The management of the New Republic Newspaper clarifies that its Tuesday, May 27, 2014 edition back page story titled "Liberia is Doomed," attributed to the Finance Minister, Mr. Amara Konneh, was a complete misrepresentation of the facts and a huge professional blunder.
This indicates that Minister Konneh did not portray the state of the economy as the headline suggested when he appeared before members of the House of Representatives sometimes ago, to discuss unfolding economic developments, including the "budget shortfall."
"Liberia is doomed, and there is no sign of huge growth, because the economy cannot sustain the growth of country," the Minister was quoted as declaring.
Management came to this point of clarification, considering the nature and impact of the story, following series of in-house discussions with the writer, who it was also realized did not do due professional diligence.
In short, Minister Konneh never made such statement as portrayed.
The New Republic greatly regrets such professional miscarriage, and also seizes to apologize to Minister Amara Konneh, and the nation by extension, for any embarrassment the publication might have caused.
At the same, management has instituted the necessary punitive action against the author, not leaving the editor who last saw the story before publication.