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Peace sustainability rests with young people

The President and Executive Director of the Young Ambassador of Peace or YAP Momo Taylor,has said sustainability of peace in Liberia rests with young people, who are future leaders.


The YAP leader said statistics shows that about 60 percent of Liberia’s population is young people, who are direct custodians of the peace that citizens across the country are enjoying today.

Addressing reporters recently in Monrovia, Mr. Taylor pointed out that if Liberia must sustain the peace, inclusion of young people in decision making, and nation building must be taken into serious consideration.
“Our fight in this campaign is to create activities and program that will attract young people to stay away from issue surrounding violence and focus on youth empowerment, among other essential things”, he expressed.

According to him, one of the primary objectives of YAP is to get involved in issues that promote non-violence, noting that in the past the youth of Liberia had been blamed for violence, but this is no longer the case, as young people have walked away from acts that instigate violence.

“Our coming here is to inform the public about the upcoming national peace and reconciliation tournament that is expected to take place soon, we engage 35 percent of the 73 members of the House of Representatives to engage their various districts and to encourage youths in their various districts to form part of this youth tournament”, he added.
Mr. Taylor said the only way peace can be sustained in Liberia, young people, who are in majority,should come together and have peace activities to ensure that peace messagesare taken across all15 sub-divisions of Liberia.
“There is need that young people across this country get involved in activities that will promote peace instead of violence, against this; we thought it wise to invite young intellectuals from Pakistan and Kenya to share their experiences with our fellow youth on the importance of sustainability of peace.”
The YAP President said the pending election in October will be critical, because it is the first since 1944 where Liberians will witness free transfer of power from one administration to the other.
“This is an historic event that needs to be celebrated, because no one will be taken weapon or jump in the street to cause instability, but instead our weapon will be transcended into messages on issues relative to how best young people can be the fullbearers of the sustainability of the peace across Liberia”, he concluded.

By Lewis S. Teh-Editing by Jonathan Browne

Labour Minister frowns on child labor

The Ministry of Labor has frowned on the wave of child labor in the country, stressing the need to end the practice. LabourMinister NetoZarzarLighe, Sr. said the law against child labor should be vigorously enforced to get children off the streets.


“We see our children during school hours selling in the streets, while their mates are in school, children these days have been used as bread winners of the various homes, these things must come to an end”, he emphasized.
Speaking to UNMIL Radio on Tuesday,21 February he said the issue of child labor has drawn the attention of the Ministry and everything was being done to minimize the act.

“I think what is needed to put an end to this child labor thing is for every stakeholder to join hands in the fight against this act, because this is mostly happening in the informal sector, people that are in those sectors don’t really understand the implications of child labor, and so we all need to come together as one head and work together to avoid the continuation of this act”, said Minister Lighe.

He said the ministry is working to ensure that the issue of child labor is addressed, because often there are complaints from the public. “And just to say, our recent conclusion was also centered around this same child labor thing, as you may be aware, we just concluded the validation of a national action plan.”
According to the Labour boss, the recent validation was at the result of numerous consultations held with local and international partners on how to address child labor here saying, “The document is expected to be submitted to cabinet, where they will endorse it before it reaches the President.”

“If all of us put our hands together, to make sure that the issue of child labor is avoided, high level of awareness, everyone working in the child labor sector to serve as ambassador to stop the child labor, Liberia will be a better place”, he further emphasized.

He said the Ministry of Labour cannot address the problem alone, because there are so many things that needed to be added. “We cannot address this child labor issue 100 percent, simply because there are number of things that are required in addressing them, but what I think can be done is to work with other relevant government ministries, and agencies, including the Ministry of Gender, among others to bring this situation to a calm.”

The Ministry of Labor, created by an Act of the National Legislature in 1981, is charged with the Statutory Mandate to regulate the labor sector of the Republic of Liberia through development and implementation of policies for adherence to the Labor Practices Law of Liberia and International Labor Conventions.

By Lewis S. Teh& Ethel A. Tweh-Editing by Jonathan Browne

NEC admits to slow VR process

The National Elections Commission or NEC has admitted to slow start of the ongoing voter’s registration across the country, but said it is because of the impression Liberians made about staffs at the commission.


NEC Communication Director Joseph Nyesuah told UNMIL Radio on Tuesday, February 21, that citizens, who went to the various centers to get registered, noted that whenever they arrived, no staff was around to register them, saying “I think this is why the process has been slow.”

“The process is dropping because of the impression others have made that whenever they go to register, nobody is around to cater to them, and those people will never want to go and see for themselves or make any follow up about the information that was given to them”, he however argued.
Mr. Nyesuah said these concerns have already been addressed, but the paramount issue now is materials needed to expedite the process, adding that awareness, which was lacking, is currently undergoing in all parts of the country and mechanisms are being put in place to speed up the exercise.

According to him, citizens that left their various houses to go register are the ones finding problem with NEC staffs, saying “there is a need for our people to encourage their relatives, friends to take interest in the voter registration, and stop telling them to back off from the exercise, because it is a matter of the state.”
When asked about the performance of staffs deployed at various centers, the Communication Director quickly responded that all those, who are working for the Commission in the registration process are Liberians that were hired and trained; no foreigners among them.

“I can’t understand why people would complain about NEC staffs that are assigned at various centers, these are all Liberians, I mean nobody at the NEC that has handpicked any of their relatives or family members to work, all those staffs are people that underwent the necessary training, so they are doing their work.”
He said the NEC has a contract with staffers, and they are aware of what they will receive at the end of the exercise, so there was no need to raise any concern about their contract.

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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