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Government loses millions for shutting down forest sector

By Jacob Parley
 Abandoned logs affected  following the  corrupt Private Use Permits saga
Abandoned logs affected following the corrupt Private Use Permits saga

( Liberian Government says it is losing millions of dollars, due to the shutting down of the forest sector.

According to President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, the country’s forest sector had to be shut down for a while, due to corrupt practices relating to the issuance of Private Use Permits (PUPs).

The President said: “Several actions were taken against those responsible for the ugly development in the forest sector and reassured the public of going down to the bottom of the issue. We remain committed to tackling corrupt practices in the country.”

“Institutions charged with dealing with such matters will strongly be supported to ensure transparency, fair play and due process in discharging their duties,” she said.

The Liberian Leader made the statements Monday, July 1, 2013 when she appeared on her regular monthly program, “Conversation with the President” on state radio in Paynesville, near the Liberian Capital, Monrovia.

At the same time, President Johnson-Sirleaf has assured the Liberian Government’s commitment to press freedom and freedom of speech in the country.

She said: “Government has no intention of closing down any media institution in Liberia, but warned against Black Mailing.”

The Liberian President urged Liberian journalists to be professional by reporting the facts and do away with spreading falsehood.


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