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The 29th General Assembly of the ECOWAS Brown Card Bureau opened Tuesday in the Liberian suburb of Paynesville, with a pledge by the host country to contribute significantly to the success of the sub-regional initiative.
The scheme provides compensation to victims of motor vehicle accidents, which may occur within the sub-region as well as insurance coverage for third-party liability relating to accidents resulting in death or injury.
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.
Following a barrage of contradictory statements this week over the treatment of political prisoners in Ivory Coast, the government has confirmed it shifted some detainees for ‘security reasons’.
Ivorian Prime Minister Jeannot Kouadio-Ahoussou said the transfers were necessary and partly intended to protect the prisoners, many of whom are former soldiers and supporters of ex-President Laurent Gbagbo, from threats of abduction.
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.
The Standards Bureau has said it is working with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation to develop a legal framework to combat the import and sale of sub-standard and expired goods on the local market.
The regulatory body said the lack of laws to punish defaulters is a major chalenge in deterring unscrupoulous businesses from engaging in the practice that endangers the lives of Sierra Leoneans.
The leader of the New Vision Party (NVP) has filed an injunction against the Electoral Commission to stop it from holding the 7 December presidential and general elections, claiming it was ‘not fit’ to hold the polls in the face of a bribery scandal.
Prophet Daniel Nkansah, the NVP candidate who admitted he bribed the two EC directors in a ‘set up’, asked the court to only allow the election if the EC sacks the officials allegedly involved in the scandal.
A new report by the World Bank and International Finance Corporation says 17 sub-Saharan countries are among the 50 economies making the biggest improvement in business regulation for domestic firms.
The improvement has been going on since 2005.
The Nigerian Police have repeatedly come under public criticisms for the growing insecurity in the country and operational flaws committed in combatting crimes.
Now, criticisms have come from the country’s lawmakers, amidst claims that the police are slow to respond to distress calls.
A Nigerian journalist who won an historic legal battle against the National Police and a local commercial bank has said the outcome was ‘a victory’ for Nigerian journalists and his colleagues worldwide.
The country’s High Court awarded journalist Desmond Utomwen 100 million Naira (aboutUS$637,000) in special damages after he was brutalized by policemen and staff of Guarantee Trust Bank, while covering a peaceful protest outside the bank's offices in the capital, Abuja.
After successfully achieving a gender parity law in parliament, Senegalese women are holding consultations on drafting a bill that will confer their nationality on the children they bear for non-Senegalese spouses.
Currently, only Senegalese men enjoy the right to pass their nationality on to their children by non-Senegalese women.