When the second outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus disease or EVD first hit Liberia in March of this year and started to spread at an alarming rate, many Liberians, especially public officials left the country unceremoniously. In the wake of a national response of the disease, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf publicly issued a directive, regarding restrictions on foreign travels, but some officials of the Liberian Government chose to ignore the President, especially those without excuse.
Amid the ongoing bribery investigation on the basis of a report produced by Global Witness, Public sentiments seem to be disfavoring those allegedly linked to the bribery.
The Liberia National Police has acknowledged the alarming and increased number of armed robbery cases in Monrovia and its environs. Since the imposition of current night time curfew to “buttress the ongoing battle against the deadly Ebola virus disease”, the heinous and terrorizing crime has been on the high increase.
OTHER THAN BEING a day solely devoted to activities of the Christian Church in general, activities this Sunday may just be over-shadowed by the African Cup of Nations’ Group A match between Liberia and Togo at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Monrovia.
The National Task Force on Ebola, established and chaired by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf since its establishment on July 26 this year, continues to be criticized not only for its inability to adequately respond to the current health crisis, but also its composition. Its critics continue to suggest that politicians, including the President of Liberia, are assigned dominant roles, while the role of medical practitioners are just nominal when, in fact they should be at the forefront.
For the first time in the history of recent Liberian Government and Politics, two senior public officials are in court and indicted on corruption charges.
Recently, the Government of Liberia, through the Ministry of Education, and West African Examination Council or WAEC-Liberia announced the cancellation of the exams for Twelve Graders across the country.
During her remarks at Liberia’s Independence Day celebration on Saturday, July 26 at the centennial Memorial Pavilion in Monrovia, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf named a National Task Force on Ebola. The primary objective of the Task Force is to ensure national coordination in the entire battle against the spread of the deadly Ebola disease in Liberia. Among major measures instituted by the Government of Liberia to fast-track the fight against Ebola was the declaration of a State of Emergency in consonance with Article 86 of the Constitution of Liberia. Since the enforcement of these measures, there continue to be calls from both within and outside of the government for a reconstitution of the National Task Force on Ebola.
The Government of Liberia recently announced in Monrovia that families of health workers who lost their lives in the fight against the deadly Ebola disease will receive compensation. According to the government, similar compensation will also be extended to health workers currently at the frontline of the battle against the disease. President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf gave the assurances in Kakata, Margibi County during a meeting with health workers at the C.H. Rennie Hospital.
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, on May 13, 2016, communicates, in a letter, with the Legislature, expressing the desire of the Liberian Government to increase domestic expenditure in Liberian dollar. Constrained to do so, according to Sirleaf’s communication, the payments for all government employees, including cabinet ministers, will be affected by the decision.