The signing of the US $ 257 million Millennium Challenge Corporation grant is a big deal for Liberia. It reinforces two critical development pillars of the Sirleaf administration, Roads and Energy, as it seeks to address binding constraints to growth.
In its attempt to upgrade the messed up education sector to best, the Government through the Ministry of Education has commissioned a revolutionary program that is about to change the primary and early childhood education landscape. It all started in December 2015 when the Government of Liberia, in collaboration with its international development partners, launched a Public–Private Partnership (PPP) policy statement for infrastructure.
For most teenagers that grew up in the 1980s, the name Caleb Domah was synonymous with basketball as James Salinsa Debbah was to soccer. The five-foot-seven Pythons Basketball team point guard’s diminutive stature could have prevented him from shooting for the stars, but as it turned out, Caleb used his natural pint size God-given height to become a life sized idol.
Information seeping out of the University of Liberia Faculty Senate ahead of Academic Year 2016 has it that everything is being done to improve the standard of education offered at that tertiary institution. The first step in this direction as agreed in a resolution by academic dons at the close of 2014 was to embark on an unpretending stock taking.
With world commodity prices in free fall, a post-Ebola strangulated economy in decline and recent turbulence in the banking sector; it is only fair to ask: will the financial sector cope or could this be the symptom of a greater problem on the horizon? It has to be stated that the Liberian banking sector had shown strong growth and record performance in the years up to 2012, with total assets growing at satisfactory levels, a rise in deposits with overall prudential indicators showing a sector on the rise and stable.
Many have called and sent me text messages asking about my role in the ongoing arrest case and judicial proceedings involving my mentor and the Liberian government. Some have said that I am an ingrate.
In Transparency International’s 2015 corruption index list, Liberia was ranked 83 out of 168 countries, making it one of the most corrupt countries in the world. Although, the country could be considered least corrupt when placed in comparison with other African countries like Nigeria, Chad, Burundi or Somalia, lack of accountability and corruption is causing decay in the Liberian economy.
No matter how many letters one receives in his or her lifetime, there is always a sense of foreboding when one opens a new envelope. Actually, the sensation is a natural instinctive response to fear of the unknown.