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  • UN and Liberia Train Technicians on Price Monitoring

    LiberiaThe United Nations World Food Program (WFP) in Liberia, Authorities of the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) and  the Liberia Institute of Statistics and Geo-Information Services (LISGIS) have organized a two day Price monitoring training programme for technicians.

    The training which was held at Gbarnga, Bong County for 30 technicians was aimed  at enhancing price monitoring mainly for basic food commodities in Liberia.

    The training was also aimed at  capturing and facilitating experience-sharing and equipping MoA, and LISGIS field-level staff engaged in collection, analysis and reporting of market data to better communicate,  while also ensuring that there is an improvement in the contents of the monthly market monitoring bulletins, and strengthen partnerships and networks.

    WFP Liberia's Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping Officer, Mr. Emmanuel Anderson commended  the Liberian government for its enduring partnership with the WFP on price monitoring activities.

    ''WFP has a global mandate to support some of the most vulnerable members of society, with different social protection interventions," Mr. Anderson stated. 

    He also said that  Liberia was increasingly vulnerable to high food price shocks as has been witnessed since 2008, whilke stressing that  the government has been concerned about the rise in food prices, and as such, it has been undertaking regular joint government-WFP market monitoring exercises for which an MoU was signed between the Liberian government (MoA, LISGIS) and WFP.

  • Liberia Govt Approves Free Tuition In Public Universities

    The Government of Liberia has approved the commencement of free tuition in public unversities in the country.

    The approval was  given recently by Liberia's President, Mr. George Weah, the auditorium of the University of Liberia's Capitol Hill campus  in Monrovia.

    "I, President George M. Weah, on behalf of the Liberian people and the government, therefore declare free tuition at the University of Liberia and other public universities for undergraduate programs,"
     
    "We will never be successful, as a government, if we do not place more emphasis on the development of our human capital and, as such, we have to invest in quality education,"
     
    "I personally believe in education. Therefore, I feel that the constant drop out of students from the various schools is counterproductive," 
     
    "Over the years, we are aware that students at the state-run university have suffered by standing in a long queue for registration purpose, which was due to a lack of a proper system to effectively and efficiently manage students' registration processes. And with the school population up to forty thousand students, it has been a serious concern to us," 
     
    "Let me encourage all students that if there is a problem between the UL administration and the student body, it is important to negotiate rather than to vibrate," President asserted.