reaffirmed its commitment to the protocols of the Istanbul Program of Action at the Midterm Review of the Istanbul Program of Action in Antalya.

Farmers' Registration Cards Shortage Hits Lata
[LINA] A shortage of cards is hampering the registration of farmers under the Liberia Agricultural Transformation Agenda (LATA) program launched by the Ministry of Agriculture in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County.

CSO Wants Attention Given Sanitation Problem
[LINA] The Chairman of the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) program in Liberia, Prince Kreplah, has called on government to address the problems of sanitation and hygiene to ensure a healthy environment.

Surveyors Challenged to Remain Professional
[LINA] Chairman of the Surveyor Licensing and Registration Board (SLRB), Ernest C. B. Jones, has challenged surveyors to remain professional to avoid land conflict in Liberia.

Pres. Sirleaf On Visits to U.S., Senegal, Israel
[LINA] President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is on official visits to the United States of America, Senegal and the State of Israel.

'Whole Country Depending On U.S.' - LRA Pushing for 2015/16 Revenue Target
[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -The Commissioner General of the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) Elfreda Stewart Tamba has challenged employees and staff of the Authority to exert all efforts in their respective roles to ensure that the revised revenue forecast for 2015/2016 is met.

Egypt's Engagement With Africa Becoming New Melting Point
[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -African countries have been working over the last decades to form African Unity through the formation of a strong African Union but major policy issues amongst countries continue to keep the dream at a peripheral level-with AU involved with holding regular meetings and making interventions in times of crisis in some member countries.

Defective Bonds? Prosecutor Files Motion for Sherman, Tyler Imprisonment
[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -It seems the legal wrangle surrounding Grand Cape County Senator and Unity Party Chairman Cllr. Varney Sherman, House of Representatives Speaker Alex Tyler and others indicted on multiple offences including bribery, criminal conspiracy, economic sabotage, criminal solicitation and criminal facilitation is just beginning as FrontPageAfrica has gathered that the respective bail bonds filed by the accused have been challenged by State prosecutors.

Come Let Us Rebuild Christ Church
[Observer] The Priest-in-Charge of Christ Episcopal Church, the Rev. Fr. Harris W. Woart, has challenged Episcopalians from Crozierville to return and rebuild the church in the same way the Prophet Nehemiah, in exile following the Babylonian captivity, returned home to rebuild Jerusalem.

'Latecomers'
[Observer] Major program to celebrate UN Peacekeepers held up by late arrivals of Liberian government officials. (This was not the first time.)

Egypt - Shifting Diplomacy
[Observer] African countries have been working over the last decades to form a 'united front' through the formation of a strong African Union (AU), but major policy issues among countries continue to keep the dream at a peripheral level - with the AU involved in holding regular meetings and making interventions in times of crisis in some of the member countries.

Countdown to 2017 Begins
[Observer] The National Elections Commission (NEC) yesterday launched the countdown to the holding of the 2017 legislative and presidential elections.

50 Ebola Survivors Begin Psychosocial Training
[Observer] About 50 Ebola survivors from Montserrado and Margibi counties over the weekend began three days of intensive psychosocial training in Sinkor, Monrovia.