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A prison watch and advocacy group in Liberia has decried the appalling conditions of holding cells and prisons across the country.
In its latest report, Rescue Alternatives Liberia (RAL) described police cells as having poor ventilation, unsanitary conditions and improper roofing as the worst case scenarios.
As preparations continue for the deployment of an international force in Mali, Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has called for increased support to the sub-regional bloc, ECOWAS.
During talks with her Guinean counterpart Alpha Conde at the Conakry international airport, President Sirleaf noted that the Malian crisis also concerns the entire African continent.
By William Selmah
A lawmaker in Liberia has called for the withdrawal of one of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s sons from all public positions he currently occupies for violating the laws governing Liberian citizenship.
Mr. Robert Sirleaf is currently Chairman of the National Oil Company of Liberia and Advisor to the President.
Liberia has joined the West African Power Pool Project aimed at helping improve the electricity access of countries in Western African countries.
The project is a cooperation of national electricity companies in West Africa under the patronage of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
The 323 million Euros project is financed by the World Bank.
Popular independent Catholic Church-run Radio Veritas has been off the air for the second week, amidst accusations that the government had masterminded the silencing of a critical voice.
Information minister Lewis Brown held a news conference Thursday in Monrovia to say it was “just not fair” to accuse the government without first probing the closure of the radio.
Made-in-Ghana products are on exhibit in Liberia hosted by the Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA) in partnership with the Ghana Embassy near the Liberian capital, Monrovia and the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI).
The items on display include garments, beads, assorted drinks, foot wears, metal products, roofing materials and other handicrafts and manufactured goods.
One country in West Africa which follows events in the United States very closely is Liberia, which has a long-standing historical links spanning close to two centuries.
Founded by freed black American slaves in the early 1800s, Liberia has maintained ties with the US since then, with an estimated 500,000 Liberians now said to be living in that country.
By William Selmah, WADR Correspondent
The Liberian Government and its partners have launched a US$28.55m Integrated Public Financial Management Reformed Project.
The project seeks to improve budget coverage, fiscal policy management, financial control and oversight of government’s finances.
The Firestone Rubber Plantation Company is the largest and oldest company in Liberia, starting operations in the country in 1926.
Since then, it has gone on to establish itself as one of the world’s leading rubber plantations.
Liberia has launched a campaign to combat breast and cervical cancer and increase public awareness about the disease.
The head of the Liberia Cancer Society, Juanita Neal says people are needlessly dying from the disease in the country due to ignorance.