Quote: If you by-pass your respect, you will meet up with your disgrace.
President Sirleaf Signs 2014/2015 Budget into Law; But Veto Line Item under Additional Revenue Section 3 B (F) of the Budget
(MONROVIA, LIBERIA – Friday, November 28, 2014) President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has signed the 2014/2015 fiscal budget into law, but has vetoed a line item which calls for signature bonus in the amount of US$25 million on account of oil blocks.
According to an Executive Mansion release, the Liberian President said in good conscience she had decided to exercise the right and mandate granted under Article 35 of the Constitution to veto this line item under the Additional Revenue Section 3 b (f) of the budget.
“This decision, taken because the process in the sale of oil blocks has not been concluded, will resultantly affect the several appropriations contained in the schedule presented to the Minister,” President Sirleaf argued. Fulll story...
MIDTERM ELECTION 2014: INCEPTION OF LIBERIA’S DECISIVE MOMENT
MUSA DUKULY, PhD
Amidst the health crisis, the object of discussion in every segment of Liberia hovers around the behavioral strategies, expositions and ideologies regarding the forthcoming Midterm Election on December 16 2014. Nationalism is the conviction on which we expect the electioneering to hover around, as the only thing necessary for evil to triumph in Liberia is for good people (electorates) to do nothing positive and exhibit thoughtfulness. The focus of this commentary is to remind the conscience of our leading political players involved in this Midterm election to put national interest ahead of personal desire for power by encouraging the atmosphere of civilized politicking. This article is also motivated by the wave of politicking between the major frontrunners in the Midterm election, where the front-runners in most of the counties embattle for monopolistic supremacy over the distribution resources in the political market. Full article...
Ebola makes way for politics in Liberia
MONROVIA, Liberia -- Campaigning is under way for Senate elections in Liberia, another sign that Ebola is loosening its deadly grip on the West African country even as it hits the capital of neighboring Sierra Leone with increasing force.
Senate candidate Robert Sirleaf, son of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, expressed delight at how many supporters turned out at a recent campaign rally.
"They told me that there would only be 50 people but I see four or five thousand people," he said. "That gives me spirit." Full story...
President Sirleaf Visits Alpha OAU and the Island Clinic Ebola Centers;
As Dr. Atai Omurutu Alarms Over Male Ebola Survivors Infecting Their Partners
(MONROVIA, LIBERIA – Wednesday, November 26, 2014) In continuation of her visits to various Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs), President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf expressed happiness that all the ETUs around Monrovia are experiencing a drastic decline in patient intake. However, she continues to warn Liberians to follow the advice and measures specified by healthcare workers in order to break the transmission of the disease, as there are still hotspots and pockets in communities.
According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf made the comments on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 when she visited the 96-bed Alpha OAU Ebola Center in Virginia and the 100-bed Island Clinic Ebola Center near St. Paul’s Bridge, Bushrod Island to assess conditions there, including constraints, and to thank healthcare workers, partners, and volunteers for their services to the country especially in the fight against the Ebola virus disease. Full story...
President Sirleaf Declares Nov. 29, 2014 National Holiday
Monrovia, November 26, 2014: President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has by Proclamation declared Saturday November 29, 2014, as the 119th birth Anniversary of the late President William V.S. Tubman, and is to be observed throughout Liberia as a National Holiday.
The Proclamation further orders and directs all government offices, business houses and market places to be closed during the observance from Six O'clock ante meridian to Six O'clock post meridian.
The Proclamation is in consonance with an Act of Legislature enacted at the 3rd Session of the 42nd National Legislature of Liberia, declaring the birth anniversary of Liberia's 18th President William Vacanarat Shadrach Tubman (November 29, 2014) of each year as a National Holiday in keeping with the will of the Liberian people.
According to a Foreign Ministry release, the Proclamation is in recognition of his productive and meaningful services and policies, including the Open Door Policy, the National Unification and Integration Policy, the granting of suffrages to Liberian women as well as the policies on all social, economic development nationwide and his contributions to the emancipation of African colonial territories intoself-governing statehood.
The Proclamation further declared that the celebration is in consideration of the numerous contribution, profound changes and lasting compliments made by President Tubman during his administration as the 18th President of the Republic of Liberia, the people, desirous of showing their deep appreciation, esteem and approval for his outstanding, noble and remarkable leadership, did petition and request the National Legislature of the Nation to issue permanent record of their sentiments in honor of his birth for posterity
Chinese-built Ebola center dedicated in Liberia
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — China, one of the first countries to send aid to battle Ebola in West Africa, ramped up the assistance significantly Tuesday by opening a 100-bed treatment center in Liberia as rows of uniformed Chinese army medics stood at attention.
Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf toured the Ebola treatment center built by China, calling it "first-class."
"We want to commend China for this exceptional response," Sirleaf said. Full story...
President Sirleaf Urges UP Partisans to Support Senatorial Candidates
(MONROVIA, LIBERIA – Monday, November 24, 2014) In the wake of the official launch of the campaign for the special senatorial elections, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has congratulated candidates of the ruling Unity Party (UP) who are contesting the election.
According to an Executive Mansion release, the Liberian leader, who is also standard bearer of the UP, called on partisans throughout the 15 counties to support their party’s candidates and expressed her confidence that they will be successful.
Meanwhile, President Sirleaf has assured all candidates of the UP of her support as they campaign to bring victory to the party, adding that she wishes them success.
President Sirleaf Makes Additional Appointments in Government
(MONROVIA, LIBERIA – Friday, November 21, 2014) President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has made additional appointments in government especially affecting the Ministry of State for Presidential Affairs and Local Government structures.
According to an Executive Mansion release, these appointments are subject to confirmation by the Honorable Liberian Senate, where applicable. Full story...
MACROECONOMIC IMPLICATIONS OF EBOLA: PERIPHERAL VIEW ON LIBERIA
Musa Dukuly (PhD)
The nation’s economy is in serious trouble (Liberia’s Minister of Finance, Amara Konneh). So, what are the problems with Liberia’s macroeconomic stability? After recording remarkable economic outturns in the last six years, the momentum to cruise the economy to sustainable path began to dissipate disguisedly in 2013. Many stakeholders acknowledged that the downside has largely been attributed to structural constraints (lack of electricity, water supply, poor production road network, weak human capital). Adding to the misery, the health crisis (ebola disease) is having devastating toll on the economy; thus undermining efforts of tackling earmarked projects to get on the path of sustainable socioeconomic transformation. Most of the government’s priority projects seem to be suspended indefinitely with focus now keen on addressing the health crisis. Indeed, the impact is reflective of multiple macroeconomic implications that are necessary for discussion to ascertain the efficient outlet. Full article...
Washington Brings Africa Under Military Control
Against the background of actively discussed recent developments in the Middle East, Washington's activity in Africa has been given less attention in foreign media. This could not happen without the active influence of the United States on the said process in order to reduce criticism of the White House's implementation of its hegemonic political and strategic plans, at least in this direction. Full story...