Special Statement by the Chair of the National Task Force on Ebola, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
During my remarks on Saturday, at our Independence Day Celebration, I announced that we now face a National Emergency as a result of the deadly Ebola menace. I also announced the establishment of a National Task Force which I would chair along with the Minister of Internal Affairs in his role as Chairman of the National Disaster Relief Commission. The Task Force will give support to the Technical Team headed jointly by the Minister of Health and Social Welfare and the Country Representative of the World Health Organization. Full statement...
Transformation of our Minds, Attitudes and Behaviors
Elizabeth Davis-Russell, EdD, PhD
As Liberia rebuilds itself after several years of civil war, it is faced with many competing priorities. Infrastructure development, roads and bridges that were torn apart need to be rebuilt. Education needs attention, as does providing healthcare. The list goes on. However, little or no attention is paid to the transformation of minds, attitudes and behaviors.
This presentation raises the need to focus on the human factor. How do we shift from a warring mentality to one that fosters peace? What are the values upon which this new Liberia needs to be built? It looks to the Constitution for some of the values that are embedded within it, and proposes a restoration of some of those that can point the direction for the nation. It challenges the common practice of leadership often build upon self-aggrandizement and proposes a model of servant leadership.
Three entities working in concert with one another are proposed as suitable for bringing about this kind of transformation; the family, education, and society generally. Full speech...
Ministry of Commerce Purchases Local Rice to Endorse 25% Local Procurement Act
Monrovia—The Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MoCI) has purchased 100 bags (5 MT) of rice grown in Liberia from local rice processor, Fabrar Liberia, as part of the MoCI’s initiative to support the Government of Liberia (GoL) in requiring GoL entities to set aside at least 25% of all public procurement opportunities for Liberian businesses.
The Small Business Empowerment Act would provide a lucrative opportunity for rice farmers and processors. Each year, the GoL procures large quantities of rice for government employees, school feeding programs, and various humanitarian assistance projects amounting to over 70,000 bags annually (approximately 3,500 MT). Previously, that rice was supplied entirely by foreign imports due to a lack of domestic supply. Full story...
FAO Warns People Can Get Infected with Ebola by Eating Bushmeat
By Wynfred Russell
As Liberia reports 22 more Ebola infections and 10 deaths, increasing the country's total to 196 cases, which includes 116 deaths, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) issued a warning today against eating certain wild animals.
The FAO said that although reducing person-to-person Ebola transmission is the most important focus, it is working closely with the World Health Organization (WHO) to raise awareness about transmission risks from wildlife among rural communities that hunt bushmeat to supplement their diets and income.
The agency said communities risk future spillover from species that naturally carry the virus, including fruit bats, some monkeys, and many deer species, if prudent action is not taken. Full story...
Foreign Ministry Warns Public Against Unscrupulous Purported 'Staff'
Monrovia, July 19, 2014: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs says its attention has been drawn to some unscrupulous individuals purporting as staff or officials of the Ministry who are in the habits of engaging business entities across the nation in the name of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for official business transaction. Full story...
FOREIGN MINISTRY ANNOUNCES NATIONAL ORATOR FOR LIBERIA'S 167TH INDEPENDENCE DAY
Monrovia, July 17, 2014: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced the name of the National Orator for this year's National Independence Day celebration. A Foreign Ministry release said the President of the Tubman University in Maryland County, Dr. Elizabeth Davis-Russell has been selected to perform the national task.
Meanwhile the Ministry has also released the profile of this year's Orator as stated below: Full story...
President Sirleaf Takes Action against Government Officials for Failing to Declare Assets
(MONROVIA, LIBERIA – Friday, July 18, 2014) President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has sanctioned several government officials for failing to file their Income, Assets, and Declaration as reported by the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission.
According to an Executive Mansion release, Government officials who failed to file are suspended for one month on the job and will forfeit the salary equivalent for the same period.
Government officials who initially filed but failed to re-declare after two years are suspended on the job and will forfeit salary equivalent to the period until full compliance.
Meanwhile, President Sirleaf has commended all government officials who have complied for this exemplary discipline and the contribution which this makes to government’s commitment to transparency and accountability. - End -
President Sirleaf Makes Additional Appointments in Government,
Subject To Confirmation by the Honorable Liberian Senate, where Applicable
(MONROVIA, LIBERIA – Tuesday, July 15, 2014) President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, continuing with nomination of officials to positions in government, has named the following persons to the Judiciary, Ministries of Finance and Development Planning, Transport, Labor, Foreign Affairs, Commerce and Industry, State for Presidential Affairs and the General Services Agency.
The Liberian leader also named other persons to the Liberia Airport Authority, Forestry Development Authority Board, Central Bank of Liberia, National Housing Authority, Liberia Telecommunication Corporation (LIBTELCO), National Port Authority, Liberia Petroleum Refining Company, Liberia Maritime Authority, and the Grand Bassa Community College.
According to an Executive Mansion release, these appointments are subject to confirmation by the Honorable Liberian Senate, where applicable: Full story...