The President of the Republic, Dr. George Manneh Weah, has appealed to the patriotic spirit of the Liberian people to take pride in the Liberian state and all that it stands for.
Speaking Wednesday, August 24, at the Centennial Pavilion on the 175th anniversary of the National Flag, which was first flown on August 24, 1847, the President said that the Liberian flag signifies to the world that “our country is a free and sovereign nation.
He referred to the flag as the visible evidence of Liberia's sovereignty and a symbol of pride and dignity within the community of nations that its citizens should cherish and be proud of.
"Our true stamp on the world map unifies all Liberians, both at home and in the diaspora, presenting us as one people, regardless of our regions, religious beliefs, political affiliation or ethnicity," President Weah further noted.
He continued: "As a people, we have endured nearly a decade and a half of civil conflict, which not only claimed the lives of more than 250,000 Liberians, but also tore apart the fabric of our society and subverted important tenets of our culture."
According to the president, observing National Flag Day is significant despite the many tragedies that have befallen the nation, including years of civil war and COVID-19, all of which, he said, dramatically disrupted every facet of our growth.
and national development.
“Despite these tragedies”, said the Chief Executive, “we have much to celebrate today.
Let us celebrate all that God in his grace has given us, and all that we ourselves have done to be where we are as a nation.
Let us celebrate the peace we now enjoy.
Let's celebrate the development that is now beginning to reach the length and breadth of the country."
He called on Liberians to put aside their differences and come together as a strong united force to develop their country and improve the lives of the Liberian people.
Dr. Weah is convinced that by working together as one people and one nation under God, “we will overcome all trials and tribulations, put our people and our economy on the right path to prosperity, and put our homeland on an irreversible path of progress and development."
This year's Flag Day celebration is held under the motto: "The lone star, a symbol of national unity and development.
Warning to young people The Chief Executive of Liberia used the occasion to warn Liberian students, whether in primary school or at the tertiary level, to make education an embodiment of their daily activities, because without it, they would not they will have a future.
He reminded Liberians of the words of former US President John F.
Kennedy, who once said: "Let us think of education as the means to develop our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a hope and a particular dream that, when fulfilled, can translate into benefit for all and greater strength for our nation.
One person can make a difference, and everyone should try.
"He reiterated the measures that the government has put in place to create a learning environment conducive to students, including payment of WASSCE fees for 12th graders and support tutoring classes and free tuition policy at all public universities Recognizing the monumental strides being made by the government to provide high school education quality, better facilities, more qualified teachers, and better instructional materials to improve the educational ecosystem in Liberia, the President declared laró: “These measures are intended to ease the financial burden on parents and motivate our children,” he emphasized, adding: “Students, we cannot sit by and watch you fail at WASSCE and fall behind your regional counterparts.
You have to take responsibility, you and your parents, to take advantage of the opportunity that your Government is offering you.” However, he pointed out that these obstacles can be overcome through collaboration and working together.
He told the predominantly student audience: “The value of education in your life is something that no one can take away from you.
If you want to be what you want to be, make a point of getting the education that will allow you to achieve your dream.” According to the president, education is indeed a fundamental key to preserving Liberia's democracy and he challenged all Liberians to use the current atmosphere of peace to show that they can improve their lives and give their children the opportunity to become great leaders of tomorrow.
"The greatest danger to our Liberian democracy lies in the illiteracy of our young Liberians," President Weah quoted Liberian educator and statesman Dr. T.
Ebenezer Ward as saying.
Warning citizens to respect authority At the same time, President Weah also urged all Liberians not to abuse the existing democratic space by dishonoring and disrespecting authority.
Rather he urged respect for authority.
"Too often, people express their dissatisfaction, disappointment and anger in a way that shows indiscipline and disregard for the rule of law," he said, urging citizens to avoid such unhealthy behavior.
The President of the Republic, HE Dr. George Manneh Weah on Tuesday, August 23, 2022, made appointments in the government, affecting the local administration of Nimba County.
President Weah's appointees include Mr. Lombayee M.
Barlea, Tappita Statutory Superintendent, Mr. Moses Dolo, Assistant.
Saniquellie-Mah Development Superintendent, Mr. Josephus M.
Paye, Sr., Assistant.
Development Superintendent, Tappita, Mr. Daniel Bieh, Asst. Statutory Superintendent of Development, Yarwin-Mehnsonoh, and Mr. Alex Tomah, Assistant.
Statutory Superintendent for Development, Zoe-Geh Others include Mr. Levi Bainbo, Commissioner, Mehnsonoh Administrative District, Mr. Samuel Freeman, Commissioner, Zaihnia Administrative District, Mr. Samuel Dweh, Commissioner, Blinlon Administrative District, Mr. Henry Korso, Commissioner, Kparblee Administrative District, and Mr. Yelegar Yelegar, Inspector of Darwin-Mehnsonoh.
President Weah also appointed Mr. Matthew Matadi, Kwendin Township Commissioner, Mrs. Annetta Diagor, Graie Township Commissioner, Mr. Newah Vaye, Doumpa District Commissioner, Mr. Lawrence Weh, Camp #1 Township Commissioner Mr. Tomehn Mulbah, Mah-Display Township Commissioner, Mr. Adolphus Nawon Sonkarlay, Gblah Township Commissioner, Mr. Karton Johnson, Zoe-Luapa Township Commissioner, and Mr. Moses B.
Tiawon, Nanlah-Lepulah Municipality Commissioner.
President Weah also appointed Mr. Erastus G.
Duo, Paramount Chief of Wee-Gbehyi Chiefdom in Sacleapea-Mah, and Mr. Francis K.
Duo, Clan Chief of Nyor Chiefdom in Buu-Yao District.
Appointments are subject to confirmation by the Honorable Senate of Liberia when appropriate.
The President of the Republic, HE Dr. George Manneh Weah, on Monday, August 22, 2022, nominated several people, including the new Chief Justice of the Republic of Liberia.
President Weah's nominees include Associate Justice Sie-A-Nyene Gyapay Yuoh as Chief Justice of the Republic of Liberia to replace Chief Justice Francis Korkpor, who retires in September 2022.
The Liberian leader, aware of the expiration of their terms, he was soon re-nominated Mrs. Edwina Crump Zackpah and Hon. Zotawon Titus Commissioners at the Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA), and the Hon. Thomas Doe Nah is the Commissioner General of the Liberian Revenue Authority (LRA).
Madam Zackpah was also nominated as Acting Chair of the LTA Commissioners.
Similarly in the National Electoral Commission, the Hon. Boakai Dukuly was nominated as Commissioner again.
President Weah also nominated Cllr. Niveda C.
Ricks-Onuoha and Atty. Patmilla Doe Paivey as commissioners of the National Independent Human Rights Commission.
Where appropriate, nominations for the President are subject to confirmation by the Liberian Senate.
The President of the Republic, HE Dr. George Manneh Weah, has called on Liberian citizens, both at home and abroad, to consider and embrace peace as the single most important factor in national transformation.
He said that Liberians should put peace before all other considerations because without peace nothing can be achieved.
The President said that reflecting on the years of war, Liberians would know that neither sustainable development nor pluralistic democracy can be achieved in an environment marked by chaos, disorder and violence.
In a special statement delivered Thursday, August 18, 2022, at programs marking the 2022 Bicentennial Edition of the Kukatornon National Peace Festival held at the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Ministerial Complex, Dr. Weah thanked Liberians for maintaining 18 uninterrupted years of peace, something he described as a great achievement.
"Maintaining eighteen years of uninterrupted peace is a great achievement for which we should applaud ourselves as Liberians," said the Chief Executive, warning citizens that advancing on the path of uninterrupted peace is "a challenge that all We must take it together."
The President recounted defining moments associated with August in Liberia, calling August the mysterious month of peace in Liberia.
"For example, it was on August 24, 1990 that the brave men of ECOMOG landed on Liberian soil to begin a long and costly process of peace enforcement, surveillance and peacekeeping," the President recalled.
“Again, the first in a series of fourteen peace agreements was signed on August 7, 1990.
Then came the Abuja agreements, which were signed on August 19, 1995 and August 17, 1996, respectively.
And the last historical agreement was signed on August 18, 2003”.
The former UN peace ambassador said that as president he would remain fully focused "more on ensuring that nothing disrupts the peace that we Liberians, our neighbors and partners have suffered to achieve."
He added: “I am happy to have served in that capacity because the experience there has strengthened me to be tolerant and respectful of others when their grievances are voiced.
An open and tolerant society is an essential element of peace and stability.” President Weah said that the experience "Liberians gained during the long and bloody civil war is more than a teacher: he is a teacher!" “we> “Certainly, we will never forget the lessons of conversion from honor to misery; from a respected nation-state to an unwanted pariah state.
We suffered in the desert of chaos and destruction for 14 terrible years.
We are now expected to show that we are a nation of respect, dignity and integrity."
He said that it is the binding duty and obligation of all Liberians to maintain the peace "which we have promised to the world and to ourselves."
He congratulated the organizer of the program, Ambassador Julie Endee, and all who have supported her in planning and executing this elaborate program.
The President welcomed the guests who had traveled from abroad to honor the invitation to honor this occasion with her presence.
He thanked the international community for supporting Liberia during and even after its long years of conflict.
The President of the Republic, HE Dr. George Manneh Weah, says the CDC-led administration remains determined to address development challenges affecting all districts, including Montserrado County District No. 10, in addition to the remarkable achievements in the last four years of his mandate.
“Without bragging, I can safely report that this administration has made more progress in its first four years than any other administration in its first four years,” Chairman Weah told cheering District 10 residents.
“And I am committed to doing more even here in your district.” During his engagement with the constituents of District #10, Montserrado County on Wednesday, August 17, which is the continuation of his national tour that began last year but was halted due to a combination of confounding factors, President Weah assured the great assembly of citizens that his administration prioritizes every political subdivision of the country.
"As my government embarks on an unprecedented wave of development, I assure you that District 10 will not be left behind," the president said, adding, "You know what we've done here and elsewhere, but I'm just asking you to exercise a little patience.
He said his government would do more if it were allowed to continue the massive work it started in 2018.
The President of Liberia, HE Dr. George Manneh Weah, on Wednesday, August 17, 2022, continued his national tour, also called a citizen participation initiative, in District #5, Montsererado County, where he reiterated his commitment to improve conditions of life.
of the people of Liberia during his regime.
As has been the case on all his tours of the country since last year, thousands of citizens came out to meet and interact with the President; this time at Paynesville City Hall, Ward #5.
President Weah thanked the crowd of people who attended the District #5 town hall meeting for their warm reception and for allowing him to serve the people of Liberia.
“The trust you have placed in me is something I cannot fail you for,” said the President.
Addressing the citizens, the Liberian leader took the time to brief them on his achievements regarding the completed and ongoing development initiatives that he started since his presidency and promised that a lot of work will be completed for the benefit of the nation and the people if allows you to serve for another term.
“We are investing in all sectors of our society,” said the president to the great assembly of constituents of District #5.
"We have already done a lot to improve our economy and other sectors in line with our development agenda."
Despite the myriad development initiatives already accomplished, including building hospitals, schools, and roads, and granting free education, among others, the President overemphasized the need for more development throughout the country.
"It's time to move forward with more development," he noted.
“It's time to do the right thing.
And together we will achieve greater things.” Responding to citizen requests for a resource center and market, the Liberian Chief Executive promised to build the Youth Resource Center once the land is secured and proven conflict-free.
He also instructed the Liberian Agency for Community Empowerment (LACE) to immediately conduct an assessment to renovate the Paynesville Market.
Dr. Weah reiterated a promise he had made at previous public meetings in other parts of Montserrado, where he is wrapping up his tour of the county, that he would build a new, larger, more modern referral hospital or another John F.
Kennedy Memorial Hospital.
In response to citizens' request for loans to vendors, the Liberian Chief Executive said $2 million has been approved for rural women and vendors across the country.
He advised marketers to work with their legislators, who have paved the way for how the loan can be accessed.
The President, who is a former United Nations Peace Ambassador, called on citizens to maintain peace in the country.
“With peace, our country will develop; with peace, you can be leaders tomorrow; and with peace, everything we want can be achieved,” said Dr. Weah. The President also urged the citizens of the district, mainly young people who make use of public property, to stop destroying them.
He lamented the destructive attitude of some young people, saying it is a disincentive for the government that is pooling scarce resources to make them happy and productive.
The President of Liberia has received with serious concern a recent report from the US Department of the Treasury designating three of its officials for specialized sanctions under the Global Magnitsky Act. President Weah regards the accusations against officials contained in the report as serious.
In light of this, President George Manneh Weah has suspended the named officials, Minister of State Nathaniel McGill, National Port Authority Managing Director Bill Twehway and Attorney General Seyma Serenius Cyphus with immediate effect to allow them to face an investigation.
The President has also appointed the top deputies of the suspended officials to act in their place.
The President of the Republic, HE Dr. George Manneh Weah, has appointed Ms. Elizabeth W.
Dorkin as Vice President of the Governance Commission.
The Governance Commission has the responsibility to promote good governance by advising, designing and formulating appropriate policies and institutional arrangements and frameworks required to achieve good governance and promote integrity at all levels of society and within each public and private institution.
In making the nomination on August 3, 2022, President Weah implored Ms. Dorkin, who once served as Officer-in-Charge on the Governance Commission, to work with her colleagues to ensure that the Commission's mandate is scrupulously implemented and adhered to.
The appointment is under Section 5.2 of the Act which established the Governance Commission (GC) and is based on the qualification, experience and commitment of the new GC Vice President.
It is subject to confirmation by the Honorable Senate of Liberia.
The President of the Republic, HE Dr. George Manneh Weah, has set another record for the first time in history with the enactment of a series of iconic bills to stimulate national inclusion and the fight against bribery and corruption in the country.
The bills enacted into law upon the President's attached signature include dual citizenship, which many political regimes before him shrugged off despite public outcry about its discriminatory nature.
The President enacted the Aliens and Nationality Law relating to Citizenship and the Restoration of Lost Citizenship Rights as a Consequence of Old Legal Provisions.
The dual citizenship bill signed by the president allows diaspora Liberians to remain citizens after acquiring another nationality.
In addition, the bill states that those with dual citizenship will not be able to be presidents, finance ministers, central bank governors, or hold high-level positions in the national security or law enforcement sector.
Another landmark law is the Liberian Revenue Sharing Act which promotes decentralization and economic inclusion throughout the country.
It also enacted the Act to Establish the Liberian Anti-Corruption Commission and to Re-establish the Liberian Anti-Corruption Commission, the Financial Intelligence Agency Act, and the Anti-Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing, Preventive Measures, and Proceeds of Crime Act. .
, An Act to protect witnesses to be known as the Witness Protection Act 2021, as well as the Whistleblower Protection Act 2021 (July 29).
The bills signed by President Weah at different time intervals between June and July 2022 are intended to provide adequate legal perimeters and levers in line with the changing developments in the country's governance process.
Furthermore, the bills are consistent with President Weah's legal reform initiatives intended to complement the government's development agenda.
Others include an Act to ratify the Amendment to the Financing Agreement - Tree Crops Extension Project II (ICEP) between Liberia and the International Monetary Fund for Agricultural Development, an Act to ratify the loan agreement between the Republic of Liberia and the African Development Fund (Special Agro-Industrial Processing Zone Project, Act to Amend the Executive Law of Liberia and to Establish the Liberian Standards Authority, and Act to Ratify the Financing Agreement (Investment, Finance and Trade Project) between the Republic of Liberia and the International Development Association enacted by President Weah is an Act to ratify the Investment and Incentives Agreement between the Republic of Liberia and Liberty Investment Limited, an Act to amend the Public Law to establish the National Center for the Coordination of the Response Mechanism, and an Act to amend subsections 1,2(Q), 1,3,5, 1,4,3, 1,8,6,7,2 and 1 184.108.40.206 of an Act to further amend Part I (The Business Cor Association Act) and Part III (Companies and Limited Partnerships Laws) of the Associations Act, Title 5, Revised Law Codes of Liberia.
The Liberian Chief Executive also signed the Act to Approve the Reformulated National Budget for Fiscal Year 2022 to cover the expenses of the Government of Liberia, an Act to Amend and Reform Chapter 30: Associations Companies Act, Title 5, Code of Liberia Laws Revised, an Act to amend and reaffirm Chapter 31: Limited Partnerships, of the Associations Act, Title 5, Liberian Code of Laws Revised, Act to amend and reaffirm Chapter 3: Preferred Boat Mortgages and Marine Liens on Liberian Vessels, of the Liberia Maritime Act, Title 21, Liberian Code of Law Revised, and the Amendment Act of Section 10.2, 10.4 and 10.6 of Chapter 10 of the Criminal Procedure Law, Title 2 Code of Law of Liberia.
Liberia Revised, to establish the conditions for the time and authority to arrest.
An amendment to Chapter 16 of the Criminal Procedure Act to provide for plea bargaining, an act to amend section 36 of the Judiciary Act Title 17 of the Liberian Code of Laws Revised to provide for the appointment of additional relief judges for the Circuit Courts, Act to Ratify the Agreement for the Promotion and Protection of Investments between the Republic of Liberia and the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) and Act to Amend Section 12.1 and 12.2 of Chapter 12 of the Criminal Procedure Act Title 2, Liberian Code of Laws Revised, and sets a new standard on preliminary examination in cases above the tribal jurisdiction of justice of the peace magistrates.
The President of the Republic, HE Dr. George Manneh Weah, on Monday, July 25, 2022, welcomed to Liberia his counterpart from Guinea Bissau, His Excellency Umaro Sissoco Embalo, before the celebration of the 175th Liberian Independence Day tomorrow Tuesday July 26, 2022.
The Guinea Bissau leader and his entourage landed at Roberts International Airport around 12 noon local time and were received by President Weah along with other Liberian government officials.
President Sissoco is one of several leaders from the subregion expected in Liberia to honor the National Day.
President Embalo, the current president of ECOWAS, was elected at the recently concluded Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, held in Accra, Ghana.
President Weah was instrumental in electing the President of Guinea Bissau, who succeeded the President of Ghana, Mr. Nana Akufour Addo.
Before Tuesday's national event, the two leaders are expected to hold a closed-door tête-à-tête, focusing on regional issues as well as bilateral ties between Liberia and Guinea Bissau.