GOOD NEWS FOR LIBERIA AS CAF ADMINISTERS A RE-INSPECTION VISIT OF SKD.

LIBERIA: The Confederation of African Football (CAF) will administer another inspection to the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex (SKD) between 12-13 September ahead of Match Day 3 & 4 of World Cup qualifiers to know whether the ground meets ‘’stadium compliance status’’ for the competition.

The next rounds of qualifiers for Qatar 2022 World Cup is 6-10 October and the continent’s football governing body has informed the Liberia Football Association (LFA) of its decision to do what it calls ‘’Independent Stadium Re-inspection visit’’ to reassess the status of the SKD.

Upon conclusion of the CAF inspection mission and based on the current stadium compliance status, a final decision will be taken regarding the approval of the stadium and the location of Liberia’s next FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualifiers on Match Day 3 & 4 respectively.

It’ll be the fourth time CAF will be inspecting the SKD in three months and the same CAF Stadium Instructor, Ghanaian Emmanuel Newton Dasoberi will lead the inspection mission.

SKD was denied on the eleventh hour to host Liberia-Central African Republic World Cup Qualifiers weeks after the stadium received commendation from CAF that tremendous works have been done and that the stadium was granted a match approval.

Liberia have played two games away from home following their 2-0 lost to three-time African Champions, Nigeria and a hard fought 1-0 away win to CAR after both Lone Star and the Wild Beasts agreed to reverse the order of Match Day 2 to Match Day 6.

If Mr. Dasoberi’s is satisfied with the works done per CAF minimum stadium requirements criteria over the two days as he was in the middle of August, then SKD will be granted clear to host Liberia home matches going forward in the competition.

The Liberian Lone Star is currently second in Group C three points adrift the Super Eagles and host Cape Verde in October before welcoming Nigeria and CAR for return legs in November and December respectively.

“ NO MORE HONEYMOON ” Says The Reinstatement Managing Director of the Liberia Water And Sewer Corporation ( LWSC).

( LWSC) managing Director Duannah Kamara

Liberia: Following the reinstatement of the Liberia Water And Sewer Corporation ( LWSC) managing Director Hon. Duannah Kamara, a major meeting has been held between the workforce and the management team of the entity.

The mass meeting which was convened on Wednesday, September 8,2021, brought together majority LWSC employees from all its out stations including both middle level managers and top managers.

Speaking to the staff, MD Kamara called on the workforce to be robust and rigorous in the discharge of their duties and functions in keeping with their employment “ Terms of reference.”

According to the “ new “ Duannah Kamara, his return at the Corporation is a chance to right whatever that has been perceived by both his employees and the public as “ wrong doings.

“ My being here today is an opportunity to make this place work at all costs, make our payroll current and above all , serve the Liberian people”; MD Kamara told the workforce.

LWSC Managing Director told his staff that under the new LWSC, there will be absolutely no space for any form of ineffectiveness, delinquency or theft of properties on the job.

“ Our President saw the need to send me back following the General Auditing Commission’s report because of his desire to serve our people well and this we must do at all costs”.

Duannah Kamara however threatened drastic administrative actions ranging from suspension to dismissal against employees who are fond of abandoning their jobs.

“ We will also dismiss any employee found in water theft and unauthorized collection of LWSC bills”; Kamara noted .

“ There is no more time for play on the job; and stealing from the public utility;there is absolutely no more honey moon at LWSC”; the new Duannah Kamara.

Managing Director Kamara concluded by thanking the GAC for conducting the audit at his institution and lauded the World Bank for continual support to the corporation.

For their part, the jubilant and energized LWSC workforce welcomed their boss back and thanked the president for his reinstatement.

The LWSC employees committed themselves to ensuring that the agenda of the Duannah Kamara’s administration is implemented to the core .

Credit: LWSC FACEBOOK PAGE

Let’s Work Together and Answer the Hard Questions…Buchanan Port new managing director asserts.

By: Tarr UB. Garnett
Contributing Writer 0779053146

LIBERIA: The newly inducted managing director of Buchanan Port, Civicus Siokin Barsi-Giah, has challenged Liberians to put their all in what they do for their country and always show gratitude.

Speaking during his induction ceremony held at the Port’s facility, the Managing Director cautioned workers at the second largest Port in Liberia to render their service for country delicately.

The young leadership expert appointment at the double pier facility came weeks after a financial extravagancy exiled his predecessor; while hooking three others for an uncountable amount of finances.

He lauded the president for giving him the chance to serve his people, while at the same time acknowledging Hon. Bill Twehway for his preferment as head of Buchanan port that receives  iron ore from the mines at YekepaNimba County through a 250 km railway originally built by the now defunct Liberian-American-Swedish Minerals Company (LAMCO).

 Civicus at the same time informed staffs at the port of the need to work together and answer the hard questions.

“Only when we cooperate, only when we collaborate and coexist; we can answer the hard questions”. The new MD asserted.

The former executive management consultant in the office of the NPA boss, called for an atmosphere of peace if they must forge ahead in achieving the desirable results.

For his part, the superintendent of Grand Bassa County, Janjay Biakpah, called on citizens to work collaboratively with their own son. Addressing scores of attendees during the occasion, the superintendent vowed to work and stand firm with the young Tuazama separate awards winner 2021, to ensure a success in his leadership.

Officially turning over the Gable of authority to the newly inducted MD, the acting Port manager madam Oretha Zeon affirmed her commitment to work with her boss in getting the achievable results. She also used the occasion to dispell falsehoods which according to her had the tendency of damaging cordiality between she and her new boss. Before retiring from the podium, she, on behalf of the entire work force  gowned the new MD as a symbol of their commitment in executing his plans.

The new Buchanan port managing director started active work on the port Monday, September 6, 2021.

BRIEF HISTORY OF BUCHANAN PORT:

Buchanan is the port for the 250 km railway that brings iron ore from the mines at YekepaNimba County. Originally built by the now defunct Liberian-American-Swedish Minerals Company (LAMCO) in 1960. The rail line has now (as of 2012) been revitalized by the Arcelor Mittal Company.

Rubber and palm oil once were also shipped out of the Port of Buchanan. Africa’s first iron-ore washing and pelletizing plant was opened in Buchanan in 1968.

The Harbor is protected by two breakwaters, 1890 and 590 long respectively. Inside the basin, a 255 meters long ore loading quay is located adjacent to the deeper section of the harbor basin, providing a water depth of 12.95m below chart datum. Adjacent to the loading quay, a waiting berth for ore carriers is available. On the inner side of secondary breakwater, a commercial quay, 334 meters long is located with available water depth of 9.5 m.

Latitude: 5° 51′ 29" N

Longitude: 10° 3′ 15" W

This plant was severely damaged during the first Liberian civil war (1989-1996). It is reported that the plant was later sold off as scrap metal to a Chinese buyer in 2010. According to the former managing-director of Liberia’s National Port Authority, Togba Ngangana, Chinese investors signed a memorandum of understanding to build a manufacturing zone outside the southern port of Buchanan which would produce 50,000 jobs. This is in addition to an undisclosed amount of low-interest loans, debt relief and other incentives.

ECOWAS CHAIRMAN- NANA AKUFO ADDO HAS SPOKEN ABOUT THE COUP IN GUINEA WHICH COULD TRIGGER SIMILAR IN OTHER WEST AFRICAN COUNTRIES INCLUDING GHANA.

ECOWAS CHAIRMAN- NANA AKUFO ADDO

ECOWAS CHAIRMAN- NANA AKUFO ADDO HAS SPOKEN AS FEAR AND PANIC OVER COUP IN GUINEA WHICH COULD TRIGGER SIMILAR IN OTHER WEST AFRICAN COUNTRIES INCLUDING GHANA.

Read Statement Below…

“ ECOWAS notes with great concern the recent political developments which have occurred in Conakry, capital of the Republic of Guinea. ECOWAS condemns unreservedly the attempted coup of Sunday, September 5, 2021.

ECOWAS demands respect for the physical safety of the President of the Republic, Professor Alpha Condé, and his immediate and unconditional release, as well as that of all arrested persons. ECOWAS also demands a return to constitutional order on pain of sanctions.

ECOWAS reaffirms its objection to any unconstitutional political change. We ask the Guinean defense and security forces to remain in a constitutional posture, and express our solidarity with the Guinean people and their Government.”

Done in Accra, Sunday, September 5, 2021

H.E.M. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo
President of the Republic of Ghana and
Current Chairperson of the ECOWAS Authority

President Weah Calls for Rule of Law, Calm in Guinea.

President George M. Weah

Monrovia, Liberia – In the wake of an apparent Coup D’etat in neighboring Guinea.

The President of Liberia, H.E. Dr. George Manneh Weah has expressed deep concern about unfolding political development and called on all sides in the ongoing political situation to refrain from violence, uphold the rule of law and ensure calm.

The Liberian Leader made the call on Sunday, September 5, 2021 following reports of gunfire in the Guinean capital, Conakry.

President Weah is also calling for the immediate release of President Alpha Condé, who has reportedly been detained by soldiers staging a revolt against his rule.

The Liberian Chief Executive reiterated the Liberian government’s support for the position of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance, and called on military leaders in Guinea to adhere to the tenets of civilian rule and democracy.

President Weah reminded all concerned of the need for peace and security, adding that violence and political instability in Guinea will have negative ramifications for the entire region.

Meanwhile, President Weah has scheduled a meeting of the National Security Council of Liberia for Monday, September 6, 2021, to discuss the evolving events in Guinea.

Credit: The Executive Mansion-Liberia

UN Calls for a Halt to Exploitation During the Observance of the Remembering of Slave Trade

On the Ghanaian coast where many of the slaves set off on their journeys of no return, the so-called slave castles are a vivid reminder of the barbarity of the practice.

In 1997, UNESCO established 23 August as International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition.

The day was inspired by events of the night of August 22 to 23, 1791.

On this night, men and women, torn from Africa and sold into slavery, revolted against the slave system in present-day Haiti and the Dominican Republic, demanding freedom and independence.

The uprising set forth events that eventually led to the abolition of the slave trade. Haiti’s independence in 1804 is also the only one born out of a successful slave uprising.

The day aims to memorialize millions of people who were the victims of the trans-Atlantic slave trade – one of the most frightening chapters in the history of humankind.

Each year the UN invites people all over the world, including educators, students, and artists, to organize events that center on the theme of this day.Once and for all, it is time to abolish human exploitation and to recognize the equal and unconditional dignity of each and every individual on Earth,; said UNESCO director-general Audrey Azoulay in a statement.

“Once and for all, it is time to abolish human exploitation and to recognize the equal and unconditional dignity of each and every individual on Earth” said UNESCO director-general Audrey Azoulay in a statement.

Dead or Alive? ……. Skeptics plunder over the mysterious Disappearance of Former Chief of Office Staff at the 54th Legislature, Andrew Tamba Smart?

Andrew Smart and Alleged Attackers

Tarr Garnett
Contributor

The Liberian legislature in recent years has turned a protest ground with employees of that honorable body alarming over failure on the part of their bosses to settle arrears and or benefit owed them.

Few months ago, similar action from legislative staffers stalled one of the sittings at the 54th legislature. Similarly, this has been the case of the former chief of office staff in the office of Montserrado County, District six Representative, Samuel Enders. Andrew Smart has over the past one year tirelessly alarmed over the District six lawmaker failure to settle their arrears since his dismissal from the honorable man’s office.

It has been five months since Andrew Smart, former chief of office staff in the office of Montserrado County, District six Representative, Samuel Enders, was last seen on Front Page Africa alarming over threats and physical attacks on his life by the lawmaker.

Smart who was reportedly dismissed unlawfully from the lawmaker’s office on the 10th of October 2019, had since been alarming over arson attacks on his family. He has attributed said threats and arson attacks to the lawmaker who he claimed had been chief sponsor of said attacks.

It can be recalled that the former chief of office staff, Andrew Smart, alarmed over what he termed as unlawful dismissal by Montserrado County District six representative Samuel Enders for his stance on financial entitlement due them from extraordinary sittings of the 54th legislature in 2019.

According to recordings in the possession of this paper, the district six lawmaker was heard in a heated argument with his former office staff after the fiancée of Hon. Enders confronted Smart regarding his failure to settle staffers of his office upon receiving funding for the extraordinary sitting.

In said recording the district lawmaker is heard asking Andrew Smart what he had explained to his concubine regarding funding for the extraordinary sitting.

This sparked up serious argument that eventually led to the immediate dismissal of Andrew Smart by his boss, Representative Samuel Enders. Following the leaked audio, the lawmaker was contacted and he stated clearly that his former chief of office staff was dismissed as a result of behaving unruly.

Though there have been several attempts by the dismissed COS to collect he and other staffers arrears and benefits from the lawmaker’s office, all of said attempts have been resisted with threats, arrest from police and incarceration, arson attacks and now it has resulted to his life being threatened by individuals he claimed to be adherents of his former boss, Representative Samuel Enders.

In early 2021, a video circulated on social media displaying an opened attack by group of individuals that converged at the home of Andrew Smart in District six, Montserrado County.

In that video, the lawmaker was seen clearly in red T-shirt giving instructions for his former COS to be mercilessly flogged by agents provocateurs operating under his instruction. Following that attack Andrew explained to reporters that his home was broken into but fortunately he was nowhere to be found.

Following the housebreak at Andrew Smart’s residence, he immediately abandoned his residence along with his family and was last seen on April 1, 2021 in an exclusive interview with Front Page Africa where he openly alleged that Representative Enders wanted him dead. According to Andrew Smart live interview with Front Page Africa, he was heard informing the world that Hon. Enders fear comes as a result of his invaluable services rendered as COS coupled with personal information that is tantamount to seeing the honorable man facedown. These information also include detail about Hon. Enders’ “ African Dream Academy”  which he raises from international partners (specifically from the United states). He added that the lawmaker also sees him as a potential threat for his re-election in 2023.

He noted that these amongst other reasons are purposefully why the lawmaker wants him dead. There’ve been lots of public outcry regarding the safety of Smart and more particularly his whereabouts since he was last interviewed by Front Page Africa in April of this year. However, reliable information reaching this paper suggests that Andrew T. Smart is not within the territorial boundaries of Liberia. We’re yet to authentic where exactly he escaped along with his family. More details will be published as we continue our independent investigation.  

The government of Liberia Put Smiles of the faces od Students In Bong County Through the Provision of more Scholarships for Public and Private Institutions.

By: J. Boimah Johnson Email:jangarjohnson@gmail.com

Minister  Nathaniel McGill presenting cheque to the administration of Dolokelen Gboveh Senior High School

In continuation of the free tuition for government institutions in Liberia, the minister of State for presidental Affairs has presented 2 million Liberian dollars cheque to the government run Dolokelen Gboveh Senior High School in Gbarnga City, Bong County.

The 2 million cheque was presented by Minister  Nathaniel McGill over the weekend to the administration of Dolokelen Gboveh Senior High School, when he pays a visit in Bong County, along with several ministers in order to know if schools have received the recent 30million Liberian dollars scholarships that was lunch in some part of this year in Gbarnga for Both Public and Private schools, by President George Weah led government in order to curtail burden on parents and sponsors when it comes to school fees.

Minister McGill stated that the money was given in continuation of the scholarshi program for students who are still owing the institution, the total money received by  Gboveh through the scholarship program is now in the tune of 3 millions Liberian dollars.
Some of the instructions that benefited from the 30 millions Liberian dollars scholarship are the government run John Flom Barkalu High School, William VS Tubman Gray High, Alexandra A Andrew Academy, Arthur B Francis SDA High School, among other.

According to the Minister the 30 millions Liberian dollars scholarship that was lunch in the county by the government through the office of Minister McGill and Bong County Electoral District #3, honorable Josiah Melvin Cole was crafted in order to keep providing free tuition for school going kids in the county and the Country at large.

It was announced by president George Weah that all public schools in Liberia should be free to school going kids for them to pursue quality education, especially those children that their parents can’t afford to sent them to private schools in the country.

Minister McGill during the presentation of the 2 million Liberian dollars cheque to the administration of the Dolokelen Gboveh Senior High, Minister Nathaniel McGill however stated that comes next academic year all students of Gboveh will not pay money for school fees, but the government will take the full responsibility and also ask students to report any administrator that will ask them to pay money during registration period.

He told the students gathering that every academic year all of the 28, senior high schools in Bong County will receive one million Liberian dollars each, as part of the government responsibility in educating it’s citizens.

Receiving the 2 million Liberian dollars cheque the principal of the Gboveh ,Mr Harris P . Willie lauded the the Minister and the government of president Weah for the donation of said amount to the school.

“When I took over as principal for Gboveh the institution was heavily owing money outside, but through our collective efforts, we were able to clear the debit and we want to be grateful to this government for the level of support towards Gboveh , said Mr. Harris P. Willie.

In attendance of the presentation of the 2 million Liberian dollars cheque to Gboveh the The Minister of Finance,  Mr. Samuel D. Tweh jr, and Bong County Electoral District#3, Representative J. Melvin Cole encouraged the students and school administrators to keep working with president George Weah led government in order to do more in the education sectors.

They however pledged their support to the Bong County school system to extend the scholarship program from 30.millions  Liberia Dollars to 60 million Liberian dollars inorder to include More more  schools comes next academic year.

Some of those schools that benefited from the scholarship extended thanks and appreciation to the government for providing the scholarship in order to curtail burden on students and parents who are finding it difficult to educate their Children, due to the economy crisis citizens are currently undergoing.

They however used the medium to call on president Weah to continue providing scholarship for those struggling parents, in making sure their children acquire quality education.

PUL Condemns The Humiliation, Attacks of Journalist Nyantee Togba

(Monrovia, July 30, 2021)- The Press Union of Liberia(PUL) has condemned the humiliation and attacked of Okay FM reporter Nyantee Togba.

Reporter Togba who was covering a protest was attacked and humiliated upon the alleged orders of Montserrado County Electoral District #17 Representative, Hanson Kiazolu.

The PUL in a release described the attack as shameful and unacceptable.

The Union maintains that Journalist Togba is protected by the Liberian Constitution, statute and other international protocols to cover protest any where in Liberia, with Representative Kaizolu’s home being of no exception.

The attack on Journalist Nyantee; while doing a live coverage of the protest was an attempt to censor the journalist for just doing his job.

Reporter Nyantee Togba according to official statement from Okay FM was attacked on live video while his pleads to identify himself as a journalist was rejected.

Pictures of Nyantee Togba later emerged on social media sitting on the floor among the protesters outside the compound of Montserrado County District #17 Representative Hanson Kiazolu.
Okay FM states that Reporter Nyantee’s phone used for the live coverage was seized by the mob acting on the alleged instructions of Rep. Kiazolu.

The PUL is therefore calling on the Liberia National Police to immediately launch an investigation into the matter.

The Union is shocked at the alleged action of the Lawmaker who took oath to protect the constitution and laws of Liberia.

The Press Union of Liberia is also calling on Liberian Journalists to remain steadfast in the face of threats, intimidation and attacks in the performance of their duty.

Meanwhile, the PUL is reviewing the facts and evidence available for possible legal action against those involved in the attack against the Journalist.

Gbarnga, Bong County Gets Presidential Solar Panels Street Lights.

The government of Liberia has finally switched on solar panel lights through the main streets of Gbarnga in Bong County.

The initiative is under the “Presidential Street Lights Project”, aimed at electrifying all counties capital.

Though the project dragged on for a while after the President’s visit, but it finally come to full swing on Saturday July 31, 2021, following a special visit by Minister of State for Presidential Affairs, Nathaniel McGill.

Minister McGill was accompanied by Finance and Development Planning Minister, Samuel Tweah, Justice Minister and Attorney General of the Republic of Liberia, Cllr. Frank Musa Dean.

The solar panel lights stretch from the Old Gbarnga Iron Gate to Old Facebook, along the Ganta Highway.

Officially turning on the switch to the lights, CDC Bong County Lawmaker, Marvin Cole, stated that the project is a significant step by President Weah in decentralizing the activities of his government.

Rep. Cole noted that the turning on of the lights has silenced critics who had earlier cast doubt over the implementation of the project.

He said the electrification of Gbarnga demonstrates the President’s love and gratitude to the people of Bong County for their overwhelming support in 2017.

But according to some local business owner who spoke to Image TV Bong correspodent in Gbarnga, explained that the lighting of Gbarnga city is one of the historical projects under the CDC led government headed by President George Weah.

The citizens discribed the coming of the presidential streets lights project as a total boost to the county.

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