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David A. Straz Jr. Gets Awarded the Key to the City

12 Aug

This week, Mayor Broh awarded Honorary Consul Ambassador At-Large to Central America David A. Straz Jr. (whew that’s a mouthful) the Key to the City of Monrovia for his excellent performance demonstrated towards the construction of a technical school in Senje Grand Cape Mount County and his humanitarian assistance to needy Liberians. The ceremony brought he and sixteen YoungLife students based in the US state of Florida to City Hall. YoungLife Liberia is headed up by former LU student leader James Davis.  In related reports, Straz wishes to be very instrumental in the rehabilitation of the College of West Africa through a passionate appeal from his friend, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.


City Parking Management Considered a Success

8 Jul
-Gives MCC 25%
By: Leroy M. Sonpon, III for the Liberian Daily Observer
Grammatical edits made by Archel Bernard

The leadership of the City Parking Management (CPM), a privately owned car parking management entity in partnership with the City Government of Monrovia, has announced that it has generated US$9,200 revenue from its ongoing city parking program, over a three week period.

The CPM Partner Manager, Karton Zawolo, disclosed the information in Monrovia when he handed over a check for US$2,301 to the Municipality City Government of Monrovia.

The money, which constitutes 25% of the total US$9,200 accrued during the three weeks of operations, was generated mainly from car parking on Randall Street.

Presenting the checks to Monrovia City Mayor, Mary Broh, Mr. Zawolo said the donation is in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed recently with the Mary Broh’s Municipality City Government of Monrovia.

He hailed the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC) for the confidence imposed in the CPM to regulate car parking in central Monrovia.

The CPM boss thanked private and governmental commuters as well as foreign guests for adhering to the car parking directive.

Mr. Zawolo also expressed his gratitude to the Liberia National Police (LNP) for the collaborations as well as the students, who are serving as parking attendants, supervisors and supporting staff of CPM.

“The three weeks of operations was successful. We must say a big thank you to everybody, especially the commuters for paying the required fees,” Mr. Zawolo stated.

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MCC TV Episode 3

29 Jun

Sorry for the posting hiatus! We put all our effort into bringing you this episode.

Mayor Enjoys the ODUNDE Festival

22 Jun

Enjoy the “Mayor Cam” from the trip to the States above. Press Release below.

A series of activities intended to create more public awareness that Liberia is ready for business as a respectable member of the comity of nations have been taking place for nearly two weeks in various parts of the United States.

According to a dispatch from the Embassy of Liberia in Washington, D.C., the activities are aimed at promoting investment, trade, education, and partnership, while showcasing Liberia as a country endowed with abundant natural resources and a tourist attraction.
The series of activities began with five days of events, which were held from June 8-12 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The events were held under the auspices of the 36th annual ODUNDE Festival and the Philadelphia Mayor’s Commission on African and Caribbean Immigrant Affairs, among others.
ODUNDE, which is reputed to be the largest African and African-American cultural festival on the East Coast of the United States attracting over 300,000 people annually, seeks to promote trade, investment and tourism between the city of Philadelphia on the one hand, and African and Caribbean countries on the other.

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Liberia’s President Sirleaf: ‘We’ve made progress but there’s much more to do’

20 Jun

Liberia goes to the polls in October, but what is the government doing about the most pressing concerns of its electorate?


Since taking office in early 2006 as Africa‘s first elected woman president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has become a prominent leader in a tough job. A quarter-century of political turmoil, including 14 years of conflict that displaced three-quarters of its people and killed an estimated 250,000, left Liberia without infrastructure – no electricity or water services and few roads, schools or medical facilities.

Despite global recession, economic recovery is visible everywhere, but the challenges are enormous, and a United Nations peacekeeping mission is expected to remain in place, at least until after national elections in October.

Interviewed recently by AllAfrica’s Boakai Fofana, Reed Kramer and Tami Hultman, President Sirleaf cited progress and discussed plans. Continue reading

Rural Women Want Inclusion in Politics

9 Jun

By Morrison O.G. Sayon for the Inquirer

As the Presidential and General Elections draw nearer, women in rural Liberia have called on political parties to include them as decision-makers in their various manifestos. The rural women are calling on leaders of political parties to allow them occupy higher positions in political parties and in the decision-making process of the country. They want women to be party leaders as their male counterparts and not to be placed at the back seat. In Grand Bassa County, District N0, 2, some women who spoke to this paper through an IREX-sponsored program, said their inclusion in national politics will enhance the democracy process and buttress the participation of all Liberians regardless of sex as enshrined in the United Nations Convention on Discrimination.


“Let them allow women to occupy higher positions either as party chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary because some of these women have qualified themselves by going to school and obtaining degrees and can do whatever men can do. We are prepared to support them in every aspect,” Ellenor Barnie in Waka Town, Grand Bassa County said.

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Living with Aids in Monrovia, Liberia

9 Jun

Julia Mulbah Lysander is HIV and Aids programme co-ordinator at Concern Worldwide in Liberia

published for The Guardian

Life with HIV in Liberia is devastating, due to extremely high levels of HIV- and Aids-related stigma and discrimination. Many families and communities have non-accepting attitudes and abandon their sick relatives. Poor access to appropriate healthcare, treatment and support are extremely challenging, significantly impacting the quality of life and survival prospects. The widespread poor livelihood conditions make it more difficult for people living with HIV and affected family, especially children, to ensure a nutritious diet. Continue reading