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Archive for January, 2013

Forest, mines, farmland: Liberia is for sale

Forest, mines, farmland: Liberia is for sale

MONROVIA (AFP) – Liberia is selling itself slice by slice nine years after a terrible civil conflict finally came to an end, offering valuable resources to the highest bidder even though that could kindle tension among a population that often feels it is being sold out.      The chairman of the Liberia Land Commission, Othello Brandy, […]

Abolish or privatize LPRC

Abolish or privatize LPRC

By Tewroh-Wehtoe Sungbeh         Long before one of the world’s leading auditors, Ernst & Young, was appointed by the European Commission to conduct a systems and financial audit of the Liberian Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC) from the period of October 1, 2003 to June 30, 2004, most Liberians see the institution as a breeding ground for waste […]

Development funds without development

Development funds without development

By Tewroh-Wehtoe Sungbeh                 The annual disbursement of development funds is a big deal in Liberian politics. It is a way the heavily centralized and imperial national government doles out funds to an appointed official or officials in a particular county in the name of constructing needed projects, which wouldn’t have gotten any […]

Formal complaint against Rep. Lester Paye of District #4 (Bong County)

Formal complaint against Rep. Lester Paye of District #4 (Bong County)

  Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honorable J. Alex Tyler        Capitol Building, Capitol Hill Monrovia, Liberia Dear Honorable Tyler; Patience M. Gorneleh is my only daughter and a sophomore at the University of Liberia. She is a decent person and a law abiding citizen of District #4, Bong County, which is represented by Honorable […]

LEDI launches US$500,000 Library Project

LEDI launches US$500,000 Library Project

-Staff     Liberia Economic Development Initiative (LEDI) says it has embarked upon initiatives that would lead to the construction of modern libraries around the country as a contribution to the country’s manpower development efforts. In furtherance of the goal, the organization has launched its first project, a modern library in Monrovia. The project cost approximately $500,000. […]

Q & A: Economist Rufus Darkortey

Q & A: Economist Rufus Darkortey

 Economist Rufus Darkortey is President of the Liberia Economic Development Initiative (LEDI). Mr. Darkortey took time out of his busy schedule to discuss the focus and direction of his organization with Tewroh-Wehtoe Sungbeh of The Liberian Dialogue.      Q. What is Liberia Economic Development Initiative?  A. Liberia Economic Development Initiative (LEDI) is a Cleveland, Ohio-based 501 […]

Q & A: Economist Rufus Darkortey

Q & A: Economist Rufus Darkortey

 Economist Rufus Darkortey is President of the Liberia Economic Development Initiative (LEDI). Mr. Darkortey took time out of his busy schedule to discuss the focus and direction of his organization with Tewroh-Wehtoe Sungbeh of The Liberian Dialogue.      Q. What is Liberia Economic Development Initiative?  A. Liberia Economic Development Initiative (LEDI) is a Cleveland, Ohio-based 501 […]

Oxymoron about Liberian political progressives: The noisy silence

Oxymoron about Liberian political progressives: The noisy silence

By Moses  Blonkanjay Jackson            In my Thinking Thoughts and introspection about the month of January, I consider how the 16th is set aside by the people of the United States of America as Dr. Martin Luther King Day, one of the world’s foremost progressives and advocates for equality and social justice. It then occurred […]

Weah asked to resign as Liberia’s Peace Ambassador

Weah asked to resign as Liberia’s Peace Ambassador

-Staff      Monovia, Liberia: A former Assistant Minister for Afro-Asian Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, George Gyude Wisner, is calling on Peace Ambassador George Manneh Weah to either relinquish his political role as Standard Bearer of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) or resign his recently appointed position as peace ambassador. Mr. Wisner observed […]

NOCAL faces public investigation

NOCAL faces public investigation

Staff       Several Liberians have taken the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) to task over what they called the lessening of public expectation by the Liberia’s oil company regarding the management of the country’s oil and gas sector. According to the Liberians, NOCAL must honestly provide the Liberian people with convincing and well guided […]