The Managing Director of the Forestry Development Authority (FDA) Harrison S. Karnwea Sr. has clarified that the partnership agreement signed by the Government of Liberia and the Kingdom of Norway in September 2014 is in no way intended to stop commercial logging.
He was however quick to point out that as part of the agreement and consistent with the law, concession contracts awarded by the Government through the FDA would be reviewed to ensure that they are in compliance with the law.
The World Bank Group (WBG) has outlined several development initiatives that would assist Liberia in its post-Ebola recovery exercise. Through its President Jim Yong Kim, the WBG named five strategic areas that the bank is to prioritize in order to get the Liberian economy back on track.
Liberians and foreign residents who are illegally occupying or squatting on public lands, especially those obstructing major road construction in Monrovia and its environs, have gotten on the nerves of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who has threatened to demolish illegal structures without compensation.
President Sirleaf said government will not hesitate to demolish without compensation all structures built over drainages or in alley-ways if they were built there illegally.
European Union Ebola Coordinator and Commissioner for Humanitarian and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides has urged countries unaffected by the Ebola Virus Disease not to discriminate against or isolate people of Ebola affected countries, but isolate the disease itself.
Commissioner Stylianides’ statement comes in the wake of isolation and discriminatory measures by many countries including Morocco, Australia and Canada to prevent people of Ebola affected countries from entering their countries.