AllAfrica News: Liberia

Senator Weah Calls On Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo
[FrontPageAfrica] Accra -Senator George Weah, a former world player, is the second high profile football personality to visit Ghana's President, Nana Akufo-Addo.

Ebola Epidemic Fuelled By 'Super-Spreaders' - Study
[Al Jazeera] Most of the people who were infected with Ebola in the 2014 West Africa epidemic contracted the viral disease through "super-spreaders", researchers say.

Obasanjo Confident of AFL's Professionalism
[LINA] Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo says he is confident that the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) is a professional force that is being built given the level of reforms that have taken place in the army over the years.

Weah's Continuous Absence At Ecowas Parliament Sets in New Regulation
[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -Senator George Weah's continuous absence and short stay at the ECOWAS Parliament sessions has begun raising eye brow among members of the parliament and has also sparked a new set of regulations to govern sessions, meetings and missions.

Liberia Revenue Authority Regulation to Thwart False Declaration By Importers
[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -Tax evasion is not a crime that has been taken seriously in Liberia, but the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) is struggling to curb such financial malpractice that appears to be causing the government to lose millions of dollars in revenue generation.

Taa Wongbe of Alternative National Congress Distances Himself From Viral Sex Tape
[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -Personality attack and character assassination are sure to mar this year's presidential elections with some going extreme of ruining their opponents' entire future - politically and socially.

'GOL Spends U.S.$100 Million On Public Investment Infrastructures'
[Observer] The Executive Director of the National Investment Commission (NIC), George Wisner, says the government used up to US$100 million on public investment infrastructures, which is not enough to reach the minimum standard of infrastructure growth in the nearest possible time.

Fronting - Unpatriotic, Unserious Conduct By Liberians Blocking Our Progress
[Observer] Let us first define the terminologies. Fronting is taking a bribe from a foreign businessperson to pretend that a business belongs to a Liberian when it does not.

U.S.$20 Million Needed for 2018 Population Census - LISGIS
[LINA] The Director General of the Liberia Institute of Statistics and Geo-Information Services (LISGIS), Dr. Edward Liberty, has put the cost for the conduct of the 2018 national census at US$20 million.

'AFL Personnel Not Politicians' - Pres. Sirleaf
[LINA] Personnel of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) are not politicians, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has said, noting that the professional content of their organization must be devoid of politics and personal preferences.

Senate Constitutes Independent Economic Review Panel
[LINA] The Liberian Senate has constituted an independent Economic Review and Advisory Panel to research Liberia's economic conditions and make recommendations for that body's consideration.

Ellen Dismisses Assistant Foreign Minister for Forgery, Impersonation
[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has dismissed Atty. Evelyn Kou Lah-Adile as Assistant Minister Legal Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Senators Call for Responsible Handling of Land Issues in Liberia
[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -Senator Albert Chie, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Lands, Mines, Energy and Natural Resources, has challenged Liberian officials responsible for handling land matters in the country to act appropriately and promptly.

House Endorses Report to Allow Pre-Trial Detainees Vote in 2017
[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -Members of the House of Representatives have unanimously voted to endorse a report from its Judiciary and Elections Committee that would allow pre-trial detainees to vote in the ensuing 2017 Elections.

'Prisoners' to Vote in October Elections
[Observer] Members of the House of Representatives have unanimously voted to allow the National Elections Commission (NEC) and the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) to grant the constitutional rights of pre-trial detainees to vote in the ensuing 2017 elections.

LRA Reminds Lawmakers About Tax Obligations
[Observer] Lawmakers in the House of Representatives have been reminded to pay their real property and other applicable taxes in line with new election laws.

Commerce Ministry's Absence Proves Guilt in Japanese Rice Donation
[Observer] Members of the joint Public Accounts, Audit and Expenditure Committee of the Legislature have said that the continuous non-appearance of key witnesses from the Ministry of Commerce at Public Hearings on the 8,612.2722 metric tons of the 2008 Japan KR rice donation to Liberia will be considered proof of guilt.

Trial of Tyler, Sherman, Others Begins Friday
[Observer] Former House Speaker Alex Tyler, together with several present and past public officials, including Senator Varney Sherman (Grand Cape Mount County), will go on trial Friday, February 17, at the Criminal Court 'C.'

Ecowas Parliament Convenes Extraordinary Session
[Observer] The Fourth Legislature of the ECOWAS Parliament over the weekend convened its first extraordinary session for the Year 2017 in Abuja.

U.S.$7 Million Wateraid Project for Liberia, Sierra Leone
[Observer] 1.1 million Liberians and 2.4 million Sierra Leoneans endure scarcity of safe drinking water.

Sanniquellie Prison Overcrowded
[Observer] The overcrowding of Sanniquellie Central Prison is worrying judicial actors in Nimba County as the inmates now number close to 200.

President Sirleaf Dismisses Assistant Foreign Minister for Legal Affairs Atty. Evelyn Lah-Adile.
[Liberia Govt] President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has dismissed Atty. Evelyn Kou Lah-Adile as Assistant Minister Legal Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

'Gbarnga-Mendikorma Highway Critical to Sub-Regional Trade' - Boakai
[LINA] Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has restated that the Gbarnga-Mendikorma highway project will not only bring great relief to the people of North-Western Liberia, but will also open the country to sub-regional commerce and trade.

Pres. Sirleaf Congratulates the Vatican On 88th Anniversary
[LINA] President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has sent a message of congratulations and sincere best wishes to His Holiness Pope Francis on the occasion marking the commemoration of the 88th Anniversary of the founding of the Vatican City State.

AFL Performance Overwhelms Pres. Sirleaf
[LINA] President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has extolled the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) for always rising to the occasion regardless of time, location, situation or condition.

National Port Authority Conducts Training for Liberian Marines
[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -The National Port Authority (NPA) has embarked on a training initiative for marine personnel assigned at the major ports in Liberia.

MPC Suspends Deputy Chairman
[Observer] The leadership of the Movement for Progressive Change (MPC) party has suspended for time indefinite its deputy chairman for mobilization and recruitment for alleged corruption. The MPC is headed by businessman Simeon Freeman.

Karnwea, Dahn Cross Over to LP
[Observer] A stalwart of the ruling Unity Party, Harrison Karnwea, and party sympathizer Dr. Kadiker Rex Dahn, have both formally crossed over to the Liberty Party (LP), pledging their respective supports to ensure that the party attains the presidency at the upcoming October presidential and legislative elections.

USAID Recognizes Hard Working Liberians
[Observer] Last week, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) organized an event where it awarded Liberian nationals and institutions for doing exceptionally well in their various fields of endeavor.

Stringent Measures Await Non-Compliant Budget Line Institutions
[Observer] The non-compliant posture demonstrated by some budget line institutions have been responsible for the improper monitoring of money appropriated to those institutions in the national budget. This complaint is expected to be contained in a prepared report by the Senate Subcommittee on Expenditure and Appropriation, headed by Grand Bassa County Senator Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence.