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Lonestar Cell MTN empowers market women

Liberia’s giant mobile telecommunication network Lonestar Cell MTN has embarked on a campaign of empowering market women in Montserrado County and its environs with its mobile money transaction.



The Company says the campaign is intended to help buttress efforts of market women across the country, because often they are bread winners for their respective families hence, the opportunity was necessary to enable them learn about the mobile money transaction.

Speaking to reporters on Friday, 17 February in Old Road Market situated in Old Road community, Lonestar Cell Senior Mobile Money Manager Massa Dennis said, “Our market women initiative is geared towards empowering women in terms of financial inclusion, giving them the means to save their money conveniently to realize their daily income without difficulties.”
Massa continues, “In order for the market women to be able to save their money, and know much about this mobile money campaign, we set up an educational form for them so every market woman, who participates in this project, and do a minimum transaction within a one month period - that woman stands a chance to get 2000,000 Liberian dollars that would help to boost her business.”

She said the company is carrying out the initiative for about 1000, 000 market women in Montserrado and its environs, adding “This is not our first time providing such an opportunity; last year we did the same for the wheelbarrow union, where we gave out 50 wheelbarrows to the union and this year we thought to do seminar thing for the market women.”
According to Madam Dennis, Lone Star Cell Mobile Money is trying to empower grassroots beneficiaries across the country, saying “We registered them for mobile money, where they can easily pay for the market through the same mobile money, in order for them to know this we provided one month extensive training for these women to be able to use mobile money, and its benefits.”

The Mobile Money Manager further explained that the service is for the poor, and that is exactly why their strategy is to get to grassroots people that are in need of these kinds of assistance, to empower them. She noted that most market women don’t have access to banks, so mobile money helps in that direction to save their money, to purchase their market, and to for them to send money to their families in other counties.
“We have 10 agents at this old road market where these women can have access to mobile money services, we have also set up a platform where an agent can bring her friend; they stand a chance to a thousand plus for that recruitment.
Also speaking to reporters, one of the marketers described mobile money service as important, because according to her, they are the ones in business.

She said customers often buy from her business, using mobile money promotion, but the challenge that marketers face is lack of phone.

Madam Veronica Thompson noted that the issue of phone remains a serious challenge for those of them involved in the mobile money transaction.

“We want to appreciate Lonestar Cell MTN for bringing this service to us, no one knew about using mobile money to purchase goods, but over the past weeks, I can say many of the women in this market are using it, but we also want to call on Lonestar Cell to buy us phones as well”, she pleaded.

By Lewis S. Teh-Editing by Jonathan Browne

Lonestar Cell MTN empowers market women

Liberia’s giant mobile telecommunication network Lonestar Cell MTN has embarked on a campaign of empowering market women in Montserrado County and its environs with its mobile money transaction.



The Company says the campaign is intended to help buttress efforts of market women across the country, because often they are bread winners for their respective families hence, the opportunity was necessary to enable them learn about the mobile money transaction.

Speaking to reporters on Friday, 17 February in Old Road Market situated in Old Road community, Lonestar Cell Senior Mobile Money Manager Massa Dennis said, “Our market women initiative is geared towards empowering women in terms of financial inclusion, giving them the means to save their money conveniently to realize their daily income without difficulties.”

Massa continues, “In order for the market women to be able to save their money, and know much about this mobile money campaign, we set up an educational form for them so every market woman, who participates in this project, and do a minimum transaction within a one month period - that woman stands a chance to get 2000,000 Liberian dollars that would help to boost her business.”

She said the company is carrying out the initiative for about 1000, 000 market women in Montserrado and its environs, adding “This is not our first time providing such an opportunity; last year we did the same for the wheelbarrow union, where we gave out 50 wheelbarrows to the union and this year we thought to do seminar thing for the market women.”
According to Madam Dennis, Lone Star Cell Mobile Money is trying to empower grassroots beneficiaries across the country, saying “We registered them for mobile money, where they can easily pay for the market through the same mobile money, in order for them to know this we provided one month extensive training for these women to be able to use mobile money, and its benefits.”
The Mobile Money Manager further explained that the service is for the poor, and that is exactly why their strategy is to get to grassroots people that are in need of these kinds of assistance, to empower them. She noted that most market women don’t have access to banks, so mobile money helps in that direction to save their money, to purchase their market, and to for them to send money to their families in other counties.
“We have 10 agents at this old road market where these women can have access to mobile money services, we have also set up a platform where an agent can bring her friend; they stand a chance to a thousand plus for that recruitment.
Also speaking to reporters, one of the marketers described mobile money service as important, because according to her, they are the ones in business.
She said customers often buy from her business, using mobile money promotion, but the challenge that marketers face is lack of phone.
Madam Veronica Thompson noted that the issue of phone remains a serious challenge for those of them involved in the mobile money transaction.
“We want to appreciate Lonestar Cell MTN for bringing this service to us, no one knew about using mobile money to purchase goods, but over the past weeks, I can say many of the women in this market are using it, but we also want to call on Lonestar Cell to buy us phones as well”, she pleaded.Editing by Jonathan Browne

Amb.Sulunteh negotiates with university in U.S.

Liberia’s former Ambassador to the United States, Canada and Mexico, JeremiahSulunteh, says he has concluded negotiations for the establishment ofstudents and faculty exchange programs between Cuttington Universityand the Mississippi State University in the U.S.


Amb.Sulunteh told the NewDawn’s Bong County correspondent recently inSuakoko District that the negotiation was part of efforts to exploringforeign opportunities for Liberian students.

The former Liberian Envoy noted that the negotiation started sometimeslast year when he honored the Mississippi State University forenrolling a son of Bong County, Mr. Victor Flomo into their PhD program.

Victor is one of four Liberian students studying in the United Stateson the expense of the former Liberian diploma, Sulunteh. Mr. Sulunteh added that the two universities have welcomed thecollaboration and acquaintances between the two presidents are due totake place very soon.

Amb.Sulunteh further said his support to the education of youngLiberians remains unbending, cautioning those that will benefit fromthe outcome of such negotiation to make maximum use of the opportunity.

By Papa Morris in Bong County-Editing by Winston W. Parley

Prisoners get voting right

For the first time in the history of Liberia, pre-trial detainees will be allowed to vote inthe October 10 representatives and presidential elections, based on a decision reached by the House of Representatives.


The House has endorsed a bill filed by Bong County Representative George  Mulbah to grant pretrial detainees rights to vote in the upcoming elections. But the House’s decision to allow pre-trial detainees to vote does not include  Liberians who have been indicted or convicted for infamous crimes.

In a communication dated January 12, 2017, the Bong Lawmaker pleaded with  the Plenary of the Lower House to mandate the National Elections Commission or NEC to make allowance available for the opening of registration centers and  subsequent voting of pre-trial detainees held at all prison facilities in Liberia.

Rep. Mulbah had insisted that article 77(b) of the 1986 Liberian Constitution and  Section 5.1 of the new elections law explicitly provide the legal backing for his  argument.

Upon his request, plenary requested the committees on Judiciary and Elections  and Inauguration to conduct a proper legislative investigation to report in two  weeks with findings and recommendations. The Joint Committee’s report necessitated a public hearing on25 January duirng  which the Ministry of Justice, NEC, Carter Center, Liberia National Bar  Association and the Law Reform Commission were invited.

Following the hearing, the Plenary of the Lower House voted with 18 for, one  against and seven abstained. During separate presentations made at the hearing, Bar President Cllr. Moses  Paegar and his team affirmed the validity of Rep. Mulbah’s suggestion that  Pre-trail detainees had rights under the laws to participate in the decision -  making process.  
Citing Chapter 5 Section 5.1, the Bar Association said those who have been  judicially declared to be incompetent or of unsound mind, or who have been  barred from voting as result of conviction and imprisonment for infamous crime  cannot be allowed to vote.

The Bar said such people are disenfranchised as voters once their rights have not  been restored to full citizenship. Having being convinced by presentations from the invited institutions, the  chairman on Judiciary Rep. Worlea Saywah Dunah said only those indicted for  Infamous crimes should be stopped from participating in elections.

By Bridgett Milton -Editing by Winston W. Parley

Margibians resist trucking

Citizens of Weala, specifically Margibi County electoral district#5 and its environs have vehemently resisted attempt by a group of eligible voters transported to the district in a Monrovia Transit Authority or MTA bus and other vehicles to participate in the ongoing voter registration process on grounds that they do not hail from the district.

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Call for security at VR centers

The absence of police and immigration officers at various voter registration centers across the country has sparked concern among Liberians turning out to register for the 10th October presidential and legislative elections amid reports of aliens trying to infiltrate the process.


The 2017 voter registration is the only process where security forces especially, police and immigration are conspicuously absent. The essence of security presence at registration and polling places is to ensure that only Liberians are allowed to register and not foreigners.

The Constitutional of Liberia states that only a Liberian citizen has the right to participate in national and local elections. Several political pundits interviewed by this paper have expressed disappointment that the National Elections Commission is conducting voter registration process in the absence of national security officers.
The presence of the national security officers is to also ensure that workers of the National Elections Commission (NEC) and eligible voters don’t get into confusion during the process.
It is also intended to prevent individuals wanting to register at more than one centers.

As the situation stands, it is difficult to know whether all those registering at various NEC registration centers are Liberian citizens especially, in the wake of reports that some contestant are bringing aliens into the country to have them registered in order to participate in the elections, in complete violation of the election laws.

By Emmanuel Mondaye-Editing by Jonathan Browne

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