Editorial

Reading into Bank Ki-moon’s report to the Security Council

In his report to the Security Council in New York this week, United Nations Secretary-General Bank Ki-moon observed that there is no clear front-runner in Liberia to succeed President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in next year’s presidential and representative elections.

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Immediate Concerted Efforts needed for youth rehabilitation

The Liberia National Police Chief, on Friday, October 28, 2016,described post-war rehabilitation of what he referred to as‘disadvantaged youth’ as insufficient. Inspector General Gregory Coleman told journalists last Friday thatsince the end of the Liberian Civil Conflict, there ‘hasn’t beenenough’ done to move ‘disadvantaged youth forward’, also attributing their inability to be reintegrated into the system to theirunwillingness and unpreparedness.

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Open-Mindedness to Formal, Informal Media a Better Approach to Fighting GBV and Rape

At the recent launch of the 16 days of activism against gender-basedviolence in Liberia, the country’s Minister of Gender, Children andSocial Protect announced the total of 1088 GBV cases across Liberia.

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Commitment, Sincerity at All Levels – A ‘Recipe’ for Sustaining Peace in Liberia

Liberia – a founding member of the United Nations Organization, onMonday, October 24, 2016, joined the world-over in celebrating the71st Anniversary of the United Nations. Traditionally, the celebrations around the world included meetings,replica of the United Nations model in schools, discussions, as wellas exhibits on the goals and achievements of the organization, amongothers.

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The Zika Virus and Liberia’s preparedness

DURING THE INITIAL outbreak of the Zika virus in the South American Country of Brazil months ago, we emphasized the need for the Government of Liberia, through the Ministry of Health, to begin preparing for any eventuality as a way of avoiding the unfortunate situation which characterized the deadly Ebola outbreak of 2014.

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Proper Maintenance - The Main Challenge of the New LNP Hierarchy

THE PRESENCE OF the Liberia National Police or LNP is currently being felt in most communities in Monrovia and its environs. THE DECISION FOR the deployment of police men and women in communities and streets is in consonance with the 100-day deliverables of the new hierarchy of the LNP.

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GOL’s Nat’l Projects: Making Our Critical Comments Constructive

The socio-economic development of any nation is greatly dependent on road construction – something every country the world-over strives to achieve. Road construction and land transportation drives trade and commerce, improved healthcare, improves agriculture production, as well as connect people. All – in –all, efficient transport systems – at a considerable level, help to reduce costs in many economic sectors in that they provide better accessibility to markets, increase employment, as well as bring in foreign investment, among others. The United States – considered a ‘second home’ for many Liberians may be a great nation on earth today because of its massive and strategic investment in world-class state and interstate highway systems and transportation infrastructure. Similar investment in the West African state of Ghana also continues to attract high admiration from other countries, especially Liberia.

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In Sympathy with Mittal Steel, But….

Mineral development agreements are made in the interest of the socio-economic development of a nation and its people.

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The Ganta Declaration: Let’s Still Wait and See

Since the September 17 Ganta declaration made by more than15-Liberian opposition political parties for collaborative effortsduring the 2017 Presidential and Representative Elections in Liberia, skepticisms continue to characterize its progress.

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Monrovia’s Continuous Face-lift Is A Must, But……

At her last cabinet meeting prior to her state visits to India and the People’s Republic of China, President Sirleaf announced the appointment of a number of committees aimed at national economic growth and development.

Among such as announced my the President was a Special Presidential Task Force headed by the controversial former Monrovia City Mayor, Mary Broh, to clean up and beautify Monrovia. In consonance with President Sirleaf’s mandate, Broh – now Director General of the General Service Agency or GSA, on Wednesday, October 28, 2015, commenced the exercise on a rather controversial note.

Heavily protected by armed officers of the Liberia National Police’s Emergency Response Unit or ERU and Police Support Unit or PSU, the head of the new Presidential Task Force and members uncompromisingly demolished makeshift structures and destroyed market stalls along Broad Street in Central Monrovia, as well as invaded private homes and businesses, bringing out market tables, money-changing boxes, etc.,

etc hidden by street peddlers ahead of the November 15-December 15, 2015 benchmark set by the Executive Mansion to clean and beautify the city.

The aggressive demolition exercise also took the Special Presidential Task Force to the communities of Jallah Town, Plumkor and a few other areas, leaving many residents frustrated in tears and agony.

Unfortunately, amid claims of the lack of prior knowledge by hundreds of residents and street peddlers/vendors, Chairman Mary Broh and her Task Force continue to remain conspicuously silent on public information on the matter.

Be that as it may, one would further wonder as to why the Task Force will choose to effect a mandate ahead of its official November 15-launch without prior notice to those affected. Even if the Task Force had pre-warned members of the communities of the demolition exercise, there was neither public information nor any communication with the residents as evidenced by their expressed public frustration, agony and tears on Wednesday, October 28, 2015.

While Chairman Broh must be hailed for the level of work previously done to keep Monrovia and its environs tidy, through the implementation of the city laws, it would have been most appropriate had the people been notified ahead of the arrival of the Task Force in the affected communities. Such notice would have prepared the residents to give way for the exercise without the disappointments currently being experienced.

Moreover, the selective nature of the ongoing exercise may just be very worrisome to raise ‘eye-brows’ on the sincerity and credibility of the Task Force. Visiting Central Monrovia’s Broad Street and the affected communities of Jallah Town and Plumkor in Sinkor, one would realize the continuous presence of some makeshift structures amid others affected by the demolition exercise – this is just unfair and puts the commitment and integrity of the entire Task Force on the line.

In executing the Presidential mandate, Mary Broh and her Special Presidential Task Force must exercise no fear or favor as long as these structures violate the city and zoning laws of Liberia and covered by the current mandate of the Task Force.

In as much as Chairman Broh is held at high esteem for her uncompromising stance in upholding and implementing the city and zoning laws, the need to give these people time to allow the demolition exercise to take place cannot be over-emphasized.

Other than the foregoing observations, the over-all performance of Mary Broh is still commendable and that Liberians must all welcome such initiatives to give Monrovia and its environs face-lift, especially for this Holy Season.

 

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