Daily Media Summary (11-13-2020)

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MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS

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NEWS SUMMARY, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2020

 

Dominating today’s dailies are stories on the death of former Ghanaian President Flt. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings (Rtd.), the deduction of 20% in the cost of the Liberian ECOWAS Passports as well as signing of the book of condolence of the former IAA Boss by President George Manneh Weah.

Other stories include the release of the autopsy reports on the four Liberians, the conducting of training for Chief Information Officers at the Ministry of Post and Telecommunication and the influx of Ivoirians in Liberia among other stories.

 

Dominant Stories

 

Gov’t Reduces Price of Passport

The Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has launched the Passport Issuance Reform initiative and signed the amendment of the 2017 passport extension contract with the Bulk Press. At the signing ceremony Thursday, November 12, 2020, the Foreign Affairs Ministry in Monrovia witnessed by key government officials, Foreign Minister Dee-Maxwell Kemayah, Sr. said the ceremony marks a new day in the history of the Ministry. Under the extension contract which will officially take effect as of November 23, 2020, applicants will pay USD$40 for an ordinary passport instead of USD$50. Moreover, express service has been reduced from USD$100 to USD$80, while Liberians in the diaspora wanting to obtain a passport will pay USD$160 instead of the current USD$200 respectively. According to the News newspaper, Minister Kemayah said the new reform will not affect the revenue envelope of the Ministry. He pointed out that under his new “AAI” reform (Accessibility, Affordability and Integrity), the press of obtaining a passport will be efficiently accelerated. Minister Kemayah named quality service delivery, effectiveness and many others as issues he will enforce to the core. In a move to further improve the process, passport officers will be uniformed with batches attached to them. Applications for ordinary passports are expected to obtain their passport in a period of one week while the express service will take eight hours.

 

Related Captions: Passport Cost Reduced(FrontPage Africa), GOL Reduces Passport Cost by 20% - Launches reform in passport issuance (Daily Observer), Passport Fees Reduced(New Democrat), President Jerry Rawlings Dies At 73(Hot Pepper) and Passport Price Reduced(Independent Inquirer)

 

“ Sad Day” President Weah Describes Passing of IAA’s Boss Signs The Book of Condolence

President George Weah yesterday signed the book of condolence for fallen Director General of the Inter Audit Agency (IAA) Emmanuel Barthen Nyanswa describing his passing as a sad day for the country. President Weah painfully with sober reflection penned down a few words of condolence to mark the opening of the process as he was accompanied by Foreign Affairs Minister Dee Maxwell Saah Kemayah Sr. ; Defense Minister Daniel Ziakahn; Education Minister Ansu Sonil ; Health Minister Dr. Whelimina Jallah, Information Minister Ledgerhood Rennie and the Director General of the National Martine Authority: Lenn Eugene Nagbe among others. In brief remarks with the media President Weah , used the occasion to console the bereaved family and encouraged all Liberians to help take good care of themselves despite national security mandate to at all times provide security for the entire citizenry, the  Independent Inquirer newspaper writes.

Related Captions:President Weah Praises Fallen IAA Boss Signs Book Of Condolence(The News), President Weah Signs Book of Condolence For Late IAA Boss(Daily Observer)

Former Ghana President Rawlings Dies

According to the Daily Observer newspaper, several African leaders, including President George Manneh Weah, have paid tributes to fallen former Ghanaian President, Jerry John Rawlings, who died Thursday morning in Accra, Ghana. Ghana’s current President Nana Akufo-Addo, who is from a rival political party, announced seven days of national mourning for the fallen former president. “A great tree has fallen, and Ghana is poorer for this loss,” he said in a statement. Africa, yea the world, was shocked during the early part of yesterday when they heard about the demise of former Ghanaian President, Jerry John Rawlings.  President Rawlings died at the age of 73 at a Hospital in Accra, following a brief illness. Rawlings, a retired Flight Lieutenant in the Ghanaian Air Force, led two coups in Ghana and won two elections in multiparty polls. History records him for taking steps to fight corruption in Ghana, but at the same time criticized for human rights abuses, some of which involved the executions of military leaders for corruption. Ghana’s Daily Graphic reports that a statement issued Thursday and signed by the daughter and Member of Parliament for the Korle Klottey Constituency, Zenator Agyemang-Rawlings, announced the passing of Ghana’s first president for the fourth republic. “It is with deep sadness that the family of His Excellency Jerry John Rawlings (Rtd) informs the general public that the former president of the Republic, passed away on Thursday morning after a short illness.”

Related Captions:A Great Loss To Ghana…Rawlings to be given a ‘befitting’ state burial – Pres. Akufo-Addo (FrontPage Africa), Ghana’s Ex-President Jerry Rawlings Die At Aged 73(Independent Inquirer), President Jerry Rawlings Dies At 73(Hot Pepper) and JJ Rawlings Die(New Democrat)

Other Stories

 

Political Parties’ TOT Workshop Begins Today NEC Disclose

The National Election Commission (NEC) says it will on Friday commence the first in a series of two day training of trainers (TOT) workshop for registered political parties and independent candidates leading to the conduct of the December 8, 2020 special senatorial elections, Constitutional referendum and the two representative by-elections in Montserrado and Sinoe counties. A statement issued by the Commission on Thursday, November 12, 2020 says the political parties and independent candidates’ TOT workshop is in partnership with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Liberia Electoral Support Project, the German Government and the National Democratic Institute (NDI), with funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). According to the NEC over 400 representatives of political parties, independent candidates, alliances and coalitions are expected to benefit from the TOT workshop through the Strengthening Political Parties Program (SP3), also in close collaboration with the Liberia Peace-Building Office. (PBO). “Elections monitoring deployment plan, field data collection and tallying procedures, the Principles of election monitoring and observation, election day complaint procedures at the polls, as well as polling and counting producers of the 2020 special senatorial elections are topics that will form part of the discussions during the training of trainer’s workshop,” the NEC said in the statement,Hot Pepper newspaper writes.

 

Related Caption: NEC Holds TOT W’Shop For Political Parties(The News)

 

 

President Weah Anti-Craft Fight 

The Liberia’s Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) along with other integrity institutions recently presented to President George Weah the resolutions of the National Anti-Corruption Conference (NACC). Making the presentation on behalf of the integrity bodies in Monrovia, the Executive Chairperson of the LACC gave an overview of the NACC and said the Conference was organized in keeping with Pillar Four of the Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD). Cllr. A. Ndubuisi Nwabudike, the Nigerian born Liberian head of LACC noted that in preparation for the NACC, three Regional conferences were held around the country including one Sectoral meeting with civil society was held in Monrovia. According to the New Democrat newspaper, He said that the regional conference and sectorial meeting was centered on three thematic areas namely; Reform of the laws; Compliance and Political will and highlighted key recommendations reconnecting citizens’ views from the countries and from participants from the sectoral meeting.

“Land Conflict Harmonization Critical to Reconciliation”…Says Internal Affairs Minister Sirleaf

Internal Affairs Minister, Varney Sirleaf has said that resolving land boundaries conflicts among the counties is crucial to promoting reconciliation in the country. Apart from tribal and sectional discrimination that have entrenched in Liberia making citizens see one another differently on the basis of tribalism, land conflict is another confronting social issue that is undermining reconciliation in Liberia after the civil instability. According to Minister Sirleaf, the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) in collaboration with Partners and the Liberia Land Authority (LLA) has commenced the harmonization of the land boundaries conflict in 14 of the 15 counties of Liberia. Commenting on the issue recently on a local radio talk show in Monrovia, Minister Sirleaf said they have observed that sometimes indigenous people are found to shift land boundaries because of their personal benefits; something he said if land boundary conflicts would be resolved, the residents must be truthful in their approaches, reports the Daily Observer newspaper.

MOPT To Conduct Training For All CIOs

The Ministry of Posts & Telecommunications through the office of the Chief Information Officer (CIO) is expected to conduct training for all CIOs in Government ministries and agencies, a release has disclosed. The release quotes the Chief CIO Officer Sekou Kromah as saying the workshop will focus on Cyber Security Education, Digital Forensics Laboratory, and information on new Information Communications Technology (ICT), among others. The CIO Council held a meeting yesterday, November 12, 2020 and discussed the upcoming conference on Liberia International Cyber security and Cloud conference. It can be recalled the Ministry of Posts & Telecommunications in Partnership with USAID Digital-Liberia completed the certification of 46 ICT directors trained to manage the ICT sectors of Liberia. During the ceremony which was held last November, Minister Cooper W. Kruah Sr. urged participants of a four months training to think big and become more creative in achieving their goal. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Post & Telecommunications in partnership with other security apparatus is preparing to launch the Forensic Cyber Crime Laboratory says the News newspaper.

 

Related Caption: MOPT To Conduct Training For All CIOs(Hot Pepper)

 

Gov’t Releases Investigative Autopsy Report on four Liberian Death Monday     

The Government of Liberia (GOL) is expected to release an investigative Report which will contain the autopsy finding relative to the recent death of four Liberians this Monday. The fours Liberians Mr. Albert Peters, Mrs. Gifty A. Lama, Mr. Emmanuel Barten , Nyeswah and George Fanbutu died mysteriously I n Monrovia. According to Information Minister Ledgerhood J. Rennie, the investigative report will be release on Monday, November 16, 2020 by the Minister of Justice in Monrovia Minister Rennie said the investigative report will contain the autopsy finding which that establishes the cause of death. Gifty Lama, acting manager for tax services and Albert Peters, assistant commissioner for audit at the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) were found dead on October 2, 2020 in a car on Broad Street in Monrovia. Mr. Emmanuel B. Nyeswah head of the Internal Audit Agency (IAA) was also pronounced dead at a local hospital after he allegedly fell from upstairs at his home, Independent Inquirer newspaper pens.

Liberian Referee Corneh Takes Charge of Niger’s AFCON Qualifier Today

According FrontPage Africa newspaper, Liberia FIFA badged referee Hassan Corneh will oversee a 2021 Africa Cup Nations (AFCON) qualifier between Niger and Ethiopia at the Stade General Seyni Kountche in Niamey on today 13 November. Corneh will be supported by Sekou kanneh (assistant referee #1), Joel Doe (assistant referee #2) and George Rogers as fourth official.

 

 

5,000 Ivorian Refugees Enter Liberia LIS Boss Discloses

About 5,000 refugees from neighboring Ivory Coast are said to have crossed over to Liberia in the week of political tension in that country, Liberia Immigration Service (LIS) Commission General Robert W. Budy disclosed. Addressing the Ministry of Information regular press briefing Thursday, November 12, 2020, Col. Budy said the refugees entered Liberia through four bordering counties including Nimba, Rivergee, Maryland and Grand Gedeh. He said LIS is working in collaboration with other government agencies like Liberia Refugees Repatriation and Resettlement Commission (LRRRC) (LRRRRC) and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugee (UNHCR) to address issues relating to the refugees. Col. Budy said Liberia is a signatory to the Geneva Convention of 1951 that guarantees the protection of all persons who flee onto country and enter into another country. As the same time, Col. Budy disclosed that immigration officers have discovered three single barrel guns in a town in Bong County and 555 AK47 ammunition in Bopolu City, Gbarpolu County.  He said rumors of immigration officers leaving their posts in Nimba County are false and misleading, reports the News newspaper.