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2000 Healthworkers Expected on Payroll

The Chairperson on Health and Gender at the Liberian Senate says two thousand health workers are expected to be included on the government’s payroll, while the remaining six thousand would be added during subsequent budget years.

Senator Peter Coleman told this paper recently in Totota, Lower Bong County that those to be included on government’s payroll are trained and professional health workers, noting that the process would go on in stages, as the next budget will see the inclusion of another two thousand skilled health workers added.

He added that out of the six thousand health workers, only 33% are skilled health workers. Senator Coleman categorized skilled health workers as Physician Assistants, Registered Nurses, Midwives and Laboratory Technicians- people who stand the chances of full employment with the government per the agreement reached.

According to the Grand Kru County, the Liberian Senate has informed the Executive Branch of government to repay the fifty-five dollars deducted from all health workers in Liberia.

Meanwhile, Senator Coleman has disclosed that Grand Kru County has begun initiating several projects, including roads connection, as part of preparations for the hosting of the Independence celebrations in 2014.

He disclosed that the logging company- Atlantic Resources, promised to work in some of the major cities, including Barclayville. Sinoe and Grand Kru Counties have been designated to host next year’s Independence celebrations.

No Basic Social Service in Bong’s Yeindawoin Clan

A one-day development meeting has ended in Nyarta, Yeindawoin Clan, Yellequelleh District in Bong County. The Yeindawoin Concerned Citizens Movement called the meeting, which brought together hundreds of citizens from towns and villages across the clan.

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The YCCM is a group fronting to attract more development and sound leadership to the clan, now lagging behind in terms of basic social services, including schools, clinics, as well as safe drinking water, among others in the clan located in Electoral District #2.

At the meeting recently, the founder and Chairman of the organization, David  Brown decried the under-development of the clan despite the presence of natural resources, stressing that those who were not providing any benefits to the people of Yeindawoin were damaging their forests and rivers.

According to him, since its establishment, the organization has settled a landmark land dispute, and is undertaking a town hall project. The one-day development meeting brought together Electoral District #2 Representative Prince Karmue Moye, Paramount Chief Brown Cooper, as well as Chiefs and hundreds of local citizens.

Representative Moye promised to work with the citizens as they strive to develop their community, descring the clan as an essential part of Electoral District two, and such he could not ignore its development process.

Bong County Receives US$75,000.00

The Bong County Scholarship Committee has received a check of US$75, 000.00 from China Union. The 2.6 billion Chinese company made the amount available on October 14 this year to cover payment of US$25,000.00 per year for the period of three years. China Union has been operating in the Fuamah District since 2010.

Making the disclosure, three members of the committee said a Memorandum of Understanding was immediately signed between the scholarship committee and China Union upon receipt of the check.

Though the actual purpose of the money is yet to be determined and disclosed, there are widespread reports that it would be paid to universities, as part of arrears owed them by the County.

Methodist Bishop-Emeritus Arthur Kulah, Regional Civil Society Head George Johnson and the Chairman of the French Department at the Cuttington University, GYF Genegbayan assured Bongese that the committee would do all in its will and power to properly handle the scholarship, ruling out the possibility of anyone benefiting without meeting the requirements, including  transcript or report card from a recognized institution of learning, as well as letters of recommendation from the religious community, among others.

Bishop Kulah, Masers Johnson and Genegbayan said priorities would specially be placed on children who are from poor families.

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