Politics

NBC retires 6 employees

In recognition of their meaningful services to the government and people of Liberia, the National Bureau of Concessions (NBC) has retired six technicians including a driver.


According to NBC Director General, Madam Ciata A. Bishop, the decision is with heavy heart but also necessary as retirement is based on age and tenure in public service. She praised the competence and commitment of the retirees with whom she promises to maintain closed ties, especially in times of need for their expertise.

Madam Bishop also hails the cooperation of the retirees in ensuring the transfer of knowledge over the last two years to those who will now succeed them after being retired.
Those retired included former Gbarpolu County Representative and NBC’s Deputy Director General for Administration, Dickson T. Yarsiah, Sr, Drayton K. Hinneh, Concession Advisor, Edwin W. Walker, Forestry Concession Advisor, Peter D. Kanbor, Senior Tax Analyst, Johnnie K. Tucker, Project Analyst and Boakai Kromah, Driver, respectively.

“Today we retire six people, who have worked in excess of 30 to 40 years; giving service to their country and people and so today, we have come to say thank you for your service, dedication and commitment that they have all made to their country,” she noted.

Bishop describes retirement as honorable and one that speaks a million as to the quality of service rendered to both state and people, adding that it provides a time not just for rest but also for the person to move on by taking on other challenges of life.

Making remarks on behalf of his fellow retirees, former Gbarpolu County Representative Dickson Yarsiah reaffirms his commitment to continuously serve his country despite serving the public sector for 42-years “We are overwhelmed today to see ourselves alive and the NBC saying you can go honorably,” he noted.

As in their case, he wants citizens to endeavor to serve their country with dedication, commitment and sincerity as such will meaningfully contribute to national growth and development.

Yarsiah promises to now move to private life by endeavoring to unite farmers in Gbarpolu County. He challenges Liberians residing in concession areas to stop vandalizing the properties of the concessioners as doing so will drive investors away from the country.

The former lawmaker also wants concessioners to ensure harmonious relationship with inhabitants by providing them agreed services. Held at a local beach in Tinkers Village, the occasion witnessed the awarding of certificates, gifts, and cash as farewell package and was graced by family members, representatives of the Civil Service Agency as well as the National Social Security and Welfare Corporation.

Nimba Commissioner alarms death trap

 

The Commissioner of the Leeweh pea administrative district of Nimba County, Mr. G. NyaDakiayee has decried the condition of the building that is meant to host his office as a death trap.

Commissioner Dakiayee has told the NewDawn’s Nimba County correspondent that it is very disheartening that the building that he is currently using for his office space has turned into a death trap.

He recalls that the structure was constructed since 1975, and has not undergone any renovation. Due to the deplorable condition of the building, Commissioner Dakiayee, has vowed to use a private residence as office space.

While lamenting the condition of his office, Commissioner Dakiayee is calling on the county administration including relevant authorities tofind solution to the situation in order to dignify the prestige of the commissioner campus.

Our Nimba County correspondent who visited the Commissioner Campus in Flumpa says whenever there is a high downpour of rain, there can be no work at the office of the commissioner. Our correspondent says heavy rains can destroy documents at the commissioner’s office.
By Franklin Doloquee, Nimba-Editing by Winston W. Parley

Mass power cut stirs up Nimba

Nimba County is said to be unease over a mass power disconnection campaign by the Liberia Electricity Corporation and Jungle Energy Power, affecting thousands of residents.


Some aggrieved residents told this writer that the decision by the managements of both institutions to disconnect homes and businesses came as a surprise. The protestors narrated to the New Dawn Nimba Correspondent that while they were sitting at their business areas, they only saw LEC and Jungle Energy Power workers engaging them to pay bills accrued over the past two to three years.

According to them, the bills have accumulated to more than a thousand United States dollars for each resident and business center, respectively. The residents say they are willing to pay their electricity bill arears, but the both managements should give them time, adding that managements have not agreed to their plea, but insist on disconnecting over six hundred homes and businesses in the provincial capital, Sanniquellie.

According to them, alleged failure by the two institutions to send agents in the field to collect money owed over the past three years is responsible for the huge accumulation.
Electricity used by residents of Nimba is being provided by the regional group, West Africa Power Pool from Ghana thru Cote d’Ivoire.

When contacted, Mr. Tomah Seh Floyd, who took over the cross-border electricity program in Nimba, said the action by the LEC is based on liabilities the Government of Liberia owes the Government of the Ivory Coast in the of millions of dollars.

He said the Ivorian authorities have threatened to shut down or cut Liberia off from the pool because of indebtedness. Mr. Floyd names areas to be affected as George W. Harley Hospital in Sanniquellie, offices of the Liberia National Police in Sanniquellie along with the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization sub-offices there, including 60 business centers.

By Franklin Doloquee, Nimba-Editing by Jonathan Browne

PYJ, Urey coalition faces hitches

There appears to be hitches emerging in a developing coalition arrangement among three opposition parties here including Sen. Prince Johnson’s Movement for Democracy and Reconstruction or MDR, businessman turned - politician Benoni Urey’s All Liberian Party or ALP and Mr. Nathaniel Blamah’s Liberia National Union.


Nimba lawmaker Sen. Johnson who is alleged to have earlier made a verbal commitment to go as vice running mate to Mr. Urey is now said to have declined to take the slot on grounds that he had tasted elections and would be standard bearer of the coalition.

But reports gathered by this paper say following a meeting held Thursday, 20 April in CongoTown, Senator Johnson made a shocking U-turn on the proposed deal on grounds that he cannot bow to Mr. Urey and the rest of the aspirants in the coalition.

He claims that it would be childish on his part to go as running mate to someone with no experience in electioneering process. While Sen. Johnson is being earmarked to be Mr. Urey’s running mate, the emerging coalition is said to have also earmarked Mr. Blamah as the national chairman for the coalition.
Sen. Johnson who became kingmaker here in the 2011 presidential runoff that was snatched away by incumbent President Ellen Johnson -Sirleaf after siding with her, has argued that he will not bow to businessman turned - politician Mr. Urey and the rest of the aspirants in the coalition.
There are claims that Mr. Urey was offered the standard bearer post on the basis of financial might while Sen. Johnson was awarded the vice standard bearer post for his vote - rich Nimba County.

But in making a U-turn, Sen. Johnson is alleged to have argued that at no time had he ever agree to occupy the vice standard bearer position. Mr. Johnson says the only option for him to remain with the coalition is for the three political parties to give him the standard bearer post and Mr. Urey takes the vice standard bearer post.

According to him, Mr. Urey and the rest of the politicians want to ride on he (Johnson’s) and his follower’s popularity, reflecting on his countless effort in the forward march of democracy and collaboration here.

On the emerging coalition, Mr. Theodore Momo of the ALP serves as the vice chairman for administration and Wilfred Bangura takes the national secretary general post.
Efforts to get comments from Coalition officials including Mr. Nathaniel Blamah of Liberia National Union and Mr. Wilfred Bangura proved futile as both officials could not take their respective calls.
By E. J. Nathaniel Daygbor-Editing by Winston W. Parley

Boakai’s best option


Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai and standard bearer of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s governing Unity Party has got every reason to keep his choice for vice standard bearer secrete, amid widespread public speculations here on who could be a suitable running mate for the UP standard bearer.


The rumor mills have never been short of names for possible choice with the recent being former Senate President Pro-tempore Milton Gbehzongar Findley, former Ambassador JeremaihSuluteh, and others.

But the Vice President has remained conspicuously silent on the issue, preferring to keep the card close to his chest, creating anxiety and speculations. So it has been for the man who was elected on white ballot midway into last year at the national convention of the ruling party held in Gbarnga, Bong County.

However, the New Dawn has stumbled on the name of a high profile personality with impeccable public service credential both locally and internationally, who many say, may be just the right choice for running mate to the UP standard bearer.

She is former Finance Minister and Director of the African Department of the International Monitoring Fund or IMF, Dr. Antoinette MonsioSayeh, who served in the first term of this government and left an impressive record at the nation’s financial house with civil servants receiving salary every two weeks.

Many say to maintain the pace and flow of international aid to Liberia after Madam Sirleaf, whoever emerges as President in October, would need someone of the stature of Dr. Sayeh for an easy takeoff.

An economist, who is well abreast about the inner workings of international development partners and donors’ support to developing countries, Dr. Sayeh could just be that enviable character that the Vice President have long been searching for to pick as running mate nearly a year since his endorsement as standard bearer of the UP.

Dr. Sayeh earns a bachelor’s degree in economics from Swarthmore College and a PhD in International Economic Relations from Fletcher School, Tuffs University, both in America.
She was posted at the World Bank where she worked for 17 consecutive years, occupying position such as County Director for Niger, Benin and Togo prior to coming to Liberia to serve in the government.

She led efforts in the international community which led to the waiver of Liberia’s US$4.5 billion debts following protracted bloody civil war and subsequent restoration of democratic governance.

Dr. Sayeh is also credited for reforming the INF concessional leading facilities and its debts limits policy, and played a very instrumental role in luring emergency financial aid and debt relief to the three Ebola devastated countries in West Africa – Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
On her retirement from the IMF in 2016, ex-Managing Director and French economist, Christine Lagarde, hailed Dr. Sayeh for her enormous influence in cementing the Fund’s relations with African countries.

“Sayeh has been a great leader of the African Department, a respected colleague, a friend and a mentor to many. Her dedication is unparalleled and her contribution to the Fund has been truly outstanding”, Director Lagarde has been quoted as saying.

If eventually picked by Ambassador Boakai as running mate, Dr. Sayeh could be Liberia’s strategic eye to global financial trends, and bilateral and multilateral support that this country badly needs to remain afloat following the euphoria of electoral victory at the ballot box. Story

-by Jonathan Browne

CDC ignores defection

In the wake of incessant exodus of key long serving members from main opposition Coalition for Democratic Change or CDC, officials of the coalition are claiming that defection of their partisans is a non -issue based on claims that when two persons leave, the CDC sees 20 or more persons coming over.


“Listen to me and I will keep reminding you that two persons leaving the CDC and 20 persons coming is a net gain for the CDC. So it’s a non - issue”, Deputy CDC Secretary General for Administration and Chief Scribe of Sen. George Weah’s Congress for Democratic Change Mr. Jangar Cole says.

He told a local radio talk show in Monrovia Thursday, 20 April that the defection being experienced in the Coalition is a non - issue on grounds that 20, 25 or 50 persons come over to the CDC when two persons leave the Coalition.

The Coalition which comprises jailed ex-president Charles Ghankay Taylor’s National Patriotic Party, former international soccer icon now Sen. George Weah and former House Speaker Alex Tyler’s Liberia
People Democratic Party has seen a wave of defection in recent days.

There are reports that some partisans are finding new options and declaring loyalty to different parties either based on fears that the CDC will not guarantee a democratic process in terms of encouraging competition at the pending party primaries for legislative seats or for other disenchantments within the party.

But during his appearance on the local radio talk show on Thursday, Mr. Cole denied the claim, insisting that the process would be competitive. Mr. Cole claims that the CDC is far ahead of its competitors in terms of strategic planning and organization for the coming October representatives and presidential elections.

He insists that the CDC is the only party that has so far been able to strategically bring together a group of political parties that are spread out in the 15 subdivision of Liberia.

“... We are arguably far ahead in terms of strategic planning, in terms of organization because we’re the only party so far … been able to strategically bring together a group of political parties that spread out in the 15 political subdivision of the country,” he argues.

He says in every county, the CDC is three - in - one, in reference to the collaboration of the Congress for Democratic Change, National Patriotic Party and Liberia People Democratic Party.

“That tells you the force of the CDC and the coalition; in every district, we are three - in - one. In every constituency in this country, in every district, in every village we are three - in - one. That makes us the strongest political force, he says.

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

Nimba chief wants Code of Conduct relaxed

A suspended paramount chief in Nimba County is calling for the relaxation of the controversial Code of Conduct for public officials, for the sake of free, fair and peaceful elections.


Chief Franklin Toweh says until someone is adjudged guilty of violating the Code of Conduct, there should be no for contention and everyone should be allowed to participate in the impending elections.

He says in instances where an issue against someone is not clear, that person should also be allowed to go ahead with his or her politically activities to avoid conflict. Chief Toweh, who has expressed interest in vying for the chairmanship of the National Traditional Council of Chiefs and Elders, made the assertion over the weekend in Graie Town, electoral district#6 along the Saclepea-Tappita highway during a recent county tour by Presidency hopeful Dr. Joseph Mills Jones of the Movement for Economic Empowerment or MOVEE party.

Dr. Jones was accompanied on the tour by his national chairman, Dee Maxwell SaahKemayah, Sr., and other party executives. Chief Toweh, who is head of Paramount Chiefs in Nimba, then pledged chiefs in the county support to Dr. Jones, ex-Executive Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia.

He said citizens of Toweh Town were awaiting the MOVEE standard bearer, dubbed “poverty doctor” to welcome and honor him for his good work in the country.  The chief recalled that Dr. Jones provided over US$2,000 to chiefs and elders of Nimba during the Ebola outbreak so that they could help to combat the virus.

By Franklin Doloquee, Nimba

ULD descends on Rep. Nyumanlin

The Union of Liberian Democrats or ULD has expressed serious disappointment in newly inducted Representative of electoral district#1 in Lofa County, Francis S. Nyumanlin, for recent comments made against the party.


Addressing a news conference on Thursday, April 20, at the party headquarters in the Borough of New Kru Town, ULD National Chairman Solomon G. Kahn, said recent remarks by Representative Nyumanlin are disheartening and disappointing to members of the party.

“Though the ULD Representative has his political right to support whoever he desires, but the disappointing thing is that how can a man, who was struggling to find a political party to contest on, will want to pay evil for good, by castigating the same party that deliver him.[It] is unfortunate to have people around here seeking for political rescue after running all over the place, we thought he was going to help move the ULD forward, but he is here, using the ULD as a scapegoat preaching the manifesto of the UP that was beaten in the election.”

“We at the ULD are very disappointed about his remarks, we think its undermines the efforts of our party that a sitting representative will want to castigate his own political party just to support his kinsman, if he wanted to that, he should’ve gone looking for his kinsman’s party and not to contest on the UDL ticket”, Chairman Khan further vented his frustration.

Representative Nyumalin obtained 3,149 votes in the Lofa by-election, which accounts for 32 percent of the total votes cast, followed by William T. Kamba of the Movement for Economic Empowerment, 2,996 votes, representing 30.5 percent at the February 28 polls.
The Lofa County Lawmaker, who appeared on Truth Breakfast Show on Monday this week, has pledged his support to the candidacy of Vice President Joseph N. Boakai, standard bearer of the governing Unity Party for the coming elections.

Representative Nyumanlin refers to the Vice President as his political God-father, something, which has drawn contestation from ULD officials and partisans.
Meanwhile, Chairman Kahn has disclosed that party is about to go to national convention shortly to elect its standard bearer and vice standard bearer, respectively for the impending polls.

“We are pleased to inform the public and our partisans that the ULD convention is being scheduled for 22nd of April at the lagoon hotel” in New Kru Town. He added that other offices to be contested for during the convention include Vice Chairman for Administration, Secretary General, and Assistant Secretary General, Vice Chair for Media Relations, and Vice Chair for Operations, respectively, among others.

By Lewis S. Teh-Editing by Jonathan Browne

Public Defenders attend Judicial Training

Public Defenders from across Liberia are currently attending a quarterly judicial training in Kakata, Margibi County. The training is being facilitated by the James A. A. Pierre Judicial Institute in collaboration with the Legal Professional Development and Anti-Corruption Project under the auspice of the United States Agency for International Development or USAID.


It is being held at the Booker Washington Institute or BWI with participants coming from various parts of the country. The exercise, which started on Wednesday, 19 April is aimed at enhancing the capacity of Public Defenders and ends today, Friday, April 21. Among topics being taught include Preparation of Motions, Resistance, Judgment of Acquittal, Bill of Exceptions, Notice of Completion, Legal Memorandum and briefs as well as Pre-trail and Trial Procedures.

Others are Principles and Practices of Bail and Magisterial Court Jurisdiction.  Speaking to reporters on the campus of BWI on Thursday, the Training Coordinator of the James A. A. Pierre Judicial Institute, Attorney William B. Kollie, said the workshop is meant to continue the legal education of the participants, adding that the exercise is usually conducted four times yearly.

He said the training is triggered by the fact that there is always room for improvement on the job, noting that during the training, issues that pose serious challenges to lawyers are discussed and solutions are found to avoid reoccurrence. He said the trainees are about 34 in total from across the country.

Atty. Kollie narrates that the vision of the institute is to promote judicial excellence, something, which they hope to achieve at the end of the training. Meanwhile, some of the lawyers attending the training expressed appreciation for the workshop and hoped that it is supported to continue implementation quarterly as planned.

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

NBC retires 6 employees

In recognition of their meaningful services to the government and people of Liberia, the National Bureau of Concessions (NBC) has retired six technicians including a driver.


According to NBC Director General, Madam Ciata A. Bishop, the decision is with heavy heart but also necessary as retirement is based on age and tenure in public service.
She praised the competence and commitment of the retirees with whom she promises to maintain closed ties, especially in times of need for their expertise.

Madam Bishop also hails the cooperation of the retirees in ensuring the transfer of knowledge over the last two years to those who will now succeed them after being retired.
Those retired included former Gbarpolu County Representative and NBC’s Deputy Director General for Administration, Dickson T. Yarsiah, Sr, Drayton K. Hinneh, Concession Advisor, Edwin W. Walker, Forestry Concession Advisor, Peter D. Kanbor, Senior Tax Analyst, Johnnie K. Tucker, Project Analyst and Boakai Kromah, Driver, respectively.

“Today we retire six people, who have worked in excess of 30 to 40 years; giving service to their country and people and so today, we have come to say thank you for your service, dedication and commitment that they have all made to their country,” she noted.

Bishop describes retirement as honorable and one that speaks a million as to the quality of service rendered to both state and people, adding that it provides a time not just for rest but also for the person to move on by taking on other challenges of life.
Making remarks on behalf of his fellow retirees, former Gbarpolu County Representative Dickson Yarsiah reaffirms his commitment to continuously serve his country despite serving the public sector for 42-years “We are overwhelmed today to see ourselves alive and the NBC saying you can go honorably,” he noted.

As in their case, he wants citizens to endeavor to serve their country with dedication, commitment and sincerity as such will meaningfully contribute to national growth and development.

Yarsiah promises to now move to private life by endeavoring to unite farmers in Gbarpolu County. He challenges Liberians residing in concession areas to stop vandalizing the properties of the concessioners as doing so will drive investors away from the country. The former lawmaker also wants concessioners to ensure harmonious relationship with inhabitants by providing them agreed services.

Held at a local beach in Tinkers Village, the occasion witnessed the awarding of certificates, gifts, and cash as farewell package and was graced by family members, representatives of the Civil Service Agency as well as the National Social Security and Welfare Corporation.

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