Deputy Minister Sirleaf R. Tyler makes opening remarks and launches weather website.
Deputy Minister Sirleaf R. Tyler makes opening remarks and launches weather website.

Monrovia, Friday, November 23, 2018; The Early Warning System (EWS) Project at the Ministry of Transport has successfully conducted and concluded phase two of media training for rural radio station managers in Tubmanburg City, Bomi County, in western Liberia.

Opening the workshop on Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at the Tubmanburg City Hall, Deputy Transport Minister for Administration & Insurance, Hon. Sirleaf R. Tyler highlighted some of the achievements of the Early Warning System Project as building the human capacities of staffers from various Government Ministries and Agencies including but not limited to the Ministries of Transport (MOT), Lands Mines & Energy (LME), the Roberts International Airport (RIA), Liberia Civil Aviation Authority (LCAA), etc. as well as the installation of 12 automatic weather stations around the country. He also spoke about plans that are underway to install on the six (6) major rivers of Liberia, hydrological equipment to determine water resource information and provide regular information to the public; as well as provide additional training opportunities in the not distance future. Concluding, Minister Tyler urged the local journalists to take advantage of the workshop by participating actively so as to build their professional skills in the dissemination of climate and weather information to the people.

Welcoming the delegates earlier on behalf of the City Corporation of Tubmanburg City and the County Administration, the City Mayor, Hon. Obediah Varney expressed joy for the occasion and thanked the authorities of both the Early Warning Project and Ministry of Transport (MOT) for selecting Tubmanburg for the workshop. He then wished all delegates a happy stay.

In earlier opening remarks, Early Warning Acting Project Coordinator, Mr. Amos Borbor historicized the birth of the project which he said is being funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), UNDP among other partners. He said the objective of the project among others is to strengthen Liberia’s climate related monitoring capabilities, early warning system information for responding to climate shocks and planning adaptation to climate change.

Several weather related presentations were made during the 2-day workshop including the following topics deliberated by experts invited to the event: Early Warning System (EWS) and food security, Introduction to weather and climate journalism, Introduction and navigation of the Ministry of Transport EN platform, Early Warning System, importance to livelihood, weather and climate reporting – timing and presentation etc. The workshop was characterized by questions and answers, group working sessions, etc.

At the close of the workshop on Thursday, November 22, 2018, the Early Warning Project website: www.liberia.enterprise.earthnetworks.comwas officially launched by Deputy Transport Minister for Administration & Insurance, Hon. Sirleaf R. Tyler who urged the delegates and Liberians to access the site regularly to obtain update on weather information. He said currently about 30 Cities in the Country can be accessed on the site for weather information.

Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS) Deputy Director General, Teetee Gebro who graced the website launching program lauded the Ministry of Transport for the achievement and urged the journalists to run with it for the benefit of the Liberian people.

The workshop was attended by over 35 delegates mostly comprising of managers of local radio station from Montserrado, Bomi, Cape Mount and Gbarpolu Counties, members of the Press amongst others.