Liberia recently recorded its worst results in the 2016 West African Examination Council or WAEC Senior High School category in four years. According to the WAEC, results released recently in Monrovia, 22,671 out of 46,927 students who registered for the exams, performed dismally, leading to failure - a mass failure that constitutes 48.4% of the total number of registered students.
Following extensive consultations with stakeholders across the country, the national Elections Commission or NEC has submitted to the Liberian Legislature, the new date for the conduct of the Midterm Senatorial elections in Liberia for approval. In a Presidential Proclamation a few weeks ago, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf suspended the October 14, 2014 Senatorial elections and mandated the Commission to hold consultations with electoral stakeholders, including political parties and national and international health authorities on the possibility of holding the elections in the wake of the national Ebola Crisis.
Amid the presence of the visiting United States Congressional delegation in Liberia, Capitol Hill is rocked by political hooliganism and unnecessary tension among members of Liberia’s House of Representatives.
The national and international publicity characterizing what may appear to be a gradual decline in the spread of the deadly Ebola virus disease in Liberia may not just be doing justice to the fight against the epidemic. As a result of such publicity, some Liberians have already begun disregarding most of the preventive measures put in place by the Government of Liberia, through the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and partners.
Since the inception of the Global Witness corruption report, involving some top officials of the Liberian Government, including House Speaker J. Alex Tyler, as well as their subsequent indictment by the court, the political atmosphere in the House continues to be un-necessarily unfavorable.
One of the 13 Senatorial candidates and incumbent Bong County Senator Jewel Howard-Taylor, on last Thursday before some of her colleagues and others having lunch in the cafeteria of the Liberian Senate, had no better way to engage the New Dawn, but to rain invectives on the paper for a number of publications on her deeds in the name of Bong County.
The Liberian economy has overtime continued to signal some unbearable features characterized by a number of hasty political, but economically unviable decisions. While it is a well-known fact that Liberia’s major exports, iron ore and rubber have suffered some setbacks due to drastically fallen prices, economic and political decisions on interventions to either ensure stability or revival may be an attributing factor for the current down-ward trend in the economy.
Amid reports of the declining rate of the spread of the deadly Ebola virus disease in Liberia, the battle against the disease must be unending. Even though health authorities and medical charities working in the country may be reporting reduction in the number of cases and deaths in various communities and Ebola Treatment Centers or ETU, while the mode of transmission appears to be declining, the crisis must still be treated as if it was just beginning. The Liberian Government, through the Ministry of Health and international charities working against Ebola in country must also exercise cautions in transmitting information about whatever decline noticed about the outbreak.
An international “Fiduciary Agent” has reportedly been selected by the Liberian Government to manage the Ebola Trust Fund or ETF. The decision to contract the international financial management firm (Price Water House), according to the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning, is to uphold the commitment of the government to full transparency and accountability as announced recently by Minister Amara Konneh.
Amid the significant depreciation of the Liberian Dollar in value on the local exchange market (L$95 to US$1), the central Bank of Liberia or CBL may have decided to print new banknotes, including a new Liberian Five – Hundred Dollar banknote.