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