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The Liberian National Red Cross Society (LNRCS) says the current spread of the deadly Ebola virus is escalating. He warned that efforts must be multiplied to urgently contain it.This can be done with collective efforts of government, citizens and international partners, he said.The LNRCS secretary general, Fayiah Tamba, said that the latest confirmation from Bong, Bomi and suspected cases in Grand Gedeh Counties is an indication that the spread of the virus is now rapid and troubling.Mr. Tamba also warned the general public to do away with the concept of denial and follow all precautionary measures, including regular hand washing and avoiding close contact with sick persons suspected of the virus.Mr. Tamba stressed the Red Cross will continue to scale up its vigorous operation in seven counties including, Bong and Bomi, where Ebola cases have been reported.Since the outbreak of the Ebola virus in the Mano River Union, it has claimed over 660 lives in the three affected country with Guinea receiving more fatalities followed by Sierra Leone and Liberia.The current outbreak of Ebola in West Africa is now the largest in history with more than one thousand cases and 660-deaths while more than 240 of the cases and 127-deaths occurred in Liberia.“The Red Cross is complementing government efforts in the areas of social mobilization and awareness, contact tracing, psychosocial counseling and providing survivor kits to victims since the outbreak,” Mr. Tamba said.Mr. Tamba also disclosed that The Red Cross, in addition to its regular services, has agreed for now to assist the Ministry of Health in the area of dead body management and burial of Ebola victims in Montserrado.The LNRCS has welcomed the latest move by the Government to close all borders, except the Roberts International Airport, James Springs Payne Airport, Foya Crossing, Bo Waterside Crossing and Ganta Crossing, where preventive and testing centers will be established.The LNRCS Secretary General wants government and its partners to pay more attention to protecting health Care workers who are the front lines in this fight against the Ebola virus.According to him, if the health workers are protected, we will regain their confidence to return to the various Health facilities that are currently abandoned across the country.Meanwhile, the Lofa Chapter of the LNRCS says it is strongly considering to fully intervening in the Ebola outbreak in Zango town, where the death toll is now alarming.Zango town is in the Voinjama District, with a population of little over 2000, but at least 19 people have reportedly died since the outbreak of the virus there.According to the Red Cross Emergency Preparedness and Response Officer, Daniel Kossigbo, plans have been concluded for the possible move in the community for social mobilization and awareness, contact tracing and psychosocial counseling.The LNRCS has already provided survival kits to victims of Ebola in the community as well as rehabilitated two damaged hand pumps to restore community access to safe drinking water.The Red Cross is currently complementing government efforts in 726-communities in Foya, Vahum, Bolahum, Kolahum, Zorzor and Voinjama Districts, reaching the total of at least 117,886, a number representing the total households of 2,885 since the start of the Ebola intervention in Lofa.The Liberian Red Cross has also reached the total of 2,190 in ten Communities in Margibi under its campaign to stop further spread of the Ebola Virus in Liberia.The Liberian Red Cross continues its vigorous operation in Montserrado, Margibi and Lofa while plans have been finalized for immediate scale-up in Grand Cape Mount, Gbarpolu, Bong Nimba and Bomi in the coming days.Mr. Kossigbo said the Red Cross Ebola awareness activities in the counties are making significant impact in that community members are gradually accepting the fact that Ebola exists and has no cure but denial and fear of stigma in some quarters remain challenging.For the latest news and updates, follow us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Liberian-Observer-Online/42279623238.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Mr. Gilles Guerard, former Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Ecobank Rwanda, has now been appointed to serve as the new managing director for the branch of the bank in Liberia.Guerard took over from Kola Adeleke, who has taken another assignment in Zambia, Lusaka as the new manager in that East African country.Ecobank capital is responsible for overseeing all Ecobank Group treasury, investment banking and asset, managing businesses across the continent.As of his appointment, Guerard said, he is committed to enhanced efficiency that will bring about customer satisfactory as well as creating improved shareholder.He promised to work along with the Government of Liberia as well as the banking sector to improve the economic.“Kola has done a great job”. Mr. Guerard said he will continue from where Adeleke stop, and will improve on it. He indicated that he will be delicate with customers and within the framework of the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) regulationsHe lauded the outgoing Ecobank Managing Director Kola Adeleke for his contributions to the growth and development of Ecobank-Liberia.He promised that the bank will do it best to contribute to the economy of Liberia, and will focus on financial inclusion and the development of the capital market. He expressed the hope of having a cordial working support from employees and their partners.Earlier in his farewell remark at the dinner tendered in his honor at the Monrovia City Hall, Mr. Kola Adeleke said he has learned a lot since coming to Liberia, recalling his time working in the country as “remarkable.”He explained that over the last five years, his administration made positive contributions to the growth and development of Ecobank-Liberia and to the growth and development of the banking industry in the country.He disclosed that his administration also over the years contributed immensely to the growth and economy of Liberia, for which his heart will always be with Liberia.“I have made positive contributions as managing director of Ecobank-Liberia to the growth and development of Ecobank Liberia; to the growth and development of the banking industry, and to the growth and economy of Liberia,” Mr. Adeleke added.Mr. Adeleke pointed out that Africans owes Africa the responsibility of development and economic growth. For that, he expressed the need for Africans including investment partners on the continent to collaborate efforts that will ensure that the continent is move rapidly to the next level in terms of development, while at the same time, ensuring that capacities of Africans are develop as well.He urged fellow Africans to drop self interest by rising up to solving the challenges of poverty; because doing so will bring pride to Africa and Africans. “We need to drop our self interest by rising up to solving the challenges of poverty, because doing so will make us proud of the continent we call home,” he stressed.He said it was also important for Africans to commit themselves to the growth and development of the continent.He then commended authorities at the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) for what he referred to as the level of support they rendered the Ecobank.Mr. Adeleke served the bank in Liberia as it managing director from February 2010 to February 2015.As a result of some major improvements done under his administration, the management of the bank last Friday held a dinner at which time; Mr. Adeleke and his wife was both shower and decorated with gifts from the bank’s family as well as staffers and friends.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has made additional appointments in Government affecting the Ministries of State for Presidential Affairs, Foreign Affairs, Commerce and Industry, Labor and Internal Affairs.Other government parastatals include the National Commission on Higher Education, Liberia Refining Company, Central Bank of Liberia and the University of Liberia.According to an Executive Mansion release, these appointments are subject to confirmation by the Honorable Liberian Senate, where applicable. Those appointed include:Ministry of State for Presidential AffairsMr. Jordan Solunteh, Director General of the CabinetNational Commission on Higher EducationDr. Momo Rogers, Deputy Director GeneralMinistry of Foreign AffairsMr. Elias Shoniyin, Deputy Minister of the Foreign AffairsMr. Thomas Kaydor, Deputy Minister for International CooperationMinistry of Commerce & IndustryMr. Franz Sawyer, Deputy Minister for AdministrationMr. Andrew G. Paygar, Flangiah, Sr. Deputy Minister for Small Business AdministrationMr. Pewee Reed, Assistant Minister for Bureau of Small Business AdministrationMinistry of LaborMs. Moriah Kou Yeakula , Assistant Minister for AdministrationMr. Emmett M. Crayton , Assistant Minister for Trade UnionMs. Marion N. Wreh , Assistant Minister for StandardsLiberia Petroleum Refining CompanyMr. Edwin Sarvice, Deputy Managing Director for Operations (replacing Mr. Aaron Wheagar who is being retired after having served the Company for more than 20 years)Central Bank of LiberiaMr. Milton Weeks, Member, Board of Governors (replacing Mr. David Vinton)Ms. Melisa Emeh, Member, Board of Governors (replacing Ms. Mildred Reeves)Ministry of Internal AffairsMr. Allen Kromah, Assistant Minister for Research, Development & PlanningThe President has established a Tourism Exploratory Committee which will assist in the formation of a Tourism Agency which will evolve into an autonomous agency after separation from the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism.Tourism Exploratory CommitteeDr. Dawn Barnes, ChairMs. Barku Tubman, MemberMr. Jacqueline Capehart , MemberAdditionally, the President, based upon recommendation from the Chief Justice, also constituted an independent committee of experts from the civil society to start the process of nominating a member of the Independent National Human Rights Commission:Mr. James Yarsiah, ChairmanMs. Roseline Toweh, Co-chairpersonMr. Roosevelt Woods , SecretaryMs. T. Thompson Adebayor , MemberMr. Varney Jersey, MemberMs. Finda Salay, MemberAttorney Jura A. Lynch , Member Please note that all assistant ministers’ posts at the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection will continue with full compensation until the end of the fiscal year when the new changes at the Ministry will be implemented.Mr. Rameses Kumbuyah nomination for the post of Deputy Minister for Administration has been withdrawn as he has been asked to retain his current position as Deputy Minister for Administration at the Ministry of Education. Dr. Nancy Freeman has been nominated for the post of Deputy Minister for Administration at the Ministry of Youth and Sports.Finally, Mr. Norris Tweah has been appointed Vice President for University Relations at the University of Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Dear Editor,In last Cabinet’s press briefing, Minister Joseph Harmon mention that the three tiers of Government must work together in order for Government to be successful in serving the people.This is a fallacy, and it is evident that the minister only speaks about respect to local government authorities. Many decisions that are being agreed upon by majority agreement, or even unanimously, are not being respected and implemented by the Government-appointed Regional Executive Officer in the Regional Democratic Councils that are being governed by People’s Progressive Party.Just a few months ago, a motion was unanimously agreed upon by the Regional Democratic Council for Region Six to provide transportation for school children of affected sugar workers. To date, there has been no implementation of this decision. Government may want to give the excuse that this expense was not budgeted for, so it can’t be implemented.Government should know that when three David G buses were implemented in one year, the expenses for drivers, fuel and maintenance were taken out from the budget when those provisions were not catered for in the budget. This cost for the sustenance of the David G bus programme is costing taxpayers millions to sustain the program. So why can’t sugar workers’ children enjoy the same benefit?Maybe because they are not the coalition Government’s children, or just because their parents are PPP supporters.Minister Amna Ally, at a Fyrish, Corentyne handing over ceremony of a David G bus, said, ‘Region Six did not vote for us, but the coalition Government still supports the people.’ This is a clear case of discrimination, and raises a lot of questions.I can be proven incorrect if this coalition Government can give clearance for the motions to be implemented immediately, to help these poor children to go to school.The President, at almost all the five Bs programme, reminds people that children should be given equal access to education. I only hope he remembers that and implement it immediately.Don’t play politics with children and their education.Another example where this coalition Government don’t respect local democracy is when the RDC in Region Six propose in their 2018 budget rehabilitation and extension of a fishing wharf and access road to the wharf at Chesney, Albion Corentyne, but that was taken out from the budget and another project was given preference. This particular project would have improved and expanded the fishing industry in this area, where more than 1500 persons directly benefit, and a few hundred indirectly.The question is: why get rid of a project of this magnitude? This is a national disgrace when you speak something that you really don’t practice.Sincerely,Zamal HussainRDC CouncillorRegion Six
Dear Editor,Reports in the media (7/4/18) about FITUG and GTUC wrangling over which minister (Agriculture or Finance) should have oversight responsibility for Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo), Guyana’s number one industry, is indeed a sad reflection of a major flaw in which this premier industry has been floundering for far too long.There is no doubt that the sugar industry has had too long a spell of depressing performance, about which there has been a number of diagnoses and remedies proposed by numerous ‘politicians’, ‘pundits’, ‘professionals’ and ‘pragmatists’ among us.‘Privatisation’ vs ‘Nationalisation’ vs ‘Outsourcing of the Management’ of the industry have been among the several plasters prescribed for the sore and sorry plight of the industry, and these have all been given a fair chance to prove their worth (or worthlessness!). (In similar vein, the Government-appointed CoI into the sugar industry has also made its recommendations, upon which we are still to see any action).Now, out of the blue — as the saying goes — we have a debate about which ‘minister’, not which ‘ministry’, should take control of this industry. At this rate, we may soon have the Minister of Cohesion being proposed as the most appropriate person to oversee the industry, since it appears that ‘personal’ or ‘personality’ wrangling is at the core of this poor industry’s plight!My good friend and professional colleague, Mr E.B. John, in another section of the media, identified the need for good old “team work” in the industry. It is now palpably clear that we also, or moreso, need a strong dose of decisive leadership from the very top.Mr President, may I respectfully beg for your necessarily decisive intervention? I do not have to tell you, sir, that there is too much at stake at the national level to allow this apparently ‘boyish’ wrangling to go on and for the industry to continue in an apparently rudderless mode.Sincerely,Nowrang Persaud
Dear Editor,The Guyana Court of Appeal has, on Thursday, October 18, 2018, upheld the decision of the Chief Justice (ag) in regard to the legality of the President’s action in appointing Mr. James Patterson to Chair the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM).As a person who had presented the PPP’s position to the Constitutional Reform Commission and was involved in the numerous struggles for democracy, I am extremely disappointed by this ruling. It is, in my view, a giant step backwards. It is another incident pushing our country along the road to social and economic ruination and towards authoritarian governance.I was very much part of the coinage of Article 161 (2), and therefore I have personal knowledge of the reasons behind its existence; the way it evolved to its current expression, and the way that it was interpreted and applied in the past. It was never ambiguous, and never evoked any controversy over the last 25 years.The Constitution was amended to remove the unilateral power of appointment from the President; to introduce the Leader of the Opposition into the equation, in order to achieve political consensus; and to widen the pool of persons from which the Chairman is to be chosen. What is so difficult to understand? I am sure that every objective-minded Guyanese knows this.In the 1999-2001 Constitutional Reform Process, all the political parties unanimously agreed to constitutionalise this Carter/Price Formula. In fact the PNC were the ones that had led the charge. Their major argument then was that it is important to cement the role of the Leader of the Opposition, and to curtail the President’s power of appointment. Now that they are in Government, they are seeking to exclude the Leader of the Opposition, and increase the power of the President. Therein lies the ideological authoritarianism which exists in the belly of the PNC.As they did from 1968 to 1992, they seem to be getting the Judiciary’s assistance to so do now. It is the very Judiciary that had allowed itself to be so cowed that Burnham was able to place a party flag in the Court of Appeal compound and against the front wall of the court building, shamelessly demonstrating to the world that the Judiciary is under the control of the PNC. This was allowed to take place by a complicit Judiciary.It is the same Judiciary that had refused to strike down laws that introduced overseas voting, which had been used to massively rig the first elections of independent Guyana in 1968.It is the very Judiciary that had thrown out legal challenges to every election held under the PNC from 1968 to 1985, when the world knows that each of those elections was massively rigged.It is the same Judiciary that is now refusing to hear the PPP’s challenge to the 2015 elections, when similar challenges to elections around the world filed after the PPP’s challenge have already been decided by the courts in those countries.Once again, in highly political matters, we see a judicial posture reminiscent of the past. I will never accept that the Court of Appeal do not know the intent of Article 161 (2). From press reports, they give the impression that they know it well. They upheld Nandlall’s submissions and rejected those of Williams, yet they ruled in favour of Williams! The decision simply cannot be justified on rational grounds.I recall that during the days of the PNC dictatorship, when it was widely believed that judges were taking orders from the PNC, Mr. Ashton Chase, a distinguished lawyer and freedom fighter, had observed that there came a time when PNC did not have to tell the judges what to do. The judges anticipated what ruling the PNC wanted, and delivered.Like so many other things that have been reversed since the PNC-led APNU+AFC regime took office, one wonders if we are back on that road.It is important to note that undermining of the confidence of important institutions leads to disaster. When the Judiciary does not stand up courageously to protect society’s fundamental rights, society descends into some level of anarchy, and social and economic ruination follows.Cheddi Jagan was always clear on this point. He never failed to point out the link and interaction between the economic base and the superstructure in any society. They influence and interact with each other.The ruling may initially appear to be a victory for the regime, but in fact it could very well turn out to be one of the biggest blows to all working people; and to businesses and, indeed, to our country.Fortunately, the Guyana Court of Appeal is no longer our final court; we now have the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). This is an important case for that court. I am looking forward to the decision of that court, as I know that the matter is going there.Sincerely,Donald RamotarFormer President
Dear Editor,Well once again, Central Government like ‘a gallant knight in shining armour’, has ridden in very chivalrously and saved the fair maidens at City Hall with another huge bailout. And maybe they had no choice, as the garbage was piling up all over the city. The workers have still not been paid for the month of November and Council’s other creditors are shouting for relief.But this recurring pattern has become all too familiar, the Council rakes in tens upon tens of millions of dollars monthly from shipping containers, ratepayers, stallholders, vendors, hairdressers, barbers, eating houses, slaughterers etc and then fritters it away on expensive overseas trips, on paying for bodyguards, chauffeurs, personal assistants, anniversary celebrations and nineteen different allowances for the fat cats.They choose not to pay their employees’ salaries, pensions or gratuities; do not pay the contractors, nor the Guyana Revenue Authority, nor the National Insurance Scheme, nor the labour or credit unions. They choose not to pay their water rates nor electricity charges. They take goods from every conceivable source and refuse to pay. Why don’t they give the pink slips to the more than two hundred friends, relatives and church pals that they employed recently which is causing the top-heavy payroll?Why do they do this? Because they know that the Central Government will rush in and settle their liabilities. It’s like calling in the cavalry, but one would have thought with the recent findings of the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) – a most damning report – that Central Government would have, at the very least, waited until the Council’s books were audited and the immoral Councillors and officers had left before giving the city a red cent. It amounts to throwing our money into a black hole!Sincerely,Shanta Singh
The Government of Guyana is looking to enhance the local co-operative movement with the aim of it becoming a sector that can contribute to the country’s economy.To this end, the Ministry of Social Protection has established a Ministerial Task Force to ultimately “pave the way for the renaissance and expansion of the Co-operations Sector to the point where it becomes the third most important sector of the economy”.According to the Ministry, Guyana is the only co-operative Republic in the world. It further recognised that the co-operative movement owns and controls vast amounts of resources and physical infrastructure, much of which are idle or underutilised among societies or in the form of deposits within financial institutions.“We have therefore decided to address critical issues which will lead to re-engineering the co-operative movement to stimulate job creation and leapfrog income generation activities throughout Guyana”, the Ministry outlined in a statement.In order to realise this objective, the ministry established the task force to examine the state of the co-operative movement in Guyana and make recommendations on steps to make that a reality.The Task Force will be headed by former Chief Education Officer Ed Caesar and comprises: the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary Derik Cummings; Chairman of the Guyana Revenue Authority Rawle Lucas; Junior Social Protection Minister Keith Scott; Consultant, Francis Carryl; and B Adams who will serve as secretary.The Social Protection Ministry further outlined that among the main objectives of this team is to examine each administrative region; make a determination of resources owned by societies which can be adopted for gainful economic and income generation activities. This will include an assessment of functioning and defunct societies along with the likelihood for revitalisation.The Task Force according to the release, will also have to channel existing and new societies into government’s growth sectors such as community tourism with emphasis on: “The preservation and economic use of historical and cultural patrimony; information communication technology (ICT); establishing a green economy; support services for oil, gas and other extractive industries; agro processing and value-added production; youth development; and care for the elderly, etc.”Furthermore, the team will be required to identify the possible horizontal sector linkages (co-operative and private), as well as state agencies to be involved in facilitating start-up and sustainable growth.Additionally, wherever it is advantageous, the Task Force will have to apply a concept of co-operative/private partnership either via private occupation of existing co-operative resources and/or a fusion of private sector personnel by applying the core competencies of private enterprise. This will be vigorously embraced.The Ministerial Task Force will further build on the work that has commenced by the fact-finding technical team, appointed by Minister Scott to give a jumpstart to government’s intent to revitalise and grow the co-operative sector, the Social Protection Ministry detailed.The work of the taskforce commenced on Thursday 01 July, 2016, and a final report is expected to be submitted by September 30, 2016 latest.
Minister within the Social Protection Ministry, Keith Scott, has disclosed that his Ministry through its Department of Labour closed about 300 of the over 500 complaints between January to June of this year.During an interview with the Government Information Agency (GINA), Minister Scott explained that the outstanding complaints are currently being dealt with; however, the Ministry is currently seeking additional labour officers to fast track the process.“We have advertised for more staff to be trained as labour officers… We know that there is a backlog but we are working on that,” the Minister noted.He said that the Ministry has increased its inspections over the past six months to ensure that employers are adhering to the labour laws of Guyana, and to educate workers of their rights.“We have insisted that our policy is that you visit employers on a regular basis. We have also increased our visits not only to ensure labour laws are adhered to, but also occupational health and safety laws and we even look at whether employers are paying workers’ NIS correctly, because there is a collaboration between the Ministry and NIS,” Minister Scott pointed out.Minister Scott said that the intention is to not only ensure that workers’ rights are protected, but employers are aware of what is expected of them.