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President Sirleaf Makes Major Decisions;
Accepts Resignation of Foreign Minister, while Seven Dismissed, One Suspended
(MONROVIA, LIBERIA – Friday, October 9, 2015) President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has effected a number of decisions, including seven dismissals, affecting several government officials and Boards of two state-owned-enterprises.
According to an Executive Mansion release, the Liberian leader has, effective October 8, 2015, accepted the resignation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan, who tendered his resignation recently.
In keeping with Article 56 (a) of the Constitution, President Sirleaf has, with immediate effect, relieved Mr. Morris Dukuly as Minister of Internal Affairs....
President Muhammadu Buhari’s First Hundred Days in Power: Analogies in Nigeria-Liberia Relations
When United States President Woodrow Wilson devised the ‘Hundred Days’ concept to assess his administration’s achievements, it was not apparent that this would later be a powerful yardstick for measuring and forecasting the policies and practices of new governments worldwide.
President Muhammadu Buhari clocked 100 days as Nigeria’s fourth president in its Fourth Republic on September 5, 2015. Being an influential and powerful African nation with strong ties with Liberia, it’s important to examine specifically what implications the signals of the relatively young government may have for Liberia-Nigeria relations. In doing this, one is reminded of President Obama’s aphorism that “it is only when Nigeria gets it right that Africa will get it right.” In other words, Nigeria’s domestic and foreign policy directions can affect the behavior of her fraternal African states.
And so it is with Nigeria and Liberia, ECOWAS Members States which share similar problems and aspirations and have reciprocated in each other’s bilateral relations for over a century. For example, by virtue of its nineteenth century founding, Liberia supported Nigeria in its quest for independence, and worked for peace during the Nigerian civil war of 1967-70. Nigeria and Liberia were part of the Monrovia group of African nations that helped found the OAU in 1963. Nigeria reciprocated by playing a pivotal role in restoring peace and democratic rule in Liberia respectively during and after the Liberian civil war of 1989-2003....
Akon Says Business Works In Africa, Not Charity
Charities don’t really work in Africa, said Akon, 42, a Senegalese-American rap star, entrepreneur and co-founder of Akon Lighting Africa, in an interview with TheGuardian.
“I think (charity) just holds the people down longer than it should,” said Akon, who just completed a Canadian tour. “I think the only way to build Africa is to build for-profit businesses that create opportunities and jobs for the people locally.”
The U.S.-based musician made his fortune as a multi-platinum recording artist with hits such as “Smack That” and “Locked Up.” Inspiration to sell solar lighting in Africa came from his memories growing up without electricity in Kaolack, Southern Senegal....
Africa Faces the Challenge of Sustaining Growth amid Weak Global Conditions
WASHINGTON, October 5, 2015- Sub-Saharan Africa countries are continuing to grow, albeit at a slower pace, due to a more challenging economic environment. Growth will slow in 2015 to 3.7 percent from 4.6 percent in 2014, reaching the lowest growth rate since 2009, according to new World Bank projections.
These latest figures are outlined in the World Bank's new Africa's Pulse, the twice-yearly analysis of economic trends and the latest data on the continent. The 2015 forecast remains below the robust 6.5 percent growth in GDP which the region sustained in 2003-2008, and drags below the 4.5 percent growth following the global financial crisis in 2009-2014. Overall, growth in the region is projected to pick up to 4.4 percent in 2016, and further strengthen to 4.8 percent in 2017...
Now Boarding - Flights to Rural Liberia, New Carrier Launched
Monrovia — Transport Minister, Angela Cassell Bush has commended the management of the Mission Aviation Fellowship Liberia (MAF) for investing in Liberia's aviation sector by providing alternative means of transportation to rural areas of the country, particularly within the south-eastern region...
Calm Restored To Ganta After Hours Of Violence
GANTA, September 30 (LINA) – Officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP) have brought calm to Ganta, Nimba County after hours of violent demonstration by an angry crowd, leading to burning and looting of properties and thousands of dollars.
The violence erupted when some residents of the Bligaye Town Community discovered the body of an unidentified motorcyclist who was gruesomely murdered early Wednesday morning on the Ganta United Methodist High School sports pitch.
The unidentified motorcyclist, who is believed to have been in his early 20s, was allegedly murdered for ritualistic purposes.....