No merit in $200m lobbying talk

  About two years ago, I was in a conversation with some people in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, who accused the Liberian government of spending over US$ 200 million on lobbying in the United States. These individuals provided the website, www.foreignlobby.org  as their source of information. I read all the reports on the website, but was […]

Sierra Leonean guilty of illegal land sale

A licensed surveyor at Liberia’s ministry of lands, mines and energy Arah Kamara, a Sierra Leonean, has been convicted for illegally selling 500 acres of land valued at US$4 million. Criminal Court ‘C’ jury last Friday brought down a unanimous guilty verdict against Mr. Kamara  noting  that the evidence produced by  the state was overwhelming to […]

Private security firms gain as migrants detained

The riot at Australia’s offshore processing centre for asylum seekers on Manus Island, in Papua New Guinea (PNG), last month, which left one detainee dead and more than 70 others injured, has put the spotlight on the outsourcing of numerous aspects of migration control to private security companies. As states around the world have introduced […]

Ugandan woman indicted for drug trafficking

A Ugandan lady has been indicted for drug trafficking in Liberia. Shirat Nalwadda was indicted by the Grand Jury of Montserrado County on three counts of unlawful possession, trafficking and distribution of narcotic drug. According to the three-page indictment, the Ugandan lady was arrested on November 30, 2013 at the Robert International Airport (RIA) by state […]

South African wins Stockholm Water Prize

Professor John Briscoe, a native of South Africa, is named the 2014 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate for his unparalleled contributions to global and local water management, inspired by an unwavering commitment to improving the lives of people on the ground. Briscoe currently lives and works in the United States, where he is a popular teacher […]

Liberia paid $45.9m lobby fees in 2010

Liberia reportedly spent $45.9m on lobbying in the United States in 2010. According to an article published about three years ago by an American website, the amount was a 36 percent increase from the previous year and made Liberia the biggest spender on lobbying in the US in 2010. The Liberian government’s lobbying expenditure in […]

Gender gap holds back Africa’s women farmers

Tackling the pervasive inequality faced by women farmers across Africa is critical if the continent is to reduce poverty, boost economic growth and feed its growing population, says a new report published today by the World Bank Group and The ONE Campaign. “Levelling the Field: Improving Opportunities for Women Farmers in Africa” examines the scale […]

‘Write books for Liberian schools’

Liberian writers have been called upon to produce works that will be used to educate the children of Liberia. Isumel Kromah, a Liberian Swiss-based businessman whose company Domfah General Enterprise owns a school in Liberia, made the call recently in an interview with Nordic Africa News. He said “Liberian writers must come together because we […]

probity, transparency, accountability and the federal government

    The news surrounding the Sanusi Lamido Sanusi’s suspension brings to mind, the shibboleth of the Nigerian federal government towards fighting corruption. Since the fourth republic, which began in 2009, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has been in the realms of affairs: Olusegun Obasanjo, Late Yar’Adua and the outgoing Goodluck Ebele Jonathan (GEJ). This […]

Norway is best in the world for working women

Norway, Sweden and Finland are the best countries in the world to live in if you are a woman in the workforce, according to the Economist. The British magazine published a list on March 8, the International Women’s Day, which presented the best and worst countries for working women. In the ranking, which only looked […]