Equip-Liberia donates filter buckets

A non-governmental organization, Equip-Liberia has donated 100 filter cleaning instruction buckets to over one hundred households in several villages, including Menlah, Jerry, and Mary villages, in lower Nimba County.

Equip-Liberia Program Manager for Nimba, Mr. Joseph K. Kilikpo, said, the donation came as a result of recent outbreak of cholera in lower Nimba. He says the filter cleaning instruction buckets will be utilized by affected communities to purify water for safe drinking in order to avoid falling victims to water borne diseases.

He discloses that the buckets were donated to Equip-Liberia by an organization based in America, Last Well. Some of the beneficiaries have commended Equip-Liberia for the donation.

They narrated to our Nimba County Correspondent, who visited the villages that the buckets will help them to have access to self-drinking water in that part of the county.
Speaking also, Equip-Liberia Executive Director, Roland T. Suomie, says his organization is faith-based (Christianity) and has been helping to provide water and sanitation across Nimba County. 

He vows that Equip-Liberia will remain committed to working along with the County Health Team to provide healthcare for the people of Nimba. Director Suomie explains that the buckets donated have a lifespan of more than 15 years, and will help the affected communities until the County Health Team could come in to help provide hand pumps for the villagers.

He cautions the beneficiaries not to sell the buckets as none is available in the country, and emphasizes that Equip-Liberia will deploy inspectors in the field to check if they are being sold.

By Franklin Doloquee, Nimba-Editing by Jonathan Browne

Police Chief to dismantle checkpoints

The Inspector General of the Liberia National Police has threatened to remove unnecessary checkpoints erected across the country. Col. Gregory Coleman described these checkpoints as fake, and notes that they were posing serious embarrassment to free movement of commuters and vehicles daily with lots of complaints.

The New Dawn Correspondent in the county says during President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s recent visit to Nimba, she demolished several checkpoints, including one between Saclepea and Bahn, in electoral district#7.

Police Chief Coleman made the pronouncement in a town hall meeting with citizens at the Ganta Concerned Women Center where he had gone to urge the civilian population to seen the police and other state security apparatus as friends, calling on the citizens work along with the police in fighting crimes and violence, particularly ahead of the October elections.

The meeting brought together citizens of the county, including motorcyclists, among others. In response, the citizens promised to avoid all forms of violence and to work with the police.

By Franklin Doloquee, Nimba

Liberty Party ‘desperate’

Liberty Party National Chairman Ben Sanvee says here that the party is desperate to take state power, but through democratic means. Speaking at the LP headquarters in Monrovia on Wednesday, April 19, during an official ceremony to receive Attorney Kanio Gbala, who early this week parted with Coalition for Democratic Change standard bearer George Weah, Chairman Sanvee said Liberty Party will not leave any stone unturned in its quest to win Presidency in October.

He says the LP is willing to go extra miles in ensuring its dream of achieving victory at the ballot box. He emphasized that LP is a political party that needs the expertise of every Liberian in order to realize its dreams and aspirations.

Sanvee admits that the party executives are overwhelmed by Attorney Gbala’s decision to join the Liberty Party, noting that the young Liberian brings lot on the political table, especially ahead of heated polls.

According to him, they have seen how innovative Gbala is and he has come over to join hands so that they can move Liberia forward, saying “Together, we can do better”. Sanvee reiterates that the LP is open to all Liberians.
In an apparent show of strength and readiness, the party paraded fleet of brand twin-cabin pickups in the streets of Monrovia to its headquarters at the St. Joseph’s Catholic Hospital Junction on the Old Road.

But critics here are questioning source of the sudden wealth with some speculating that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf may be behind the party’s support, a claim the President has vehemently denied.

The grounds of the Liberty Party on Wednesday was a scene of jubilation, battle cries and dances when Attorney BaiGbala, Jr., son of Liberian political commentator BaiGbala, who has weigh in his support for Vice President Joseph Boakai.

Mr. Gbala, Sr., worked with the regime of slain President Samuel Kenyon Doe. The despotic regime characterized various vices including tribalism, nepotism and corruption, among others was toppled in the 1989 rebel invasion led by ex-president Charles Ghankay Taylor, currently serving 50-year jail sentence in Britain for aiding and abetting RUF rebels from Sierra Leone.

The new LP convert, Kanio took the streets with hundreds of people believed to be his supporters to the grounds of the Liberty Party to declare his membership. The party headquarters was packed with hundreds of Liberians from Montserrado County Electoral #3, chanting battle cries and singing as Atty. Gbala headed the group.  LP Vice Chairman for Political Affairs, Mr. Abraham Darious Dillon, says the party is recruiting members on a daily basis, which is sign that it is heading for victory.

He used an old Liberian proverb which says, “If your Christmas will be good, you know from the eve”, and notes that Attorney Gbala has been someone he (Dillon) long yearns to work with.

By Ethel A. Tweh-Editing by Jonathan Browne

LP blames defeats on logistics

Officials of the opposition Liberty Party or LP have been bragging of late following the opening of its modern headquarters and the purchase of fleet of vehicles. They say their defeat in the last two elections was as a result of lack of logistics.

An executive of the party, Rep. Gabriel Buchanan Smith who echoed the chorus on a local radio talk show Wednesday argues that logistics has been LP’s “greatest challenge in the past two elections.”

“Logistics has been our greatest challenge in the past two elections. Thisyear, we prayed about it, God has begun to open windows of opportunity logistically” and so now we are getting logistics”, he said during the talk show on Wednesday morning, 19 April.

However, his claim was rebuffed by Mr. Nuwah Gibson who presentshimself as a member of the Boakai Think Tank, a team of supporters of Vice PresidentJoseph Nyumah Boakai presidential bid.

Mr. Gibson says logistics has not been the problem of the LP, rathersuggesting that the opposition party’s problem has been strategy which he claims the ruling UP has more than any other party here.

The Boakai supporter maintains that the UP would not have won elections in 2005 if logistics were the primary solution to winning elections, reminding the LP executive that the ruling UP never had logistics when it won the firstelection.

But Rep. Buchanan who sounded more religious on the program insists that it seems God is doing a new thing inthe LP that a lot of people are not seeing. He added that God provides the necessary means for you to succeed when he is ready to lift you up.

Already, Rep. Smith says the party’s team of electoral and elections experts are working to come up with a draft of LP’s campaign strategy within a week or two that will help the party engage the electorate here “… And once that is done and our communication strategy is clearly
defined and presented to the people, I tell you there is no force in thiscountry that can withstand the Liberty Party in this coming election”, heclaims.

Rep. Smith further argues that once the people in the interior parts of Liberia get to understand what the LP’s platform means, the party can seize state power following the October polls. The LP Man says the party must ensure that its strategies are designed in ways that will engage almost every individual in Liberia with the liberty message.

By Winston W. Parley-Edited by Othello B. Garblah

Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa rebounds

World Bank Chief Economist for Africa, Mr. Albert G. Zeufack says Africa’s economic growth recovery has been weak due to wasteful spending in many countries on the Continent.

However, he says growth in Sub-Saharan Africa is rebounding in 2017 after registering the worst decline in more than two decades in 2016. Chief Economist Zeufack made the assertion on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in a live press conference involving African countries with major economic growth that are in the stage of recovery.
The new Africa’s Pulse, which is a bio-annual analysis of the state of African Economies conducted by the World Bank, speaks volumes of how weak the Continent’s growth recovery is.

Africa’s Pulse says the region is showing signs of recovery and regional growth is projected to reach 2.6% in 2017. However, it notes that recovery remains weak, with growth expected to rise only slightly above population growth, a pace that hampers efforts to boost employment and reduce poverty.

Africa’s Pulse: Nigeria, South Africa, and Angola, the continent’s largest economies, are seeing a rebound from the sharp slowdown in 2016, but the recovery has been slow due to insufficient adjustment to low commodity prices and policy uncertainty. Furthermore, several oil exporters in the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC) are facing economic difficulties.

According to the analysis, seven African countries, including Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Rwanda, Senegal and Tanzania continue to exhibit economic resilience, supported by domestic demand, posting annual growth rates above 5.4 percent in 2015-2017.
“These countries house nearly 27 percent of the region’s population and account for 13 percent of the region’s total GDP. The global economic outlook is improving and should support the recovery in the region”, the analysis says.

Africa’s Pulse notes that the continent’s aggregate growth is expected to rise to 3.2 percent in 2018 and 3.5 percent in 2019, reflecting a recovery in the largest economies.
Mr. Zeufack pointed out the environment of weak economic growth comes at a time when the Continent is in dire need of necessary reforms to boost investment and tackle poverty, stressing that countries also have to undertake much needed development spending, while avoiding increasing debt to unsustainable levels.

“As countries move towards fiscal adjustment, we need to protect the right conditions for investment so that Sub- Saharan African countries achieve a more robust recovery”, he says, and adds, “We need to implement reforms that increase the productivity of African workers and create a stable macroeconomic environment. Better and more productive jobs are instrumental to tackling poverty on the continent.”

The Africa’s Pulse analysis released by the World Bank says that with the high poverty rate, the region is faced with the urgent need to regain the momentum in growth and make it more inclusive, which will require deep reforms to improve institution for private sector growth, and develop local capital markets as well as improve the quantity of public infrastructure, enhance the efficiency of utilities including the strengthening of domestic resource mobilization.

According to the report, regional growth remains insufficient to raise per capital incomes, and Gross Domestic Product or GDP is projected to contract by 0.1 percent in 2017, before rising moderately by less than 1.0 percent a year in 2018-19.

By Lewis S. Teh-Editing by Jonathan Browne

Mail Town to get modern clinic

Citizens of Mail Town, electoral district#6 in lower Nimba County are to shortly benefit from a modern clinic. The facility was constructed by a representative hopeful Mr. Dorwohn Twain Gleekia.

Speaking to the New Dawn, Mr. Gleekia said he embarked on the initiative after citizens of the town cried on him to construct a clinic in their area. Some of the citizens said the clinic will bring great relief to them.

According to them, due to the lack of health facility, over six thousand residents in the town and adjacent communities are at risk, and many of them had died from health complications.

Representative aspirant Gleekia also donated 10 bundles of zinc to the Christian High School in Tappita, Nimba. He told the New Dawn Correspondent in the county, who visited the district that since 2011 he has been providing help to the citizens of district#6, including construction of youth centers in Toweh Town, Boulay, Sialay Town where he constructed a midwifery home, while in Vahn Town he provided 10 bundles of zinc as well as a market hall in Gbaplay, youth center in Yourpea Old Town palava hut in Kpalay Town, including a bridge in Tappita, among others.

By Franklin Doloquee, Nimba-Editing by Jonathan Browne

Kakata wants relationship with Brooklyn Park City revised

Coming from the United States of America recently, the Assistant City Mayor of Kakata, Margibi County; Rev. Gbarngawoe Eddie Seboe, says lapses are hindering city relationship established with the Brooklyn Park City in the United States.

Kakata City in 2011 signed a sister city relationship with Brooklyn Park City aimed at bringing huge benefits to Kakata by boosting health, education and security, amongst others.

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Vice President Joseph N. Boakai graced the signing ceremony, among other top government officials and Margibi County authorities as well as their American counterparts at the Kakata City Hall.

The Americans promised to help the health, education and security sectors of Margibi and other sectors in the county, but up to date, the relationship is yet to bear fruits.

Kakata City Mayor Eddie Z. Murphy, attributes the delay to the Ebola Virus outbreak in 2014, which devastated the entire country.

But returning from America recently, Assistant Mayor Seboe notes that benefits for Kakata are not coming forth because of lapses by some parties involved in the relationship, disclosing that institutions involved are Liberian based.

The Assistant Mayor explains how their American counterparts have expressed regret over the manner in which the relationship between the two sister cities is being stalled.

However, he expresses optimism that Kakata City is exploring all avenues not only to revise the ties, but re-strengthen it in making sure Kakata benefits from America.

By Ramsey N. Singbeh, Jr. in Margibi-Editing by Jonathan Browne

Don’t elect troublemaker

House Speaker and Margibi County District#5 Representative, Emmanuel Nuquay is warning the people of Margibi not to elect any troublemaker to the county’s leadership.

Speaker Nuquay gave the advice recently in Margibi electoral district#4 where he had gone along with some officials, including Representative Edward Karfia of Bong County, and the Margibi County Chairman of the People Unification Party or PUP, who is also a representative aspiring in the district for the upcoming elections.

The Speaker was also accompanied by other local authorities of Margibi to dedicate a town hall in Larkata-ta region of the district.The project was reportedly executed by him, PUP Margibi Chairman and Senator Tornola, respectively.

Speaker Nuquay made specific reference to Margibi County District#4 Representative Ben A. Fofana, who he claims does not like to work with anybody and has consistently tried to cause confusion amongst members of the Margibi Legislative Caucus.

He further claims that among all seven lawmakers of the county, Rep. Fofana is the only person, who is always unwilling to agree with anybody, adding the rest of them have tried very hard to bring the Margibi District #4 Lawmaker on board but to no avail.

He told the citizens that their district is crying for development because their lawmaker (Ben Fofana) cannot co-exist with other lawmakers, and that he alone cannot afford to carry on all of the developments they need.

Nuquay continues that whenever there are some major decisions to be taken in the interest of the county, the lawmaker usually stands alone, emphasizing that legislative work requires team work to succeed.

He warns the citizens that if they supported someone in the caucus, who will not embrace the rest of his colleagues in leadership, they will continue to cry for good leadership and adequate representation.

The Speaker further notes that it is often said that one tree cannot make a forest and one finger cannot pick lice, so it also applies to leadership that a single individual cannot make up a good leadership.

He recounted that Rep. Fofana fought him both at the levels of the Ways and Means Committee of the House and the speaker post, respectively though they both come from the same county, adding that the lawmaker is still finding means to bring about confusion amongst them.

However, Representative Ben A. Fofana has always said that the county leadership is divided and that the rest of his colleagues are against him because he has never agreed to conspire with them against the citizens.

He accused county Superintendent John Z. Buway, Margibi District#2 Representative Ballah G. Zayzay and Speaker Nuquay as main instigators of the division in the caucus.

Ben is also on record for apologizing to the people of Margibi for his comments. In one instance, when he had gone to grace a third term induction ceremony of the Salala Agriculture Workers Union or SAWU headed by a legislative aspirant in the speaker’s district, he called on the citizens not to support any lawmaker seeking a third term. In the county, Rep. Zayzay and Speaker Nuquay are vying for third term.

But Speaker Nuquay says Rep. Fofana too must not be voted for in these elections because he is also seeking a third term, vowing to campaign vigorously in the impending elections to replace Rep. Fofana.

Nuquay and some members of the Margibi County Legislative Caucus have already introduced the Chairman of the People’s Unification Party Mr. Francis F. Cooper as an aspirant on the party’s ticket for the Margibi District#4 seat comes October.

By Ramsey N. Singbeh, Jr. in Margibi-Editing by Jonathan Browne

More kids resurface in the streets

Kids appear to be resurfacing in the streets here in Monrovia and Paynesville and engaging in street selling between moving vehicles,despite pronouncement in January by authorities of the Liberia National Police, the Monrovia City Corporation and Paynesville City Corporation prohibiting street selling by kids.

The Monrovia City Corporation or MCC and the Paynesville City Corporation or PCC warned in January this year that the public should not buy from kids found selling in the streets. They were backed by the Liberia National Police or LNP, with warning that violators would be penalized.

But the mandate appears to have been observed only for a quite short time, as kids return to street selling here before the end of the first quarter of the year. In a conversation with the NewDawn recently, a mother of three children Ms. Kurbo Sumo says the MCC and PCC agenda cannot be achieved on grounds that the corporations have no plan for the kids after taking them from the streets.

According to her, some of the kids that are found selling in the streets are staying with single or forester parents, and are made tohelp with the demands of the home due to the economic situationof the state.

She argues that those sending kids in the streets to sell are nothappy to see the kids sell in the streets, but claims that it is due to the fact that they have nothing to sustain the family.

Also speaking with the NewDawn, Peterson Jallah says government is noted for crafting or passing law but lacks the implementingpowers to ensure that the law is effective.

“As for one I’m against the issue of kids selling on the streets, but again this is an old age problem that needs to be addressed carefully and with enough time and attention. You cannot jump up one morning and think you can do it”, Jallah says.

When contacted to commend on the resurfacing of kids in the streets, MCC Mayor Madam Clara Doe Mvogo said she could not speak to the issue on grounds that it is highly political.
By Bridgett Milton-Editing by Winston W. Parley

Episcopal Church donates food to inmates

The St. Mark Episcopal Church in Harper City, Maryland County has presented several bags of 25 kilograms rice, oil and soap to inmates at the Harper Central Prison.

Making the donation Monday, 17 April at a brief program marking the turning over ceremony at the central prison, Father Ernestine T.Johnson said the donation of the food and non-food items came as a result of the church’s way of identifying with inmates for thisyear’s Easter festival.

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church is well noted for providing food and non-food items to patients at the J.J. Dossen Memorial Hospital in Harper during the Easter festival every year.

The priest of the St. Mark Episcopal Church says the Lord haslain on their hearts to extend their supportive arms to inmates atthe Harper Central Prison for this year’s Easter festival.

The donation of the food and non-food items was follow by a special prayer offered for the inmates. Father Johnson is however calling oninmates at the prison to keep their faith in the Lord.

The prelate admonished the inmates that the Lord will one day intervene into their situation to set free so that they can reunite with their family, and love ones. Also speaking to this paper at the Harper Central Prison, several inmates at the facilities extended their thanks and appreciation to the Christian community of Maryland, particularly the St. Mark Episcopal Church that thinks on inmates as being humans in the society despite being held behind bars for different reasons.

The inmates say the fact that the church can remember them proves that prayers are offered for them and they believe that they will one day be released and become changed people in the society.

Meanwhile, authorities at the Harper Central Prison also lauded the St. Mark Episcopal Church for the gesture, and called on the church to continue such good will to the inmates at the facilities.

Officers at the Harper Central Prison are also calling on the church and the entire Christian community to start providing counseling to the inmates, on grounds that majority of them feel that being behind bars means all is lost in life.

“We believe if they are counseled on a daily basis, they will be healthy and worry on nothing until their respective sentences are over”, the officers suggested.
By George K. Momo/ Maryland-Editing by Winston W. Parley

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