Accident kills 67

Police in Monrovia say they have recorded 67 deaths as a result of road traffic accidents over the last three months, January to March this year, compared to 34 casualties that were recorded in the same quarter last year.

A police statement says the increase in the wave of road traffic accidents across the country is alarming and needs the quickest remedy to address the life threatening situation.

The Liberia National Police or LNP Public Safety Section says the lack of driver education, inexperience on the part of some vehicle operators, drunk driving, and conditions of roads around the country are contributing factors to resulting to the increase in the number of road traffic accidents here.

A police accidents report also puts the total number of individuals sustaining injuries of different degrees at 507, while 592 vehicles got damaged during the first quarter of the year.

The LNP says it is concerned about the increase in thelost of human lives simply on accidents that could be prevented. At the same time, the LNP has announced that it will commence a vigorous vehicle inspection across Monrovia and its environs by next week Monday, 24 April.

Police Spokesman DCP. Sam Collins says the inspection will cover all vehicles plying the streets, and he is encouraging vehicle owners to adhere to the inspection. DCP Collins warns that the police will not relent to enforce the Vehicle and Traffic Law of Liberia during the
inspection. - Press release

Pres. Sirleaf wants collaboration between GoL, WFP

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has called for collaboration between the government and WFP that will road map a homegrown school feeding program that focuses on the preparation of nutritious meal to enhance the growth and development children currently in school.

Mrs. Sirleaf made the call when she received in audience the Regional Director of the World Food Programme (WFP) for West and Central African, Mr. AbdouDieng at her Foreign Ministry Office in Monrovia.

An Executive Mansion release said,the President also used the occasion to prevail on the WFP delegation to put together the technical details that ensure the development of a program and an implementation plan that will be followed by rallying support for the roll out of the program.

She assured the delegation that her commitment to assist in the mobilization funding will be informed by how soon a working document or program is finalized. He however stressed the need for collaboration towards the realization tangible outcomes.

Speaking earlier, the WFP Regional Director thanked President Sirleaf for the opportunity and appealed for her support and advocacy to resuscitate the school feeding program. The School Feeding Program in Liberia targets some 300,000 Liberian school children across the country.

Political parties support Korkoya

Several opposition political parties here have come to the defense of the Chairman of the National Elections Commission, Cllr. Jerome Korkoya, who battling claims of holding an American Citizenship and therefore, facing increasing calls to resign his post.

Political parties, including the Coalition for Democratic Change or CDC, Union of Liberians Democrat (ULD); Victory for Change (VC), Change for Democratic Action (CDA), and the Movement for Progressive Change (MPC) among others, on Monday, April 17, held a joint press conference in Monrovia, saying the call is untimely and only intended to stall the pending electioneering process.

A joint press statement read by the Coalition for Democratic Change Vice Chairman for Operations, Mulbah Morlu states, “The following signatories authorizing the release of this statement, being political parties sanctioned by their respective leaderships, herewith express an undaunted resolution to remaining viable partners in fostering the sustainable implementation of the 2017 Representatives and Presidential elections timetable, which is being conducted under the Chairmanship of Cllr. Jerome G. Korkoya; in cognizance of the historic essence of the ongoing electoral mechanism, which would ascertain the thrive of sustainable democratic governance through the smooth transfer of power from one democratic leadership to the next; acknowledging the efforts of the current administration of the National Elections Commission and its international partners in the pursuit of this constitutional duty, though additional efforts would be expected in strengthening the commission's technical, logistical and personnel infrastructure.”

The statement further says the parties take into account the recognizable progress of the current elections timetable under the Jerome Korkoya-chaired Commission, which has already presided over several crucial steps that graduated these efforts to a crucial half-way mechanism.

Morlu explains that the following political parties, being seized of the obligation to continually support and advocate for a peaceful and credible conduct of the 2017 elections,henceforth interpret calls for the resignation of the current NEC Chairman as “untimely, counterproductive, and ill-advised.”

He notes that the parties rise to denounce such calls as detrimental to the democratic stability of Liberia, since it could prove disruptive of the implementation of timeline of the Commission, owing to the huge void that would be left to fill just few months to elections.

“While we respect the fundamental rights of those making the case, we are however not only concerned about the demands for provable facts under the circumstances, but believe the objective of the campaigners is being undermined by the Korkoya-led Commission's successful conduct of several past elections, including the 2014 Senatorial and other by-elections. Hence, in our opinion, arguing against the legitimacy of Cllr. Jerome Korkoya as Chairman of the Commission is tantamount to an attempting de-legitimization of fifteen Senators and several Lawmakers elected under his gavel as Chairman,” the statement resisted.

The parties further term calls for Chairman Korkoya’s resignation as “misguided approach” that amplifies the collective endorsement of their communiqué duly authorized with a view to sustaining the democracy and preventing its stumble into chaos, waiting to be exploited by anti-peace zealots. Cllr. Jerome G. Korkoya has persistently maintained that he is a Liberian, challenging those accusing him of holding dual citizenships to come up evidence.

By E. J. Nathaniel Daygbor-Editing by Jonathan Browne

Dr. Jones ends Nimba tour

Presidential hopeful and standard bearer of the Movement for Economic Empowerment or MOVEE Dr. Joseph Mills Jones is cautioning the people of Nimba County to reject tribalism and vote in the interest of Liberia comes October 10, 2017.

Addressing thousands of supporters in Nimba recently during a tour of the 17 administrative districts of the county, the ex-Executive Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia dubbed the ‘Poverty Doctor’ for his controversial loan scheme in rural Liberia, said the country’s reconstruction requires involvement of all Liberians rather than making decision at the ballot box based on tribal affiliation.

“Not county nor brothers, who hail from the same district we will eat, this thing cannot help a nation to development, but state power should be given to individual, who is well equipped to help improve lives in this nation”, he maintains.

Dr. Jones rejects report that he is no longer interested in the Presidential race comes October. Speaking to citizens of Graie Township along the Ganta-Tappita highway in Nimba, he dismisses the report as far from the truth.

He says comes October, his photograph will be on the ballot paper as a presidential candidate. According to him, his recent visit to Nimba County was to avail himself to Namibians, who have not seen him in person but his photograph.

However, he stresses that it is about time that Nimbaians open their eyes and select a leader, who will care and love his people.
Also speaking, the Chairman of Dr. Jones’ MOVEE party Dee Maxwell SaaKemayah, Sr., says the pending elections in October are crucial and need the involvement of all Liberians.

By Franklin Doloquee, Nimba-Editing by Jonathan Browne


Simeon Freeman attacks Brumskine

Businessman-turned politician Simone Freeman has attacked the standard bearer of the Liberty Party (LP) Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine, saying Brumskine lacks sincerity and the people of Liberia cannot trust him with the presidency.

Mr. Freeman, leader of the Movement for Progressive Change or MPC claims Cllr. Brumskine has become a praise-singer for President Sirleaf simply because he could not be trusted with leadership.

The MPC leader launched the stinking attack against the LP standard bearer on Monday, April 17, in a news conference held at his party’s headquarters in Airfield, Monrovia.
Dressed in a blue coat suit, he expressed frustration over Cllr. Brumskine’s alleged failure to speak on behalf of the people of Grand Bassa County at the time they need him most.

Both Simeon and Cllr. Brumskine hail from the same county, but political bad blood has kept them apart. “This guy got up in 2011 campaign, saying all of the worse things about President Sirleaf, after the election, whatever they gave him that fill his mouth encouraged him that he took her (President Sirleaf) to Bassa and raised her hand in the air, something, which was against the interest of the people of Bassa. This is what I call lack of sincerity”, he explains.

He continued that after the re-election of Madam Sirleaf, Brumskine, who used to be active in Grand Bassa, challenging excesses of the Liberia Agriculture Company and other companies operating in the county, was nowhere to be found.
However, he noted that Cllr. Brumskine was now a praise-singer for the Sirleaf administration, which Mr. Simeon described as hopeless government that has led the country to abject poverty.

“This is a government that exploited US$1.1 million logging forest that no other government had done in the history of this country, we cannot borrow again, nothing else we can do, what is the agenda that you’re going to continue on that encourage you to praise Ellen, this is a guy, who today, doesn’t want to be president, and the next day he wants to be president, today, he’s going to push Ellen’s agenda as he claim, yesterday, Ellen was a devil, what kind of man is this Brumskine? We say don’t waste our time.”
He says Brumskine, was hurting himself by believing that President Sirleaf could trust him, saying “then you are under joke in every respect, I think you should just go and rest, because there is no room for you in this political arena, and that’s why I seem to agree with Senator Prince Johnson.”

According to Mr. Freeman, Senator Johnson’s assertion that it is about time a native Liberian be elected as the next President, is not divisive, asking “What is wrong with country people saying it is time that they lead?”

He argues that in the entire history of leadership in Liberia, slain President Samuel Kanyon Doe was the only native Liberian who became President, “but today you have a lot more educated people, when Nelson Mandela said it was time for the black to rule there were nothing wrong with that, now when somebody says it’s time that the country people rule then someone is affected, but when you look in the race, it is being dominated by ‘conkor people’ and this is not the way it should be.”

By Lewis S. Teh-Editing by Jonathan Browne

W.H.O. donates medical books to Tubman University

 The World Health Organization (W.H.O.) has presented several medical books for the use of students enrolled in the College of Health Science at the William V.S. Tubman University in Harper City, Maryland County.

Totaling 153, the medical books contain topics such as General Medicines, Primary Care, Maternal Health, Family Planning, Child Care, and Essential Drugs, among others.

Making the formal presentation recently, W.H.O. Maryland County Representative Rachel Jallah, said, the donation is as a result of the university’s impact in the health sector of Liberia.

Madam Jallah said Tubman University is working in line to building a resilience health system and greatly contributing to the country’s reconstruction relative to health.

She said the books are intended to enhance the university’s good work in the southeast of Liberia and her institution (W.H.O.) is of the strong conviction that the TU will produce health workers that will improve the county’s health system.

The World Health Organization has over the years provided several medical books as a way of beefing up the university’s efforts in molding the minds of future health workers to take over the health sector here.

Receiving the donation on behalf the William V.S. Tubman University, Dr. Edward LarmaWonkeryor lauded the World Health Organization for the donation and promised that the books will be used for their intended purpose.

With a smile, Dr. Wonkeryor said Liberia needs more support in order to get the country’s health sector on par with other countries in the subregion.

 By George K. Momo from Maryland-Editing by Jonathan Browne

“LifeSkill Training Key to Nation Building”

Liberia Foreign Minister MarjonKamara has named LifeSkill training as one of the key elements in propelling women and girls to play their effective roles in nation building.

Madam Kamara, speaking recently at the launch of the Girls Ebola Recovery Livelihood Support Project at the Gender Ministry further stated that investing in adolescent vocational skill is also vital for the nation building, adding that it enhances the productive capacities of girls and young women and boost their self-esteem.

“Economic empowerment and education of the girl child has been proven to be one of the most impactful strategies for poverty alleviation,” she said, adding that it gives women and girls the prospect for a gainful employment and courage to resist injustices from their male counterparts.

The Girls Ebola Recovery Livelihood Support Project is aimed at creating a platform that will promote, and empower women and girls affected by the deadly Ebola virus in 2014.

According to Minister Kamara prior to the Ebola outbreak here, the Demographic and Health survey conducted in 2013 show a precarious situation of Liberian children as 56% of those under 18 were found not to be living with both parents.

She recounted that the survey further revealed substantial gap between males and females in terms of educational attainment- about 47% of women had never attended school compared to 33% of their male counterpart.

“We expect this GERLS Project to empower the girls and young women selected from Grand Bassa, Margibi, and Montserrado Counties in a manner which gives them greater access to social and economic opportunities,” she said.

Minister Kamara said there are high expectation that the income support and training being offered to the girls and young women will transform their lives for the better and that in turn they will become agents of change and drivers of transformation within their families, communities, and ultimately the society at large.

She added that the full utilization of all of the potential of women is critical to national development. The minister, however, was quick to add that the challenge of empowerment for transformation must therefore be addressed forthrightly with today’s girls and young women, stressing that the project presents an opportunity for stakeholders to continue the process of shaping and equipping the next generation of Liberian leaders.

By Lewis S. Teh-Edited by Othello B. Garblah

UP official resigns

Former Bong County Inspector William Kollie has with immediate effect resigned from the ruling Unity Party or UP.

In his letter of resignation dated March 28, 2017, a copy of which is in the possession of the New Dawn’s Bong County, Mr. Kollie said he wants to be himself and operate as independent thinker, something which suggests that as an official of the UP, one does not operate with an independent mind.

Mr. Kollie served the Unity Party as Chairman for the Wings of Ambassador Joseph Boakai and Co-Chair for Electoral District #5 in Bong County for about eight consecutive years.

Mr.Kollie thanked President Sirleaf and auxiliary groups of the Party, while at the same time appreciating the leadership of the Party for serving the dual capacities since 2005.

Mr. Kollie in his resignation letter also lauded the Liberian Leader for appointing him as County Inspector.

Copies of Mr. Kollie’s resignation letter were addressed to the National Chairman of the Unity Party, partisans of the party in Bong County and media institutions as well.

By Papa Morris-Edited By Othello B. Garblah

Local palm farm corporative to get boost

A Senator of Bong County has assured the leadership of the Pulukpeh-Multipurpose Corporative Society in Suakoko District of an improved palm farm project.

The Pulukpeh Multipurpose Corporative Society is a palm farm initiative established more than a decade in Raymond Town, Bong County by a group of local farmers in Suakoko District to better their living standards.

Senator Henry Yallah in an interview recently disclosed that the leadership of the Corporative pleaded with him and his colleagues to help restore productivity within the corporative.

Senator Yallah committed himself to ensuring that progress is made at the corporative for a better society. The Bong County Senator narrated that he is currently working alongside Senators Albert Chea and Armah Zulu Jallah to meet the demand of the palm farmers in the town.

He said at that meeting, he promised the citizens that they as Senators were in negotiation with some palm farming experts from Malaysia to assist Pulukpeh. According to him, and the two Senators will travel to Malaysia this month to hold talks with the experts to direct some of their knowledge to the people in the town to improve their wellbeing. He also named Gbarpolu as one of the targeted areas to benefit from their travel to Malaysia to improve palm farm production in the region.

Vision Christian Academy embarks on project

Vision Campus and the Coordinator of the school Rev Uriah Cole M. Jaimah Vision Christian Academy, a junior high school in Weala, Margibi County has embarked on a modern laboratory, library and auditorium project.

Speaking to reporters recently during a fund raising rally organized by the school to solicit financial support for the project, the coordinator of the school Rev. Uriah Cole Jaimah said, it is meant to enhance the learning capacity of students in Weala and its environs.

He said the facility will be built and named in honor of Speaker J. Emmanuel Nuquay for his numerous contributions to humanity, especially the student community. He said when constructed, the library will be put at the disposal of all students in the district, the county and country at large; there is no public library in Weala.

He disclosed that engineer has not made any estimate for the project to enable him state actual financial cost attached. Meanwhile, Speaker Nuquay has thanked the administration of the school for thinking in a direction that recognizes his efforts, and made an initial contributing of 200 bags of cement with a promise to provide whatever it requires to execute the project fully. Several other prominent sons and daughters of the district, including parents made contributions during the fund raising program.

By Ramsey N. Singbeh, Jr. in Margibi-Editing by Jonathan Browne

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