World Bank Gives US$650m To Ebola Recovery — Urges ‘Tireless’ Support To Ebola-Affected Nations


By Ballah M. Kollie, LINA

The World Bank Group (WBG) has announced US$650 million as additional support to Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone for the next 12 to 18 months to help them recover from the impact of the Ebola crisis.

The new funding will be used to strengthen priority areas in health systems and frontline care, agriculture, education, cash transfers and other social protection programs, which include lifesaving infrastructure such as electricity, water, sanitation and roads. Continue reading

WB Reports Continued Progress In Liberia; Says Uneven Picture In Sierra Leone In Ebola Aftermath


WASHINGTON, April 15, 2015—The return to work continues in Liberia, led by gains for wage workers and the rural self-employed, while the picture remains mixed in Sierra Leone, where urban youth and the non-farm self-employed continue to lag behind. This is according to the latest round of high-frequency mobile-phone surveys conducted in both countries by the World Bank Group and partners, in order to assess how Ebola is impacting people’s livelihoods. Continue reading

Liberians Converge On Constitutional Change


Partial View of delegates at the National Constitutional review Conference at Monday's opening ceremonies

Partial View of delegates at the National Constitutional review Conference at Monday’s opening ceremonies

History is being made. And it’s here in Gbarnga City, the capital of Liberia’s central and 4th most populated county. It is packer than usual. Since Sunday evening hundreds of delegates (including myself, representing the Press Union of Liberia) and observers are still flocking into the business-blooming dusty city for a very historic event. It’s a review of the 1986 Liberian Constitution. Continue reading

Word Bank, EU Envoys Applaud Redlight-Gbarnga Road Project As Gyude Moore Leads Assessment Tour


By D Kaihenneh Sengbeh

A segment of the completed road that is now making movement easier and faster than two years back

A segment of the completed road that is now making movement easier and faster than two years back

Significant progress has been made on the re-paving of the dilapidated Red Light-Gbarnga-Guinea Border highway, World Bank, EU and Public Works officials said Tuesday (March 24) during a two-day road assessment tour being led by Public Works Minister William Gyude Moore. Continue reading

Bomb Shell: Michael Allison Died From Drowning, Not a Liberia Citizen, Carried Fake Identities…Says Govt


The Liberian Government has concluded investigation into the mysterious death of the late whistle-blower Cllr. Micheal Allison, revealing that there was no foul play in his death. Justice Minister Benedict Sannoh told a press conference in Monrovia Wednesday that Allison died of drowning, and released a startling revelation that the deceased was not a Liberian Citizen, but an American who led a dubious” life.  Continue reading

Brother’s Brother Foundation Makes US$50,000 Medical Donation To Redemption Hospital


Minister Jackson Paye making remarks and presentation on behalf of the Foundation at the Redemption Hospital in Monrovia

Minister Jackson Paye making remarks and presentation on behalf of the Foundation at the Redemption Hospital in Monrovia

One of the country’s major under-equipped health facilities, Redemption Hospital, Thursday (Feb 26) received medical supplies worth at least US$50,000 to strengthen it meet public health demands.

The donation was made by the Brother’s Brother Foundation, comprising a group of Liberians residing in Florida, United States of America. Continue reading

In Remembrance Cllr. Michael Alison: A Dead Hero in the Ellen’s Corruption Fight


By Peter Quaqua, A Distant Friend

The remains of Cllr. Allison was found a a beach in Monrovia (Photo: In Profile Daily)

The remains of Cllr. Allison was found a a beach in Monrovia (Photo: In Profile Daily)

On May 3, 2012, while celebrating World Press Freedom Day, the Press Union of Liberia organized a debate between the University of Liberia and Stella Maris Polytechnic on the implementation of the Freedom of Information Act.  The Union was honored to have three distinguished personalities served as panel of judges: Cllr. Michael Allison, Ms. Dehab Ghebreab, former Public Affairs Officers (PAO) at the US Embassy near Monrovia and Chris Simpson, formerly of the BBC. I recalled how Cllr. Allison was critical with his scores.

On February 13, 2015, Liberians in and out of the country were awakened to the mysterious death news of Cllr. Allison. The body of the British trained lawyer was found in underwear on a Monrovia beach, with cuts on the body suggesting foul play, while other accounts say he drowned. Continue reading

“Global Communities” Empowers Liberian Schools To Fight Ebola


Global Communities, a U.S. based nonprofit organization, active in Liberia’s Ebola response, is working with principals, teachers and parents in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and UNICEF in the country’s 15 counties to make sure schools have the tools and information they need to follow the country’s new strict hygiene protocols and keep students safe. Continue reading

PUL Goes To Congress March 13


Release: (Monrovia: February 23, 2015): The Press Union of Liberia (PUL) will hold its pending mini-congress on March 13 and 14 in Monrovia.

The new dates for the Congress were reached after an expanded emergency meeting of the Executive Committee (EC) Monday (Feb 23) afternoon. Continue reading

Woods Took Public Works To The Woods As Weeks Made It Weak: Can Gyude Moore Do More?


By D. Kaihenneh Sengbeh* (first published in several dailies in January 2015)

 Introduction

Legal Consultant of the Liberia Law Society, Liberia’s renowned Human Rights Lawyer, Atty. Samuel Kofi Woods, II

Former Public Works Minister Atty. Samuel Kofi Woods, II

Little known William Gyude Moore, Liberia’s new Public Works Minister-designate, has a stocky challenge if he passes through the scrutiny of the Senate. Little known? Yes, not much is known about him in public square. Moore’s challenge and measurement of his achievement will be bordered on doing more of either of his two immediate predecessors: Attorney Samuel Kofi Woods, II and Dr. Antoinette G. Weeks.

From Knuckles To Donzo

Whether Moore intends to do more or not in the infrastructure hot seat, his appointment represents one more change. It signals another regime, a new disposition, and a new-fangled epoch at the Ministry which represents the heart of the country’s infrastructure development agenda. Take it or leave it. Continue reading