Lucky mother wins trip to Queens, NY for Jubilee celebrations

first_imgThe winner of a collaborated promotion between Western Union and Caribbean Airlines, on ThursdayFrom left to right: Winner Nandaney Budram receives her plain tickets from Caribbean Airlines’ representative Dion Inniss, while Western Union’s Reena Williams looks onexpressed sheer jubilation after receiving her prize of an all-expense paid nine-day return trip to the United States to participate in Guyana’s 50th Independence Anniversary Celebrations in Queens.According to the Marketing Assistant of Western Union, Reena Williams, the promotion commenced on 25 April and ended on 20 May. She highlighted that within the promotional period, anyone who used their Western Union card to transact business was automatically eligible.The winner, Nandaney Budhram expressed appreciation towards Western Union and Caribbean Airlines and pronounced that she was oblivious to the promotion, thus being sceptical when she was informed she had won.“I am so very happy. I can’t even express. When I was called and told that I won, I wasn’t sure, because, you know, a lot of fraud is going on. I didn’t even know there was a promotion or anything. But I’m so very happy and thankful,” Budhram said.Western Union Marketing Officer, Christel Vansluytman explained that the winning package entails an all-expense paid trip and accommodation for two to New York, along with US$800 pocket money.Caribbean Airlines Sales Executive Deon Innis extended congratulations to Budhram and encouraged her to “enjoy the opportunity to the fullest.”last_img read more

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Dr Jagan’s Global Human Order initiative overtaken by time

first_imgAPNU/AFC Govt to await SG report on way forward − VP GreenidgeThe New Global Human Order (NGHO) – an initiative spearheaded by the late Dr Cheddi Jagan – is on the agenda of the upcoming United Nations 71st General Assembly but according to Vice President Carl Greenidge, with the evolution of time, a number of critical aspects of the NGHO have been embedded in a number of other framework initiatives adopted by the UN, with the support of the global community.Greenidge was at the time responding to People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Chief Whip Gail Teixeira, who at the opening of Thursday’s sitting of the National Assembly, inquired of the coalition A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance for Change (APNU/AFC) Government’s approach to the NGHO, since it has been a matter championed by Guyana since 1994.Since the NGHO was initiated by Guyana under the stewardship of Dr Jagan, Teixeira inquired whether the current administration will continue to support the UN Resolution at its upcoming assembly.Dr Cheddi JaganIn response Greenidge told the House that since Dr Jagan successfully introduced NGHO to the agenda of UN, “a couple of things have happened and it is instructive to bear those in mind to understand where we can go.”He spoke to the fact that between 2001 and 2014, the United Nations has convened several confabs and over the years a number of other resolutions have come into being, which takes into account aspects of the NGHO such as the need to accelerate efforts to promote human wellbeing.He said too there are currently a number of agreements in place to shape the landscape up to 2030 which takes into account aspects of Dr Jagan’s NGHO. As such Dr Jagan’s resolution might have been overtaken by time since there are several new initiatives that, “overlap, concern, absorb, call it what you will, many of the areas that were raised by Dr Jagan.He said there had been no significant movement on the promotion of Dr Jagan’s NHGO, despite the fact that his party -the PPP/C – had been in office for over 20 years.Greenidge noted too that many of the areas dealt with by Dr Jagan, only received tacit support from many friendly countries but there has not been a complete “buy in.”The Vice President was also quick to point out that there is currently only limited space for competing proposals on the new political agenda.He suggested that to proceed with Dr Jagan’s NGHO at the UN General Assembly would be a “questionable approach.”Greenidge’s explanation however did not find favour with the Opposition Chief Whip who inquired whether components of the NGHO such as a focus on poverty alleviation, equality and justice were no longer considered important by the current administration.“I didn’t suggest that we would do nothing about it, nor did I suggest it’s not important,” said Greenidge, who further explained that matters such as reducing global inequalities now form part of separate agendas that have found consensus in the global community.He said there has been an inability on the part of the past administration to mobilise international support for issues contained in Dr Jagan’s NGHO.Greenidge suggested that the report of the UN Secretary General as it relates to the NHGO, will determine what path will be taken by the APNU/AFC Government in future.He suggested that there is no need to pursue a separate initiative, namely, Dr Jagan’s NGHO, since many of the issues contained in that resolution would have already gained international support but on separate agendas.Dr Jagan’s NGHO, according to Vice President Greenidge, has remained over the years without the capacity to sustain itself. He was adamant: “It is not as though we are neglecting a great initiative.”GECOM DatabaseMeanwhile the Opposition Chief Whip also used the opportunity at the beginning of Thursday’s sitting of the National Assembly to inquire of Social Protection Minister Volda Lawrence, the reasons for a request to the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) for a copy of its database.The PPP/C recently raised the matter of the request by the Government Ministry to GECOM and had accused the administration of seeking to ‘rig’ any upcoming General and Regional Elections.Minister Lawrence told the House in no uncertain terms that there was absolutely no ulterior motive behind the request to GECOM.In fact, Lawrence told the House that the request was made to GECOM for information which is already in the public domain.She pointed to GECOM’s website which houses a copy of the National List of Registrants as well as the numerous lists posted at public buildings across the country.Lawrence told the House that the request made to GECOM was for person’s 65 years of age and older and the information will be used by the Ministry of Social Protection, “to ensure that all our pensioners receive their pension.”The Social Protection Minister explained that the reason GECOM was approached was that the list could be disaggregated in order to extract the information for persons 65 and older.Teixeira had also inquired of Education Minister Dr Rupert Roopnaraine the reason behind that Ministry’s request but he was unable to provide an answer.Dr Roopnaraine informed the House that he was not in a position to provide any details since he was yet to be briefed by his technical team for the reasons for the request made to GECOM.last_img read more

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Lawmaker’s US$10M Lawsuit against GOL for Daughter’s Death, Postponed

first_imgA hearing to set the basis for the Civil Law Court to determine whether or not to look into the merits and demerits of a US$10million lawsuit filed against the government of Liberia by Montserrado County Representative Edward Forh for the death of his daughter could not take place last Wednesday due to the absence of state lawyers in the courtroom.Justifying state lawyers’ absence on Wednesday, Judge Yussif Kaba, who is presiding over the case, said that he received a letter from the Full Bench of the Supreme Court instructing him to postpone the matter.Judge Kaba said the High Court’s decision was based on a letter from state lawyers informing it that they could not appear in court on Wednesday due to a weeklong prosecution training exercise in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.Judge Kaba did not say when he would continue with the matter.Rep. Forh’s daughter, Nakita Forh, died on September 27, 2014, in the compound of the John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital (JFK) where she was taken after she allegedly suffered an asthma attack. Her death also coincided with the outbreak of the Ebola virus disease, which was responsible for the closing of several medical facilities in the country, including the JFK Hospital.She was taken to JFK with the hope that doctors at the hospital could help stabilize her breathing by means of an asthma nebulizer. This, however, did not happen, leading to Nakita’s death in the hospital’s compound. Rep. Forh is seeking wrongful death against the JFK management in the amount of US$10 million.Rep. Forh’s lawyer quoted him as saying: “The late Nakita Forh suffered an asthma attack on September 26, 2014. Based upon a doctor’s advice, she was rushed to the JFK Hospital to stabilize her breathing via an asthma nebulizer.”Rep. Forh claimed that upon arrival at the medical center, doctors and nurses refused to treat his daughter due to the hospital’s policy demanding clearance from an Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) for anyone whose condition seemed severe.“I pleaded with them to stabilize her breathing but to no avail. I later took her home, managed her overnight and returned the next day, Saturday, September 27, 2014, to the hospital, but they still refused to see her…later she died in the hospital compound,” Rep. Forh said.Rep. Forh’s lawyer said the action of the defendants caused his client “psychological pain, mental anguish, emotional distress, frustration, while the deceased lost her future ambitions and other consequential injuries and damages.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Acquittal of Clemenceau Urey, Others: A Serious Warning to Government

first_imgClemenceau Urey, former National Oil Company (NOCAL) Chairman, and nine other former NOCAL board members, officials and others connected with the 52nd National Legislature were Friday acquitted of solicitation payments and receipt of money for the ratification by the 52nd National Legislature of oil contracts entered into by NOCAL and several oil companies. The amount involved was US$120,400.Others allegedly involved were NOCAL Board members Cllr. Stephen B. Dunbar, Jr., Peter B. Jallah Jr., Dr. Evelyn Kandakai and Albert T. Chie.Other were NOCAL’s former CEO, Dr. Fodee Kromah, Fulton Reeves, Comptroller, and Timothy G. Wiapiah, former Senior Accountant, as well as Alomiza Ennos Barr, former member of the 52nd Legislature and Senate Secretary J. Nanborlor Singbe Sr. GOL claimed that those individuals, between the periods of May 2006 to May 2007, allegedly engaged in solicitation payments and receipt of money for the ratification by the 52nd Legislature of oil contracts entered into by NOCAL and several oil companies. GOL charged these individuals with multiple crimes, which included “economic sabotage, criminal conspiracy and bribery” of which GOL sought the court intervention to convict the defendants.In his ruling dismissing the case last Friday, Criminal Court ‘C” Judge Peter Gbeneweleh stated that “the state failed to commence prosecution of the defendants within the statutory period of five years, as provided for in Section 4.2 (a) of the Criminal Procedure Law.”Section 4.2 (a), according to him, provides that “a prosecution for a felony must commence within five years after the alleged offense had been committed.”Judge Gbeneweleh further ruled that “the prosecution of the defendants is barred by a statute of limitation.” He declared, “Therefore, the request to dismiss the indictment (charge) is hereby granted and government’s resistance is denied.”Several leading questions arise, some of which this newspaper has raised before, shortly after these individuals had been indicted. The first is why did the GOL take so long to prosecute these individuals? Secondly, if GOL accused these individuals of having bribed the Legislature, who received the bribes and why were they, too, not indicted, since in common and penal (criminal) law, the receiver is just as guilty as the rogue?Another question raised then by this newspaper was, what about officials of the Ministries of Finance, Justice (MOJ) and Lands and Mines, who also sit on the NOCAL Board—why were they not also indicted? Remember, too, MOJ, GOL’s Legal Advisor, was consulted and gave the green light to pay the Legislators the money. Finally, the payment to the Legislators was approved by the Executive, one of the three branches of government. But no one in the Executive branch was among those indicted—why?The Liberian Government has to be very careful how it treats its citizens, especially those who work for government. Take Dr. Evelyn Kandakai, a professional educator who has served in several administrations as Minister of Education. Who ever heard of her being involved in any scandal whatsoever?Take Counselor Stephen Dunbar, Jr., who returned home after qualifying as an attorney-at-law in the United States, with licenses to practice in several American states, including New York City and Washington, D.C. He has worked for government for only two years—one year as an Assistant Minister of Commerce Minister William E. Dennis, 1972; and one year on the NOCAL Board—that’s all. Clemenceau Urey is CEO and proprietor of a multimillion dollar insurance company. Does he really need a government job? He only answered the call to be NOCAL’s Chair when he was asked to do so. When he was summarily replaced by the President’s son Robert Sirleaf, NOCAL Board Chair Urey left US$31 million in NOCAL’s accounts. Today the talk on the street is that NOCAL is broke. What happened to all that money? Will it ever be accounted for?Our final point is that should GOL continue wrongfully to castigate and mistreat the honest and well meaning people who work for her, GOL will end up attracting into its administration not reputable and well-meaning people but mostly crooks, who are eagerly awaiting an appointment to eat, or to exercise vigorously the three G’s: get, grab and go.A hint to the wise is quite sufficient.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Fashion Meets Philanthropy

first_imgThe organizers of the Monrovia Fashion Evolution (MFE) has confirmed a final date for the launch of their highly anticipated Fashion event, which doubles as the launching of the Kantata City Foundation, a charitable organization.The Kantata City Foundation (KCF), organizers of the MFE announced yesterday that the Monovia Fashion Evolution is set for Sunday, December 6, 2015 at the Bella Casa Hotel in Sinkor at 6:30pm.The Foundation is named in honor/after Kantata City in Qatar, which is known as City of Success, Prosperity and Glory.The designs are expected to be blended with Liberian and Qatari influences, and would be “graceful, tasteful, appealing and lovely, ” said Mrs. Charslyn Golu Kouh, proprietress and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Foundation said.Mrs. Kuoh said 14 beautiful girls and three handsome men were duly selected to model the designs.“The fashion show is part of our many ways to raise funds for the Foundation which is aimed at building up the minds of the youthful generation in a suitable and conducive environment; and which will allow them accelerate their potential and provide them the opportunities to contribute immensely to the rebuilding process of the country,” Mrs. Kuoh said.Tickets for the fashion show are on sale for US$100, US$50 and US$25, respectively, and can be picked up at the offices of Kantata City Foundation, located between Carey & Johnson Streets. And for Reservation, the numbers are 0888394040/0777288685.Meanwhile, the Monrovia Fashion Evolution on Sudnay will also serve as the official launch of Kantata City Foundation.The Foundation is registered as non-political, non-governmental and not-for-profit organization and was founded by Mrs. Kuoh with a passionate appeal in addressing major challenges confronting the society, with emphasis placed on education, health, entertainment and empowerment at all levels.“With the strongest conviction of make impacts, we are going to add value to the society by providing for the needy, and we look forward for the collective efforts from the society, especially those in the public and private sectors,” Mrs. Kuoh said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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LNOC Executives Must Not Ignore LNHA’s Claim

first_imgIt was the late President Samuel Kanyon Doe who reechoed the well-known wise Liberian saying that a trap that is set in town, may not be for rats alone. You get the meaning?At the time, his enemies were scheming to overthrow him; and instead of supporting his position, those that used to adore him cheered for his enemies, and in a large demonstration told him to step down.In their own words, they sang, “monkey come down.” But what was really the point?It was about how and who to govern Liberia. This brief introduction to events that led Liberia’s descent to anarchy is happening in several organizations, notably in the Sports Writers Association of Liberia (SWAL), and the Liberia National Olympic Committee being accused of ‘meddling’ in the affairs of the Liberia National Handball Association (LNHA).While some efforts are being made to handle the SWAL leadership crisis (though Inquirer’s Managing Editor Phillip N. Wesseh’s attempt was ignored by the opposing group last weekend), this write up is about the silence that surrounds handball president Mason Saweler’s claim that the LNOC, under President Phillibert Brown, has outlived its usefulness and therefore there should be a new leadership.Saweler has issued a catalogue of issues against the current administration and added that for 12 years the LNOC has not had a credible election, and the last he could remember was held in Mr. Brown’s bedroom. Though Saweler did not raise any issue after that election, he has launched a campaign for change in the LNOC when President Brown issued a belated statement declaring LNHA elections not free and fair. The funny thing is that the election in question took place six months after the LNOC’s statement.And Saweler has shown no signs of backing down. The LNOC, planning for 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil recently made a budget for US$151,000. Though the Ministry of Finance has rejected the budget claiming there is no money, as well as the recent Zika virus epidemic in Brazil, the real reason could be that the LNOC has not been able to show over the last 12 years that it can prove anything by participating in the Olympic Games to justify such a colossal amount against the backdrop of hard economic realities in Liberia.LNOC VP for technical affairs Malcolm Joseph has described the Brazil Olympics as ‘Political Olympics’ to indicate that all nations must be there just for the name, which is not enough reason for Liberia, if even the government can afford the money, to go to the Olympics.What has been the drawback to the LNOC’s argument is its failure to develop any of the sporting codes that are admitted at the Olympic Games to develop athletes worthy of their name to be able to represent Liberia abroad.It is sad that an LNOC official told Youth & Sports Minister Charles N’tow recently at a single building described without shame as ‘Olympic Village’ that Liberia will depend on athletes abroad for the Brazil Olympic Games.It is also regrettable that in 2012, the LNOC approved the selection of a ‘money changer’ whose presence was as hopeless as his selection to the London Olympics Games under Brown’s administration. Today, Liberian boxing is dead, while many great boxers from around the world made remarkable success at the Olympic Games.It is therefore important that the Executive Committee of the LNOC, which comprises presidents of all sports federations and associations, get their act together to demonstrate responsible leadership as members of the LNOC so that decisions by the LNOC are done with everyone’s input, for the benefit of all.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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President Sirleaf Commends The Gambia’s Role in ECOMOG

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has commended The Gambia for its role and invaluable contribution towards the ECOMOG initiative aimed at the search for lasting peace in Liberia during the height of the civil conflict coupled with the country’s solidarity in hosting Liberian political parties and interest groups that determined the formation of the Interim Government of National Unity (IGNU) in 1990. According to an Executive Mansion release, the President made the remarks recently when Mrs. Fatou Ndeye Gaye, Ambassador-Designate, Republic of the Gambia, with residence in Freetown, Sierra Leone, presented her Letters of Credence in the Cabinet Room of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Monrovia.In welcoming Madam Gaye President Sirleaf hoped that the relations between Liberia and The Gambia will continue to be cemented in the years ahead. She thanked The Gambia for playing host to scores of Liberian refugees who sought refuge in the sisterly nation during years of conflict and acknowledged the hospitality extended to them. The President noted The Gambia’s progress in the tourism sector and how it was impacting that country’s economy. “Liberia is ready at all times to benefit from the expertise and experiences of The Gambia,” said the President.Ambassador Gaye conveyed President Yaya Jammeh’s commendation for the kind of leadership demonstrated by President Sirleaf‘s administration. Ambassador Gaye called for private partnerships between Liberian and Gambian entrepreneurs in areas of common interests and the exploration of new horizons for economic cooperation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Dr. Chris Nyan Makes Available Scientific Invention to GOL, MRU, ECOWAS

first_imgDr. Dougbeh Christopher Nyan, a Liberian Medical Doctor and Scientist, in consultation with his research team, stated that he is prepared to make his invention and technology available to Liberia, the Mano River Union (MRU) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).Dr. Nyan, who served as Liberia’s 169th Independence Day Orator, invented a simple, rapid, and affordable test or “Real-Time Multiplex” that can detect many infectious pathogens, including virus, bacteria and protozoa. The multiplex is also capable of telling the differences between and among the pathogens at the same time in just 10 to 40 minutes, according to Dr. Nyan. Dr. Nyan told our Health Correspondent the test can detect viruses including HIV, hepatitis, Dengue hemorrhagic fever virus (which has symptoms similar to the Ebola virus) infection, Ebola, Zika, among others.The Liberian Scientist, who is based in the US, made the offer recently when he delivered the oration at the 169th Independence Day of Liberia, Africa’s oldest republic. In his oration, Dr. Nyan told his audience including President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and other senior members of the Liberian government, “We need to train Liberia’s own corps of scientists who will devote their time to the bio-molecular studies of infectious diseases, including Ebola, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, Malaria, Tuberculosis, Zika, etc. etc. We need to closely collaborate with other countries in the region to conduct effective infectious disease surveillance and exchange vital public health information; we need to develop our own rapid diagnostic capability for early diagnostic testing for infectious diseases. We need to study the Ebola virus ourselves and study the survivors of EVD ourselves.“Well, we do not need to look too far, for standing before you is your son, who has invented a simple, rapid, and affordable test that can detect many infectious pathogens and tell the differences between and among the pathogens at the same time in just 10 to 40 minutes.”Dr. Nyan said had made the offer in order for the technology to be used to invest in the development, production, and commercialization of his diagnostic technology, which will contribute to the fight against infectious diseases in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Africa, and the whole world.He urged the Liberian government to “act promptly in working out the mechanism, for the diseases are not waiting on us, but can strike any minute and cross international borders again.” “This is a practical path to contributing to transforming Liberia’s diagnostic capability and that of the other countries and improving the health care systems here in Liberia and the world.”Following his oration, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf conferred on Dr. Nyan one of the nation’s highest Orders of Distinction, the Humane Order of African Redemption with the Grade of Knight Great Band.Speaking with our Health Correspondent, Health Minister Dr. Bernice Dahn disclosed that she has already initiated discussions with Dr. Nyan.“He did visit me and during our discussions, I asked him to guide us through the processes that we have to go through,” the Health Minister stated. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Prez Sirleaf Makes Several Appointments in Gov’t

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf yesterday made several appointments in government affecting the ministries of Finance, Information, Agriculture, Internal Affairs, as well as the Land Authority, Small Arms and Anti-Corruption Commissions. Appointed as the Land Authority’s chairperson is Dr. Cecil T.O. Brandy while Ms. Ellen Pratt is Vice Chair for Administration and Customer Service and Mrs. Kau Kidau Fahnbulleh, Commissioner for Land Use and Management. Also appointed are Attorney J. Adams Manobah , Commissioner of Land Policy and Planning and Dr. Samuel A. Gooding, Commissioner, Land Administration.Ms. Bennietta Jarbo becomes a member of the National Commission on Small Arms. The President has also appointed Ms. Sheba Browne as Commissioner of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC).At the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr. Jeddi M. Armah is appointed Deputy Minister for Public Affairs while Mr. Ricks W. Barsi-Giah will become Deputy Minister for Technical Services and Ms. Joyce C. Kenkpen -Assistant Minister for Culture. Attorney Philomena Williams is appointed Deputy Minister for Administration at the Ministry of Agriculture and Mrs. Seklau E. Wiles, Deputy Minister for Technical Services. Ministry of Finance and Development Planning appointees include Mr. Anthony G. Myers as Assistant Minister for Budget Division and Mr. Theophilus Addey, Assistant Minister for Regional and Sectoral Planning and Coordination Division.President Sirleaf appointed Mr. John Ballout, as Ambassador without naming his post. Mrs. Lucia Massaley Yallah is appointed Deputy Minister for Social Outreach at the Ministry of Gender, Children & Social Protection.At the Liberia National Police (LNP), the President appointed Ms. Sadatu L. M. Reeves as Deputy Inspector General for Administration, Mr. William K. Mulbah – Deputy Inspector General for Manpower and Development and Mr. Simeon F. Frank, Inspector General for Crime Services. The President appointed Dr. Jerry B. Nyangbeh as President of Sinoe Community College.Among her latest appointments at the Ministry of Internal Affairs the President named for Nimba County Mr. Dorr Cooper, Assistant Superintendent for Development, Mr. David L Jacob, Statutory District Superintendent, YarwinMehnsonoh Statutory District, Mr. Abednego Pikawo, Development Superintendent, Yarwin Mehnsonoh Statutory District, and Mr. Josephus Mehnweeleh, Commissioner, Mehnsonoh Admin District, YarwinMehnsonoh Statutory District. Other Nimba County appointments are Mr. Sam Freeman, Commissioner, Zahnlah Admin. District, Yarwin Mehnsonoh Statutory District, Mr. Kumgbe McGill, Commissioner, Blinlon Admin District, Yarwin Mehnsonoh Statutory District and Mr. Moses Gbakun, District Inspector.The rest are Mr. Levi Bainboe, Land Commissioner, Mehnsonoh Admin. District, Mr. Joseph Yarbah, Land Commissioner, Zahnla Admin. District and Mr. Little Belleh, Land Commissioner, Blinlon Admin District. Appointees for Grand Gedeh County are Tarley A. Weh – County Inspector, Mr. Josephus K. Garley, Relieving Commissioner, Mr. Moses C. Neah, Statutory Supt., Konobo Statutory District and Mr. Abraham G. Gbarduo, Administrative District Commissioner, Tchien Administrative District.Others are Mr. Joseph W. Tarlue, Administrative District CommissionerGlio/Twarbo Administrative District, Mr. DwedsonDweh, Township Commissioner, Tarlueville, Tchien Administrative District, Mr. George B. Gbarwea – Township Commissioner, B’hair Admin. District, Mr. Isaac H. Gweh, Township Commissioner, and Karley Farley, Township Commissioner, Glio/Twarbo Administrative District.Appointees for Gbarpolu County areMr. Thomas Ezike, Asst. Statutory District Supt. for Development, Gbarma, Stat. District; Ms. Teresa Gbanjah, Statutory District Inspector, Gbarma Stat. District; and Mr. Momo Binda, Relieving Commissioner, Gbarma Stat. District.Others are Mr. Alfred S. Morris, Asst. Stat. Dist. Supt. for Dev., Bopolu Stat. District; Mr. John Sulonkolo, Stat. District Commissioner, Bopolu Stat. District and Mr. Varkpanah Wymon , Relieving Commissioner, Bopolu Stat. District. The President’s appointee for Bong County is Madam Viola N. Cooper, – Mayor, of Gbarnga City.These appointments, are subject to confirmation by the senate where applicable, according to the Presidential announcement.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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150,000 Farmers Electronically Registered by the Agriculture Ministry: Who are the Beneficiaries?

first_imgDear Editor,Please allow me space in your popular newspaper, the Daily Observer, to question authorities of the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) as to how the ministry registered 150,000 Liberian poor rural farmers electronically, and who were they?It can be recalled that on October 19, 2015, at about 5:45 p.m., Emmanuel G. Wah, an official of the MoA, announced that the World Bank has provided a grant of US$54 million to enable the ministry to reduce rural poverty and household food insecurity in the country.Mr. Wah also disclosed further that the African Development Fund has provided a loan of US$6.4 million to finance civil works relating to feeder roads, to which the Liberian Government contributed US$1.5 million to finance costs associated with office accommodation and taxes on contracts, among others.I am one of the leading farmers in Liberia, Nimba County to be specific. My question as a farmer is, what did the MoA do with this huge amount of money, and yet farmers’ produce cannot reach the market due to bad (road) conditions? Where are the 150,000 registered farmers?On April 1, 2015, the World Bank provided a US$3.4 million agriculture package to benefit 10,500 youths from the 15 counties for 18 months. This was disclosed by the manager of Community Livelihood Investment Project (CLIP), Andrew K. Macgoma. Yet, our youths continue to cry for employment opportunities.We the Liberian farmers have been denied for so long, and it is about time that the government pays attention to us so that we can send our youths to school through farming; not all of us can go to Monrovia to earn a living, but rather we can earn our living through agriculture in the leeward counties.To conclude, I see no possibility for the MoA to register 150,000 farmers electronically, when in fact electricity is not in all parts of Monrovia.Mr. Minister, please hear the cries of the farmers and feel our plights; and release loans to us to continue our agricultural projects around the country.Mr. Editor, thanks for the space.Zoyahkernah DuoBeo-Kwado Farmers GroupNimba CountyCell: 0888199894\0777709044Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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