Inspiration of the week: "A well ordered life isn't necessarily one that is free of messes; but one that is disciplined enough to process the mess into a mission of grace and redemption."
'Liberia's Success Will Be America's Success,'
On the second day of her visit to Washington, D.C., President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf addressed a meeting of the Corporate Council on Africa's new Liberia Working Group, laying out her country's potential, as well as its challenges, and inviting U.S. companies to come in and invest, as other countries are doing, citing opportunities in such areas as construction, power, ports, and housing, to name a few.
What can you do? What's your potential? President Sirleaf asked the U.S. business sector, and added, "You're letting it get away from you! Asia, China and Europe are seeing the great potential in Africa, in Liberia, responding to it, and you're not there. Why?" Full story...
The Changing Face of Land Disputes in Liberia
Monrovia — The Liberia Land Commission, which was set up in 2009 to help settle land disputes between returning refugees and their neighbours, is making significant headway, say land experts, but non-conflict related land disputes are increasing, most of them as a result of weak land laws.
Tens of thousands of Liberians were displaced during the 1999-2003 civil war. Many returned to their villages to find their land had been sold on or taken over by neighbours. Full story...
“NATIONAL UNIFICATION – A TRUE REMEDY TO NATIONAL RECONCILIATION”
DELIVERED BY T. NELSON WILLIAMS, II
I first of all want to thank God for this day and for this opportunity to speak to you on the topic “National Unification – A True Remedy to National Reconciliation”. I also want to thank the National Unification Day Committee spearheaded by the Ministry of Internal Affairs for selecting me to do the honors this year. I am extremely humbled by this experience and I hope I can meet your expectation.
Ladies and Gentlemen let us all stand and observe a moment of silence for all of our compatriots who have died in the cause of bringing peace to our Country ….I Thank you!
May I also wish you a happy Unification Day and respectfully admonish all of us to observe this day with a bit of sober reflection on our struggles as a people and a nation, even as we look forward and upward toward the light of continuous peace and harmony. Full message...
Min. Foreign Ngafuan Lights AU’s 50th Anniversary Torch
Monrovia, May 14, 2013: Liberia’s version marking the Official Lighting of Torch of the 50th Anniversary of the Organization of African Unity/African Union (OAU/AU) has taken place in Monrovia as Foreign Minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan performed the ceremony.
The ceremony took place Monday, May 13, 2013 in the C. Cecil Dennis Auditorium of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Capitol Hill which saw members of the diplomatic corps and officials of multi-national organizations, public officials and some student representatives in attendance who gathered to witness the event marking the Golden Jubilee of the OAU that was founded in 1963. The OAU was later renamed into the AU in 2002.
Prior to lighting the torch on behalf of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Foreign Minister Ngafuan briefly reflected on the journey that led to the historic formation of the Union. He narrated that in July 1959, Liberia, Ghana and Guinea represented by their respective leaders, met in Sanniquellie, Nimba County and discussed the question of African liberation and unity at which time Liberia’s President William V.S. Tubman played host to that historic trilateral meeting. Full story...
Centennial Celebration of the 100th birth anniversary of Late President William Richard Tolbert, Jr. May 13, 1913-May 13, 2013.
The Tolbert family of Liberia in collaboration with the Liberia Baptist Theological Seminary, Liberia Baptist Missionary Education Convention, Baptist World Alliance and Friends of President William Richard Tolbert, Jr. will from May 12, 2013 to May 13, 2013 during a series of events celebrate the 100th birth anniversary of the 19th President of the Republic of Liberia, Dr. William Richard Tolbert, Jr. Full story...
Game, Set, Match: The Uncommon Courage of Albert Porte
by Jackie N. Sayegh
Growing up in Liberia, the name of Albert Porte was whispered amongst older relatives with varying emotions: anger, admiration, resignation, frustration, but never with apathy or indifference. Many expressed frustration over his constant “buzzing” thereby upsetting the powers that be while others secretly admired his courage. Secretly being the operative word here. As a child, the name was not significant in my world. Childhood friends, play and school took precedence and life went on as life is meant to do. Full story...
Statement by H.E. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to the Nation on "Curbing Indiscipline"
Friday, May 10, 2013
My Fellow Citizens:
I am concerned about an evolving trend in our society. Especially among young people, we are witnessing a creeping wave of intolerance, indiscipline and repeated threats of violence to express disagreements.
Some common features used to express disagreements include the setting up of roadblocks, assaults on other citizens, damaging private and public properties, locking up of instructors, hurling rocks at police, and even preventing fellow students from attending classes. Full story....
President Sirleaf Bids Farewell to Outgoing USAID Mission Director, Patricia Rader
(MONROVIA, LIBERIA – Thursday, May 9, 2013) President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has thanked the outgoing Mission Director of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Ms. Patricia Rader, for the tremendous services to the country while on her tour of duty in Liberia. Full story...
The OAU/AU at 50: The question of African unity
At the founding of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) 50 years ago, the leaders who attended the 25 May 1963 meeting in Addis Ababa set themselves two major objectives: the liberation of Africa from colonial rule and apartheid, and the unification of independent Africa. Independent leaders dedicated to the liberation of the continent recognised that without strong political and economic union, Africa would have no chance of achieving genuine independence. Full article...
President Sirleaf Accepts Resignation of Cllr. Leroy Urey as Human Rights Commission Chair; Verdier Appointment on Hold Pending Completion of Legal Requirements
(MONROVIA, LIBERIA – Tuesday, May 7, 2013) President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has accepted the resignation of Cllr. Leroy R. Urey as Chairman of the Independent National Human Rights Commission (INCHR).
The President acknowledges, with deep appreciation, the 42 years of public service in law, diplomacy and administration of Cllr. Urey, and wishes him well in his future endeavor.
President Sirleaf has also put on hold the earlier appointment of Cllr. James N. Verdier, Jr. to fill the position as INCHR Chair, pending the completion of the process required by the Act establishing the Commission on Human Rights. - The End -
Inside The New GAC: Personalities and Achievements—[Part 1]
The cliché, ‘behind every successful man, there is a successful woman’ is what is presently being observed at Liberia’s Supreme Audit Institution—General Auditing Commission (GAC)—where the success of its Auditor General, Robert Llewellyn Kilby, in a very short period of time, is a result of the calibre of Directors and Managers he has hired to assist in the running of the commission. These brilliant and committed lieutenants of the Auditor General have worked tooth and nail, to prove their mettle in serving the Commission in particular, and the Liberian people in general. Their diverse qualifications in the areas of auditing, project management, finance, information technology and accounting have added immeasurable values to the overall work of the commission, as envisaged by its Auditor General. Full story...
Statement from Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity On Gender-Based Violence and Rape
The Brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated proudly and resolutely joins the Ministry of Gender and Development, the Gender-Based Taskforce, and the leadership of the Republic of Liberia in the fight against sexual assault and rape perpetuated against our women and girls. Full story...
Konneh Takes On Another Campaign, Pumps New Life In Fragile States Development
WASHINGTON DC -- In a quiet waiting room, Liberia’s Finance Minister Amara Konneh is ushered by World Bank staff and seated to await the arrival of senior World Bank officials including President Jim Yong Kim, who invited the Liberian minister. In few minutes, CBS’ Correspondent Sara Logan entered the room followed by President Kim and Bank’s VP for Africa, Mr. Makthar Diop. The room lightened up as the Bank’s executives hanged head with Minister Konneh and other panelists. Full story...
Liberia denies resource deals violated laws
MONROVIA (Reuters) - The Liberian government denied on Friday it had violated its own laws in awarding resource contracts and pledged to implement the recommendations of an independent audit into the deals.
According to a draft of the audit obtained by Reuters, almost $8 billion worth of contracts signed by Liberia since 2009 have violated its laws, casting doubt on President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf's anti-graft and good governance efforts. Full story...