Harmon favoured to win chair in PNC internal elections

first_imgDear Editor,An ongoing opinion tracking poll that started in July and being conducted by the North American Caribbean Teachers Association (NACTA) reveals that the public wants Minister of the Presidency Joe Harmon to be next Chair of the People’s National Congress (PNC). The poll, conducted by this writer, finds that Harmon commands the most support among the party’s membership for the position in the party’s internal executive elections slated for August 19.The chair is the second most powerful post in the party after the leader. The leader, David Granger, who is also President of Guyana, is running unopposed. Other posts are also up for grabs.There are three nominations for the position of chair – Joe Harmon, who is Minister of the Presidency; Volda Lawrence who is the Public Health Minister; and incumbent Basil Williams, who is the Attorney General. Both Lawrence and Harmon are rising in opinion polls based on NACTA poll findings while Williams is struggling. Harmon is more popular and likeable than the other two candidates with respondents saying he is the best among the three to prepare the party for future challenges.As for preference for chair among the general population, Harmon leads by a mile. Respondents say he is more affable and congenial than the other two, with strong support among party members.Respondents note that Lawrence is well liked among PNC rank and file supporters, but her base is more among the women’s arm. However, recent issues pertaining to the management (scandalous corrupt deals, in particular) of the Health Ministry has hurt her image badly, causing her to lose support. She also has limited appeal across the racial divide.People feel Minister Williams continues to make mistakes and blunders at the Legal Affairs Ministry although the “victory” at the CCJ, knocking PPP’s Bharrat Jagdeo off the ballot, has earned him some kudos among party supporters. Still party members and supporters say he is not easily accessible. It would take a miracle for him to retain the position.Harmon is praised for his leadership style and bringing people together. He has mass appeal across the political divide. Party supporters say they can work with Harmon. His supporters say he has had a long history of grounding with the membership and credit his organisational skills for helping the party to recapture the base in 2011 and helped it to return to office in 2015 after 23 years in Opposition. People view him as someone who can get things done efficiently. They note he is a hard worker and he is approachable. And he has wisely made himself accessible to party supporters and has been visiting communities. People across the divide say Harmon delivers on promises and he has been expanding the party’s membership beyond the traditional base. The public at large also notes that Harmon comes across as someone with a “soft image” who has wide appeal across the country and across the divide. His mass appeal and ground campaign is helping him gain support to wrestle the chair from Williams.On national support, more PNC party members, party supporters, and the public at large express a preference for Harmon over the other two nominees for chair. Asked who they want or prefer to be chair, 58 per cent said Harmon, 23 per cent said Volda Lawrence, and five per cent Basil Williams; with 14 per cent not having a preference or not offering a response.Asked who they feel will win the PNC chair position, 78 per cent said Harmon, seven per cent responded Volda Lawrence and two per cent Williams; with 13 per cent responding they don’t know.In the party’s internal elections for executives, only delegates (not members) vote. So winning over delegates who are selected by party groups and the membership is critical. Harmon is well ahead in that count. Based on the preference of party supporters and members, the latter that choose the delegates who will vote at the convention, Harmon has the advantage in ground support to triumph over the other two by a big margin. Party groups and members say more delegates favour Harmon than the other two candidates combined. With the contest days away, anything could happen.Yours truly,Vishnu Bisramlast_img read more

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Urgent intervention needed to help Berbice economy – Chairman

first_img… Business owners downscaling, employees laid offThe Berbice economy is experiencing difficulty as urgent measures are needed to cushion effects of the current economic downturn in Region Six (East Berbice/Corentyne). This is according to Regional Chairman David Armogan who was speaking at the 83rd anniversary of the Berbice Chamber of Commerce and Development Association (BCCDA) where he said there has been a “cash flow” problem over the past year, has worsened, and has left numerous businesses in jeopardy with many opting to downscale.The chairman in analysing the business situation in the region noted that the Region Six economy is primarily based on two crops; rice and sugar.“Once these two crops get into trouble; and they are in trouble right now because of low commodity prices in the world, we find that our economy begins to take a downward turn or even get sluggish or stagnated,” the chairman pointed out.He added that in 2014 the price for a bag of paddy was $3200 per bag to under $2000 per bag presently. Acreages under cultivation over the same period has also decreased from 62,000 to 52,000, he noted, adding that apart from gold, rice has been the main foreign exchange earner for Guyana for a number of years.The sugar industry Armogan noted, has been hard hit by a decision by the European Union to sever ties with Guyana with respect to the preferential market, thus the country is now competing on the world market. This resulted in sugar price being dropped by some 30 per cent.Additionally several business-owners in the region have expressed concerns about the slow pace of business in the region.“Many businesspeople that I have spoken to over the last few months have said to me that sales have dropped between twenty-five and 50 per cent.Many have started to lay-off their labour force as well as decreasing the work days for workers in our region. Unless something is done and done very quickly I think we will be experiencing some difficulty in business,” the Chairman warned.last_img read more

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Gold Board Forensic Audit Gossai denies wrongdoing, says audit report “misleading”

first_img-Fmr Natural Resources Minister still silentFormer Secretary to the Guyana Gold Board (GGB), Bobby Gossai Jr has described as “misleading” the final report of a Forensic Audit into the operations of the GGB as he denied allegations of any wrongdoing.The 114-page audit report made public on Wednesday covered the period January 2012 to May 2015 and said there was evidence which showed that Gossai forged the signature of the Board Chairman, Dr Gobind Ganga, which allowed the then General Manager to proceed on his remaining annual leave for 2014.“Acting on information provided to us, we confirmed that the signature of the Board Chairman was lifted from another document. This is a gross act of forgery that should be pursued by the appropriate authorities,” it stated.Robert PersaudHowever, Gossai in a statement Thursday denied he fraudulently used the then Chairman’s signature.“At no given time did the Secretary used, reused (“lifted”), misrepresented or disguised the signature of the former chairperson for any undertaking in his capacity on the Board, for professional or other benefits,” Gossai stated.The report also accused Gossai of executing political directives of the former minister, an allegation he vehemently denied, noting that his role has always been professional and legal.“The Secretary acted in full compliance within the mandate of the Guyana Gold Board Act, the management of the GGB and, where necessary through effective policy guidance from the former Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment, which was always related to the Board of Directors by the former Chairperson,” he stated.He added that all the tasks performed by him were done with full disclosure and consent of the Chairperson of the Board.The former Policy Adviser in the Natural Resources Ministry also rubbished statements in the report that he was appointed unilaterally by Persaud, contrary to the Guyana Gold Board Act, noting that his appointment as Secretary to the GGB Board was as a result of a Cabinet Decision.But, the Forensic Auditors have argued that the Secretary should have been recommended by the board and approved by the minister.Gossai said the directors, during the period under review exercised their duty with “effective professionalism for the development of the organisation.“Moreover, the Board of Directors of the Guyana Gold Board during the period of January 2012 to May 2015 developed and implemented new and improved mechanism which allowed for the enhanced management and accountability of the functioning of the organisation,” he reasoned.He added that during this period, the board and management worked with both local and international partners to improve the overall functionality of the organisation in the areas of human resources development and improved trading and compliance related matters.Persaud’s silenceBobby GossaiMeanwhile, Former Minister Persaud is still to respond to the allegations made against him by the auditors.The forensic auditors said Persaud on several occasions acted contrary to the powers vested in him by the Gold Board Act, which speaks about minister having the power to give directions of a general or special character as to the policy to be followed by the Board, while approving the appointment of, and the remuneration payable to, the General Manager, Secretary and such other officers and other employees.Among those breaches the auditors highlighted the appointment of Gossai: “In our opinion, the Act does not give the Minister the power to name or nominate the Secretary to the Board and the Minister’s action amounted to a usurpation of the Board’s authority.”This publication emailed the former Minister on the allegations, but is still to receive a response.Following the 11 May, 2015 General and Regional Elections Persaud migrated to the United States of America.last_img read more

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Hughes, Nandlall call for establishment of industrial court

first_img…in light of public servants wage standoffThe establishment of an industrial court to hear matters on workers’ grievances and other labour issues is necessary, Attorney Nigel Hughes told Guyana Times in a recent interview.Similar views were expressed by Member of Parliament and former Attorney General Anil Nandlall, who also made the call during an interview with this newspaper.Attorney Nigel HughesFormer Attorney General Anil NandlallBoth Attorneys pointed out that there were many cases of ongoing grievances and work-related issues plaguing employees, who sometimes received no justice. The most recent is the deadlock between the Government and the Guyana Public Servants Union (GPSU), who had proposed a “living wage” for workers.Hughes stated that it would be good to have the specialised court established because cases would be dealt with in a timely manner with little to no backlog. However, he proposed that before the court was built, the Administration needed to bring the existing judicial institutions up to an acceptable level, whereby there was no backlog of cases.Also, he said it was important for the Administration to consider if the country had the capacity to build another court.“Although adding another layer to the system is good, it might create more frustration for us,” he said.The People United and General Workers Union (PU&GWU) had circulated a letter to the media, requesting the coalition Government and the Opposition to move to Parliament to establish an Industrial Court, with the status of the High Court, to hear and determine disputes relating to employment and labour relations.The Union stated that it was pushing the parties for consent since both of them, in power and on the campaign trail, as well as at Labour Day rallies and marches, promised the working class and their trade unions a good and strong labour sector.In the letter, the Union stated, “Due to the number of unsolved and unsettled cases, lack of enforcement of existing labour laws, failure of Guyana signing on to more international labour laws and International Labour Organisation (ILO) and International Maritime Organisation labour conventions/laws and lack of addressing ongoing grievances and general work-related issues affecting the working class, the People United and General Workers Union (PU&GWU) strongly believes that the way to address these matters and to establish a strong, effective and improved labour sector in Guyana, and also to address workers, their trade unions, and their general grievances in a timely manner, thus the Government of Guyana needs to urgently establish an Industrial Court.”Currently, labour matters are handled by the Social Protection Ministry’s Labour Department and, in some cases, these matters would be taken to the High Court – under the previous Administration, there was a dedicated Labour Ministry.Nandlall stated that an Industrial Court would prevent this from occurring, since in some cases, employees would not have the money to hire a lawyer to represent them. He said that an established court would have specialised lawyers and judges to deliver a better quality of justice in a faster manner.“The concept of a specialised court to deal with these matters is a good one,” he opined, recalling that under the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Administration, specialised courts were established to deal with particular issues which would have otherwise fallen into the hands of the High Court or the Magistrates’ Courts.He stated that the formation of such an institution would have its advantages, particularly in the hearing of cases immediately rather than having to join the “long backlog of unrelated cases”.However, he indicated that the establishment of an Industrial Court would be dependent on whether there were a significant number of disputes to engage a tribunal.Presently, the Government and the GPSU are at a standstill on salary increase negotiations. While Government maintains that it will not budge from its 10 per cent offer, the GPSU has been holding out and has even suggested that the two parties meet again for more talks. President David Granger has, however, said that there was nothing more that could be offered at this time.last_img read more

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Looking Critically at Liberia: WHAT’S GOING ON?

first_imgJust a few days ago, upon the President Ellen Johnson Sirlaf’s recent arrival from the United States, where she went to plead our country’s case for help, we listened to her lamentations and regrets for [some] self-serving and often times unsubstantiated and misunderstood [criticisms] of governance, undermining her genuine and painful efforts to secure sustenance for a country that self-destroyed herself.These criticisms reflect  several impressions created by Liberians and of Liberians in the cherished name of expressing our freedoms.  They contend that Liberia cannot manage her own affairs.Perhaps if the projectors of these unstructured sentiments  maturely thought about the unintended consequences of these discussions that often seem to vent our people’s anger over situations that the government might have no control over, explaining how a number of these things work, it might help to do some good for the country.    Frustratingly, implanted in the minds of a number of people is the conviction that once you have a government job—that I cannot get for some reason—you must be automatically corrupt.  This ‘you and not me’ mentality is symptomatic of nothing more than the deep envy and jealousy. Haven’t we seen time and again that many of the very critics of government, as soon as they get the opportunity of a good position, behave no better than the people they criticized?Little do we know that these unguarded criticisms generate serious repercussions within International thought for aid decision making. These continuous criticisms provided some of the basis for conclusions that the representatives of the International benefactors must provide to their Government whose tax payers’ monies must be used by their Governments to bail your decaying African nation that cannot help itself by your standards. As a normal human being, the President felt the pains of non-appreciation for the level of work that she has struggled to do to turn our country around.Do we really believe that the Ghana that we often use as a barometer wallows in the sea of utopianism? Of course by your understanding there is no corruption in that country. You really must not have read about Group Captain Rawlings’ crusade and what had to be done. You know we got carried away with similar populous rhetoric during the pre-coup days. We never tried to imagine the consequences of the sudden change we went amok about. We almost lost our country. For the second time, we are at it again. When do we encourage the law enforcement to be stern and not at the cost of an innocent life? That is when we conduct investigations to institute remedial mechanisms while holding violators accountable, be they the law or the law-breakers. But we cannot continue to support the Kangaroo justice nor can we afford disregard to the law.When the President sources funds to construct infrastructure which will create some relief for jobs much needed, we should commit not to undermine her efforts by wanton acts that can discourage the best humanitarian. I strongly believe in the continuation of the interesting Talk Shows but my advice to the moderators is to report the happenings as they occur, without editorializing. In  discussions ensuing therefrom, our moderators should provide adequate background information so that all parties can contribute more from an informed position.The task of rebuilding a country after 15 years of civil war is not an event, but an arduous process of lows and highs of managing the aspirations of a destitute people who had lost hope; and all nationalistic and serious minded Liberians must come to grips with this task and recognize the gravity of this awesome process and volunteer their quota in reversing the decay.Howbeit, let Liberians reflect soberly on the responsibility which every Liberian should undertake; and that task should be undertaken devoid of partisan posturing. When we have National problems we must come together as a nation, irrespective of which political party one belongs to,  and find solutions.  It is so common in the United States,  which we try to copy in our  governance responsibility.Political gamesmanship and bickering, especially exploiting the educational level of our people, emboldens the complexities of the issues of governance in Liberia. This is the only country we have and we may not be deported from. Good or bad, this is our country. Those who paint the country ugly ignore the reality that Liberia’s income generating sources of revenues are so intertwined with the international markets that when a market fluctuation occurs, we suffer and must look for International help for relief. Until such time that our productive capacities can stand on their own, we must continue to show appreciation to those who make it happen.Liberia began to rupture some 35 years ago from an unsuspecting injury inflicted by her own children, who perhaps misunderstood the aroma of democracy then sweeping over mother Africa. We heard a call for change in Africa and particularly Liberia, without a clearly triangulated definition of where Liberia should go after the change in a political hegemony was accomplished. This urge for a make-over of Liberia was regrettably led by people who were appeared  quite intelligent. Many had terminal degrees; but they did not appreciate the essence of planning as they truly could not appreciate the dividends of not planning for the results that such an uninformed,  sudden change would bring.  They were young and were hungry for political power. The change imagined was championed by her children who were clothed in translucent rhetoric of ethnic marginalization, perceptions of unsustainable use of Liberia’s resources, denial of political access and utter  marginalization of the “masses.”Interestingly a classical definition of this sociological categorization was never sought. That is another argument. However, in the search for a remedial process to identify avenues and messiahs who would restore the grass that the locust had eaten, a self-inflicted bondage of stagnation and regression was bestowed on our dear country, by our latter day messiahs who by all evaluations were visionless, inept and self-serving.  They exacerbated the gradual deterioration of another African country (Liberia) in decay. Somehow, this bane of sustainability-leadership, escaped our messiahs who in their rush for sudden economic gains, miserably failed their beneficiaries, a sad story in most parts of Africa, so it was and is with Liberia. But that is a painful historical black eye that needs no further glorification.But sadly and very disappointingly, I heard one of our learned candidates call for an uprising to promote democracy and leave the democratic process? This gentleman sadly did not experience the torture, the denigration, the abuse of our women folks, the hunger and the total destruction that engulfed our country. So I might sympathize with his apathy. For a leader in the political theater in Liberia, my God, who experienced the life of the homeless and the destitute in his own country, to promote violence at this time, towards side-tracking the democratic channel is sufficient evidence that that person is running out of political peaceful options and desperation is setting in. For Liberia still yearns for peaceful solutions within the context of the typical African jurisprudence. So let it be with Caesar. But this, too, is Liberia and Liberia must move on.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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SRC Opens Up about Decline in Price of Rubber

first_imgFollowing a drop of the price of rubber on the market over a year ago, the management of the Salala Rubber Corporation (SRC) has for the first time broken silence about the effect of the price of rubber on its operations in the country. SRC is one of many multi-national companies contributing to Liberia’s economy and its sustainable development agenda for transformation.With the reduction of a ton of raw rubber from its usual US$2,500 to less than US$600, Jallah Mensah, the company’s human resource and administrative manager, said they are now depending on their stakeholders’ financial contributions to keep the company functioning.Besides, he added that the situation has affected their company’s earnings.“The company for now is not making any profit, but we are still going ahead with our social responsibility such as construction of educational and health facilities as well as planting new trees and building new infrastructures,” the SRC human resource manager told journalists recently.Mensah added that the company presently faced with numerous challenges of which the management is unable to finance her operations, because of the current drop of the price of rubber.Explaining some of the company’s challenges, Mr. Mensah noted that the company stopped processing and exporting rubber since October 2012, when the factory was shut down because some of the trees planted in the 1960s were no longer useful for production.“Because of that,” he added, “we could not supply raw rubber needed to keep the factory operational and enable us to produce and sell the products to the Liberia Agriculture Company (LAC) in Grand Bassa County,” Mr. Mensah emphasized.Despite the numerous challenges facing the company, Mr. Mensah said, they still maintain cordial working relationship amongstthe entire workforce including senior management, expatriates, local senior staff, unionized employees, and contractors.Mensah also said they have a combined workforce of 1000 persons, “70 percent of whom are full time employees, while the remaining 30 percent are contractors.” When quizzed about the recently passed Decent Work Bill, Mensah confidently told journalists that they were following government pronounced wages for employees and contractors.“We would not comment any further on the decent work bill, because discussions on that issue are still in the process,” he reiterated.In reference to the deadly Ebola virus and the company’s operations, Mensah said in 2014, the company maintained its full operations and that its health facility remained operational by providing health care delivery to its employees, and community dwellers within and around its operational areas.In spite of the difficulty, Mensah said SRC has engaged in rebuilding administrative and social infrastructures, which include housing units for the workforce, thereby meeting additional capital needs for them.In his intervention, the President of the Salala Agriculture Workers Union (SAWU), Anthony Moses, commended the management for maintaining cordial working relationship between the union and the management.“The recent signing of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between the company and workers’ union witnessed an increment in salaries for employees,” SAWU president disclosed.According to him, the company was also providing rice for each of his members. “They are also providing scholarships, free medication, and other basic services to eight family members of each member of the union,” Moses added.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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Man, 29, Follows Family Tradition to Feed Kids on Gurley Street

first_imgA young man carried three sacks of mineral water to a location packed with children of all ages, as Mr. Phillip Gibson, administrator of J. L. Gibson Memorial School, gave instructions, directing the children to wash their hands to receive their food.“Food ready,” several children shouted towards the other side of the street down Gurley Street in Monrovia, “It’s time to eat.” That refrain has been heard since October 2014 when the Ebola outbreak in Liberia rendered many parents unable to provide food for their children.Mr. Gibson, 29, who went on directing the children to take their proper places on the queue, told the Daily Observer later in an interview last Saturday that, “Nearly 150 children come to me for their meal every Saturday.”Following a family tradition, neighbors said the Philips not only provided food for those who could not afford it in the past but also provided education through the family owned J.L. Gibson Memorial School.Now, Gibson is happy to continue the tradition his parents and grandparents started to benefit less fortunate Liberians many years ago, before he was born.“I realized during the height of the Ebola crisis in 2014 that food was scarce for many on Gurley Street and nearby communities so I decided to provide food free for the children,” Gibson said.So, every Saturday, it has now become a tradition for children, some as young as six months accompanied by an older sibling, to get their plates ready and wait for their food.“They enjoy this provision,” Gibson admitted, and said he hoped that he could expand the program to put the children in school as part of his contribution towards the education of Liberians.Assisted by volunteers, Ms. Akma K. Aaron and Ms. Diana Zeabo, busied themselves to get the food ready as the number of children and the noise increased.“Everyone must join the line to get your food,” Gibson instructed them, as they giggled, while some younger ones cried.The children came from every corner of central Monrovia as the time struck 4 p.m., with their plates in their hands, with the only condition, according to Gibson, being that they wash their hands with chlorinated water and join the line.The two women volunteers, who told the Daily Observer that they enjoy feeding the children, filled plate after plate of rice, topped off with large spoons of potato greens, and handed them to the excited youngsters, as they jubilated during our visit.Each child is also handed a bag of mineral water, after which they are off to consume their food. Gibson revealed that he spends US$150 to US$200 every Saturday to cook for the children.“I am supported by friends who see the need to make financial contributions to the project,” Gibson said. He commended his friends, including Mr. Henry Jackson, owner of nearby Exodus Entertainment Center, for their assistance.In brief interviews with the children, Blessing Esther, 6, said she enjoys the food and wants God to bless Mr. Gibson and his friends.Said Lawrence Junior Gbafred, 9, “I want God to bless Mr. Gibson and everyone helping us,” as he smiled and walked away with his bowl of food and a bag of mineral water, as others waited in line for theirs.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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‘Reconciler, Not a Weakling’

first_imgThe President Pro-tempore of the Senate, Armah Z. Jallah, has described as incomprehensible the recent outburst by Nimba County Senator Thomas Grupee, describing him as inefficient and weak with regard to the way he is running the Senate. The Nimba County Senator who chairs the Senate Committee on Internal Affairs, Good Governance and Reconciliation, on September 27, 2016, during the 65th day sitting of the Senate caused an uproar in the Chamber when he accused the Pro Temp’s administration of sheer weakness and efficiency, and compromising issues at the Senate and allowing himself to be used by others. But in a strongly worded statement through his office, Pro Temp Jallah said he finds it incomprehensible Senator Grupee’s statement of weakness and inefficiency attributed to his administration.“Senator Grupee chairs the Committee on Internal Affairs, Good Governance and Reconciliation; we are yet to see a proposal from his committee on how the objectives of this committee can be achieved, especially when it comes to good governance at the Senate. It is unthinkable and disappointing that the Senator would choose to be severely critical of a body that he is an integral part of and should be highly involved in making it proactiveand efficient.”The outburst of the Nimba lawmaker, who until that Tuesday morning was considered one of the strong confidantes of Jallah, came about after he realized that a communication written by him and two other Senators, asking the Senate Plenary to invite Education Minister George Werner and the President of the National Teachers Association to speak on the ongoing strike actions by public school students and teachers, was not mentioned on the day’s agenda. The Pro Temp’s statement clarifies that Senator Grupee’s communication was received at 5:48 p.m. on Monday when the agenda had already been approved by the 27th Senate Session and the Pro Temp was already on his way home. What makes Senator Grupee’s utterance even more convoluting, Pro Temp Jallah noted, is his perception that when a leader is accommodating and respects democratic principles, then he/she is considered weak and or a failure.“Perhaps we all need a concise definition and/or interpretation of the clause ‘allowed to be used by others’ and delineate weakness and failure in the context of the work at the Senate and a clarification on whether achievements are accomplished at the Senate by the Pro-temp alone or jointly by the leadership and the entire Senate,” the Pro Temp’s statement continued. It then went on to recall the success story of the Pro Temp uniting a fragmented Senate among three candidates vying for the Pro Temp post and how, with the help of his colleagues, he endeavored to keep the independence of the Senate and made it a dignified body.Jallah recalled approving the first ever Senate Staff Association to be established in the Senate to seek the welfare of staffers and gave out of his personal budget US$100,000 to raise staffers’ salaries and has been giving motivations both in cash and kind on holidays to staffers.On the diplomatic scene, the Pro Temp’s statement recalled his talks with heads of diplomatic missions accredited near Monrovia, including those from the United States, Israel, Cuba, Sweden and Cote d’Ivoire, “to lift Liberia’s plight and encourage more aid to help Liberia in the areas of infrastructure… and investment in the Liberian economy, accentuating the need for collaboration with the Senate.”Meanwhile, the Gbarpolu County lawmaker has disclosed that under his administration, the Senate is now working with the Internal Audit Agency (IAA) to set up an accounting system at the Senate that will ensure internal controls are followed and respected, something that is unprecedented. “Already the IAA has conducted risk analysis to determine the strength and weakness of the financial system of the Senate, while at the same time the Chamber of the Senate has received the first electronic voting system installation,” said the Pro Temp.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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Karnwea, Dahn Cross Over to LP

first_imgA stalwart of the ruling Unity Party, Harrison Karnwea, and party sympathizer Dr. Kadiker Rex Dahn, have both formally crossed over to the Liberty Party (LP), pledging their respective supports to ensure that the party attains the presidency at the upcoming October presidential and legislative elections.In a communication to LP’s First Partisan Cllr. Charles W. Bumskine, Dr. Dahn said, “Considering what manner of man you have, and continue to prove to be on the Liberian political platform, especially at a time when the current political situation of our country requires mature, processed and tested personalities, we, Friends Of Dahn (FOD) hasten with all degrees of certainty to present compliments, and meanwhile pay our passionate tribute and also salute you for being a man whose political originality and reality are measured at all dots of the land.” Therefore, he said, as Liberia stands at a critical crossroad seeking a new day, new vision and new breed of leaders who will make the difference in the supreme interest of the Liberian people, the FOD has no doubt joined ranks with LP, adding, “We also salute the LP for its fortitude and frankness in dealing with the country’s current political situation.” The FOD, Dahn said, deems the LP politically suitable considering its consistency and persistency in addressing national issues in a manner that certainly seems to be the best therapy for the nation’s redemption from the dustbin of stagnation. Dr. Kadiker Rex Dahn is the deputy director-general at the National Commission on Higher Education. He made the declaration at a program marking the official launch of the “Friends of Dahn” (FOD) in Nyor-Butuo Town, Buuyao District, Nimba County.For his part, former Unity Party sympathizer Harrison Karnwea, who is the managing director of the Forestry Development Authority (FDA), made a similar declaration on Monday as he officially joined the LP.Mr. Karnwea and Dr. Dahn are both sons of Nimba County hailing from the Zoe-Geh Statutory District. Unlike Mr. Karnwea, Dr. Dahn is aspiring for the county Electoral District #5 representative seat.Karnwea’s declaration was made at a well-attended ceremony at LP headquarters in Congo Town, outside Monrovia.Mr. Karnwea told partisans of his new party that he has officially resigned from the ruling party to join ranks with the LP to move Liberia forward.He said the decision to join the LP is not an event, but a process which has been in the making over a period of time.“I have finally made the decision to come to LP based on series of consultations with friends and relatives,” Karnwea told the gathering to a round of applause.He added: “We have made a decision judging from what we see and feel is best for the people of Liberia in the face of the changing time and condition. We have made a decision in line with our irretrievable conviction that the LP promises to be a curtain raiser for the people of Liberia in the pending elections.” The former UP ‘strong man’ noted, “In democracy, the interest of the people and nation are considered paramount, especially in this tiny West African state where the desire to see the country taking an upward trend cannot be overemphasized…It is an open secret that our nation-Liberia is at the verge of making yet another political history, which promises to be much more democratic in nature.”He said democracy requires assorted opinions geared at moving a given people and nation from one level to another, with the people themselves turning the wheel and making the best choice. Mr. Karnwea then used the occasion to thank the executives and partisans of the UP for the time granted him to have served the party over the years. According to him, where one stands does not matter, but that Liberia overcomes hurdles and turns a new democratic page for the people is what matters the most.Meanwhile, LP’s 2017 campaign manager Musa Bility thanked Mr. Karnwea for making a “wise decision” to join what he referred to as the incoming ruling party, adding that his decision to join the LP means the party is gearing up to win the pending October elections.The party’s political leader, Cllr. Brumskine, referred to Mr. Karnwea as an important figure who has joined the party to vigorously forge it ahead.It can be recalled that Mr. Bility was also a stalwart of the ruling UP, but joined the LP amid unconfirmed reports that several UP heavyweights were soon to join the LP before the October elections.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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USAID-LEGIT Conducts Social Inclusion, Gender Awareness in Gbarnga

first_imgPartial view of the participants at the programin GbarngaAs part of its efforts to build the capacity of CSOs, CBOs, local authorities and other stakeholders to contribute to the provision of efficient services, USAID-LEGIT is conducting a two-day training of trainers workshop in Gbarnga, Bong County.The training of trainers workshop commenced on Thursday, May 25, at a resort in Gbarnga and brought together participants from the Governance Commission, the Ministries of Youth and Sports and Gender, Children and Social Protection, CSOs, CBOs, other stakeholders and representatives from Bong, Nimba, and Grand Gedeh counties.During the opening ceremony, the Mayor of Gbarnga, Viola R. Cooper, welcomed the participants and encouraged them to take advantage of the opportunity provided to them by USAID-LEGIT to put into practice social inclusion in service delivery.In remarks, Mr. K. Dadda Pay-Bayee, a representative from the Bong County superintendent’s office, also expressed appreciation to USAID-LEGIT for affording them the opportunity to gain knowledge on gender awareness and social inclusion.USAID-LEGIT Monitoring Evaluation and Learning Manager George Tee Forpoh provided an overview of the LEGIT Project. He said LEGIT seeks to strengthen the government’s policy on decentralization by promoting the tenets of transparency, effectiveness and accountability of government resources.He said that the LEGIT project has five components, which are: to work with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Governance Commission; to help strengthen the government’s decentralization program; to strengthen county governments in order to enhance their capacities in local governance; to strengthen city authorities in providing quality services for city residents; and to work with civil society and community based organizations for quality services from city and county authorities through the use of social auditing tools.Mr. Forpoh explained that LEGIT operates in three counties and cities, namely Bong (Gbarnga City), Nimba (Gompa City) and Grand Gedeh (Zwedru City). He also said the training specifically focuses on four components of the USAID-LEGIT project in LiberiaAt the first day of the training, facilitator Jenna Luche-Thayer took the participants to the training environment. The first presentation focused on ‘Social Inclusion & Gender Awareness & Appreciative Inquiry,’ while the last presentation concentrated on ‘The Introduction of Decentralization,’ with case studies.The training is to familiarize participants with the methods and approaches for social inclusion and gender mainstreaming and to also impart the necessary skills and practical aspects on social inclusion relative to the implementation of social inclusion tenets to the participants.The two-day training ends May 26, 2017.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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