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LAW & ORDER

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IN BLUE

Dirty Police Uniforms


Put Liberia Police
Officers in a Dull Light

REMEMBERING
NIGERIAN
GENERALS
GOVERNANCE ISSUES

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President Sirleaf Pays


Tribute to former AFL
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Liberia International Calls To


Go Up With New LTA Order

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VOL 9 NO.127

TUESDAY, AUGUST 25, 2015

PRICE L$40

SHAKE-UP AT LIBERIA OIL COMPANY WILL LEAVE


SCORES OUT OF JOB, INCLUDING TOP MANAGERS

LAYOFFS AT NOCAL

FrontPageAfrica has also gathered that those being let go will all receive severance packages
which Is expected to be available on September 30, 2015 in accordance with the labor laws
and the revenue tax code, meaning that laid off employees would be made to pay taxes and no
extra benefits including transportation and rental aid would be part of the package.

News Extra- pg. 5

CENTRAL BANK OF LIBERIA

MARKET BUYING AND SELLING RATES


LIBERIAN DOLLARS PER US DOLLAR

BUYING

SELLING

L$88.00/US$1

L$89.00/US$1

FRIDAY, AUGUST 21, 2015

L$88.00/US$1

L$89.00/US$1

SATURDAY, AUGUST 22, 2015

L$88.00/US$1

L$89.00/US$1

SATURDAY, AUGUST 14, 2015

These are indicative rates based on results of daily surveys of the foreign exchange market
in Monrovia and its environs. The rates are collected from the Forex Bureaux and the
commercials banks. The rates are not set by the Central Bank of Liberia.
Source: Research, Policy and Planning Department, Central Bank Liberia, Monrovia, Liberia

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

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Monrovia
ne of the biggest
criticisms of the Sirleafs
administration
has
been the governments
inability to revitalize the Roberts
International Airport, viewed by
many as the gateway to Liberia.
The poor condition of the runway
is believed to have been a driving
force behind Air Frances abrupt
pullout last year while many
departing and arriving visitors
and Liberians have not hidden
their distaste for the unimpressive
terminal which many say does not
represent Africas oldest republic.
The French carrier, Air France,
in 2014 ended its flying route to
Liberia after poor and dilapidated
runaway conditions at the RIA
inflicted serious damage on the
airlines AF752 jet, forcing the
plane into rugged landing leading
to almost half a million dollars
in damage. The forced landing
ruined the planes bottom right,
main landing gear, hydraulic holes,
brakes, and right main landing
gear axle assembly.
The airport suffered severe
damage during the civil war in
1990. The runway was bombed
and the main terminal building
burned down. Both the runway
and the terminal building became
inoperable and the airport was
shut down. Commercial operations
at the airport started again in 1997
by converting a cargo building to a
terminal.

Rodney D. Sieh, rodney.sieh@frontpageafricaonline.com

AIRPORT CITY ON HOLD FOR


NOW

In recent months, speculations have surfaced that the


government has been toying with the idea of constructing an
airport city but sources tell FrontPageAfrica that those plans
have been shelved for now, replaced with a more realistic plan
to revamp the old terminal which was ruined during the civil
war.
Government sources say the funding for an airport city is
costly and would take years to raise funding which is why the
administration has settled on revamping the ruined terminal
building and leave room to incorporate an airport city in the
future.
Dr. Clarence Moniba, head of the Presidents Program Delivery
Unit at the Executive Mansion, speaking to FrontPageAfrica
recently, confirmed that the plans for both the runway and
terminal are in the works.
Moniba explains that the President, in her efforts to continue
to modernize Liberias lone international airport, has decided
to approach its reconstruction and development in two related,
yet separate phases. The first decision, Moniba says, focuses on
the building of a modern terminal within the next two years. In
consultation with the Cabinet, it has been decided that several
companies will provided financial, as well as an architectural
rendering of a proposed terminal. One of the key requirements
for their submission, is that it will be pre-financed by the
company and paid back over several years of budget allocation.
The President, in order to ensure the quality of the proposed
structure, has insisted that procurement be done to recruit
the services of an independent and internally-recognized
contracting firm to serve as the Owners Engineer(OE) to
oversee the construction of the Terminal.
The next decision reached by the full Cabinet, Mr. Moniba says,
focuses on a broader and longer term approach to the airport.
As international airlines continue to gain interest in utilizing
Liberias strategic location, it will be key to build an airport
city that will not only boast a modern terminal, but in addition
to that, conference halls, an expensive hotel network, an
airport industrial park and warehouse, air cargo and logistics,
as well as offices. These initiatives, it is envisioned, will be
implemented over the next decade/foreseeable future.
The new Modern terminal will include updated security
and immigration features, shopping center and passenger
amenities and host two large body planes at the same time.
The departure Lounge will host a minimum 500 people at
a time; there will be two large conveyor belts for arriving
passengers; there will be also be two jet way walking bridge
to enable passengers to walk directly from the terminal onto

the aircraft. The current terminal has the capacity to handle


330 passengers every 30 minutes, and passenger numbers
currently stand at 115,800 outbound and 112,500 inbound as
of the last operational year.
Given the current trajectory, total passenger numbers for RIA
are projected to grow to at least 450, 000 over the next few
years. Officials at the Liberia Airport Authority say there is the
potential for a further significant increase in both carrier and
passenger numbers over this period as investments in Liberia
continue to increase.

TIMELINE TO LEGACY

SUGGESTED START DATE: 2015


End Date: March 2017
ESTIMATE COST: US$25 Million for Terminal/
US$60Million Runway
NEW AIRPORT FEATURES: Modern terminal
with all of the updated security and immigration
features, shopping center and passenger
amenities; The terminal will be able to host two
large body planes at the same time; Departure
Lounge will host a minimum 500 people at a
time; there will be two large conveyor belts for
arriving passengers; There will be also be two jet
way walking bridge to enable passengers to walk
directly from the terminal onto the aircraft.
$US60M Runway in Bid Round
The other portion of the RIA redevelopment involves the
dilapidated runway.
The estimated cost of the entire RIA modernization and
rehabilitation project has been put at US$60.3 million, and the
Government of Liberia has already concluded arrangements
for the project to be financed by several means including the
Saudi Fund for Development which is providing US$20 million;
the Arab Bank for Economic Development for Africa which is
providing US$10 million; the Government of Liberia, US$3
million, and credit from the European Investment Development

COMING WEDNESDAY

Bank, US$27.3 million.


In November 2014, the European Investment Bank (EIB) agreed
to provide Liberia with a US$27.3mn loan facility over 20 years
to rehabilitate the RIA. The EIBs long term loan is expected
to address safety issues and commence the upgrading of the
runway. Earlier this year, the Senate received for ratification
the EIB loan agreement in the amount of US$27.3 million.
Currently only a few airlines operate at the RIA: Brussels
Airlines, Royal Air Maroc, Kenya Airways, Air Ivoire and the
cargo airlines DHL Delta Airlines. Air France previously used
the runway but have since discontinued flights to Liberia.
The airport upgrade is essential for Liberia and the
investment will allow Liberia to rehabilitate and re-brand
the airport, ensuring a compliance with international civil
aviation standards. The Scope of the rehab will focus on the
improvement of the drainage system, construction of the
runway, and improvement of the runway lightning system. The
project, which is being implemented by the Liberia Airport
Authority (LAA), also includes the provision of assorted items
of operational and safety-related airport equipment; to include
among other things, fire tenders, ambulances, firefighting
equipment, forklifts, conveyor-belt loaders, passengers stairs
and passenger buses.
The airport was initially built with two runways but now has
a single 3,400m-long runway. Two aprons were constructed
in asphalt pavement measuring around 57,000m2. They were
extended by 85,000m2. The secondary runway was abandoned
and is currently being employed as parking area for off-duty
military aircraft.
To date, four companies Effiage(France); Lagan(Irish);
Sinohydro(China) and Dawnus(British) have submitted bids
but it is unclear which company is likely to be awarded the
contract.
The RIA has an asphalt runway measuring 11,000 ft (3,353m),
which is being used by international carriers. The RIA currently
uses two of its ancillary terminals and its asphalt runway to
service international carriers as well as the United Nations
Mission in Liberia (UNMIL). UNMIL maintains a helicopter and
an airplane facility at the same airport.
With less than two years remaining, the airport rehabilitation
is seen as key to the Sirleafs development agenda. Bearing
potential bottlenecks and bureaucratic loopholes, the race
against time is in already in play to see whether Liberia will
have a semblance of modernity to its airport and at least an
upgrade to its current condition.

THE ENERGY SECTOR - We look at the governments race against time to complete the important hydro project at Mount Coffee and what it would mean for the Sirleaf legacy

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

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EDITORIAL
v

A LONG-OVERDUE

Frontpage

COMMENTARY

THE LONE STAR BANNER: FLOATING GRACEFULLY


OVER THE VICISSITUDES OF HISTORY
By: Mwalimu-koh Blonkanjay Jackson (MsEd, EdM)- Education Specialist, Contributing Writer

I
MAKEOVER
AT NOCAL
Overstaffed, Overpaid, Overspent
and mismanaged, Liberias
Embattled and cash-strapped Oil
company Must reform for the better

OF LATE, The National Oil Company of Liberia has been in the


news for all the wrong reasons.
REPORTS OF BANKRUPTCY, bad management and overspending
of limited resources spurred speculations lately that the
company was on the verge of collapse.
THEN ON June 23, 2015, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
called on the board of NOCAL to nullify all resolutions passed
approving excessive benefits for departing senior managers
and board members, targeting specifically a November 2011
resolution that allowed management to benefit from no ceiling
parting gifts.
ALL THIS amid concerns expressed in a leaked memo from
NOCAL board members on June 9, which stated that Liberia
had lost potentially much needed money in signature bonuses
from the slow pace to close the bid round while giant American
oil companies Anadarko and Chevron either walked away or
held fire on investments in Liberia in a stunning, unfortunate
and embarrassing reversal of fortune for the country.
THEN LAST FRIDAY, Employees and staffers received the news
many expected but dreaded that they were all out of jobs.
CLLR. SEWARD COOPER, Chairman of the NOCAL Board, Cllr.
informed employees about their fate for which they had been
forewarned, as he explained to staffers last Friday, why the
decision was necessary and gave an estimated timeline of three
months before the exercise took full effect.
TWO MONTHS LATER, at a meeting with staffers last Friday,
the board chair reminded the employees of the meeting two
months earlier and thanked each employee for their service
while informing all that September 30th would be their last day.
NOCAL WILL REPORTEDLY give out severance packages to
employees who are being downsized by September 30, 2015
in accordance with the labor laws and the revenue tax code,
meaning that laid off employees would be made to pay taxes and
no extra benefits including transportation and rental aid would
be part of the package.
WHAT IS STILL NOT clear is the fate of Dr. Randolph McClain,
Chief Executive Officer for NOCAL, whose position was not
among the list of casualties submitted when the board notified
President Sirleaf about their decision last Friday.
THE TRUTH of the matter is, Dr. McClain is at the crux of the
problems at NOCAL. It was under his watch that a bloated
payroll listing surfaced, mostly political appointees, said to be
more than 170 surpassing a payroll of a reported US$600,000
monthly, for a small oil company in a small nation still shy of
striking commercial quantity in oil.
THE NOCAL BOARD in its submission to the president did not
include Dr. McClains name among those sidelined for firing,
leaving it to the President who has the power to do so. Sources
say that the President/Ceo Dr. McClains termination was not
included in the plan because the board felt it had no authority to
fire him but that the President insisted that McClain be added to
the list with immediate effect.
IT IS OUR HOPE that President Sirleaf will do what is right
by Liberia and NOCALs immediate and foreseeable future by
setting an example on the architect of the entitys near collapse.
DR. MCCLAIN cannot and should not be spared when scores of
others are bracing themselves for the unemployment line.
IT IS BELIEVED that pressure is mounting from both the Senate
and the House for McClains removal from NOCAL which has
taken a turn for the worse under his reign.
WE ALSO HOPE that the President will take keen note of the
right sizing plan which includes recommendation that the board
and senior management along with the rest of the companys
employees be terminated then re-vetted for employment at a
much smaller NOCAL.
IN A BID to cut off wasteful spending, we hope that the
administration can come up with a strategic plan for moving the

Page 3

Simply Thinking Thoughts


n my thinking thoughts, I retrospect the trend in the history
of Liberia, the divisiveness wrought by the Americo-Liberian
supremacy doctrine that birthed confusion, malice, wars,
and the resultant gross mistrust and lack of transparency
that have become ours. Despite this retrospection, my pain was
soothed by the mere fact that through all the vicissitudes or
changes of our history, whether it was war or peaceful assembly,
political filibustering or arm twisting; whether it was corruption
and squandering of the nations wealth, abuse of human rights or
respect for rule of law, the Liberian Flag still floated gracefully and
Flag Day was always the appointed day to celebrate the revered
Lone Star Banner.
The Vicissitudes
You will agree with me that this Lone Star Banner has passed
through very turbulent and tumultuous times and changes in
Liberian history, and hence deserves to be celebrated more
appropriately as the reverent national symbol it stands for.
From the time the first dark skin President of Liberia, E. J. Roye
allegedly attempted to skedaddle or run away, and drowned, to
the time the Colemans resisted arrest and got killed, the Lone
Star still floated gracefully. From President Barclays Fernando Po
human trafficking scandal to Tubmans 24 years of unproductive
rule; from comrade Albert Portes incessant advocacy to Baccus
Matthews April 14, 1979 Rice Riot; from President Tolberts
Total Reliance to Samuel Does ruthless military coupe; Emmett
Harmons tenure as Elections Commissioner to Samuel Does
controversial elections victory over Jackson F. Doe and Ellen
Johnsons resignation from the Senate, the Lone Star Banner still
floated. From Charles Taylors civil war to the advent of LURD
rebels, of course, the Lone Star still gracefully floated.
The Lone Star Banner has floated in recent time as well. From the
time President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf declared zero tolerance for
corruption as public enemy number one and as bloody doggone
blood sucking vampire to the collapsed of the messy education
system in Liberia, the Lone Star still continues to float, and
gracefully too, though.
But while we were busy acclimatizing with the vicissitudes and
changes of history, there was always one symbol that neither
changed nor lost its identity: the Flag of Liberia, the Lone Star.
I remember as a Red Cross Field Officer commuting between
Dr. Amos Sawyers IGNU of Liberia and Charles Taylors Greater
Liberia, one thing I always saw unchanged was our flag, the Lone
Star. Both leaders and their believers gave equal obeisance to the
Lone Star, revered it equally, and saluted it with the same passion
and edifications of soul although they behaved as foreigners in
two different countries with two different presidents but with the
same Lone Star Banner.
During the time of this nonsensical divide, and the five-president
government, each time the Lone Star soccer team played, we all
would rise and sing with all the passions in our souls, our patriotic
song, The Lone Star Forever, as we faced a flag, a symbol and
a mantra that has never changed nor waivered in spite of our
dunces and foibles, but remained majestically perched and waving
gracefully like a mother on a balcony meticulously watching over
her mischievous children wrestle one another over legacy.
Each time the Lone Star flag was hoisted, it did not matter any
longer whether one was Special Forces Commando, ULIMO-K & J,
NPFL rebel, Lofa Defense Force rebel, Prince Johnson Fighter, or
any of the bellicose factions as all of us stood in obeisance to our
banner in one accord. What a beautiful and serene situation there
was, to behold.
The Lost pageantry, Pomp and Reverence
These days, it appears like the once revered Lone Star has lost
relevance. These days, attendance at Flag Day celebration
programs has become voluntary and no more officially nor
patriotically compulsory; the pomp and pageantry which bridled
Flag Day has grossly diminished; government officials rather take
a day off counting their blessings from their exploits as they lay
in their comfortable couches at home, rather than attend a dull,
lopsided lukewarm Flag Day program.
You see, back in the day, August 24th was a memorable time for
almost all Liberians including students, the military and civil
servants. As a member of the St. Thomas Episcopal Boy Scouts
Troop, each year I anticipated competition among fellow scouters;
the best dressed and the one that demonstrated more pranks; we
also watched out for how many schools missed the eyes right
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company forward, especially during the global downturn of oil


and gas prices.
IT IS PARTICULARLY NECESSARY that the Sirleaf administration
do all it can to get this right when the rightsizing of NOCAL is
completed.
BUT LONG before that, the ongoing process to conclude
production sharing contract arrangements related to the 2014
Liberia Basin Bid Round For Oil Blocks 6,7 And 17 is as important

salute at the BTC or the Executive Mansion.


On Flag Day, as my highly respected Tubman High school led all
of the schools, we would march from the Centennial Pavilion,
through principal streets up to the Executive Mansion smartly
dressed. During the parade, we would pause before huge crowds
to allow our special units and majorettes demonstrate all the
values they embodied by the intricate dance steps, and drill
maneuvers.
School boys being boys, we looked forward to Flag Day because
it placed into our arms, our little girlfriends whose parents never
allowed them out except for school functions. Nothing could
match how much we cherished the few moments shared with
those young fresh lasses before they went running back home
like little innocent Cinderellas, before midnight changed them to
whipping pumpkins.
Truly, gone may be those days, but the Lone Star banner still
floats gracefully since freedom raised her glowing form on
Montserrados verdant heights (Edwin Barclay).
The Charge to keep
Now fellow compatriots, take heed because we have a charge to
keep and a God to glorify by our service to a nation. As we observe
the 165th Flag Day this August 2015, let us introspect, and
introspect well. Does the Lone Star Banner deserve such lopsided
celebrations as have been over the last decades? Considering the
vicissitudes of our history and the turbulent waves that this flag
has braved and gracefully floated, doe she not deserve much more
befitting recognition? Should we only be concerned with our
personal wellbeing and place the banner, the symbol that unites
us, on the back burner?
From where I sit, I think it behooves us to rise up, reminisce,
ponder, and decipher the message in President Barclays patriotic
lines which he bequeathed upon us as our unifying voice. Having
done so, let us rise up and celebrate the Lone Star banner the way
it should. Le us therefore make it compulsory to celebrate the flag
and celebrate it well. So help us God.
The Benediction
Now, may you go forth with a renewed resolve to observe this
historic day, not despaired nor lamenting but allowing your
voices to reverberating from Lofa to Yekepa, from Cape Mount to
Cape Palmas with the verses of the Patriotic song, The Lone Star
Forever.
When freedom raised her glowing form, on Montserrados
verdant height
She set within the doom of night, midst lowering skies and
thunderstorms
The star of liberty
And seizing from the waking mourn, its burnished shield of
golden flames
She set within her proud name, and roused a people longed
furlong, the Star of Liberty
The Lone Star forever, the Lone Star forever,
O long may it float oer land and oer sea
Dessert it, NO NEVER, uphold it forever
O shout for the Lone Star Banner
All hail!!!

Having done so, may the Lord bless and keep you, may He make
His face to shine upon our country; may He gave us the peace that
passes all understanding especially that which the compassionate
Savior Jesus gives that allays all our fears and calms all our doubts.
HAPPY FLAG DAY FELLOW LIBERIANS, AND MAY GOD BLESS
YOU!!
About the author
The Rivercess Man, Moses Blonkanjay Jackson is a triple Ivy
League product, and a Jesuit protg; Mr. Jackson is a Yale
University Mathematics Curriculum Fellow, and a University
of Pennsylvania Physics Curriculum Fellow. Mr. Jackson holds
a Master of Education degree from Harvard University and a
Master of Secondary Education with Mathematics concentration
from Saint Josephs University.
Blonkanjay Jackson (The Mwalimu-Koh) was recently removed
from the position of Assistant Minister for Teacher Education
having diligently and dutifully served the Government of Liberia
for two years.
He can be reached at 0886 681 315/0770 206 645 or
blonkanjayjackson@gmail.com .

as the reforms being implemented at NOCAL.


DOWNSIZING A COMPANY which crippled itself by overstaffing,
overspending and mismanaging the countrys emerging oil sector
is a good start. But what happens next will gauge the seriousness
of the administration in its bid to avoid the pitfalls of political
appointees which transformed NOCAL into a dumping ground for
political has-beens and recycled former officials.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

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LIBERIAN LAWMAKER
LATEST TO CROSS ATLANTIC
FOR MEDICAL CARE
SELTUE R KARWEAYE SR. UPPSALA UNIVERSITY
Why Folks are surprised? Representative Gayah Karmo (Unity
Party-Distict#1 Bomi County) chairman on the House of the
Representatives Judiciary Committee paid off his House in South
Providence, Rhode Island the moment he became Rep, He's diabetic
and also an American citizen and had been in the states for over 2
months. The publics trust in government has been undermined
and to some degree, the countrys populace has been endangered
under Madam Sirleaf as evidence with the Ebola Pandemic. Maybe,
We need to enact law that will prevent public officials rom traveling
overseas for medical treatment. This will encourage Liberian health
professionals to remain in Liberia and encourage policy makers to
focus on strengthening our health care delivery system. Medical
tourism shouldn't be allow to flourish in Liberia. The publics trust in
government has been undermined and to some degree, the countrys
populace has been endangered under Madam Sirleaf. Maybe,
We need to enact law that prevent public officers from travelling
overseas for medical treatment. This will encourage Liberian health
professionals to remain in Liberia and encourage policy makers to
focus on strengthening our health care delivery system. Medical
tourism shouldn't be allow to flourish in Liberia.
EMMETT MOLLIHI WATSON JR. INTERNATIONAL CONSULTANTGENDER IN HUMANITARIAN ACTION AT UN WOMEN
These people did not seize power. They were voted into power by
others. Until, these "others" open their eyes and see well, well, even
an alien from another planet would sweet talk them and become
either a Representative or Senator.
HARRY PAPA MASON METROPOLITAN STATE UNIVERSITY
The foundation of the Liberian culture of governance has been a rentseeking and patronage welfare for the privileged few. The plight of
the masses will often be ignored unless we are fortunate to have a
Jerry Rawlings to relieve us from such a self-induced poverty on the
nation. The pattern is clear: Every President who against corruption
before ascending to power found themselves in a web of corruption
and bad governance - a cancer that can only be cured by a Rawlings
democracy.
THOMAS KOLLIE LICENSED BEHAVIOR SPECIALIST AT
CONTRACTOR EMPLOYEE
Harry, you are right. People lobbying (because they know others in
high places) to get their properties or family members' properties
to be rented by government instead of encouraging government to
construct ministries and agencies. Wow, Liberia.
CHARLESETTA NOUGBODE-WILLIAMS UNIVERSITY OF
LIBERIA/ SPELLMAN COLLEGE
Liberians are just wicked to the core. I am presently in Ghana and
is coming to return to Liberia 2 of the 4 children that came for
Colon Corrective Surgery due to Caustic Ingestion. I am leaving
heavy heartedly with little Abbas still in bad shape due to so many
complications. All of the surgeries was paid for by my Donor Healing
The Children, FL-GA as done always through Ms. Arlene Rhodenbeck,
Executive Director. I have to personally pay for all other services to
include feeding, rental, etc. etc. We can only treat malaria in Liberia,
and we do have professional doctors limited due to the lack of
sophisticated equipment for various diagnosis. I was shocked when
I learned from Radio Liberia live conversation that the Board of
Directors of MOH&SW could not come up with US$300,000.00 which
was for transportation, training and hosting of trainers to bring in
US$5,000,000.00 Medical Equipment by Hawaii, so it was given to
Nigeria.
PAPIE DOLOBAH ACS
This too is LIB
ANSU OPA DUALU COALITION OF CONCERNED LIBERIANS
A cause is not important to a man until he's willing to lay all down
for that cause. We Liberians are mostly cowards; we keep expecting
meaningful change to come without forcing on that change. It has
never happened in human history! Those leeches will not stop
sucking until they are made to. It's that simple.
BOIMA GBELLY WORKS AT SELF-EMPLOYED
@ Harry Papa Mason: The fact that our institutions are left to decay
by our so-called leaders is very wrong. However; we cannot solve
problem with problem. The "Jerry Rawlings approach" of solving our
present health's sector predicament is not a good approach. There is
no scientific findings on the books backing this approach (the "Jerry
Rawlings Approach") , that we can point to, that can effectively remove
us from our quagmire. Educational revolution and other nonviolent
approaches are what we need. Are you still not tired of these so-called
revolutionists? We saw the Doe's Revolution and we also noticed
where the Taylor's Revolution led the country. Even the very Ellen
Johnson-Sirleaf's "anti-corruption rhetoric" are not working! Why
advocate for something that will set the country backward! People,
critically think before agreeing to some kind of silly revolution that
will further destroy the country. When suggesting something in the
interest of Liberia, consider the less fortunate Liberians that don't
have the opportunity to leave the country in pursuit of greener
pastures because of the scarcity of opportunities at home. Be a
generational thinker!

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WHY IS CENTRAL
BANK OF LIBERIA
AFRAID OF AUDIT?

The Editor,

hy is the Central Bank afraid of a real audit?


(Re"PPCC COMPLAINS OF CENTRAL BANK
NON-COMPLIANT POSTURE").
Every time you talk about auditing the Central
Bank of Liberia (CBL), Dr. Mills Jones, the CBL Governor,
gives you the middle finger, and declare that the Bank has
already been audited!
But there's one big problem, Governor. We're NOT
talking (and he knows it) about a financial audit of
CBL's books, which was done by your external auditors
(PricewaterhouseCoopers)!
When we talk about auditing the CBL, we're talking about
a comprehensive audit of the Bank's operations, especially
the management of its Micro Finance Program a.k.a the Loan
Extension and Availability Facility (LEAF) Program for freeloaders!
Can someone ask Governor Jake Milton Jones if he knows
the difference between a financial audit and comprehensive
audit?
If he doesn't respond, say "Governor, I know you skip your
auditing class (on Cuttington) to chase Kpelle women, but
there is a BIG difference between a financial audit and
comprehensive audit, so let me educate you:"
You ready, Governor?
A financial audit seek to express an independent opinion
on the truth and fairness of an government's unit financial
records.
Whereas, a comprehensive audit seeks to ascertain whether
a government's unit is achieving economy, efficiency, and
effectiveness in its employment of public resources! It's
also performed to combat waste, fraud, abuse and illegal
activities!!
That's why the people's representatives (lawmakers)
commissioned the PPCC (the people's auditors) to do a
comprehensive audit, but you and your unaccountable audit
committee keep telling them that ONLY the CBL can audit
itself or pay someone (PricewaterhouseCoopers) to audit
it....That's nonsense!
But such nonsense shouldn't be tolerated by our National
Legislature! The supreme law of the land (Constitution,
Article 89) specifically grant the legislature the power
to enact law (pass a bill to audit the CBL) for the smooth
operation of the government.
So if Dr. Mills Jones refuses to comply with House's audit
request, they should hold him in contempt for obstructing
the people's work, and lock his ass up for 48 hours!
Stop shaking in your boots, Governor! If you have nothing to
hide, you have nothing to fear, right??
Martin Scott
Atlanta, Georgia
martyretire@yahoo.com

THE CONSTITUTIONALISM
AND THE RULE OF LAW
ARE BEING PREVAILED BY
THE PRESIDENTS ACTION
ON PROPOSITION # 24
(CHRISTIANIZING LIBERIA)

The Editor,

ew months ago, Liberia witnessed heated debates


on Proposition #24 of the ongoing Constitution
Review process, the said preposition called for
changing Liberias organic law from its secular
nature to religious state mainly Christian State. The action
faced Pros and cons, supporters and oppositions but
while debates and intellectual discourses were going on,
everyone was keenly waiting presidential action which
has to be considered before submitting final draft to the
Legislators.
Further, Her Excellency Madam President has been silent
on this issue since Gbarngas Conference ended on last
April. Nevertheless, she has finally made clear her stand
by expressing her rejection and objection to the idea.
Moreover, the Executive Branchs disapproval of changing
Liberia status from secularism to religious states is based
on two major points:
First, it is a divisive instrument of long standing religious
tolerance, cultural diversity and equality and freedom
of every one to worship whatever he or she believes in.
Second, considering it as unconstitutional at all, because
the organic law of the land insures freedom of worship for
all, but this movement ( Christianizing Liberia) impliedly
contravene and contradicts that spirit of the constitution,
Democracy and of course the Rule of Law.
Besides, the action should be served as a starting point of
well - meaning of constitutionalism , rule of law and sociopolitical reforms for all Liberians, which if it is done- will
play major role in maintaining our young democracy, and
relative economic success.
Finally, this action of Her Excellency, President Sirleaf ought
to be considered as a win-win situation for all Liberians
not a segment of the society . May Almighty continue to
bless Mama Liberia !!!!!
MORY D.A SUMAWORO
Ph.D candidate in Comparative Laws,
Ahmad Ibrahim School of Laws, IIUM, Malaysia
mory6140@gmail.com

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Frontpage

SHAKE-UP AT LIBERIA OIL COMPANY WILL LEAVE


SCORES OUT OF JOB, INCLUDING TOP MANAGERS

LAYOFFS AT NOCAL

W
Monrovia -

eeks

after

FrontPageAfrica investigative
report pointed to looming
bankruptcy at the National
Oil Company of Liberia, a
decision has reportedly been
reached to downsize the
struggling oil company in
order to save it from collapse.
The decision, FrontPageAfrica
has learned, will mean scores
of employees and seniorlevel managers Including
the Chief Executive Officer,
Dr. Randolph Mcclain and
the entire board of directors
will be out of their jobs by
September 30th.
Multiple Sources confirmed
to FrontPageAfrica that
the decision was reached
following lengthy discussions
by the embattled companys
board
who
ultimately
presented President Ellen
Johnson Sirleaf with a
detailed plan of austerity
measures that included Right
Sizing the institution. The
Right Sizing plan submitted
included recommendation
that the board and senior
management along with
the rest of the companys
employees be terminated
then
re-vetted
for
employment at a much
smaller NOCAL.
Sources
say
that
the
President/Ceo Dr. Mcclains
termination was not included
in the plan because the board
felt it had no authority to fire
him but that the President
insisted that Mcclain be
added to the list with
immediate effect.
Multiple sources in both the
executive and legislative

FrontPageAfrica has also gathered that those being let go will all receive severance packages
which Is expected to be available on September 30, 2015 in accordance with the labor laws
and the revenue tax code, meaning that laid off employees would be made to pay taxes and
no extra benefits including transportation and rental aid would be part of the package.

branch
confirmed
to
FrontPageAfrica
that
pressure is mounting from
the Senate and the House
for McClains removal from
NOCAL which has taken a
turn for the worse under his
reign.
The President, adamant on
restructuring the institution
in a bid to cut out wasteful
spending, also pressed upon
the board for the submission
of a strategic plan for moving
the
company
forward,
especially during the global
downturn of oil and gas
prices.
The board chairman Cllr.

Seward Cooper reportedly


met with the entire company
two months prior to this
decision, explaining why the
decision was necessary and
gave an estimated timeline
of three months before the
exercise took full effect.
During Fridays staff meeting
headed by Chairman Cooper,
he reminded the employees
of the meeting two months
earlier and thanked each
employee for their service
while informing all that
September 30th would be
their last day.
FrontPageAfrica has also
gathered that those being let

go will all receive severance


packages which Is expected
to be available on September
30, 2015 in accordance
with the labor laws and the
revenue tax code, meaning
that laid off employees would
be made to pay taxes and
no extra benefits including
transportation and rental aid
would be part of the package.
A
source
informed
FrontPageAfrica
that
an international vetting
company will be brought in
to ensure that the process
of rehiring is fair and based
solely on qualification and
that all Liberians the world

over will be permitted to


submit their CVs.
While
many
employees
who attended last Fridays
meeting said they expected
the decision, some expressed
frustration
about
the
timing. It feels like forced
retirement, a laid-off staffer
told FrontPageAfrica shortly
after the meeting, preferring
anonymity.
During the meeting, FPA
gathered that some laidoff employees suggested to
management the possibility
of a bailout but management
reportedly made it clear that
a bailout initiative was not

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sustainable as NOCAL Should


Be adding to government
and not taking away from
governments coffers to
maintain a large payroll.
The NOCAL termination
exercise comes amid reports
that a lot of oil global
companies are slashing
staff by half as the industry
struggles.
The terminations also comes
amid a strong push by the
financially-strapped
oil
company, for the conclusion
of
production
sharing
contract
arrangements
related to the 2014 Liberia
Basin Bid Round For Oil
Blocks 6,7 And 17.
Concluding on the contracts,
according
to
NOCAL,
expands the number of
international and regional
companies participating in
Liberias emerging oil and
gas exploratory program,
which according to NOCAL
generated significant income
for the state and the company
through signature bonuses
and licensing of seismic data
by the successful bidders.
NOCAL
also
said
the
process
will
ensure
the
commencement
of
new
drilling
activities
and increase chances of
commercial discoveries.
Dr. Mcclain acknowledged
during a joint hearing of
the House and Senate that
because of the current
financial difficulties facing
the company it was forced
to suspend payments on
all existing requests and
declined all new ones for
the remainder of Fiscal Year
2014/2015 Budget Year.
Dr. Mcclain also told the
committee that NOCAL has
deferred all new scholarships
offering to next academic
year.
The President, on June 23,
called on the board of NOCAL
to nullify all resolutions
passed approving excessive
benefits
for
departing
senior
managers
and
board members, targeting
specifically a November
2011 resolution that allowed
management to benefit from
no ceiling parting gifts.
The
Presidents
move
followed a leaked memo
from NOCAL board members
on June 9, which stated that
Liberia had lost potentially
much needed money in
signature bonuses from the
slow pace to close the bid
round while giant American
oil companies Anadarko
and Chevron either walked
away or held fire on
investments in Liberia in a
stunning, unfortunate and
embarrassing reversal of
fortune for the country.
As the oil industry globally
loses more than $US100
Billion Dollars in Future
Exploration
Investments,
industry
observers
are
keeping a close tabs on
the developing situation at
Liberias emerging oil sector
and how much impact the
downsizing trend will have
on NOCALs future.

FILTHY IN BLUE
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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Dirty Police Uniforms Put Liberia Police Officers in a Dull Light


Bettie K. Johnson /betty.johnson@frontpageafricaonline.com

M
Monrovia-

any police officers


plying the streets
of Monrovia are
seen with dull and
filthy uniforms.
In the 2013/2014 national
budget, the Liberia National
Police was allotted US
$15,441,178
with
US$
15,046,872 disbursed as per
the fiscal outturn released by
the Ministry of Finance.
Some police officers who asked
for anonymity said they are
surprised that the dinginess
of their uniforms has not
caught the attention of the
government to act in ensuring
that uniforms are periodically
supplied the police.
Expressing disdain over the
filthy condition in which they
find themselves, the police
officers in separate interviews
told FrontPageAfrica that each
officer only receives one set
of uniform upon graduation
from National Police Training
Academy.
The police officers said because
each officer is provided only
one set of uniform, they appear
dirty and the public does not
have respect for them.
Besides this one set of uniform
we get after our training, we
receive no other uniform and
are cautioned to maintain the
one we have until otherwise,
said one officer.
A female officer said, Up to
this date, I am surprised that
our government still depends
on foreign aid to get uniforms
for its police.
She continued: We are often
ashamed to carry out arrest

as people insult us over how


we look dirty in our faded
uniforms; a situation that does
not show respect for us as
officers of the law.
Another
female
officer
expressed that the only group
of LNP officers privileged to
have extra uniforms are those
of the Police Support Unit
(PSU) and the Emergency
Response Unit (ERU).
These units ---one of which
I am a part --- are trained
in other activities including
crowd and riot control. We
are provided with benefits
that the rest of the Liberian
National Police do not have,
she explained.
According to her, the one
benefit ERU, PSU and ordinary
LNP officers have in common
is the insurance that covers an
officer and his/her immediate
family members (husband/
wife and children).
You tell me, what becomes of
your only suit if you continue
using it throughout the week?
You wash it over and over
with no other pair to wear.
It will surely fade; as seen
on officers standing in the
streets directing traffic and
performing other duties. It is
not that police cannot keep
clean; it is that the government
is not caring for us, the female
officer asserted.
A male officer who runs a taxi
during the day and reports to
work at night also confirmed
receiving a single uniform set
during graduation and nothing
else afterward.
We should receive uniforms
every six months, I have three

pairs, two of which I bought


myself in a store along UN
Drive.
We earn less than
US$130, and for each pair of
uniforms I pay by installment
the amount of US$20 for four
months, the officer said.
According to the officer, the
faded pair given to him during
graduation is the one he uses
at work, while the two new
pairs are used for occasions
and to visit his people.
FADED AND SMELLY
Mohammed
Donzo,
a
commuter told FPA that
sometimes he gets bother
with the smelliness from the
officers when he is arrested. I
can tell you, if they arrest me
sometimes, I get embarrass
with their smell, I think they
should work on supplying
uniforms.
Also
Lasanah
Johnson
another taxi driver said he
was wondering why the
Government spent so much on
cars and not on building the
capacity of police officers.
Some of the gears of the police
officers cannot be noticed
as they will say it has been
broken. My badge got missing
when we went on an operation.
Also my cap too is faded like
my uniform, so how will the
people respect us? This needs
to stop, a female police officer
expressed.
It can be recalled Police
Director Chris Massaquoi said
the issue of uniforms seems
to be of prime concern to the
authorities of the LNP as Police
officers are seen all around the
country in uniforms that are

already fading.
Col. Massaquoi said the LNP
in its 2013/2014 fiscal year
proposed US$25 Million in
the Budget, but received an
amount less than that.
He spoke when was invited to
give reasons why there are no
Police officers in rural Liberia.
Police
Chief
told
the
Representatives that security
is an expensive venture,
especially for a post-war
country like Liberia, and called
on the Legislature to restore
the cuts in the LNPs allotment.
Massaquoi noted that the
LNP needs sustained financial
support to enable it beef up its
manpower in rural Liberia and
acquire logistics to make the
force more functional.
Responding to the Police
Directors
statement,
the
lawmakers said they did
not tamper with the police
allotment.
The lawmakers maintained
that the draft police budget
submitted to them by the
Executive Mansion was around
US$15 million, adding that
they made some increment in
the allotment.
The Representatives said they
attached importance to the
security of the state and its
people, and as such they will
work with the LNP authorities
to ensure that the presence of
the police is felt throughout the
country.
PROMISED
NOT
YET
FULFILLED
Col. Massaquoi guaranteed
officers that they would be
properly attired after the new

in identifying and weeding


out from our midst any and
all
undesirable
elements
within the Liberian National
Police when identified, with
the aim of drastically dealing
with unethical behavior or
practices, he said during a
news conference recently.
But the question now is
how can the government
weed out corruption in the
Police without the proper
investment? 2016 will see
a significant drawdown in
UNMIL forces and the LNP will
be left with other arms of the
security sector to Police the
state, but its current budget
lies ahead is undisclosed on
the amount outturn.

budget is passed because


all was being done to secure
funding for uniforms.
One of the most important
things again is the credentials.
What do I mean by credentials,
your
identification,
your
badges, your headgear, your
head badge; those things
have to be in place and I can
guarantee you, once we have
the credentials undertaken,
uniforms
and
everything
about 50% of the problems,
misconduct, corruption that
we are experiencing now will
be cut, he said.
I can guarantee you, so it is
a very sensitive thingthe
credentials, the uniforms
have to be in placeonce it is
in place, the behavior of the
Police will be cut down by 50%
those are some of the things
that we are working on.
The Police have come under
fire for widespread public
corruption and in the recent
past, there have been swift
dismissals by the Police
authorities of a few officers
who are caught in the act of
soliciting bribes from drivers.

GUARDING WITHOUT GEARS


At night in Monrovia, many of
the officers are seen with tiny
flashlights that cannot inspect
vehicles properly.
Also some of them have to
place their head in the vehicles
before they inspect.
Officers at the sometimes are
seen without gears mainly
during the rainy season as they
put planks down at night as the
checkpoint.
Meanwhile, Deputy Police
Spokesperson Lewis Norman
said the Police Director has
a plan to supply uniforms to
officers at the end of the year,
though he did not state when.

But the problem, according


to sources, the recruitment
process was flawed and many
bad apples infiltrated into the
force.
The LNP under our watch is
determined and will not relent

HELD HOSTAGE
USG to Withhold $250 Million Payment to Liberia

Monroviaeliable supply of
electricity remains
a
problem
for
Liberia and despite
a promise by President Ellen
Johnson Sirleaf during political
campaign in 2005 that she
would restore electricity to
Monrovia within six months
when elected, the City remains
in darkness for over nine years
of the President regime.
The
Liberia
electricity
Corporation
relies
on
generators to supply the city
which has led to unstable
supply of the essential

service. People revert to


use of alternative sources of
power including generators,
something that is greatly
impacting businesses.
Some Liberians, including
former Managing Director of
the Liberia Petroleum Refining
Company Harry Greaves, have
been pushing for reform in
the electricity sector with
the proposal of an electricity
reform legislation.
The legislation has been
lingering at the Legislature
after
a
public
hearing
sometimes ago with the
lawmakers yet to pass the

legislation.
In the wake of the delay in
passing the electricity reform
legislation,
FrontPageAfrica
has gathered form credible
sources that the United States
Government is planning to
withhold an amount of US$250
million payment to Liberia
from the Millennium Change
Compact in October until the
legislation is passed by the
Legislature.

According to sources, House


Speaker Alex Tyler has been
alerted on the warning from
the US Government to withhold
the money.
One legislative source hinted
FPA that Legislature is working
against time to pass the
electricity reform legislation
before the body goes for
its usual agriculture break,
expected to commence on
September 1.

The source disclosed that the


legislature hired a consultant
from Ghana (Kweku Awotwi,
former CEO of the Volta
River Authority, sponsor of
the 340MW CENPOWER IPP
electricity generation project
in Ghana to compare the
Brescelco bill with President
Sirleaf's bill and come up with
a compromise bill that includes
a defined role for LEC.
Mr. Awotwi has since left the

country after arriving on last


week Monday to provide his
expertise into the bill. He is
expected to submit his report
to the lawmakers this Friday.
In an effort to carry out
further deliberations on the
electricity reform legislation,
a joint Senate/House hearing
is expected to be held on
Wednesday at 11:00 am.
The hearing according to
the legislative source will be
specifically on the bills and
is expected to draw together
the stakeholders including the
Ministry of Lands, Mines and
Energy.
The Government of Liberia is
working with partners on the
revitalization of the Mount
Coffee Hydro dam which
served as the main source of
electricity to Monrovia and
environs before the outbreak
of the civil war.
Initially, the dam was expected
to come into operation in 2015
but the outbreak of the deadly
Ebola has pushed the project
to 2016.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015


Republic of Liberia
Ministry of National Defense
UN Drive BTC
1000 Monrovia, 10, Liberia
West Africca
Office of The Assistant Minister For Pub lic Affairs

Frontpage

Page 7

PRESIDENT SIRLEAF PRAISES OUTGOING SWEDISH


AMBASSADOR FOR ROLE AIMED AT INCREASED RELATIONSHIP

VACANCY ANNOUINCEMENTS
The Ministry of National Defense is in search of qualified Nurses, Laboratory Technicians and
Midwives to be assigned at the various clinics within the military facilities across the Country.

Laboratory Technicians Position (2):


Qualifications:
Must have a diploma or certificate in Laboratory Technology/Science, a bachelors degree in
Laboratory Science is an added advantage
Must have three years of working experience
Must be willing to take assignment out of Town, mainly at Military Bases
Willingness to keep abreast of new skills in the nursing field
Technological proficiency in relevant laboratory equipment
Must be familiar with the operations, quality control and maintenance of laboratory equipment
Position of Nurses (2)
Qualifications:
Must have bachelor degree in Nursing
At least three years of working experience in the nursing field
Must be willing to take assignment out of Town, mainly at Military Bases
Must be a Registered Nurse

Position of Midwives (2)


Qualifications
Must have a diploma or certificate from a recognized School of Midwifery
Must have at least five years of working experience as a professional Midwife
Must be willing to take assignment out of Town, mainly at Military Bases

NOTE: All applicants, in addition to the requirements for qualification, must meet all Ministry
of Healths qualifications for such positions or assignments.
COMPENSATION:
Salary will be commensurable with the level of training and credible experience. Applicants are
advised to submit their letters of application and resumes along with copies of their credentials
(Degree, Diploma or Certificate, etc. ) to Attention:

Department of Personnel and Administration

Ministry of National Defense

BTC, U N Drive, Monrovia, Liberia

Ref. Department of Health Vacancies
Deadline for submission of application and resume is Monday, August 25, 2015 before close of
official business. No application will be accepted after 4:00PM. Meanwhile, only prequalified or
short listed candidates will be contacted to sit interview.
Signed: _______________________
David K. Dahn

Assistant Minister for Public Affairs

VEGA Liberia DCA Program


Statement of Work: IBEX Enterprise Development Specialist

Position:
Program:
Location:
Duration:
Target Start Date:

IBEX Enterprise Development Specialist


Liberia Investing for Business Expansion (IBEX) Program
Monrovia, Liberia
7 months
Sept 15, 2015 to April 2016

IESC the International Executive Service Corps is a US based not-for-profit with a focus on supporting
private enterprise in developing countries. We have worked in partnership with local people in 130
countries - mainly with the generous support of USAID - designing, implementing, managing, and
evaluating a wide range of market driven solutions along the entire value chain of a company or industry.
We are proud that we have helped create more than one million jobs throughout the world, leaving behind
a legacy of increased economic stability and skills, burgeoning private businesses, and strengthened public
and private institutions where they are needed most.

In Liberia, IESC implements the Investing for Business Expansion (IBEX) program. This four-year program
is funded by USAID through a Leader with Associate Award under the Volunteers for Economic Growth
Alliance (VEGA). The program works with commercial banks and SMEs to facilitate increased access to
commercial finance. Under this program, IBEX is seeking an Enterprise Development Specialist (EDS). This
is a full-time position based in Monrovia and anticipated to last through the end of May 2016.

Under the supervision of the Chief of Party (COP), the Enterprise Development Specialist will work with
organizations and enterprises from eight (8) sectors; Agribusiness, infrastructure, construction, general
merchandise/Trade, transportation, Healthcare, Energy, and hospitality. The EDS will conduct outreach
to educate small and medium enterprises (SMEs) on the role of credit in growing businesses and cultivate
a pipeline of SMEs that would benefit from debt or equity financing. Working with these SMEs, the EDS
will provide counseling and technical assistance to improve their credit readiness and develop their loan
application and supporting documentation.

The Enterprise Development Specialist will be responsible for keeping accurate records of their activities
and reporting them to the programs Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist. The EDS will also follow up with
IBEX clients through periodic visits to their business to assess progress and identify potential impediments.
The EDS will work closely with the component 2 team.
Qualifications
Fluency in English;
At least five years of professional work experience in one or more of the following sectors: Agribusiness,
Energy, Healthcare, infrastructure, construction, general merchandise/Trade, transportation, and
hospitality;
At least two years of business management experience;
University degree in business management, accounting, finance or related field;
Previous experience conducting training or capacity building;
Strong organizational, writing and communications skills; Financial analysis skills;
Proficiency with Microsoft Office programs;
Ability to work as part of a team, to prioritize work, and handle multiple tasks under tight deadlines;
Credit Analysis, documentation loan review, and packaging;
Ability to travel throughout Liberia;
Prior experience working on a donor-funded development programsespecially USAIDwould be a
plus.
How to Apply: Please submit a detailed resume and a brief message summarizing your interest and
qualifications to IBEXCOP@gmail.com or jobs@iesc.org with IBEX Enterprise Development Specialist
in the subject line.
Closing date: Monday, August 31, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.
Only finalists will be contacted.
No phone calls please.
IESC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Monrovia
he Liberian leader, President Ellen
Johnson Sirleaf, has praised the
Swedish outgoing Ambassador
accredited near this capital, H.E.
Sofia Strand for her tremendous efforts in
ensuring increased mutual relationship
between Liberia and Sweden.
According to Executive Mansion release,
the Liberian President wished Ambassador
Strand farewell after a productive two-year
tour of duty in Liberia. She recalled Swedens
critical role in promoting the Common
African Position within the context of post2015 vis-a-viz the Sustainable Development
Goals (SDGs).
She extolled Swedens strong support in
the areas of peacekeeping, vital assistance
in the face of UNMIL drawdown, technical
commitment in feeder road construction in
central Liberia, among others.
President Sirleaf said she was pleased with
the decision of Sweden to formally reopen its
Embassy in Monrovia and acknowledged that
it was symbolic of trust and confidence in her
administration.
The Liberian leader reflected on the
relationship between Liberia and Sweden
which dates back to many decades
essentially during the Swedens Joint
Venture Partnership in what was then the
Liberia Swedish American Mining Company
(LAMCO). The people of Liberia and Sweden
became integrally connected throughout the
many years of socioeconomic cooperation
backed by fraternal and mutual co-existence.
Also speaking, outgoing Swedish Ambassador
described her stay here as very eventful and
noted her coming to Liberia to represent her
country was a unique opportunity as the first
Ambassador to Liberia since 1989.

Ambassador Strand said her initial priorities


upon arrival were to set up the organization
and structure for the Swedish Mission in the
country. Our embassy, she said, remained
open throughout the outbreak of the Ebola
outbreak and recounted her countrys
enormous support totaling Swedish Kroner
239.3 million in the fight against Ebola in the
worst affected countries.
The Swedish envoy said she was delighted
about Liberias progress after the country
was declared Ebola-free by the World Health
Organization (WHO), which she attributed
to President Sirleafs astute leadership.
Amid the recent cases, the outgoing Swedish
Ambassador said she was proud that Liberia
now has the capacity to effectively respond
and contain any reoccurrence.
She then expressed the hope that concrete
and determined efforts will be made soon to
explore new areas of bilateral cooperation for
the next five years between the two countries.
Ambassador Strand informed President
Sirleaf that a small technical team from
Sweden was still in the Liberia, particularly
Sinoe County and is expected to be providing
needed assistance for some time.
Meanwhile,
Ambassador
Strand
has
congratulated Liberia for the hard work
under the leadership of President Sirleaf for
its accession to the World Trade Organization
(WTO).
She briefed the President that two Swede
experts have been deployed at the Ministry
of Commerce & Industry working with
their Liberian counterparts to facilitate
the final push to the WTO. She termed
Liberias ability to sail through at the Nairobi
Summit as a significant part of the countrys
transformation.

BUSINESS

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

US5 CENTS PER MINUTE


Page 8 | Frontpage

Liberia International Calls To Go Up With New LTA Order

Monrovia ccording
to
a
Commissioner
of
the
Liberia

Te l e c o m m u n i c a t i o n s
Authority (LTA), Liberians
dont
often
make
international calls. This
was the reasoning behind a
recent LTA order (001-0731-15) imposing a surcharge
on all outbound international
calls. According to the LTA
Order, international calls will
be charged a surcharge of 5
US cents for every minute.
So if one calls a relative in
the United States for 10
minutes, they will have to
pay 50 cents to the LTA for
the call, which is in addition
to the rate charged by service
providers. The regulatory
surcharge, which is not
considered a tax, would be
paid to the LTA and used as
additional funding for the
LTAs budget. The LTA, which
is known for its exorbitant
spending on salaries, foreign
travels, expensive vehicles,
and high rents, would be
directly placing the burden
for their extravagant budget
on ordinary consumers.
There are over 350,000
Liberians living in the United
States alone. Most Liberians
at home make regular calls
to their relatives abroad
soliciting assistance to meet
their basic needs in the
midst of economic hardships
in Liberia. These poor and
vulnerable Liberians will now
have to pay more to speak to
their families simply to fund
business class international
travels for commissioners
and the purchase of new
Sports Utility Vehicles. Such
insensitivity of the plight of
ordinary Liberians comes
at a time when the average
Liberian must survive on less
than a dollar a day. Liberias
economic growth has come to
a complete halt with iron ore
and rubber export earnings
down due to low global
commodity prices, thus
undermining efforts at job
creation. Such a dire situation
will no doubt contribute
to increased prevalence of
poverty and further erosion
of social safety nets.
In a conversation with a
manager from one of the local
telecommunication service
providers on the new Order,
the manager responded
that we have no fish to fry
in this matter. Whatever
surcharges the LTA imposes
will be passed on to the
consumer who will pay for it.
We have nothing to do with
this new cost. However, we
are concerned that imposing
such arbitrary surcharges
will lead to reduced call
volume due to the proposed
increase in the cost of making
an international call. Any
reasonable person should
know that means there will
be less revenue, thus less
taxes will be paid. We have

done everything to offer


the lowest possible rates
to the public and this new
surcharge will only reverse
the gains we have made to
create affordable tariffs.
An industry expert revealed
that the new order imposing
the 5 US cents surcharge
runs
contrary
to
the
Telecommunications
Act.
According to him, the Law
states as one of its objective
the provision of affordable
communications services.
The LTA website states that
one of its principal objectives
is to promote affordable
telecommunications access
in all parts and regions of
Liberia, relying on market
forces and private sector
investment when feasible
and Government initiatives
where appropriate. Adding
a surcharge works to the
contrary. It undermines price
affordability. The consumer
already pays a 15% GST,
while service operators are
paying license fees, spectrum
usage fees, and numbering
plan fees. Then there is
another surcharge imposed
on incoming international
calls of 14 US cents per
minute. The accumulation
and increase in these charges
works directly to increase
communications tariffs.
The Telecom Act requires
that decisions made by
the regulator should be
transparent and involve
public participation. The
Order to institute a surcharge
on international calls did
not involve a transparent
consultative
process.
There were no reports
presented and the selection
of
stakeholders
lacked
transparency.
According
to a study undertaken by
the Georgia Institute of
Technology on the Liberia
telecom sector, it emphasized
the need for transparency
in internal decision-making.

There are over 350,000 Liberians living in the United States


alone. Most Liberians at home make regular calls to their
relatives abroad soliciting assistance to meet their basic needs
in the midst of economic hardships in Liberia. These poor and
vulnerable Liberians will now have to pay more to speak to their
families simply to fund business class international travels for
commissioners and the purchase of new Sports Utility Vehicles.

The Study states that, While


the LTAs internal strategy
document is being prepared,
there are several points
which should be considered.
There must be an emphasis

on public participation where


relevant. Town meetings are
a good idea but they must be
institutionalized and become
a regular part of the LTAs
operations. In addition, while

the 2006 Act states that most


decisions should be made
public, the process at arriving
at a decision should also be as
open as possible and include
stakeholder
consultations

where feasible. These should


be part of any internal
operational guidelines.
However, the public is totally
unaware of the processes of
decision making within the
LTA and how decisions are
arrived at. Most decisions
made by the LTA lack
transparency; stakeholders
are secretly and arbitrarily
selected, there are no
consultations reports (refer
to the LTA website), and key
stakeholders are normally
left out of so-called public
consultations.
According to an inside source,
the Ministry of Post and
Telecommunications was not
favorable to this order, but
the LTA played their politics
and pushed through the
Order. The source disclosed
that although a surcharge
is supposed to support
regulatory functions, the LTA
pitched the surcharge as a
major revenue source for the
government that would bring
in millions of dollars. Who
would go contrary to such an
argument? Minister Norkeh
has become just a rubber
stamp, while Madam Weeks
calls the shots?
The
LTAs
political
manipulation
has
undermined
its
very
independence by merging
policy formation and policy
implementation.
The
intent of the Telecom Law
was to separate the policy
formulation function from
the policy implementation
function,
thus
allowing
for
independence
and
accountability.
However,
the Minister of Post and
Te l e c o m m u n i c a t i o n s ,
described by many as
weak, has failed to assert
his statutory role as the
policy maker. Thus the LTA
Commissioners are both
lawmakers and enforcers,
giving unto themselves so
much power that the essence
of checks and balance has
been lost.
But one observer commented
that when things hit the
fan with public outcry, and
people start to stand up to
government, Madam Weeks
will be quick to say that
she is only implementing
the policy of government
policy approved by the
Ministry
of
Post
and
Telecommunications.
The privileged minority,
such as the well-paid LTA
Commissioners,
cannot
expect to get away with
further exploitation of poor
Liberians who know what
it is to go to bed without
proper shelter, food, and
medical care. And how can
one expect a woman who
can charter a private jet to
fly her mother from Liberia
to Europe to understand the
common peoples plight? The
disconnect of most public
officials with the reality of
living on under one dollar
a day is so pervasive that
insensitivity and greed is the
order of the day in Liberia.
But this cannot continue to
go on without a response
from the underprivileged
majority. A hint to the wise is
quite sufficient.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

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Aug. 19, 2015

REVENUE SUMMARY REPORT (US$000)


FY15/16
FOR PERIOD JULY 1-31, 2015

DESCRIPTION
TOTAL REVENUE
DOMESTIC RESOURCES
EXTERNAL FACILITIES
CARRY-FORWARD
NOTES

FY 15/16
% OF
APPROVED JULY'S JULY'S
BUDGET Actual %
BUDGET BUDGET ACTUAL VAR +/- VAR % ACHIEVED Comp.
622,743 91,760 96,736 4,977
5%
16%
100%
473,727 35,444 42,981 7,537
21%
9%
44%
124,836 34,315 31,755 (2,561)
-7%
25%
33%
24,179 22,000 22,000
0%
91%
23%

Notes

1. As at 31st July 2015, Domestic Resources collection exceeded monthly forecast of US$35.3m by US$7.5m
1. As at 31st July 2015, Domestic Resources collection exceeded monthly forecast of US$35.3m by US$7.5m largely on account of Taxes on
largely on account of Taxes on International Trade and Taxes on Income and Profit which exceeded respective
International
Trade
Taxes onand
Income
and Profit which exceeded respective forecast by US$4.7m and US$1.8m.
forecast
byand
US$4.7m
US$1.8m.
2. External
Facilities
missed expectation
US$2.6m.
This was
on account
of exchange
rate loss
incurred during
the
2. External
Facilities
missed expectation
by US$2.6m.by
This
was on account
of exchange
rate loss
incurred during
the conversion
of the Euros
conversion of the Euros to United States Dollars under the European Union Grant that had an original expectation
to UnitedofStates
Dollarscompared
under the to
European
Union
Grantwas
that received.
had an original expectation of US$34.3m compared to US$31.7m which was
US$34.3m
US$31.7m
which
received.
3. The net effect of Domestic Resources collection during the period yielded an extra cash flow of US$4.98m which
was available to the GoL/MFDP in the General Revenue Consolidated Account, notwithstanding the missed
3. The net effect of Domestic Resources collection during the period yielded an extra cash flow of US$4.98m which was available to the GoL/
expectation of the EU Grant.
MFDP
in the General Revenue Consolidated Account, notwithstanding the missed expectation of the EU Grant.

- 1notes
- the
The LRA
to all taxpayers
contributed
to this
A extends4.thanks
to allextends
taxpayersthanks
who contributed
to this effortwho
by paying
their various
taxes and
effortcompliance
by payingand
their
various
taxes and notes the increasing voluntary
ing voluntary
improving
declarations.
compliance and improving declarations.

DUTY EXEMPTIONS
GENERAL GOODS SUMMARY
FY15/16
FOR PERIOD JULY 1 - 31 2015

FY14/15 revenue performance, there was a carry-forward of US$24.2m. This amount constituted unspent NAME
From FY14/15 revenue performance, there was a carry-forward of CONCESSIONS
wing from5.IMF
of US$13.6m or 56%, excess cash flow from FY14/15 revenue outturn of US$8.4m or 35%, and MISSIONS
US$24.2m. This amount constituted unspent Borrowing from IMF of DIPLOMATIC
INSTITUTION
ble from Maritime Revenue of US$2.1m or 9%. The receivable payment from Maritime was notEDUCATIONAL
expected ORDER
#79
US$13.6m or 56%, excess cash flow from FY14/15 revenue outturn of EXECUTIVE
GOL (MINISTRIES, AGENCIES &
the reporting period.
PUBLIC CORPORATION)
US$8.4m or 35%, and receivable from Maritime Revenue of US$2.1m
or 9%. The receivable payment from Maritime was not expected
during the reporting period.

DUTY EXEMPTIONS SUMMARY

CIF
VALUE
13,431
3,988
57
27,522

DUTY
PAID
189
0
-

18,119

O/W LIBERIA ELECTRICITY


CORPORATION
O/W GENERAL SERVICE AGENCY

DUTY
WAIVED
1,726
839
10
2,226

12703
925

O/W EBOLA INCIDENT MGT. SYSTEM


O/W SPECIAL PROJECTS

704
-

INVESTMENT INCENTIVES

9,353

156

2,544

27.6%

24.3%

1,627
182

17.6%
2.0%

70.1%
5.1%

107
-

1.2%
0%

3.9%
0%

1,534

16.6%
2.6%

12.5%
2.2%

0.3%
0.1%
0.5%
0.09%
0.03%
100%

0.1%
0.1%
0.4%
0.05%
0.02%
100%

DUTY EXEMPTIONS SUMMARY


NGO'S
1,663
12
243
Section 6(2)(f)
of the LRA Act of 2013, which provides for the maintenance and publication of taxINTERNATIONAL
and trade
LOCAL
NON-GOVERNMENTAL
Pursuant to Section 6(2)(f) of the LRA Act of 2013, which provides ORGANIZATION
112
2
28
st July 2015.
ease find for
below
listing
of
sectors
that
benefited
from
duty
waiver
for
the
period
ending
31
MEDICAL INSTITUTIONS
110
14
the maintenance and publication of tax and trade statistics, please MEMBERS OF NAT'L LEGISLATURE
263
1
50
RELIGIOUS INSTITUTIONS
34
0
8
of to
sectors
that
benefited
waiver
the or RETURNEE
/ STUDENTS
17
0
3
duty andfind
taxesbelow
waivedlisting
amounted
US$9.5m,
of which
Generalfrom
Goodsduty
accounted
for for
US$9.2m
97%
and
TOTAL
74,670
362
9,225
ending 31st July 2015.
S$229k orperiod
3%. When
GoL projects are excluded, exemptions totaled US$6.9m. Please see summary table
Total import duty and taxes waived amounted to US$9.5m, of which
DUTY EXEMPTIONS
- 3- SUMMARY
General Goods accounted for US$9.2m or 97% and Petroleum US$229k
PETROLEUM
FY15/16
or 3%. When GoL projects are excluded, exemptions totaled US$6.9m.
FOR PERIOD JULY 1-31, 2015
Please see summary table below.

CATEGORY
General Goods and Services
Petroleum Products
TOTAL

DUTY DUTY
PAID WAIVED
362 9,225
299
362 9,524

% OF % OF
DUTY DUTY
PAID WAIVED
100%
97%
0%
3%
100% 100%

CATEGORY
CONCESSION
DIPLOMATIC MISSION
GOVERNMENT OF LIBERIA
(MINISTRIES AND AGENCIES)
MINISTRY OF PUBLIC WORKS
SPECIAL PROJECT (MT. COFFEE)
INVESTMENT INCENTIVE
INT'L NON-GOVERNMENTAL
ORGANIZATION
MEDICAL INSTITUTION
NATIONAL LEGISLATURE
TOTAL

PRODUCT TYPE
JET
AGO
PMS
FUEL ATK
72
498
8
106
101
5
-

34

7
716

19
27

% OF
% OF
CIF
WAIVER VALUE
18.7%
18.0%
9.1%
5.3%
0.1%
0.1%
24.1%
36.9%

% OF
DUTY WAIVE
WAIVED
R
29
10%
203
68%
42
40
2

14%
95%
5%
0%

14

5%
0%
4%
100%

11
299

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

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The Bong County Technical College invites applications for the position of Vice President for Academic
Affairs. The Vice President for Academic Affairs is the chief academic officer of the College.

The Bong County Technical College invites applications for the position of COMPTROLLER. The comptroller is
the chief financial officer of the college

Reporting directly to the president, the Vice President for Academic Affairs is responsible for developing,
implementing, and managing the instructional programs and academic outreach activities of the College. The
ideal candidate will demonstrate the following skills and abilities:

Reporting directly to the president, the Comptroller is responsible for planning, organizing and supervising
accounting-related functions for the College, including general accounting, policy development, cash
management, budget, audit preparation, forecasting revenues and expenditures, purchasing and accountingrelated contract compliance.

Realizing the need for developing individuals in technical disciplines, the Liberian Fifty Second (52nd)
Legislature passed into law the establishment of the Bong County Technical College in 2010. The college
is accredited by the National Commission on Higher Education to offer the bachelors degree in Computer
Science, Mining Engineering, Civil Engineering, Agriculture Technology, Science Education and Nursing. The
college opened its doors to students on November 18, 2013 with 414 students. The current enrolment of the
colleges stands at over one thousand students.

Leadership
Act as a primary advisor to the President, representing both academic programs and academic support
services.
Initiate and shape strategic and operational planning for curricular and academic program needs.
Guide the academic department heads in the selection, evaluation, promotion, retention, tenure, and
professional development of faculty.
Direct resources and personnel of the academic departments and academic support offices to achieve the
academic mission of BCTC.

Management
Ensure that library, academic services, and information technology are compatible with the instructional
goals of BCTC
Coordinate all budgetary aspects of the various academic units. Monitors expenditures of these units.
In consultation with the President and BCTCs policies, establish and approve salaries for existing and new
faculty members.
Supervise the planning and scheduling of all instructional classes and ensure the delivery of classes and the
publication of necessary schedules and requirements.
Supervise and manage instructional programs within the guidelines established by BCTC and governing and
accrediting agencies.
Meet with students, parents, and other interested parties to resolve questions and issues about BCTCs
policies and procedures relating to academic and student concerns.
Coordination
Work closely with the President, Vice President for Administration and Financial Comptroller to effectively
establish and achieve the goals and mission of BCTC.
Work closely with the Vice President for Administration and Comptroller to enhance and maximize the
academic and student services function of BCTC, including student recruitment, admission, advising, transfer,
financial aid, and other student activities.
Supervision
Supervise the following positions:
Library Director
Director of Institutional Research
Registrar
Academic Department Heads
Professional Staff in the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs

Respond
Given the complexity and demands of a higher education institution, the Vice President for academic affairs
must be willing to respond to unexpected events and needs, as well as complete other assigned duties. The Vice
President for Academic Affairs must be willing to live in the city of Gbarnga, Bong County or its environs.
EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE
The position of Vice President for Academic Affairs requires an earned terminal degree from an accredited
institution of higher education and a minimum of three years of academic and/or administrative experience. A
Candidates with a Masters degree with five or more years of experience working in a higher education setting
with direct involvements with academic related responsibility maybe accepted in this position.
The Vice President for Academic Affairs must exhibit a personal standard of behavior that will be a model
for the institution and will inspire others to work collaboratively toward shared goals. Candidates should
demonstrate a commitment to diversity, an appreciation for its important contributions to excellence, and the
ability to work with and leverage the experience of a diverse work force.
The Bong County Technical College is particularly interested in candidates who have experience working with
students from diverse backgrounds and who have a demonstrated commitment to improving the levels of
access and success for underprivileged students within higher education.
TYPE OF APPOINTMENT: Full-time administrative position.
SALARY: Commensurate with education and experience. Excellent benefits package.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: July 31, 2015
POSITION START DATE: September 10, 2015

APPLICATION PROCESS:
Submit a cover letter describing qualifications and experience as they relate to the specific requirements,
responsibilities, and preferences of this position, current resum or curriculum Vita, a copy of transcripts for
all degrees completed (official transcripts will be required upon hire), the names, phone numbers and e-mail
addresses of three professional references.
By submitting an application for this position, you grant the Bong County Technical College the
expressed right to contact all references and institutions you have in your application. If you do not
want your references and institutions to be contacted, please do not continue the application process.
All unverified credentials will be removed from your application package. Any personal reference not
reachable will be considered as nonexistence.

Realizing the need for developing individuals in technical disciplines, the Liberian Fifty Second (52nd)
Legislature passed into law the establishment of the Bong County Technical College in 2010. The college
is accredited by the National Commission on Higher Education to offer the bachelors degree in Computer
Science, Mining Engineering, Civil Engineering, Agriculture Technology, Science Education and Nursing. The
college opened its doors to students on November 18, 2013 with 414 students. The current enrolment of the
colleges stands at over one thousand students.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

1. Supervise personnel in providing accounting services for the College, including training, scheduling,
assigning and reviewing work, evaluating performance, performance coaching, and recommending or carrying
out various personnel actions.
2. Research, evaluate, develop and recommend general financial policies/procedures/manuals and
modifications to existing methods to improve effectiveness and efficiency.
3. Prepare or oversee the preparation and review of financial statements, reconciliations, and reports related
to the Colleges financial affairs; provide information, specific analysis, and appropriate training to others on
financial and budgeting issues, etc.
4. Respond to concerns and inquiries from students, parents, vendors, state and county agencies, employees,
etc. related to accounting matters. Oversee the resolution of students financial obligation problems within
policy guidelines of the College.
5. Review account activities on funds to ensure accuracy and conformity with applicable controls and
guidelines. Notify appropriate persons and/or take corrective actions as necessary. Review and strengthen
financial and accounting internal controls to ensure protection of the College financial resources. Formulate
and enforce policies and procedures regarding College cash disbursements.
6. Prepare/review adjusting entries and schedules for annual audit; schedule audit and work with auditors
in answering questions, providing necessary information and explaining accounting/financial system; review
audit results and implement necessary/recommended internal controls and/or other revisions.
7. Coordinate preparation of College budget and other related documents. Analyze budget revenues/
expenditures as needed. Prepare department budget requests and monitor expenditures for compliance with
approved budget. Supervise the compilation and preparation of all budget programs in all College Funds.
8. Review daily cash balances and makes all shortterm investments. Supervise the encumbrance system and
monitor account balances.
9. Supervise investment of College funds and monitor College vending contracts.
10. Review grants reports and cash requirements for all grants of the College.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
The ideal candidate for this position will possess a Master in Business Administration with two years
experience working in a senior level financial management position. Candidate with a Bachelors degree in
Accounting and three to five years relevant work experience may also be considered for this position. Candidate
with a Bachelors degree and working towards earning an MBA or a MPA degree with strong background in
budget and financial analysis maybe considered for this position. All candidates applying to this position must
have a strong working knowledge of the Public Procurement Commissions procedures. Thorough knowledge
of accounting practices in the public sector, including grant and fund accounting; budget analysis; preparation
of financial statements; internal auditing of transactions; accounting software; and, general supervisory
practices is required.
Coordination
Work closely with the President, Vice President for Administration and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Supervision

1. Supervises staff in the business department; general oversight of part-time and student employees working
in the business office.
2. Responsible for performance evaluations of staff. Carries out other supervisory responsibilities in
accordance with college policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include: interview, hire, and train
employees; plan, assign, and direct work; reward and discipline employees; address complaints and resolve
problems.
TYPE OF APPOINTMENT: Full-time administrative position.
SALARY: Commensurate with education and experience. Excellent benefits package.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: August 31, 2015
POSITION START DATE: September 10, 2015
APPLICATION PROCESS:

Submit a cover letter describing qualifications and experience as they relate to the specific requirements,
responsibilities, and preferences of this position, current resum or curriculum Vita, a copy of transcripts for
all degrees completed (official transcripts will be required upon hire), the names, phone numbers and e-mail
addresses of three professional references.
By submitting an application for this position, you grant the Bong County Technical College the
expressed right to contact all references and institutions you have in your application. If you do not
want your references and institutions to be contacted, please do not continue the application process.
All unverified credentials will be removed from your application package. Any personal reference not
reachable will be considered as nonexistence.

Send all application materials to any one or two of the addresses below.

Send all application materials to any one or two of the addresses below.

2. The Search Committee/Vice President for Academic Affairs


Bong County Technical College
William V.S. Tubman Gray Campus
Gbarnga, Bong County

5. The Search Committee/Office of the President


Bong County Technical College
William V.S. Tubman Gray Campus
Gbarnga, Bong County

1. flomo001@umn.edu

3. The Search Committee/Vice President for Academic Affairs


Bong County Technical College
National Commission on Higher Education
SD Cooper Road
Monrovia, Liberia

For more information, contact +231880825097 or email flomo001@umn.edu

4. flomo001@umn.edu

6. The Search Committee/Office of the President


Bong County Technical College
National Commission on Higher Education
SD Cooper Road
Monrovia, Liberia

For more information, contact +231880825097 or email flomo001@umn.edu

APPLICATION DEADLINE: AUGUST 31, 2015

Interested candidates should apply at


http://www.worldbank.org/africa-recruitment.
All Applications must be received by
August 31, 2015. Qualified candidates
will be interviewed at the beginning of
September 2015 in various locations in
Africa and Europe. Applications received
after the closing date will not be considered.

Employment opportunities will be available in various


technical areas and professional streams for talented young
professionals and mid-career professionals to contribute
and grow their skills. Positions may be based in
Washington, DC, or in a country office.

Expanding the diversity of our workforce is an important strategic objective for the World Bank
Group, and to this end, we are launching a recruitment drive
aimed at increasing the number of Sub-Saharan African staff.
This effort reflects the commitment of Bank Group leadership
to building a more diverse and inclusive workforce, in which
nationals of Sub-Saharan African countries can play a key
role in achieving the Bank Groups twin goals of ending
extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity.

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HTTP://WWW.WORLDBANK.ORG/AFRICA-RECRUITMENT

of development projects.

the identification, preparation, appraisal and supervision

of development, from policy and strategic advice to

developing countries around the world, and in all areas

civil society groups, the private sector, and others in

problems. Bank Group staff work with governments,

contribute to solving some of the worlds most pressing

individuals with a passion for international development to

A career with us offers a unique opportunity for qualified

WBG Recruitment Drive


for African Nationals

Very good writing & communications


skills

Fluent in English

Ability to discuss relevant development


policies and priorities

A demonstrated capacity for strategic


thinking

We are accepting applications for Specialists in the following areas: Agriculture; Education;
Energy and Extractives; Environment and Natural Resources; Finance and Markets;
Governance; Health, Nutrition, and Population; Macroeconomics and Fiscal Management;
Poverty; Social Protection and Labor; Trade and Competitiveness; Transport and Information
Technology; Urban, Rural, and Social Development; and Water. There are also opportunities for
Investment Officers, and Information and Technology Solutions (ITS) experts.

MID-YEAR CAREER PROFESSIONALS:


Advanced Degree (Masters or PhD)
plus 8 years of relevant professional
experience

ENTRY-LEVEL POSITIONS: Advanced


Degree (Masters or PhD) with 5 years
relevant experience

QUALIFICATIONS

Tuesday, August 25, 2015


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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

REMEMBERING NIGERIAN GENERALS


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President Sirleaf Pays Tribute to former AFL Heads


Edwin G. Genoway, Jr (231886458910)-edwin.genoway@frontpageafricaonline.com

Monroviahe Government of
Liberia (GOL) held a
Memorial Service for
the late General Suraj
Alao Abdurrahman, former
Commanding Officer In Charge
(COIC) of the Armed Forces of
Liberia (AFL).
The late General Abdurrahman
was a pillar in the formation
of the new AFL following
Liberias civil war. He died
on 28th January 2015 and no
Memorial Service could have
been held at the time because
Liberia was battling the deadly
Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).
The Nigerian General served
the Armed Forces of Liberia
from June 2007 to February
2014 and during that time
he was instrumental in
the formation of a new
and disciplined AFL which
subsequently
produced
a Liberian Chief of Staff,
Brigadier General Daniel D.
Ziankah.
The Government of Liberia
via the Ministry of Defense,
as a sign of appreciation and
respect to the late General
Abdurrahman, invited his

family from Nigeria to attend


the Memorial Service where

several institutions were
in
attendance to pay tribute to
the fallen Nigerian soldier.
President
Ellen
Johnson
Sirleaf, as head of the Liberian
government alongside the top
envoy of the United Nations
Mission in Liberia (UNMIL)
and other non-governmental
organizations
were
also
present at the Memorial
Service held at the Monrovia
City Hall.
President Sirleaf, who is
also
the
Commander-inChief of the Armed Forces of
Liberia, in a tribute to the late
Abdurrahman told the family
of the fallen general that it
was with heavy hearts that
Liberians and officials gathered
to pay homage to a great friend
of Liberia. She stressed that
the country remembers him
for the quality of leadership
and regimentation he imbued
in personnel of the AFL.
The Liberian leader also
paid tribute to General
Abdurrahmans
immediate
predecessor,
the
late
Lieutenant General Luka Yusuf,

former Chief of Army Staff of


the Nigerian Army, for laying
the foundation of the new AFL
upon which Major General
Abdurrahman constructed.
The
AFL
Commander-inChief described the late
General Abdurrahman as an
exemplary officer of Nigeria
and acknowledged that he will
be missed for his rich military
experience,
exceptional
leadership and unmatched
commitment brought in the
discharge of his onerous
assignment.
She emphasized that this
won him the respect of the
Government
and
people
of Liberia, as well as the
Chief of Defense Staff of the
sub-regional
organization,
ECOWAS, at the same time
bringing honor to his country,
Nigeria. "He was a dedicated
public servant, an outstanding
General,
a
professional,
a scholar, a mentor and a
dear friend. His personality
represented the finest of
leadership," she noted.
The Liberian leader recalled
that when she first interacted
with
the
late
General

Abdurrahman in 2007, his


poise, frankness, rich insight
of the military that he brought
from the Nigeria Army and
his assertiveness gave her
full confidence about his
preparedness to take on
the task of transforming the
Armed Forces of Liberia. "True
to his professionalism, he took
my direct orders and with the
colleagues at the Ministry of
National Defense, directed the
line of efforts in the successful
transformation of the Armed
Forces of Liberia as a "Force
for Good" under the Defense
Sector Reform Program.
She furthered stated, It
was because of his immense
sacrifices that he rendered
the Government and people
of Liberia that I awarded
him the AFL Distinguished
Service Order in 2009. I also
decorated him in 2014 with
the Distinction of Knight Grand
Commander in the Humane
Order of African Redemption,"
President Sirleaf said.
She extended the gratitude
of the Liberian Government
and people to her Nigerian
counterpart and people for

August 21, 2015 at the Capitol.


President Sirleaf met the
leadership of the legislature
in the Office of Vice President
Joseph Boakai as early as 8:00
am on a wet Friday morning
to discuss the way forward
for the policy to transform the
education sector that she once
described as a mess.
According to Deputy House
Speaker, Hans Barchue (Liberty
Party-District #1 Grand Bassa
County) during the meeting
President Sirleaf admitted to
the leadership that there were
some missteps along the way
in planning the policy and
not getting the input of the
legislature, since it violated
the very act establishing the
Education Ministry.
Representative Barchue said:
The president presence here
today was to clarify the issue on

whether the education reform


undertaken by the education
Minister was a proposal or a
policy. She has done that and
we are ready to move forward
with the executive on that.
Prior to the meeting with the
President, some Lawmakers,
especially members of the
House of Representatives,
expressed that they had no
issue with the reform process
of the education sector but
raised concerns over the form
and manner it was carried out
by the education ministry.
The lawmakers claimed that
the Minister of Education
did not seek their input
especially with constitutional
implication.

MISSTEPS
IN
EDUCATION
REFORM
President Sirleaf Concedes during Meeting with Lawmakers
Henry Karmo (0886522495) henry.karmo@
frontpageafricaonline.com

Monrovia he long expected


meeting
between
President
Ellen
Johnson Sirleaf and
the leadership of the
of

Legislature on the Education


reform agenda initiated by
Education Minister George
Werner that led to a standoff
between the legislature and
the President was held Friday

FIXING THE DAMAGE

Deputy Speaker Barchue in an

sharing one of their finest


military officers with Liberia
and pointed out that his
exemplary services will remain
in the contemporary history
of the new Armed Forces of
Liberia.
President Sirleaf expressed
the hope and prayed that
the wife of the late General
Abdurrahman, Haja Fatima
Wali-Abdurrahman and his
beloved children will find
solace in the collective prayers
of all. "General Abdurrahman
represented the finest of
Nigeria, exemplified himself
professionally and led an
outstanding disciplined life
as your husband and father,"
President Sirleaf said.
Several personalities and
institutions paid tribute to the
late Nigerian Army General
including
the
Diplomatic
Corps, United Nations Mission
in Liberia (UNMIL), Chief of
Defense Staff of the Nigerian
Army, Ministry of National
Defense led by Minister
Brownie J. Samukai, Armed
Forces of Liberia led by the
Chief of Staff, Brigadier General
Daniel Zeahnkan, Foreign
Minister Augustine Ngafuan,
River Gee Senator Conmany
Wesseh and Montserrado
County Representative Munah
Pelham Youngblood, as well
as politician Dr. Togba Nah
Tipoteh, among others.
The Ambassador of the Federal
Republic of Nigeria to Liberia,
Her Excellency Chigozie F. ObiNnadozie indicated that the
late General Abdurrahman's
services to Liberia as the
Command Officer-in-Charge
of the AFL was one that made
her proud as her country's
Ambassador to Liberia.
She thanked the Liberia
Government and people for the
opportunity and support given
the late general and his family.
In
special
remarks
of
appreciation,
the
widow
of
the
late
General
Abdurrahman, Haja Fatima
Wali-Abdurrahman thanked
President
Sirleaf,
the
Government and people of
Liberia, Defense Minister
Brownie
Samukai,
AFL
Chief of Staff Zeahnkan for
the enormous support her
interview with reporters after
the meeting with President
Sirleaf said, though the damage
in the education has been done
with regards to the violation
of the law, they (lawmakers)
in principle agreed to help fix
the damage and promote the
policy.
She said it was a misstep on
their (executive) part and she
wants us correct it. We cannot
undo July and Augustso
schools will open September
that damage is done. The issue
now that we are going to look
into in the coming days is what
does the reform entails.
The House of Representatives
invited President Sirleaf in
July to appear before the full
plenary after she wrote that
body informing them that
she had instructed Education
Minister George Werner not
to honor a mandate given him
by the plenary of the House of
Representatives to place a hold
on what was then believed
to be a proposal to institute

husband received when he


served as AFL Command
Officer-in-Charge.
She also thanked them for
organizing
the
memorial
service in her husband
honored, saying we will
forever remember this event
as we live on with our grief,
she noted.
The widow of the late General
stressed that the family
considers Liberia as their
second home and expressed
joy that her husband could
contribute to the country's
recovery through his service to
the AFL at the time his service
was most needed.
Defense Minister Brownie
Samukai said the late General
will forever be remembered by
the Armed Forces of Liberia.
"He apparently was not well
when he left here last year.
He went to New York, where
he was being treated. The
treatment was going on quite
well from what we understand
until the last few days," said
Minister Samukai recently.
He recalled a military man
well-grounded in the field that
was always willing and ready
to teach. "He always told us
that the best morale that you
can give a soldier is adequate
training."
At his turning over last
February to the newly
promoted Chief of Staff (COS)
of the AFL, Brigadier General
Daniel Dee Ziahnkan, Maj/
Gen. Abdurrahman said he was
happy to have helped the new
Army, and has no doubt that
the new Army as a force for
good can carry out its duties
well.
"I want to thank the new Army
and the people of Liberia for
accepting me to help in the
reconstruction of the new AFL,
who I have no doubt can carry
out their duties efficiently."
Major General Abdurrahman
assumed command of the
army in June 2007, succeeding
fellow Nigerian, Lt. General
Luka Yusuf, who also died
shortly after leaving his post as
Commanding officer in-Charge
of the AFL.

reform in the education sector.


After receiving the Presidents
communication, the lawmakers
expressed that they felt
insulted and overlooked and
agreed to invite the president
before full plenary, a decision
that was criticized by many in
the public with some accusing
the lawmakers of not been
aware of their constitutional
rights and powers because
according to them they didnt
have that power to summon
the President.
The President meeting with
the legislature leadership
comes a day after Information
Minister
Lewis
Brown
appeared before the plenary of
the House of Representatives
and flip-flopped on his earlier
comments that the reform was
a policy and not a proposal.
Minister Brown on Thursday
August 21, 2015 told members
of the House plenary that
the reform document was a
proposal and not a policy.

ECONOMIC
GROWTH
Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Liberias Accession to the World Trade


Organization Sealed with better benefits
Al-Varney Rogers alvarneyrogersfrontpageafricaonline.com 0886304498

Monroviahigh
level
delegation
from
the World Trade
Organization
(WTO)
says
Liberias
accession to the WTO
will greatly benefit small
businesses and consumers

RIVERCESS COUNTY or three years now


Rivercess
County
has not received its
County and Social
Development funds, leaving
the already struggling county
far behind in its development
priorities. Over the past
years, disunity and political
rivalry amongst the county
lawmakers and officials
created the delays but now,
FrontPageAfrica has gathered
that the Ministry of Finance
and Development Planning
(MoFDP) is dragging its feet
to disburse the countys
money.
Rivercess Legislative Caucus
Chair, Representative Alfred
Juweh, said hes hopeful
that issues about the social
development funds from
the National Oil Company
and other companies in
the county will be resolved
soon. Juweh admitted that
the county has not received
its share of the national
budget along with social
development funds since
2011 adding that there have
been hurdles over what the
county should receive as
social development fund.
The Rivercess County District
#1 lawmaker disclosed to
FPA that the caucus and

who are unable to lobby or


negotiate on their behalf.
The
Deputy
Secretary
General of the WTO, Joakim
Reiter, said the WTO package
to Liberia will improve
economic growth and it will
reduce trade barriers and
lower the costs of imports.

Reiter said Liberia, like any


other country, joining the
WTO enjoys the benefit
granted to all members.
Small
countries
can
participate fully in the
multilateral trading system
as decisions are made by
consensus and each member

has an equal right to challenge


other members practice in
the WTO dispute settlement
procedures, Reiter said.
The
Deputy
Secretary
General
said
Liberias

membership to the WTO can
be used to stimulate policy
changes in favor of increase

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trade investment, indicating


that it can spur economic
growth and development.
The major benefit of the
WTO accession process itself
is that it provides an acceding
government with a power
instrument for domestic
reforms to accelerate growth,
modernize,
strengthen
institutional capacity and
enshrine the rule of law.
Reiter
said
WTOs
commitments help to improve
investors confidence and the
domestic environment for
doing business.
The Director of Accession
Division, Dr. Cheidu Osakwe,
said the accession is about
the betterment of the
Liberian people through
private sector investment.
Dr. Osakwe said the WTOs
package will provide better
economic governance and
atmosphere for investment.
Osakwe said the December
gathering of the WTO will
make
a
determination
in accepting Liberia as a
member.
We are going to have
technical
meeting
in
December in Nairobi for
Liberia to be a member. It
will go to the legislature, Dr.
Osakwe said.
The WTO official added that
the delegation is impressed
with level work been done in
Liberia.
Dr.
Osakwe
said
the
importance of the package is
to create a platform to reform
to international market.
Dr. Osakwe noted that
reducing tariff and ensuring
that transaction at ports is
transparent and effective will
help boost economic growth.
Minister Axel Addy said
Liberia becoming a member
of the WTO will not affect the
Liberianization policy.
The WTO package does not

affect the Liberianazation


policy. It is meant for a level
playing field for everybody,
Addy said.
The visit is a part of the
standard
protocol
of
accessions to the WTO for
acceding countries that have
reached a critical period in
the process and are close to
concluding their accession.
The team during the visit met
with President Sirleaf and
the heads of the legislative
branch and the private sector.
Liberia
submitted
its
application in 2007 under
the leadership of former
Commerce and Industry
Minister Olubanke King
Akerele.
The
process
gathered
momentum
under
the
leadership of former Minister
Miatta Beyslow. Minister
Axel Addy, Liberias current
Minister of Commerce and
Industry,
inherited
the
portfolio and has since been
facilitating the process and
leading the negotiations.
After seven years of work
with technicians across
several
ministries
and
agencies
with
several
studies and stakeholders
engagements, in May of 2014
President Sirleaf in a letter to
the Director General of WTO,
Roberto Azevedo, expressed
Liberia need of assistance
to fast track its accession
process in time for MC10.
President Sirleaf appointed
the Minister of Commerce as
the chief negotiator.
The first of several critical
meetings that will lead to
the conclusion on bilateral
negotiation and the drafting
of the factual summary and
draft working party report
is currently underway in
Geneva with the Liberian
delegation.

Trokon
continues:
We
are hopeful of the new
administration because they
said they will get everyone
involved including the civil
society but what needs to be
understood is how much we
are going to get before we
meet and discuss. We dont
know what will be given to
the county.
And the President of
the
countys
university
students
union
added:
As far as our research is
concern we have not notice
disagreement between the
local government and the
lawmakers but if thats in
the pipeline then it is a new
thing.
People in the county are also
uncertain about the status
of the county social and
development fund over the
past three years which were
frozen due to a moratorium
ordered by the Ministry of
Internal Affairs. But The
Legislative Caucus Chair is
confident that their pending
meeting with MFDP will go
fine. We are going to meet
them again to show them

(MFDP) the documents the


company gave us, Hon.
Juweh said.
Rivercess
County
faces
massive challenges due to
the deplorable condition of
roads, deplorable bridges,
lack of schools in populated
areas, and a poor health
delivery system. Residents
say the absence of a county
sitting over the years has
intensified these challenges
which already existed due to
discrepancy in adhering to
the PPCC law and infighting
amongst the leadership. The
countys civil society head
insists that the PPCC act must
this time be effective in other
to fast track development in
the county.
We want the hiring of
contractors to be localized;
they must vet the needed
contractor from the county
because it has two things to
do: it will provide income for
the local people and will also
empower the locals to get
strong, he said.

RIVERCESS HEADACHE
FINANCE MINISTRYS BOTTLENECKS
Alpha Daffae Senkpeni, alpha.senkpeni@frontpageafricaonline.com

county administration will


this week engage the MFDP
to finalize the disbursement
of funds to the county.
Rep. Juweh refutes any
existing misunderstanding
between
members
of
the caucus and the new
county
superintendent
and his assistant saying,
we are together; since
the ascendency of Senator
Francis Paye and Matthew
Daniels as Superintendent,
we
now
have
one
understanding.
With
Rivercess
County
already
tipped
by
President Sirleaf to host
her administrations last
celebration of the countrys
independence,
many
people in the county are
hoping to see the start of
developmental
projects
the soonest. Rep. Juweh
reveals the administration
will shortly schedule a mass
citizens meeting to begin the

plans.

No Money,
Sitting

No

County

People in the county are


anxiously desperate for
development
considering
the stalemate over projects
and the holding of the
countys development sitting
for almost four years now.
Though some residents are
still insinuating that a feud
exists amongst the county
authorities, many are now
blaming national government
for all the development
challenges in the county due
to delays in releasing the
funds.
The President of the Rivercess
County University Students
Union based in Monrovia
is confident the county
authority will work to ensure
the development agenda is
highlighted. Its because of
the lack of funds thats why

the issue of development has


not picked-up in the county,
Fahn Dehgar told FPA. He
said it will be impossible to
hold a county sitting in the
absence of the CDF or SDF.
If you converged the people
to discuss the development
of the county it should be
backed by finance (money)
because the people will
need to know the money
that will enhance these
(development) activities, he
added.
Now that the confusion
appears to be fading amongst
the leadership, most people
expect the county sitting soon
but others like Dehgar say the
unavailability of the county
funds remains the stumbling
block. Now the money is
the hold-on and not the
leadership; everything has
been harmonized (amongst
these leaders), said George
Trokon, head of the countys
civil society organization.

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WORLD NEWS

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

HILLARY CLINTONS WOES


Pushing Joe Biden to Reach Out to Those Who Could Back a Campaign

DR. DRE APOLOGIZES 'TO


THE WOMEN IVE HURT'

mid renewed uproar over allegations that he physically


abused women, Dr. Dre issued a statement expressing
remorse for his actions.
Twenty-five years ago I was a young man drinking
too much and in over my head with no real structure in my life.
However, none of this is an excuse for what I did, Dre told the
New York Times. Ive been married for 19 years and every day
Im working to be a better man for my family, seeking guidance
along the way. Im doing everything I can so I never resemble
that man again. I apologize to the women Ive hurt. I deeply
regret what I did and know that it has forever impacted all of
our lives.
Claims by hip-hop journalist Dee Barnes and former R&B
singer Michel'le, who was once the hip-hop stars fiancee, that
Dre assaulted them have received increased attention since
the release of the N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton, which
doesnt include such incidents, leading Michel'le and Barnes to
speak out about the movie omitting what they said happened
to them.

RIVAL KOREAS HOLD HIGH-LEVEL


TALKS TO DEFUSE WAR FEARS

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP)


outh Korea and North Korea were holding their first highlevel talks in nearly a year at a border village on Saturday
to defuse mounting tensions that have pushed the rivals
to the brink of a possible military confrontation.
The closed-door meeting at Panmunjom, where the armistice
ending fighting in the Korean War was agreed to in 1953, began
Saturday evening, shortly after a deadline set by North Korea for
the South to dismantle loudspeakers broadcasting anti-North
Korean propaganda at their border, said an official from South
Korea's Unification Ministry. North Korea had declared that its
front-line troops were in full war readiness and prepared to go
to battle if Seoul did not back down.
At the meeting, South Korea's presidential national security
director, Kim Kwan-jin, and Unification Minister Hong Yong-pyo
sat down with Hwang Pyong So, the top political officer for the
Korean People's Army, and Kim Yang Gon, a senior North Korean
official responsible for South Korean affairs.

'GIVE ME BACK MY GUN,' TRAIN


ATTACKER PLEADS WITH AMERICANS

Paris (AFP) gunman tackled by young Americans on a train


between Amsterdam and Paris pleaded with them to
hand back his Kalashnikov after they overpowered
him, one of the group said.
"Everything happened very fast," Anthony Sadler, a student
travelling with friends Alek Skarlatos and Spencer Stone, both
members of the US military, told France's BFMTV.
"I didn't realise what was happening until I saw a guard run past.
I looked back and saw a guy enter with a Kalashnikov. My friends
and I got down and then I said 'Let's get him'," said Skarlatos, a
22-year-old member of the National Guard in Oregon, who has
recently returned from service in Afghanistan.
"We didn't know if the gun wasn't working or anything like that.
Spencer just ran anyway and if anyone had gotten shot, it would
have been Spencer and we're just very lucky that nobody got
killed," he added in quotes shown on the BBC.

WASHINGTON
s Hillary Rodham
Clintons campaign
struggles with sliding
poll numbers, Vice
President Joseph R. Biden Jr.s
exploration of a presidential
candidacy is taking on a new
seriousness.
Mr. Biden has been in contact
with donors who could
help finance a campaign,
eyeing major contributors to
President Obama and pillars of
his own fund-raising network:
trial lawyers, Jewish leaders
and Greek-Americans. On
Thursday, the vice president,
who is not known for
aggressively courting donors,
spoke to George Tsunis, a Long
Island developer and longtime
supporter, who raised more
than $750,000 for the ObamaBiden ticket in 2012.
I think he is doing the prudent
thing, which is to look at it and
lay down some groundwork
should he run, said Mr. Tsunis,
saying that Mr. Biden is aware
that Mr. Tsunis will help him if
he enters the race.
At the same time, some
Democrats supporting Mrs.
Clinton have quietly signaled

that they would re-evaluate


their support if Mr. Biden
joined the race. For example,
Tom Daschle, an influential
former Senate Democratic
leader who has given the
maximum amount allowable
to Mrs. Clintons campaign,
has indicated that he would
reassess his position if Mr.
Biden entered the race,
according to people who have
been in contact with him in
recent days.
In addition, a Draft Biden
group has started to build an
infrastructure to use if the
vice president enters the race.
After initially focusing on
raising money for their effort,
they have begun to hire field
organizers.
Over the next few weeks we
hope to expand our operations
so we can communicate
with more voters about Vice
President Bidens record, said
Josh Alcorn, a Biden family
friend working for the group.
Mr. Bidens supporters have, in
private conversations, signaled
that if he does enter the race
he will portray himself as the
rightful heir to Mr. Obamas
legacy, given his loyalty to the

president. They also argue that


given the unpredictability of a
campaign season in which both
Bernie Sanders and Donald J.
Trump have won a following,
it is folly to dismiss Mr. Bidens
chances.
Mr. Biden is authentic and
spontaneous and real, said
James P. Kreindler, a New
York lawyer who helped raise
money for Mr. Bidens 2008
campaign.
But the vice president and
his closest advisers are also
monitoring Mrs. Clinton as
she tries to put questions
over her use of a private email
serverwhile secretary of state
behind her. On Thursday,
Quinnipiac University released
a poll showing troubling signs
for Mrs. Clinton in three key
states: Florida, Pennsylvania
and Ohio. In each state survey,
at least 6 in 10 voters said the
former secretary of state was
not honest and trustworthy.
Fewer than 4 in 10 voters in
each state held a favorable
view of Mrs. Clinton, compared
with nearly 6 in 10 who viewed
her negatively.
Those who have spoken
directly to Mr. Biden, who

sentences and five sentences to


life in prison in separate cases,
which still may be appealed.
Saturday's sentencing related to
an attack on a police station in
the city of Port Said in 2013 in
which five people were killed.
The attack was part of a wave of
violence that swept across Egypt
after the army removed elected
Islamist president Mohamed
Mursi from power in July 2013
following mass protests against

his rule.
Senior
Brotherhood
leader
Mohamed El-Beltagy, Islamist
cleric Safwat Hegazy, and 16
others were also sentenced to
life in prison, 28 to ten years in
prison and 68 acquitted. Another
76 people were given life
sentences in absentia.
Charges ranged from murder
and inciting violence to stealing
weapons and destruction of
public and private property.

EGYPTIAN BROTHERHOOD LEADER HANDED SIXTH


LIFE PRISON SENTENCE: JUDICIAL SOURCES

CAIRO (Reuters) gyptian


Muslim
Brotherhood
leader
Mohamed
Badie
and several other
prominent
Islamists
were
sentenced to life in prison on
Saturday for murder and inciting
violence, judicial sources said,
part of an ongoing crackdown on
the outlawed group.
Badie has faced numerous trials
and has accumulated two death

spent part of this week with


his grandchildren in Delaware,
increasingly believe that he
is going to take several more
weeks to decide whether to
pursue a candidacy. They
hope the time will provide
more clarity about how much
political damage Mrs. Clinton
has suffered as a result of the
email issue, and whether the
problems will last.
Mr. Biden is still mourning
the death of his son Beau,
and his aides had previously
said that he would make an
announcement about whether
he will run by the end of this
summer. But it now appears
that deadline could slip.
He would need to make a
declaration before the first
Democratic debate on Oct. 13.
Hes not unrealistic that if
shes able to right the ship
here, at this point its tough,
really tough, to see a lot of
Democrats coming off her,
said one former senior Obama
administration official who
recently discussed the merits
of a campaign with Mr. Biden.
On the other hand, the things
with the emails and everything
else could deteriorate who
knows? So I think hes figuring
hes got another month or so
to see what happens, to sort of
put feelers out there.
Kendra
Barkoff,
a
spokeswoman for Mr. Biden,
declined to comment on
questions about calls that have
been made and the efforts of
the vice presidents allies.
Members of Mr. Bidens
inner circle have asked the
Democrats they have spoken
with to be circumspect
about conversations, but the
advisers have followed who
is saying favorable things in
the news media about the vice
presidents prospects, and are
contacting them after they do
so.
After hearing their sentences,
the
defendants
defiantly
flashed the four-finger Rabaa
sign synonymous with the
Brotherhood's 2013 sit-ins and
chanted "down with military
rule" from inside a cage in the
courtroom.
Since deposing Mursi, the
authorities have held mass
trials for thousands of Muslim
Brotherhood supporters, with
hundreds
receiving
death
sentences or lengthy prison
terms. Mursi was sentenced to
death in June over a mass jail
break in 2011.
This has drawn criticism from
activists and rights groups at
home and abroad. The Egyptian
government says the judiciary
is independent and that it never
intervenes in its work.
The government deems the
Brotherhood a terrorist group.
The Brotherhood, Egypt's oldest
opposition movement dating
back decades, says it remains
committed to peaceful activism.
President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi
approved an anti-terrorism law
this month that sets up special
courts. Human rights groups
say the law uses security threats
as a pretext to curtail political
freedoms won in a 2011 uprising.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

MonroviarontPageAfrica
has seen a leaked
document in which
Francis Grandpa Doe
has been recalled by Liberia
head coach James Salinsa
Debbah for a 2017 Africa Cup
of Nations (Afcon) qualifier
with Tunisia on September 5.
The match is expected to
take place at the Antoinette
Tubman Stadium (ATS),
which has been undergoing
its fifth renovation in two
years since March.
Doe last played for Liberia
in a 2-0 defeat to Senegal in
a 2014 World Cup qualifier
at the Samuel Kanyon Doe
(SKD) sports complex in
Paynesville on June 16, 2013.
Then head coach Thomas
Kojo ignored Doe for the
2015 Afcon qualifiers with
Lesotho in which Liberia
won 1-0 at the ATS on May
18, 2014 and lost 0-2 at the
Setsoto Stadium in Maseru
on June 1, 2014 due to a bad
boys reputation he may have
allegedly developed with LFA
president Musa Bility.
Debbah, who was appointed
last November, surprised
many pundits by continuing
Does international exile
when he named his squad
to face Togo in a 2017 Afcon
qualifier in Lome on June 14.
And Doe, who has top scored
in the Malaysian Premier
League with eight goals for
NX Matrix, was very critical of
the gaffers last selection.
I thought it is based on your
clubs performance that you
are selected by national team
coaches for a given match or
tournament. So I dont know
why I wasnt selected by the
coach said Doe.
Maybe he knows why he
selected those who were
selected but thats not the
way to go. And I will have
to speak to my family about

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Grandpa Doe gets Liberia call-up after lambasting coach Debbahs Togo selection
Danesius Marteh, danesius.marteh@frontpageafricaonline.com

den
Hazard
insists he is
looking forward
to
playing
alongside new Chelsea
signing Pedro, declaring
that he always wants to
"learn from the best".
Chelsea completed a 30
million (21.5m) deal
to bring the 28-yearold from Barcelona on
Thursday,
with
Jose
Mourinho claiming that
his club had signed "one of
the best attacking players
in the world".

NEW-LOOK ATLETICO WON'T


FORGET VALUES - SIMEONE

any call [to play for Liberia


again], Doe told UNMIL
Radios Sports Extra program
on August 3.
Liberia beat Tunisia 2-0 in a
2000 Afcon qualifier at the
SKD on June 20, 1999 with
goals from Olivar Makor
and George Weah but lost
7-2 in their last meeting in

an international friendly in
Tunis on December 30, 2001.
Malaysia-based
Patrick
Ronaldinho Wleh, who
scored against Liverpool
in a pre-season friendly on
July 24, was omitted from
Debbahs list of 28 foreignbased players with clubless
Sekou
Jabateh-Oliseh,

JUVENTUS TO MAKE MOVE FOR


CHELSEA FLOP CUADRADO
The Bianconeri have already been in touch with the former
Fiorentina star's agent and are now planning talks with the
Premier League champions, who are open to a loan move

Raymond Fanciah, Melvin


King, Adolphus Marshall
and George Weah, Junior all
included.
In their eight meetings,
Liberia won two, drew two
and lost four and Bility is
upbeat the statistics must
change.
This is a do or die battle.

he
Colombia
international only
joined the Blues
in January, with
the English outfit agreeing
to pay Fiorentina an initial
23.3 million (32m) for
the versatile forward.
However, after struggling
to
break
into
Jose
Mourinho's starting lineup upon his arrival in
London, Cuadrado has now
slipped further down the
pecking order following
the arrival of Pedro from
Barcelona.
The
Premier
League
champions had originally
been reluctant to accept
anything other than a
straight cash deal for
the 27-year-old but they
have now agreed to let
Cuadrado depart on loan.
Indeed,
the
South
American's
agent,
Alessandro Lucci, is now
due to arrive in London
over the weekend to try to

It is very crucial for us. We


have to win Tunisia [to have
any chance in Group, having
lost our first game]. We are
sending for all the players
tomorrow [August 18], Bility
told Sports Extra on August
17.

secure his client a return


to Italy with Juve.
The Scudetto holders are
looking to sign another
forward before the close
of the transfer window
on August 31, having
been frustrated in their
attempts to agree a fee
with Schalke for Julian
Draxler.
Bianconeri
director
general Giuseppe Marotta
and sporting director
Fabio Paratici have already
been in touch with Lucci
and are now looking to
meet with Chelsea in order
to thrash out a loan deal
for the player, but with an
option to buy.
Cuadrado has long been
of interest to Juve having
establishing himself as
one of the most exciting
attacking talents in Serie A
during his three-year spell
with Fiorentina.

iego
Simeone
insists Atletico
Madrid will not
stray from their
style of play, despite a
summer of transition at the
club.
Atletico have been active in
the transfer market, signing
Jackson Martinez, Luciano
Vietto, Yannick Ferreira
Carrasco, Filipe Luis and
Stefan Savic for a combined
total believed to be in the
region of 126 million.
The
2015-16
squad
assembled by Simeone
is regarded as arguably
Atletico's best ever, with the
Madrid club set to adopt a
more offensive approach
in their bid to dethrone
reigning
champions
Barcelona.

MOURINHO NAMES AND


SHAMES CHELSEA FLOPS

ose
Mourinho
has
named and shamed the
players that have let
down Chelsea so far this
season.
The Blues have yet to win a
Premier League game, drawing
their opener against Swansea
2-2 and falling to a heavy 3-0
loss at Manchester City last
weekend.
And Mourinho admits he is
unhappy with the efforts of
some of this players.
He told reporters: "I'm not
happy with anyone.
"I'm not happy with Branislav
Ivanovic's form, Gary Cahill,
John Terry, Cesar Azpilicueta,
Eden Hazard, Cesc Fabregas,
Nemanja Matic."

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