The article below is an example of why we started Upcountry, Liberia’s Journal of Rural Life.  It is time for us to stand up and be counted…..


Liberia: Kparblee Cries Out For Development

The Informer (Monrovia)

Roland Perry 29 April 2009

Monrovia – Barely three years into the existence of the ruling had Unity Party led Government headed by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, citizens of Kparblee District in Nimba County have complained of being “marginalized” by successive government including the UP.

The citizen said since the establishment of Nimba County in 1963, the district has received very little attention from government and has not been ably represented at the national Legislature, something they said, have impeded development activities in the district for many years. Speaking during a Kparblee District Development and Awareness program in Monrovia Sunday, an executive of the ruling UP – who cross over from the opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) – Mr. Victor G. Barney said as the country enjoys total peace and stability, it was very prudent to create the necessary awareness to call government’s attention to the plight of his people.

He said for too long the people of Kparblee District have been isolated from the entire country and was now urging the Government of Liberia to pay keen attention to the many development needs in the district and other rural communities as being done in other areas in the country. Kparblee borders Grand Gedeh with Nimba. It is predominately occupied by Gios and Manos who Barney said is not benefiting from all the development activities, thereby leaving the people there with no stretch of road and other modern facilities to improve their lives. The program which was held Sunday at the Kailondo Hotel brought together cross sections of Kparblee district citizens including local chiefs, youth, civil society organizations as well as students groups from Nimba County.

Meanwhile Mr. Barney has denied report that he is eyeing the Representative post of Kparblee in the up-coming general and presidential elections in 2011. He said he has no intention to contest in 2011 but was speaking out to send a signal to those wanting to represent his people to do it with sincerity and exercise a high level of mutual respect for the people of the district and the county as a whole without any pre-condition.

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Liberia: Urban and rural infrastructure rehabilitation project

WASHINGTON, April 21, 2009 –

The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors today approved the following project:

IDA Grant: US$44 million equivalent

Project Description: The development objective of the Urban and Rural Infrastructure Rehabilitation Project for Republic of Liberia supports government’s goal of improving road access in Monrovia and targeted rural areas, as well as improving institutional structure for technical management of the road sector.

Under current projects, IDA is supporting the government in comprehensively reforming its port sector. This grant will advance IDA’S ongoing and leading effort in addressing the rebuilding and developing of Liberia’s transport infrastructure and related Institution.

This operation will help respond to the situation by financing several critical components of transport infrastructure around the country, including:

1) resurfacing and rehabilitation of city streets in Monrovia and a traffic solution for one major congested city interchange;

2) rehabilitation of primary road sections in rural area;

3) maintenance of primary and secondary roads through collaboration with United Nations Development Program (UNDP), and United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) peacekeepers, and;

4) construction of a major bridge and a new fuel unloading facility.

The project will support the government’s efforts to re-establish basic transport infrastructure and improve the management of the transport sector. This will contribute to increased access to social services and commercial opportunities for the citizenry and consequently contribute to poverty alleviation in Liberia.

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“Need to rethink County Development Funds”, says Pres. Sirleaf
Written by Vivian Gartyn
Thursday, 18 December 2008

President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf says there is a need to rethink the management of the County Development Funds.

The President said the current management is causing serious problems undermining the essence for which the funds were budgeted.

The County Development Funds are being managed by county officials in collaboration with the Legislature.

The President disclosed lawmakers are giving instructions to the Finance Ministry for payment of funds, something she described as totally inappropriate.

There have been claims and counter-claims of corruption from across the country over how the County Development Funds are expended.

There are also calls for the General Audit Commission to audit the funds but the President said the GAC should be allowed to carryout bigger audits.

She assured that other companies like Momo and company can be contacted to audit the county funds.

Meanwhile, President Sirleaf announced a pending reshuffle of her cabinet but was quick to state that is not about corruption or dishonesty by those to be affected.

The Chief Executive further clarified that the pending reshuffle is intended to make her government more effective.

President Sirleaf acknowledged that some of her earlier appointments were about political considerations and pay-backs for support during the elections.

She said now that her government has reached its mid-point, there is a need for some changes to ensure more achievements.

The reshuffle is expected to affect every level of government and will see the transfer and dismissal of some officials.

In another development, the President has disclosed that the Dunn Commission will present its report in January 2009.

She assured that any recommendation from the commission would be implemented.

Over two hundred thousand U.S. dollars was approved for the commission to investigate the authenticity of the emails scandal that linked the office of the President.


Liberian president, rural inhabitants discuss “Lift Liberia” initiative
Running Africa, GA
(MONROVIA-Nov. 24, 2008): President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf over the weekend continued town hall meetings with a visit to Grand Cape Mount County. During Friday’s  interactive session with the President, residents of Grand Cape Mount advanced several suggestions, which they say, if carried out, will buttress the successful implementation of the ‘LIFT LIBERIA’ Initiative. Among other areas, they discussed agriculture, education, the economy and infrastructure.

Among other areas, they discussed agriculture, education, the economy and infrastructure. An Executive Mansion release quoting the residents, …