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Anger at WAEC Exam Cancellation

first_imgParents, guardians and student leaders have expressed outrage at the cancellation of the 12th grade WAEC examinations due to reports of burglary of test papers at the Konola SDA campus in Kakata, Margibi County.Youth leader Vamba Kanneh said exam leaks continue to occur in Liberia owing to poor planning, logistics and security measures put in place to guide the process.Madam Gorma Minnie, County Education Officer (CEO) of Margibi, described the situation as “unfortunate, regrettable and disappointing.”“All I can say at the moment is that we must wait for the outcome of the ongoing investigations into the matter,” she said.Bong County Education Officer Edward Kpulun said the reaction from parents, students, sponsors and others is frustration and anger. “Parents, students and sponsors should remain calm and wait for the new dates for the exams,” Kpulun said.He explained that it costs the GOL and MOE US$400,000 to foot the bills of the WAEC which includes, US$70,000 to fly the exam papers to Liberia.Principal Ericson W. Boakai of the Voinjama Multilateral High School said the WAEC leak is a bad precedent for the Liberian education system. “I want parents, students and sponsors to exercise patience as our Education Ministry and WAEC conduct investigations into the unfortunate incident,” Boakai pleaded.Parent Jonnie B. Sackor of Joe Bar in Paynesville told the Daily Observer yesterday that in the future the MOE and WAEC should put all security measures in place before dispatching examiners across the country. For his part, a 12th grader of the Paynesville Community School, Master Philip Benson, 16, said, students of his school are ready to sit the WAEC test and pass with flying colours.“I think we still have time in our favour and we will continue to prepare ourselves for the WAEC exams next month,” Benson assured.Elizabeth B. Koilor, 16, of the Morris Farm Community High School called on her fellow students not to panic and feel frustrated. “Let us continue to pray so that we will pass the WAEC exam with good marks to allow us to enter our universities in Monrovia,” advised Ms. Koilor.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Why John Selma Is Our Person of the Year

first_imgThere are three reasons we dispatched our team of reporters to Lofa County to find our Person of the Year. The first is because we thought it most appropriate to focus this time on Agriculture. With Lofa being the nation’s traditional breadbasket, we thought it a good place to start.Second, we heard about a hardworking farmer who was making a serious difference, especially in producing rice, our staple food.Third, though we had held an extensive interview with him in Monrovia, we thought it important to follow him to Lofa in order to see for ourselves what he is doing, find the farmers he is working with, and see how he is impacting their work.That is what our Agricultural Reporter, Gloria Tamba, and Reporter Alvin Worzi did last week, traveling to several places in Voinjama District.They returned highly impressed with the work which John Selma is doing with rice farmers. Our reporters found Selma extensively involved in rice cultivation. They also found many farmers in the district who were benefitting from Selma’s training and even his purchasing of their rice or helping them to find buyers.We find this extraordinary. Here is a hardworking, highly committed and selfless rice farmer who is determined to help others to succeed in rice cultivation. In our interview with him when he visited the Daily Observer’s new premises last week, Selma told us he had one objective in mind: Helping Liberia to become self-sufficient in rice. After listening keenly to all that he had to say about his work, the Observer team asked him what he saw as a major obstacle to his work. He replied that the biggest problem was the lack of buyers for the farmers’ rice. There were, he told us, too many farmers whom he had encouraged to grow rice, and they were doing just that. Often when he had the capacity, he would buy their rice, especially with the assistance of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and its agricultural subsidiary, Food Enterprise Development (FED).Mr. Selma expressed one fear to our reporters: “I am afraid,” he told us, “that if Lofa farmers continue growing rice in abundance as they are doing now, and find it difficult to sell this rice, they will stop and find other things to do. This is my fear. I don’t want this to happen because if it does, it will be hard to convince them to return to rice growing tomorrow.”Reporters Tamba and Worzi, during their visit to Lofa last week, found the identical fear expressed among rice farmers. Some of the farmers pointedly told our reporters that they already had huge stockpiles of rice in their kitchens for which there were no buyers. If this continues, they will stop growing rice and find something else to do.The fact that John Selma has been able successfully to grow rice in large quantities and encourage many other farmers to do the same is the reason we have chosen him as Person of the Year. Under the same breath, however, we are making this urgent appeal to our government, most especially to our President, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, and her new Agriculture Minister, Dr. Moses Zinnah, to do everything possible to encourage our rice growers and work closely and conscientiously with them to keep them GROWING MORE RICE to make the nation self-sufficient in its staple!The government can accomplish this in two ways: First, GOL can equip its network of agricultural extension agents and deploy them nationwide to help all our farmers, most especially rice farmers. These should be given every encouragement because they and Mr. Selma are convinced that Liberia CAN become self-sufficient in rice.One of the answers to the decline in iron ore and rubber in our economy is self-sufficiency in rice, in order to save the hundreds of millions of dollars we spend importing rice.Second, we suggest that GOL make it mandatory, that rice importers make it their first priority to buy local farmers’ rice.This would be a great boost to our rice farmers, as it will keep them doing what they know and love best – growing rice.Congratulations, Mr. Selma, and thank you for your worthy example. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

ORANGE Unveils Youth-focused Promotion, 50 Cent Scratch Cards

first_img– Advertisement – Orange Liberia has officially unveiled its newest offer to the Liberian public. The new offer called “MyClique” was unveiled at a press conference held at the company’s headquarters on Capitol Bye- Pass in Monrovia.The MyClique package allows customers to activate 24 hours of unlimited calls & SMS within Orange network, as well as Free Facebook and WhatsApp for only 50 cents.Announcing the new offer, Orange’s Communications Strategist Dr. Kimmie Weeks stated that Orange had decided that its first offer would be youth focused and youth oriented.“I am proud to be a part of a company that has decided that its first major offer after entering the Liberian telecommunications market would be youth driven.  This is unprecedented and has never been done before,” he said.Weeks observed that after its nationwide survey, it became apparent to Orange that there were still many young people who wanted to be in touch with their friends and close relatives but who still could not afford the $1 for 3 days.  “We know the 3 days is already very affordable, but we know there are still some young people who cannot get that $1, this is why we have come up with the MyClique offer to provide them another way to easily stay in touch with their friends and loved ones,” Weeks said.Weeks also said Orange was introducing new 50 cents scratch cards into the Liberian market but encouraged customers to also utilize the e-recharge program as they would also be able to get a 500% bonus on each transaction.In addition, Weeks noted that Orange Liberia had released a wide range of devices to fit the budget of all Liberians and pointed out that Orange Liberia’s mobile devices are starting from as low as $9 and includes Samsung, Techno, Itel, Tablets, Carfi, Modem, Hotspot and a wide range of Orange brand devices.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Mr. Weeks says Orange is targeting young people who cannot afford the $1 for three days, to be able to reach their families and friendslast_img read more

ECOWAS’ HEADACHE: THE PLAUSIBILITY OF REPLICABILITY

first_imgThe authorBy David K. Dahndaviddahn63@yahoo.comdgrugbaye@gmail.com                      +231-886-568-666+231-775-546-683The attempt of this paper is threefold: first, to mull through the question of military professionalism vis-a-vis the conduct of Yahya Jammeh as a military officer (retired Colonel) in The Gambia. Second, to tout the valor demonstrated by the Gambian Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) chairman, Mr. Alieu Mamar Njai – in actualizing the much publicized rhetoric of speaking “truth to power.” And lastly, to highlight the timely intervention of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in mitigating the political issue which many had thought was on the brinkmanship of military intervention.Attention in this article is drawn to the recent political development in The Gambia. The spontaneous response of ECOWAS delivered the people of Gambia from the dungeon of tyranny thereby bringing to an inglorious end on January 21, 2017, the 22 year-reign of Yahya Abdul-Aziz Jemus Junkung Jammeh. Jammeh’s political role in The Gambia points to him as a bloodless coup maker who toppled Sir David Dawda Jawara on July 22, 1994, and declared himself as the chairman of the Armed Forces Provisional Ruling Council (AFPRC). He later became President of The Gambia on September 29, 1996. Following, Jammeh won intermittent elections in 2001, 2006 and 2011 but lost to Adama Burrow in the December 7, 2016 election. Jammeh dramatized the election result by firstly conceding defeat and secondly reneging on his words. Interestingly, he took flight to the Gambian Supreme Court to annul the election result due to what he described as fraud in the electoral process. Jammeh’s action brought him under the reflection of military professionalism, since indeed he is a retired Colonel. According to Doctor Emile Ouedraogo’s piece, Advancing Military Professionalism in Africa, “there are values that distinguish the action of a professional soldier such as discipline, honor, commitment, service, sacrifice and duty.” Samuel E. Finer, as quoted by Doctor Ouedraogo (2014), argued that “The level of democratic political culture in a country is determined by the extent to which there exists broad approval within society for the procedures of succession of political power and recognition that citizens represent the ultimate sovereign authority.” Jammeh faltered as a military man to take cognizance of the incontestable fact that citizens (in this case the Gambians) represent the ultimate sovereign authority (of the Republic of Gambia). Inconceivably, Jammeh presented himself as a reflective image that characterizes African entrenched and creeping dictators who have flagrantly bastardized presidential term limits, personalized power, wrecked state institutions, failed on planning exit strategy, and shunned building a cream of trustable successors. Analogically, this was the same faulty course trekked by Blaise Camporare whose 27-year rule in Burkina Faso crumbled under the weight of violent popular uprising on November 1, 2014. African dictators have left in their trails references of fragile states, incalculable human misery and excruciating genre of political tragedy. Following over two decades each of dictatorship, Camporare and Jammeh have their paths crossed and theirs was a woeful end. These issues, being flagged, it is hoped, will serve as lofty exploratory treatments for fractured political infrastructures and failed leadership by dictators and would-be dictators. The action of African military dictators has further steeled Plato’s assertion over some 2500 years ago in his book, “The Republic” and recently amplified by Dr. Ouedraogo (2014) that the meddling of soldiers into other professions will “bring the city to ruin.”The decade of the 60s was marked by liberation struggles in Africa. The decades of the 70’s and 80’s recorded military foray into politics through coups and counter coups. The decade of the 90’s witnessed sharp contradictions that faded out rampant bloody coup d’état in Africa but marked the birth of “constitutional coup d’état.” With the advent of this new form of ‘coup,’ dictators trampled on and abrogated national constitutions thereby allocating onto themselves unlimited presidential terms never granted by the consent of the people, who are the true custodians of constitutional power.While deference is paid to all actors for their gingerly role in the Gambian political crisis, it took a courageous Alieu Mamar Njai to break the jinx of blinking ‘constitutional terrorism.’ The wheels of dictatorship in Gambia crumbled because the IEC chairman refused to bury his conscience in the dustbin of history. Implicitly, the initiative by chairman Njai and the collective will of Gambians combined, has helped to once again inculcate a shared sense of Gambian identity. Speaking to the international media following his declaration of the elections’ result, Mr. Njai articulated clearly by interpretation that the role of the Gambian IEC was not to manufacture results but to convey the expressed will of the people as reflected by evidence based data. He quipped the caveat that “this should serve as a warning to Africa and to all dictators.” In this 21st century, one can reasonably ask the question, why would anyone occupying the presidency ever refuse to leave power and submit to the genuine will of the electorate? It would seem the second wave of liberation bell is tolling, whimpering on the continent that Africans must demonstrate their collective intelligence by uprightly rejecting the rein of dictators in any portion of the continent.The sub-regional grouping ECOWAS has over the years marshaled up the courage in dealing with a litany of security and political issues ranging from human security, militarization of politics, politicization of the military, the restoration of constitutional democracy, among others. ECOWAS faces the challenge of unfurling the shackles that dictators have used, in sundry instances, in insulating themselves from electoral defeat even where the results are unquestionably obvious. One notable African dictator is historicized for sadly saying, “We don’t organize elections to lose.” This statement amounts to a clear solicitation of what Dauvergne and Lebron (2015) referred to as “corporatization” of vote rigging on the continent. By parity of reasoning, how does such ‘paradox of wisdom’ from a ‘sage’ mentor young cadre of leaders and edify democratization on the African continent? The time has come for repressive and retrograde ideas to be banked off for fresh and penetrating thinking so that attitudinal change can berth political opportunity on the continent.ECOWAS deserves a lavished ovation for mitigating Gambia’s political imbroglio on grounds that it closed the political window for engagement with Jammeh without discharging a single bullet. This has demonstrated to other regions of the continent and other continental partners that regional collaboration capped by good neighborliness remains the panacea in tackling regional issues. However, the key take away of this paper is, should the Gambian scenario play out hypothetically in other powerful West African states, say like Nigeria, Ghana or Senegal, wheeling preponderance of military power, is the replication of the method used by ECOWAS not highly plausible? Granted the unsolicited happens, who bells the ‘metaphorical cat’? It’s about time that early warning goes hands in gloves with early strategic thinking so as to better situate regional actors for eventual early response.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Open Letter to All Liberians

first_imgBy T-Mark KorpuDear today’s leaders, every 6 years, the nation is afforded the chance to change leadership. Known as a time of celebrating democracy and free and fair elections, the atmosphere is tense and politically charged as aspirants battle it out for a chance to join the various branches of government. As men and women bring to light what needs to be changed, there is a chance that many will feed the electorate with unrealistic manifestos and empty promises.To the young leaders hoping to make their way into the corridors of power, there are several things that should never be forgotten. It is vital that one must not lose him/herself; stay true to yourself. Do not let the big dogs influence your character. Stay true to yourself. As your campaign posters litter the streets and the primaries fuel your hopes of higher office, remember that politics can be a dirty game. In the words of Abraham Lincoln, “be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.” Do not get swept away by the showbiz of politics, the colorful posters and the prevailing hashtags, press conferences, and non-effective day-long committee meetings. To effect change, one must truly be the change. Remember the promises you have made to your fellow youth: To the young man selling, loading a car you once boarded; to the group of young men who want more for themselves than having to wash cars by the rivers; to the mama who would like more than a shack, and one day establish a grocery store…stay true to the people you hope to serve and stay true to yourself.To the women who seek to make their mark in the Liberian political scene, your time is now. Many continue to disqualify themselves before the race has even begun with their dishonorable antics. Take pride in your femininity; take pride in the change you can bring. Though gender equity may be a motivating factor, it will never prevail over the greater goal. Disgracing yourself with posed campaign posters that only serve to draw attention to your assets only cheapen your image. Embody the powerful woman you were born to be. Hold yourself in high esteem and stand for those in society often overlooked. Never let anyone belittle your message and the values of your stance. Instead, stand strong, and with grace and intelligence recognize your own power and make an effort to be the change you want to see.To the incumbents, that seat is not your heritage, it is not your birthright. You are there at the choice, will and pleasure of the electorate. Many of you go to great lengths to hold on to power. Now that it’s elections time, a lot of our people are going missing. Some are fortunately found; they only wanted time away from people to sort out a few things unhindered. Sadly, a lot of them – some very young, children even, some very old, our grandparents’ cohorts, are found dead, brutally murdered, slaughtered in gruesome manner. Word is that these unfortunate souls have to be alive as parts are extracted from their living bodies. Can you imagine that happening to you, or your loved ones? If you are involved in such acts, please desist. Apparently some of you even sacrifice your own family members. Rather convince people by the strength of what you have done for them. Show them proof of what your time in office has accomplished for them, and with what you plan to do further if reelected.And to you aspirants seeking to unseat the incumbents; please do so as men and women with the vision to further transform Liberia. Don’t come in with the same system of lies, corruption and violence that have become the norm in Liberia’s electioneering. Let us also act civilized. Let us not waste the lives of our young people just to win votes. Why should we allow the future generation of Liberia to suffer the indignity of still being beggars on the international scene, still engaging others with arms outstretched seeking aid for simple things like electrifying towns, building roads, schools and hospitals.And why is it that after 170 years of independence, we are still discussing roads as viable elections promises? Why, Liberia? We should be discussing putting satellites in space, having elite universities and being the premier health referral center on the continent. Why are we, after 170 years, still one of the least developed countries in the world?We have a lot of work to do. Our government and country need serious help. Let this election be about change. Let it be about progress, about leaders with new experiences who can introduce a new paradigm in how to make Liberia great, to make Liberia take her rightful place among the community of nations.To the old, tired, power-hungry politicians, clear the way and pass the torch to a new generation of leaders. Your time is gone, instead of holding onto power, it is time to let others lead. The time to prove your effectiveness or lack thereof is now over. Do not be quick to criticize, instead offer your support from afar.To the electorate, your vote is your voice. Choose wisely. Don’t sell your vote; it is your hope for a better future. Don’t give it to anyone who wants to give you a bag of rice and a few dollars that will go on to make close to a million US dollars in salary as a representative – over that sum for the president, by the time the next elections cycle comes into play. Please vote wisely!(Contributing Source: Capital Campus; follow @ Facebook, Linkedin, Instagram: T Mark Korpu – Twitter: TKorpu; email: korputmark@gmail.com)Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ne-oh William Releases Hit Single after Recent ‘Best Pop Song Of The Year’ Award…

first_imgNe-Oh William (front). The lyrics to ‘Live your life’ were composed to inspire the poor and those being oppressed.Award winning international Pop Dancehall artist Ne-oh William has been putting in a lot of work, most especially since the late multi-talented Quincy B passed away in 2017. And there is a reason why we’re mentioning this.He recently released a certified single track called ‘Live Your Life’ ft JUPITER (award winning dancehall superstar from Ghana) and produced by BRAINY BEATZ, a well known award winning Producer and member of the HIGH GRAIN FAMILY (HGF), led by the living legend SAMINI.The song has already landed itself on Sierra Top 10 and is considered to be ‘a bombshell in the music industry,’ by critics. Its catchy, starts off popish and later transforms itself into a bit of reggae ragga flow.“Live your life, live your life, live your life/ don’t let nobody under rate you…”‘Live your life’ has quickly become a hit track around the Globe and is being premiered in Liberia, Ghana, Sierra Leone, America and Europe. The song’s network is quickly expanding and expected to rotate in Nigeria and South Africa as well.According to Team Ne-oh William, Quincy B was associated with Standout Entertainment GH, headquartered in Volta Region.The lyrics to ‘Live your life’ were composed to inspire the poor and those being oppressed.“And also to pave way for the ‘big’ homecoming tour by Team Ne-oh William and Quincy B coming soon,” he shared.“Ne-oh William and Leroy P Banong and our team are planning a homecoming soon to meet the fans and the rest of our team. We hope to get support from everyone in the industry to make MAMA LIBERIA proud,” he added.Since LIB Life last interviwed the pop/dancehall artist, there has been a lot of positive changes and improvement in his career.Replaced behind the once baggy jeans and dancehall presena is now a more grounded artist who knows exactly what he wants out of the industry.Ne-oh William has pushed out some really good hits like ‘ALERT’ Ft King Ali Ababa (Jamaican Dancehall Superstar), ’TURN UP’ Ft Quincy B (the young legend R.I.P), ‘MONEY BEEN CALLING’ Ft Soulfresh (L.I.B superstars) ‘LOVE IS COVER DIFFERENT’ (migraine Riddim by Brainy Beatz), ‘BABY SHAKE’, ‘TAKE ME TO YOUR MAMA’, and the list goes.Ne-oh William was nomianted by the Liberian Music Awards (LMA) two years ago and recently won Best Pop Song of the month and later to Best Pop Song of the Year by Akademia on April 19, 2018, adding himself to the list of Liberians who have also won Akademia awards in the past.Douk De Lib, won himself the Akademia Music Award for ‘Best World Beat Music Video’ in December 2015. DJMWB, Lester David, also won the 2016 Akademia awards for best Rap/Soul Artist for his hit single “Self Made” in Los Angeles, California.The Akademia is a premier artist recognition and development firm that owns and operates a vast network of radio stations, press syndicates, video channels and other media sites designed to take artists from relative obscurity to commercial success.The Akademia award 2018 described Ne-oh William as “having the kind of vocals that could render just about any song in oeuvre with immaculate tonality.”Its radio division sent Ne-oh a notation saying, “your song ‘Put In Work’, has continued to receive an increasing positive response in its latest months on rotation at various radio stations. We recently met with our program directors to discuss your single and are pleased to inform you that we’ve secured rotation of your song, ‘Put In Work’, on the following additional 15 radio stations starting April 1.”Meanwhile, LIB Life asked Ne-oh William about his once ‘close’ relationship with the late QB. Ne-oh can be heard in all of the outro of his recent songs tributing Liberia’s fallen star.According to Ne-oh, he put his career “on the side and planned to push the late QB by placing him first in everything” he did, before the lad passed.“He was like a brother to me and it wasn’t just about the music thing, I cared about everything that had to do with him. We always checked on each other if we didn’t hear from each other,”“the morning he passed, we spoke that night, i told him I was going to the coffee store and would call him back.I was in shocked because i never saw his death coming and never got an answer when i did,” Ne-oh sadly recalled.Ne-oh’s social media pages showed the artist being rushed to the hospital after getting the news that his music partner had passed away. Their relationship was that ‘strong’.“We had the same mind, the same vision and how we wanted our music to sound and what we wanted to do for the Liberian industry as musicians,”Not to mention that the two were ‘very good’ friends, Neoh says the late QB was not just that, but they inspired one another on a daily basis, mustering ways to dominate the market.“I was working on a lot of things and was planning on sending him some beats to cook up some more songs. Everything that is happening now in my career was supposed to be headed by Quincy B. All the music, promotion, and our songs playing in other countries,”Eveeyone knows Quincy B had a bright future and the dream he had for his career was a big one.Ne-oh says he tried to help the late QB’s dreams come true.“I took advantage of my financials to help him out, even though there were other people helping, but it still wasn’t enough for the kind of things he wanted to accomplish,“We shared the same beats, instrumentals and shared the same idea on promotions and getting play. That’s why I wanted to get him to Ghana so we could start the same movement. Even though he worked with people, he had his own label called Team Quincy B and I have my own, Team Ne-oh, so we joined it together and have members in Liberia.“He was planning to switch to afro-dancehall music because we wanted to get people into the dancehall music and that was the whole thing. He will be forever missed,” added the star.Ne-oh William and Leroy P Banong his right hand man and partner, are now dedicated to taking Liberian dancehall music international and has done that with his recent hit track.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

The Carter Center Should Just Leave Liberia Alone

first_imgThere is little public knowledge about a 2011 study conducted by a small research team of graduate students from the Columbia University in New York, who had been assigned to carry out research on the impact of a massive influx of foreign capital into natural resource extraction in Liberia.But one of such research students, Ashoka Mukpo, author of the article “The tyranny of good intentions” has  lifted the curtain on the report of their findings that was submitted to the then Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) of the United Nations Mission In Liberia (UNMIL), Ellen Løj.Author Ashoka Mukpo reveals that the SRSG pleaded with them to keep the report under wraps, fearing that its release to the public at a time when elections were just in sight  “might have been used by the local press to force Sirleaf to answer tough questions about the impact of her economic policies.”Author Mukpo  further observed  that the blue print for post conflict reconstruction in Liberia was prepared in foreign capitals and it was structured on a model which called for auctioning off the country’s land and natural resources and virtually turning the country into a one-dimensional rentier state, hoping that somehow a vibrant domestic sector would emerge out of a rather misty picture.As the evidence shows, those policy prescriptions have miserably failed. According to Mukpo, the effects of those policies could be readily seen and felt.  Their report outlined that education and agriculture remained largely dysfunctional. It also highlighted the bloody riots at the palm oil plantations and the clashes between security forces and villagers, whilst only a tiny fraction of the jobs and social services promised ever materialize.The point made by the authors of the report was that, after 15 years of massive aid and direct foreign investment, Liberia appears no closer to achieving development than it was yesterday; that their condescending approach to aid and development assistance smacked of what is referred to as “white saviorism”, by and large shaped and guided the country’s post-war economic strategy and played an outsized role in its present trajectory.Mukpo  rightly notes,  “structural disadvantages in countries like Liberia make disbursal of aid a life-or-death matter for people and the form it takes can shape politics, sideline or empower talented reformers, and exert far-reaching influence on the lives of those it affects”.It is within this context that this newspaper views the new “policy prescriptions” recently put out by the CarterCenter calling for changes in the country’s nationality or citizenship laws, land ownership for non-negroes  and respect for gay rights, whatever such is interpreted to mean.The first point to be noted is that Liberia is not a vassal state limping along at the whims of foreign benefactors, although the conduct of our leaders do tend to suggest. Such was the case of post conflict national leadership  under former President Sirleaf who actually believed in and bought into tailor made foreign policy prescriptions be it from the United Nations, United States of America or wherever.The history and founding of Liberia is and must be contextually placed in the experience of the middle passage and the severe dehumanization and assaults on their dignity under slavery in America. The inclusion of provisions in the 1986 Liberian Constitution restricting land ownership and citizenship to people of “Negro” descent reflects  the thinking and sentiments of Liberians at the time and can rightly be contextualized within the experience of extensive foreign domination of our economy.Attempts to change those provisions of the Constitution during the 2011 elections failed as well as the absolute majority requirement for election to public office, although they had been vigorously supported by then President Sirleaf. The virtual auctioning of land and natural resources on the cheap to greedy foreign corporate interests under her watch have invariably served to heighten fears of alienation of local communities from their ancestral lands and served to further entrench and deepened opposition to the abolition or amendment of those provisions.As regards its call for gay rights, this newspaper holds the view that matters involving the conduct of sexual behavior between two consenting adults in the privacy of their shared space are a matter that cannot and should not be legislated.  This newspaper however frowns on the discrimination of persons on the basis of their sexual orientation.This newspaper however notes that homosexuality is as old as the human race and effeminate men as well as manly women and hermaphrodites have existed in all societies since the beginning of time, although some claim homosexuality is an imperial import alien to traditional African culture. Suffice it to say various societies and cultures around the world have all evolved their own ways of dealing or coming to terms with it.In Liberian history, there have been examples of individuals both male and female who, though well known for their sexual orientation had attained heights in society and did not face discrimination or hate on account of their sexual orientation.The point here is that nowhere is it recorded in human history where homosexuality has supplanted heterosexual behavior to the point where it undermines the ability of societies to perpetuate themselves through procreation. And procreation can be sustained only through heterosexual behavior. Be fruitful, multiply and fill the earth is recorded as a command from God to mankind to indulge in sustain heterosexual behavior and practices lest mankind be wiped off the face of the earth.In this respect Liberians certainly do not require obeisance to Carter Center diktat to shape its conduct of public policy. As Mukpo right notes, “Structural disadvantages in countries like Liberia make disbursal of aid a life-or-death matter for people and the form it takes can shape politics, sideline or empower talented reformers, and exert far-reaching influence on the lives of those it affects”.In the opinion of most well-meaning Liberians, this country would have fared better had the US government under the watch of President Carter not approved the violent overthrow of President Tolbert. It is about time President Carter and his Carter Center come clean on the dumping of his fellow Baptist President Tolbert in 1980 which opened the stables to violent regime change in Liberia. Simply put, “White Saviorism” is detestable. The Carter Center should just leave Liberia alone.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GoL Launches New Document to Eliminate Worst Forms of Child Labor

first_imgMatthew Jaye, Chairman of the Senate Committee on LabourThe government through the Ministry of Labor (MoL) on October 11, 2019, launched the National Action Plan (NAP) document to eliminate the worst forms of Child Labor.NAP is a framework document, which seeks to mobilize actors at all levels to intensify the national response and deepen the understanding of the risks and consequences of child labour. It is also a comprehensive strategy to prevent and protect children from activities detrimental to their health, education and development.It runs from 2018 to 2030, and was developed by the MoL, and the National Steering Committee on Child Labour, with support from the International Labour Organization (ILO), as well as Winrock International/ARCH Project.The NAP document has been approved by the Cabinet and endorsed by President George Weah.The  program was also part of activities commemorating the International Day of the Girl Child. It brought together stakeholders and partners, including the United States Embassy, ECOWAS, ILO, UNICEF, Chinese Embassy, the Liberia Labour Congress, Liberia Chamber of Commerce, representatives from the ministries and agencies, and members of National Steering Committee on Child Labour.Senator Matthew Jaye, Chairman on the Senate Committee on Labour, said that the NAP on the elimination of the worst forms of Child Labour is the only way forward for the future of Liberia’s youthful generations.Sen. Jaye said that as chairman of the Committee on Labour, he will work with his colleagues to ensure maximum support for the documents.He said that the vulnerabilities of children in the country can be attributed to life-cycle challenges, natural disasters, medical problems, induced economic shocks and social exclusion.In his keynote address on the theme, “Upholding the Effective Abolition of Child Labour,” Sen. Jaye said that there are concerns about the impact of child labour on fundamental rights as it relates to national development.“I therefore urge MoL as lead actor to sell the NAP’s documents constructively to the public, and government agencies through civic education, and most importantly, to the first Branch of Government for budgetary support,” Jaye said.The director of the Child Labour Section at the MoL, Madam Patience Heah, said that document was developed through a rigorous process, based on findings from a background study conducted on Child Labour issues in the country since 2013.Ms. Head informed the gathering that due to the findings, it was compelling for the development of a NAP on Child Labour.She said the process also involved the holding of series of meetings, workshops and consultations between 2014-2017 with financial and technical assistance from ILO, and the WINROCK International ARCH project.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Tier 2 Bantam Flyers cruise through exhibitions

first_imgWith four exhibition games under their belts, the Flyers have an impressive 36 goals for, scoring 9 goals in each of their games played.Equally impressive is the team’s defence, which allowed only 10 goals in four games, an average of only 2.5 goals against.With virtually all players chipping in on the score sheet, the players, as well as the coaching staff, are excited for a fun and potentially very successful season.- Advertisement -The Tier 2 Bantam Flyers hit the ice next in Quesnel for a weekend tournament taking place from Oct. 21-23.last_img

Over 20 hinterland communities received transportation in 2017

first_imgMore than 20 hinterland communities benefited from transportation in the form of buses; All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs); pickups; tractor-trailers; boats, and engines, in 2017.The vehicles and engines were procured through the Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Ministry’s 2017 Capital programme, to aid in emergencies, agriculture, tourism drives, and the transport of seniors to uplift their pensions and students within the hinterland communities.During her 2018 Budget presentation, Minister within the Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Ministry, Valerie Garrido-Lowe explained that during 2017, funds were released to procure four buses to transport students to and from schools at Santa Rosa, Port Kaituma, Thomas Hills and Moblissa. These buses form part of President David Granger’s 5 Bs (buses, bicycles, boats, breakfast, and books) Initiative.According to the Department of Public Information (DPI), a total of 13 villages in Regions One, Five, Seven, Eight and Ten received outboard engines, while 12 villages got grants to construct boats for the engines.  Two villages also received ATVs.“…The Government is committed to providing such transportation relief to the Indigenous communities to provide assistance to our people, especially the elderly, children and also for emergency purposes,” Minister Garrido-Lowe emphasised.The Minister announced that in 2018, the Ministry will extend its transportation programme by procuring one additional bus to serve the scholarship students at the Hinterland Dormitory at Liliendaal.An additional six villages will receive support with outboard engines, while 10 villages will receive grants to construct boats.  Four ATVs will be bought in 2018 to serve communities in Regions Two, Eight and Nine.last_img read more