Ellen Displease With Officials Enriching Themselves, As Liberians Sink In Abject Poverty

EA1The plight of Liberians drowning in abject poverty as some officials of the Liberian Government plundering into the national economy at the detriment of taxpayers has finally reached the ears of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf who has reportedly warned her officials on such ugly act.

According to our sources, the Liberian leader in a rather serious tune expressed displeasure on the performances of some of her officials who are only care of enriching themselves over the years instead of serving the Liberian people.

Our source said the Liberian leader gave the warning last week when members of the Cabinet at their regular session discussed key austerity decisions aimed at enhancing macroeconomic stability while at the same time authorizing provisional approval of the 2016 / 2017 draft national budget process.

According to the report, the decisions are in light of the prevailing trickle-down effect of the global economic meltdown that has adversely affected major export earnings, said an Executive Mansion release.

Cabinet at its regular session also approved proposed fiscal rules for the period 2016 / 2017 to effectively manage spending as frugally as necessary.

According to the release, Cabinet on Wednesday, April 13, also reviewed and approved Tier One Performance on housing for nurses and teachers in rural Liberia.

It received update on security with emphasis on UNMIL drawdown coupled with national strategic response to fill the gap and an overview of the justice system and its current performance outlook.

The Cabinet also received update on the recent seven-county tour of Internal Affairs Minister Henrique Tokpa which took him to Grand Bassa, Rivercess, Sinoe, Grand Kru, Maryland, River Gee and Grand Gedeh where he engaged communities in Town Hall meetings he has described as generally rewarding and productive.

Minister Tokpa said the tour afforded him the opportunity to interact with Superintendents and all shades of local government functionaries, including local and traditional leaders in the southeast.

On health -related situational update within the context of Ebola, Cabinet was fully briefed that to date there is no new confirmed EVD case reported as of Wednesday, April 13, as the current number of confirmed cases from the current outbreak remains at 3, including the 30-year-old lady who travelled from Guinea to Monrovia on March 21 and died on March 31.

Her sons, five and two, became sick on March 28 and April 5 respectively. Both children who are admitted at the ETU are stable and on the path towards recovery.

Deputy Health Minister, Tolbert Nyenswah, also informed Cabinet that preventive EVD vaccination is ongoing; 79 contacts are being 100% monitored on a daily basis, while a total of 10 contacts completed 21 days of monitoring on Wednesday, April 13, and another two are expected to complete 21 days of monitoring on April 16.

In an attempt to move Liberia’s containment and management of EVD and related outbreaks a step further, a draft bill is being prepared for submission to the National Legislature to establish a National Health Institute, which will scientifically empower healthcare workers. In a related development, following mounting concerns of intruding road unworthy trucks on the Somalia Drive that continue to impede ongoing road construction work, Cabinet has mandated the appointment of an Ad-hoc Ministerial Task Force headed by the Director General of the General Service Agency (GSA).

The Task Force includes the Ministries of Transport, Justice and Commerce to ensure a complete de-congestion and relocation of all heavy duty trucks, which have become obstruction to contractors along the Freeport-Red-Light enclave.

Cabinet reconvenes next on Wednesday, April 20, for its regular session

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.