Liberia’s Revenue Authority Chief Hails Sweden’s Support To Development… Seeks Partnership & Technical Assistance


Monrovia, June 17, 2016The Commissioner General of the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) Mrs. Elfrieda Stewart Tamba has applauded the contribution of the Swedish Government to the development of Liberia, including the Liberia Revenue Authority.

Sweden has been helping with Liberia’s postwar development program in several areas including strengthening of the financial sector though its development arm—Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA).

 “The Swedish government has been good partners to Liberia….especially in your goal to reduce poverty,” Commissioner General Tamba stated recently when she led an LRA delegation to the Swedish Embassy in Monrovia. The visit was a follow-up to the one paid to the LRA by the Swedish Ambassador to Liberia Ms. Lena Nordström in late January.

 The Commissioner General acknowledged the Swedish Government’s goal to support poverty reduction and indicated that the more private sector trade is improved in the country, the better it will be for Liberia and Liberians.

“We have come to concretize our relationship with the Swedish Government,” the country’s chief tax collector said, adding, “Though we have benefited from the Swedish Government through the SIDA basket, we come to seek a more direct Technical Assistance from the Swedish Government.”

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LRA Commissioner General Elfrieda Stewart Tamba Taking Ambasador Lena Nordstorm on a partial guided tour of the LRA facilities during the Ambassador’s visit at the LRA early 2016
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Mrs Tamba presenting the LRA Case to the Swedish Envoy

Commissioner General then presented an official letter requesting technical support to enable the LRA to achieve its strategic objectives and outcomes, and to establish partnership with the Swedish Revenue Authority.

The Swedish envoy indicated that her government intends to help people living in poverty better their lives because it is part of Human Rights.

The head of Development Cooperation at the Embassy added that Sweden’s support focus on Strengthening Democracy, Gender Equality, and increasing respect for human rights.

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Rescuing The Awful Bardnersville Road: Can Gyude Moore’s Public Works Awakes From Slumber?


(First Published June 2015)
By D Kaihennneh Sengbeh/Freelance Journalist

Public Works Minister  William Gyude Moore
Public Works Minister William Gyude Moore

“They are sitting down and doing no intervention on this road,” he complained. By the middle of July if nothing is done at all, this whole Bardnersville road will cut from the rest of Monrovia,” the middle-aged citizen, riding on a motorbike along with this writer from Bardnersville Junction to Bardnersvile Estate, angrily lamented Wednesday evening (June 17, 2015).

By the time we arrived at our destinations, our trousers’ legs were already soiled as a result of the many pot holes filled with water that even the world’s best motorcyclist cannot escape.

While the just-come William Gyude Moore and his engineers might be restlessly working on revamping roads and bridges leading to the southeastern region for the hosting of this year’s Independence Day celebration (July 26), which is under only five weeks from now (at the writing of this article), his ability to adequately manage the country’s cumbersome infrastructure challenge is on the line in Montserrado — more especially in Gardnersville, Bardnersville, Johnsonville and Dixville.

Incontestably, citizens of all works of life are facing the bitter consequences of the deplorable conditions of the Bardnersville road that connects tens of thousands of Continue reading “Rescuing The Awful Bardnersville Road: Can Gyude Moore’s Public Works Awakes From Slumber?”

Deputy Public Works Minister Demands Quality Rural Roads–Inspects Several Infrastructure, Agric Projects In Southeastern Liberia


Deputy Public Works Minister for Rural Development and Community Services Jackson N. Paye
Deputy Public Works Minister for Rural Development and Community Services Jackson N. Paye

Deputy Public Works Minister for Rural Development and Community Services Jackson N. Paye has insisted that quality rural road network remains a major priority of the infrastructure Ministry and cautioned road contractors to produce nothing but the best.

“The benefits of the better rural roads and bridges to the local population are enormous, and those who build them must do so with high standards for these roads to last longer,” Minister Paye noted recently during an inspectional tour of the Agriculture Sector Rehabilitation Project (ASRP) in southeastern Liberia

Inspecting the projects in Grand Gedeh, River Gee, Grand Kru and Maryland last week, Paye he was fairly satisfied with most of the Continue reading “Deputy Public Works Minister Demands Quality Rural Roads–Inspects Several Infrastructure, Agric Projects In Southeastern Liberia”

Ellen Inspects Progress On Independence Day Projects – Woos Collective Efforts


The Bailey Bridge constructed over the Darbawulor that connects Greenville to Barclayville constructed by the Ministry of Public Works
The Bailey Bridge constructed over the Darbawulor that connects Greenville to Barclayville constructed by the Ministry of Public Works

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is urging citizens of Sinoe and Grand Kru Counties, co-hosts of the 168th Independence Anniversary, to get a little more involved in giving the two capital cities – Greenville and Barclayville – a facelift.

The Liberian leader admonished citizens to clean their yards, cut the high bush growing all around the two cities, and paint their houses. “They all need to join in to do their little part to make the two cities look good,” she pleaded.

According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf made the call at the end of her visit to Sinoe and Grand Kru Counties to access the level of progress and preparation for the celebration of this year’s Independence Anniversary scheduled to be co-hosted by the two counties. Continue reading “Ellen Inspects Progress On Independence Day Projects – Woos Collective Efforts”

Heralding A New Day At LPRC: The Man, The Challenges & Possibilities For Liberia’s Down Stream Sector


By Jesefu M. Keita,Jr.

 The Man-Sumo Kupee:

Hon. Sumo Kupee, Managing Director Liberia Petroleum Refining Company as of May 2015
Hon. Sumo Kupee, Managing Director Liberia Petroleum Refining Company as of May 2015

Hon. Sumo Kupee is the most recent former Senator of the Food-basket county of Lofa; a position he held for 9 consecutive years providing qualitative representation and leadership for the third populated county in the country. As a son of Zolowo town, Mr. Kupee has been one leader that has remained steadfast in ensuring that peace, tranquility and development take root in LofaCounty since the crisis came to an end a decade ago. In concert with other prominent sons and daughters of Lofa, he has honestly worked in reconciling the people of Lofa County. He has been a champion for various developmental initiatives including poverty eradication, capacity building for young people, humanitarian assistance, and donations to worthy causes among others. Through the ‘Sumo Kupee Humanitarian and Education Foundation’, the New Managing Director at the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC) has striven to provide humanitarian assistance and educational aid to the people of Liberia in general and citizens of Lofa in particular. Continue reading “Heralding A New Day At LPRC: The Man, The Challenges & Possibilities For Liberia’s Down Stream Sector”

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