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We have not given up so we are back to speak the truth-no matter what the consequences are
Our program have gotten better, bolder and in depth
No one does it better than Radio Veritas
Our programs include:
- Religious & Educational programs
- Civic Education & Human Rights
- Reconciliation & Healing Programs
- News & Features
- Talk Shows – Live discussion of Social, Economic and Political Issues


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President Sirleaf Addresses the Fourth Session of the 53rd National Legislature;Briefs the Nation on the State of Affairs.

Monrovia,Liberia - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf says the future of the country’s economic growth is still “severely challenged” attributing it to the Ebola virus disease that struck Liberia last year which not only negatively impacted the health and social systems but the economy.

“Sharp declines in domestic food production, mining activities, cross border trade, transport services and hospitality led to a dramatic decline in our growth rate: from a projected 5.9 percent to an initial -0.4 percent; although later revised to 1 percent,” the Liberian leader said.

The Liberian President emphasized that if Government is to achieve its development goals outlined in the Agenda for Transformation, and reach the long term average growth rate of 8 percent, radical changes will be required in the country’s economic structure for increased investments in the productive sector of the economy and in the governance structure and processes.

According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf made the statement when she addressed the Fourth Session of the 53rd National Legislature at the Capitol Building on January 26, 2015. She spoke on the theme: “Consolidating for Continuity.”

Since 2006, the first year of her administration, Liberia’s growth rate increased, reaching a level of 8.9 percent in 2012 with the potential for double digit thereafter. However, in 2013, growth rate fell to 8.3 percent because of the global economic downturn and its effect on global prices of primary commodities.

The Liberian leader indicated further that the decline in economic activities resulted in reduction in domestic revenue collection and a sharp increase in Government expenditure. “Original revenue was revised downward by US$86 million (from US$559 million to US$473 million) while expenditure demand increased by US$152 million,” she noted citing the introduction of tight fiscal measures with expenditure cuts in discretionary activities thereby reducing the fiscal gap by US$33 million.

She stressed, however, that in spite of the numerous challenges Government collected revenues of US$517.2 million representing 4 percent increase in Tax Revenue and 14 percent increase in Non-Tax Revenue. This included US$12.8 million from State-owned Enterprises.

Touching on corruption, the Liberian leader described it as a vampire of development and an obstruction of progress and asked both the Legislative and the Judicial branches of Government to assist in the continued fight against this menace.

“I ask that we all commit to fighting this devil that destroys our principles and our pride; that makes us slaves to vested interests,” she said, adding, “I ask this of you, as respected lawmakers, and I ask for speedier trials from our judiciary.

President Sirleaf named lack of systems, institutions, policies and strategies, poor compensation survival due to deep rooted poverty which characterized all three branches of Government and the nation as a whole as the root causes of this threat.

Despite all this, she said government has made good progress in addressing these deficiencies by establishing integrity institutions including the General Auditing Commission, Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission, Public Procurement and Concessions Commission, Internal Audit Agency, and Liberia Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative as well as developing the systems and improving the level of compensation for all public servants at all levels.

President Sirleaf stressed that if all Liberians do not commit to the fight, government’s development programs – roads, power, water, housing, better pay for civil servants – are at risk.

On health, the Liberian leader said the country’s health care system, with support from partners, had an established decentralized infrastructure system that had made notable progress in polio vaccination, in reducing the high level of child and maternal mortality and addressing diseases such as malaria, diarrhea, HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis.

She admitted, however, that the Ebola virus disease exposed the vulnerability of the nation’s health care system which lacked the capacity, the systems and the technical facilities and supplies to respond to infection, particularly an outbreak of this nature and magnitude.

Liberia has 404 public health facilities, supplemented by 252 private facilities. “We still lag significantly behind with 0.4 compared with the African average of 2.6 doctors per 10,000 inhabitants,” President Sirleaf pointed out, adding that the number of health workers, many inadequately trained, consumed a large share of the budget, resulting on a reliance of partners under what is known as the “Incentive System.”

She said medical facilities and equipment, already inadequate, became virtually nonfunctional due to the lack of maintenance, including the lack of infrastructure – roads, power, water and sanitation – particularly in rural areas compounded the problem.

Meanwhile, a ten-year plan developed by the Ministry of Health with support from the Clinton Global Initiative is intended to address the inadequacies in the health system through massive training of health workers and professionals at all levels and upgrading of the health system and facilities.

President Sirleaf said, the Plan, which was formulated before the Ebola crisis is under revision to provide the roadmap for transiting from the treatment of Ebola to a robust health care system that will have facilities for infection control thereby preventing a recurrence of the virus and for ensuring better health care delivery to the Liberian people.

On Education, the Liberian President, again stressed that this remains a number one priority in the development of the country and the most difficult to show positive results in the short term.

She said the problem with education goes deeper and beyond the lack of qualified teachers, facilities and supplies and incentives. “The vastness of the challenge and the implication to our overall development effort, compel all of us to come together to formulate bold strategic actions to fix it,” President Sirleaf suggested; noting that this is a must for the future of the country and for the education of girls who do not go beyond middle school and are at risk of exploitation.

In this direction, the Liberian leader announced a program to be implemented in the next fiscal year that will offer financial support to all girls willing to remain in school until the completion of high school.

She called on all educators, educational institution leaders, eligible concern citizens and partners to join the government in a review and update of the Comprehensive Education Reform Program which is underway by the Ministry of Education.

Education Ministry statistics from 2013 shows a total of 5,181 schools (3,074 public and 2,107 private) with an enrollment of 1,500,000 students (800,000 boys and 700,000 girls) throughout the country.

On government’s partnership with the media, a critical ally along the path to good governance, President Sirleaf said her government intends to lead a legacy of tolerance and remains fully committed to such process along the country’s journey to democratic maturity.

She, however, urged the media which today comprise 35 newspapers and 80 radio stations to play its part to improve professionalism and responsibility as government will hold them responsible for adherence to the country’s policies and laws.

President Sirleaf also appealed to the 53rd National Legislature to speedily pass into law, the decriminalization of media-related offense in keeping with the Table Mountain Declaration to which Liberia has acceded. “This repeal law will advance our democratic aspirations and fostered unhindered public debates,” she argued, adding, “We are hopeful that this will improve rather than re**rd the growing media landscape of the country and again testify to our continued commitment to an open society ably supported by a responsible and independent press.”

Meanwhile, the Liberian leader has announced that this year’s Independence Anniversary will be held jointly in Sinoe and Grand Kru Counties, respectively. Last year, the July 26 celebration was deferred to Monrovia because of the road conditions to Greenville and Barclayville. President Sirleaf insisted, “We will travel there by road.”


------Stories we are carrying today January 15, 2015--------
The political leader of the opposition Congress for Democratic Change is encouraging members of the party to reach out and mobilize more people to join them.
Senator George Weah believes this would enable them win more votes in other parts of the country in future elections as they experienced during the special senatorial elections.
The lawmaker pointed out that the CDC is capable of winning 80 percent of votes in other parts of Liberia if partisans work at mobilizing more supporters
Ambassador Weah made the statement at the end of the fifth national congress of the CDC held in Bensonville, Montserrado County late Wednesday.
The senator extended olive branch to former members of the CDC who left the party over differences over the years.

CDC Congress Ends
The first national congress of the CDC has ended with the election of Nathaniel McGill as Chairman replacing George Solo who was expelled for violating the regulations of the party.
Others elected were Mamaka Sando, National Secretary General; Manve Doayen , National Vice Chairman for International Affairs among others.
The congress, which brought together over 500 delegates from across Liberia, reviewed the participation CDC in national politics over the last ten years.
It also made e some key amendments in its constitution and by-laws.


Radio Veritas News/Latest on Pope’s Visit
Selmah/Jan 15, 2015
Joyful and enthusiastic crowds have welcomed Pope Francis upon arrival in the Philippine capital Manila.
The “People’s Pope”, as he is affectionately called, Wednesday began a five-day trip in the Catholic Church’s Asian heartland.
The tour is tipped to attract a world-record crowd.
Church bells pealed across the country as the plane carrying the charismatic pontiff arrived at the Villamor Air Base, following a successful visit to Sri Lanka.
Pope Francis smiled as he looked out the window of his plane upon touchdown, greeted by the sight of hundreds of children on the tarmac chanting “Welcome Pope Francis.”
Francis has said his two-nation tour is aimed at adding momentum to the Church’s already impressive growth in Asia, with its support in the Philippines the benchmark for the rest of the region.
President Aquino led in welcoming the pontiff at Villamor Air Base. Aquino was seen bowing a little while holding the pope’s hand, appearing like he was about to kiss it.
Hundreds of thousands of people crowded the route the pope passed as he made a 35-minute trip in a “popemobile” to the Apostolic Nunciature to rest overnight.
The pope stood on the back of the vehicle, which had no walls, waving and smiling constantly to the crowd.

Radio VERITAS News/P. Nas
January 15, 2015/LWSC Loses USD 10m
The Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC) say it is losing over ten million United States dollars each year in revenue generation from water supplied to the public.
LWSC Deputy managing Director for Technical Services Nathaniel Cassell attributes the huge loss to the illegal connections and pipe leakages.
Mr. Cassell said is seeking financial assistance to procure a huge supply of pipes to replace damaged ones and to acquire technical tools like the leakage detection equipment.
He made the remarks today when the LWSC outlines its challenges, shortcomings and achievements for 2014 and plans for 2015.
Cassell noted that currently, the corporation pumps six million gallons of water to Monrovia and its environs but lamented that only thirty percent of revenue is generated from the process with the rest being counted as a lost.
The LWSC Deputy Manager said despite the challenges, the corporation with support from partners has been able to supply to ensure significant level quality water and sanitation services to Monrovia and other counties. -30-


Radio Veritas News/BFF on School Reopening
Selmah/Jan 15, 2015
The Better Future Foundation (BFF), has questioned key pronouncements by government ahead of the reopening of schools across Liberia.

The Foundation says latest call by the government for tuitions of private school students nationwide to be paid in six-installments is unacceptable and that declaration for students to resume classes without wearing uniforms is troubling.
A statement from the foundation signed by its President Rev. Augustine Arkoi said students will not be easily identified and monitored by teachers and school administrators.
The situation, he maintains, has the potential to expose female students to sexual harassment and molestation by unscrupulous individuals in the society.
He stressed that students may use such green-light given by the government to engage in unnecessary dressing competition which could serve as a distracting factor.
The cleric and educator was speaking in a recent phone interview with the Dakar based West Africa Democracy Radio At the same time, the BFF President indicated that without providing much-needed subsidies to private educational institutions, the abrupt order by government to resume school programs is disappointing.
Rev. Arkoi pointed out that a stakeholder’s meeting should have preceded the back to school declarations.

He is at the same time warning that government’s approach could result to a mass exit of professional and experienced teachers from the private school system in Liberia.
Radio Veritas News/Inquirer Donate
The Managing Editor of the Inquirer Newspaper, Attorney at Law Philip Wesseh has urged media Institutions to report the news void of their personal opinions.
Atty. Wisseh said professional reportage gives credibility to media institutions.
The Inquirer boss spoke to Radio Veritas after his institution made a donation of assorted food and non food items to the Taffi Dollars Children Welfare Center in Lower Margibi County as part of activities marking the paper’s 24th Anniversary celebration.
The center currently caters to over fifty kids orphaned by the Ebola outbreak.
He reminded media practitioners to use the editorials and columns for their personal views.
Attorney at Law Wesseh said the media has an option of expressing their opinion into matter rather than the news.
Radio Veritas News/ BIN Denies
January 15, 2015/ Fabine
The Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization, has denied media reports that its officers were deserting posts at the border entry points in Grand Gedeh, Maryland, River Gee, and Nimba counties.
Reports had it that the immigration guards were demanding salaries and allowances they claim government owed them for nine months.

But BIN spokesman Abraham Dolleh told Radio Veritas Thursday, that their officers were still manning security checkpoints at all border entries.
Fresh fighting was reported inside Ivory Coast last weekend, causing panic.
Two Ivorian security men and one of the attackers were killed in the incident.


“If you are bored and disgusted by politics and don't bother to vote, you are in effect voting for the entrenched Establishments of the two major parties, who please rest assured are not dumb, and who are keenly aware that it is in their interests to keep you disgusted and bored and cynical and to give you every possible reason to stay at home doing one-hitters and watching MTV on primary day. By all means stay home if you want, but don't bu****it yourself that you're not voting. In reality, there is no such thing as not voting: you either vote by voting, or you vote by staying home and tacitly doubling the value of some Diehard's vote.”


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