Bomi County Ebola Holding Center Discharges 2 Ebola Survivors

first_imgAs Government intensifies efforts to fight against the deadly Ebola virus in the country, Bomi County’s Ebola holding center has discharge two Ebola survivors.The discharging ceremony of the two Ebola survivors took place Wednesday in Tubmanburg Bomi County.According to the Bomi Health Officer, Dr. G. Gorbee Logan, “The two Ebola survivors have  gone through proper treatment and have tested  negative of the Ebola Virus.  On Friday of this week we will have a reunion ceremony for the survivors.”He said the majority of the citizens that in that part of Liberia have understood the danger of the deadly Ebola virus.Dr. Logan also disclosed that since the establishment of the Ebola holding center, there have been 15 death cases and two survivors.He indicated that early presentation of patients will help greatly by saving the lives of Liberians in the fight against Ebola.“Presently this holding center has about 12 beds and patients are still coming in.  Health workers we are trying all their  best to save the lives of our people in this county.   We  advise our people to take all preventive measures by reporting themselves early to the hospitals or treatment centers if they experience the signs and symptoms of Ebola.We also advise them to wash their hands frequently, to stop eating bush meat, to stop shaking hands and hugging,  among others.”Bendu Kamara, one of the survivors at the holding center,  called on all Liberians to report to the various treatment centers when they start to show the symptoms of the deadly virus.“I got in contact with the Ebola virus while taking care of my husband and baby who came down with the virus and they died.  I also came down with all of the symptoms of the virus, and this the Ebola response team quickly brought me to this center where I was well treated and today am free of the virus,”Bendu explained.For her part, Patience Kamara, the other Bomi survivor of the virus, said: “I got in contact with the deadly virus while attending to a sick person in my house, who later died.  I was brought to the Ebola holding center for 21 days after which have been proven  negative of the disease.Ms. Patience called on all Liberians, including politicians and doctors to join the fight against the Ebola virus to save the lives of other citizens in the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

The Case of the Crying Wolf

first_imgA fawn-colored light streaked here and there with tints of deepest orange. It was like a multicolored weather that appeared when there was a visit of rainbow.Inside the courtroom, a fever of enthusiasm filled defense lawyer Jason Doe when he said, “You definitely want justice for the victim, don’t you?”“Yes,” the victim’s father, Johnson Kollie said with a grin. “Have you thought about the possibility that this man, Leslie Solo, the defendant might not be the one who is responsible for the crime he is being accused of?” “I don’t have to think about that.” “But you want justice for your son?” “Absolutely!” “And your son was not living with you before his death?” “Yes.” “And it was not because he wanted to live by himself, but because you did not want him to live with you?” “That was our family matter.” The prosecutor rose to object, but changed his mind and frowned. “You asked him to leave your house and that particular night you threw his belongings out of the house?”  Prosecutor Rufus Teah shouted, “Your Honor, this is too much. What has that got to do with his son’s murder?”   Leaning closer with his arms on the bench, Judge William A. K. Jeboh glared at Jason Doe and said, “Will counsel justify his line of cross-examination?”  Jason Doe smiled, and turning swiftly to the judge said, “I am trying to reveal the entire circumstances that in desperation caused the tragic death at his own hands.  “I am also trying to show how culpable the father is in the events that led to, unfortunately the young man’s death.”  “Very well,” Judge Jeboh said, “you may continue.”  “Thank you, Your Honor,” Jason Doe said, and turning to the witness in the box, said, “You loved your son like any good father would?”  “Yes I loved him.”  “And because you loved him,” Jason Doe said, “you were prepared to do as much as you could in his interest.”  “Yes.”  “And even though there have been witnesses who have testified that you are an excellent father, they never told the Court about your periodic fights at your house with him, along with the woman who lives with you?”  “Families have problems here and there.”  “While that is true, those witnesses did not know that despite their claim of your love for him,” the lawyer said, “you were constraint to throw your son’s things, including his clothes out of a house you have given him and had resided for the last five years.”  “It was a poor judgment on my part.”  “You did not tell the prosecutor that when you asked him to leave the house, after you threw his things out of the house,” the lawyer said, “neighbors were good enough to steal everything you threw out, did they not?”  “I don’t think so.”  “You don’t think about what?”  “I..I..I..,” the witness fumbled and shifted his position.  “Please remember you are under oath to tell the truth.”  “Yes.”  “All the things that belonged to your son were stolen by neighbors while you stood there, did you not?”  “Yes.”  “What was the reason you asked him to leave and did not give him at least a month to leave the house?”  “Mr. Doe,”’ the witness said, “my son has been murdered by that man,” he pointed his finger at defendant Leslie Solo, the Good Samaritan who took the victim in, after he was thrown out of his house, “and I’m sure the law will give me justice.”  “That’s the objective of this Court,” the lawyer reminded him, “but at the same time, circumstances that led to your son’s death indicate your own negligence about the son you claimed you love and on whose untimely death you are here accusing a man who rescued him.”  “Parents can have disagreements with their children.”  “You were one of the first persons to be at the remains of your son’s body?”  “Yes.”  “What was in the hands of the decedent?”  “The decedent held firmly in his folded arms several sheets of paper.”  “And the sheets were from a book that you owned, is it not?”  “Yes.”  “And you told the police that the decedent had apparently stolen from a neighbor?”  “Yes.”  “Who did you have in mind as the one that your son might have apparently stolen from?”  “I am not sure I can remember what I said.”  “But you told the police your son you claimed you loved had stolen from someone?”  “I think…” “No, don’t think,” the lawyer interrupted him, “just tell me what you told the police.”  “I had always kept money in that particular book,” the witness said, “and someone stole the book from my house.”  “So was it the fact that your son allegedly stole from a neighbor as you indicated to the police?”  “I was simply confused.”  “And you told a lie to incriminate your son?”  The prosecutor was on his feet, “This is not proper cross-examination, not sufficient background laid.”  “Sustained!” the judge declared.  Jason Doe smiled and rephrased his question.  “The truth was that your son did not steal anything from you?”  “I had the impression that he did.”  “Tell the Court about your intention to provide such negative about your son?”  The witness shifted his position again and all the spectators stared at him.  “It was pure assumption.”  “And you assumed that your son stole from you, and also from someone?”  “I was simply confused and not to myself,” the witness said, “though he was one of the few that visited the house.”  “And the torn book belonged to you and not to a neighbor as you told the police?”  “Yes,” he responded, lamely, and a titter among the spectators dealt a lasting blow to the witness claim. The lawyer allowed his answer to sip through the Court and then walked to the defense table, and pawed through some papers and, returning to the witness said, “Did your son have the habit of stealing things from you?”  “No.”  “Was there any evidence that he stole the book?” “He was indebted to someone in a mount of US$1, 000, and therefore, when the book and the money disappeared, I assumed that he was the one.” “How much money was hidden in the book?” “About US$3, 000.” “But he denied it?” “What else could he have said?” “But he denied it,” the lawyer repeated,   “is your answer yes or no?”  “Yes,” the witness said, embarrassed. Jason Doe allowed the witness answer to sip through the spectators and then change his way of questioning.  “Are you presently married, Mr. Kollie?” “I am a bachelor.” “But you have a live-in girlfriend?” “Does it have anything to do with his?”“Is that your answer?” “Well,” the witness said, “I have a live-in girlfriend.” “Felicia Zoe is her name?” “Yes.” “Is she still in Monrovia?” “She has traveled abroad to buy goods.” “And that means she took along a considerable amount of money for the trip.”  “Yes.” “Will you please tell the Court the feud that erupted between you and your live-in girlfriend a week before your son’s death?” The witness lowered his head and began to fret with his hands. The brief silence was filled with the echoes of ceiling and standing fans rattling on their hinges, as they swept to and fro across the room.  With a frown, Jason Doe went for the kill, when he said, “Is it not a fact that on March 22, you accused your live-in girlfriend of ‘stealing’ your money for a young man that you suspected she was going out with?” “Yes.”  “On March 30, just before her trip to Nigeria, did you not find concealed in her bag an amount of US$3,000 along with a note or a letter allegedly written by her lover requesting for money, as she had promised him?”  “Something like that.” “Is it yes or no, Mr. Kollie?”  “Uhuh.”“Could that money not be the missing US$3, 000?”  “It could be the money or not the money.”  “On the night of your son’s death,” the lawyer continued, “which was on April 4, did you not shadow your live-in girlfriend when she reportedly visited her lover, who happened to live in the same vicinity of your son, that is in Sinkor around 14th Street.”  “Uhuh.” “Is that yes or no?” “Yes, I was trying to find evidence against her.” A ripple of laughter filled the room.  But suddenly, the witness began to perspire. The lawyer was not done with him and moved to burst the case wide open.  “Isn’t it true that due to your intense jealousy when you hid around your live-in girlfriend lover’s house which was about 11:30p.m, you by accident encountered this man who you thought was your girlfriend’s lover, but incidentally was your son?” “It was fate,” the witness said, and covered his face with his two hands.   Jason Doe said, “Perhaps it was a chance meeting, but you assumed it was the man who was going out with your girlfriend, and as a result you assaulted him by knocking him dead.”  “Oh Your Honor,” the prosecutor whined, “this is getting too much,” but the judge raised his right hand to silence him, urging the witness to answer the question.    “I was not to myself.”   “So jealousy consumed you to the point that you were prepared to kill another?”  “I had intended to only find out the information and then leave her.”  “But you could not control your emotion after you found the information and allowed your jealousy to dictate to you to kill your son.”  “I did not know it was him.”  “You did not know it was who?”  “My son.” The lawyer grinned and said, “So instead of doing the reasonable thing by leaving your girlfriend, you chose to kill that incidentally turned out to be your son.”  Tears filled the witness eyes, and he fought them back with a white handkerchief.  “Please help me,” he said, as his face darkened, and his eyes narrowed slightly.  “And still unaware that the victim was your son, a book he had taken from your house to do research for a project he had initiated, and assuming that his attacker wanted the book, he had held it till you bashed him to death?”  “Please tell him to stop, because I am losing my mind.”Jason Doe’s forehead knitted into a perplexed frown as he turned swiftly and smiled, before strolling to his table. He grinned at the defendant, whose spirits had apparently been elevated by the blistering evidence that had vindicated him. Judge Jeboh, also grinning, said, “It is shocking the level a man can go to vent his jealous anger and concoct a plot to involve the innocent.  “This case has underscored one of man’s inherent deficiencies in his affair with the opposite sex, and while this case is horrible, the Court is pleased that an innocent man was not prepared to face a trial that would have exhausted his joy as a free man. “The Court appreciates the forthrightness of defense lawyer Jason Doe, and now stipulates that the witness must now be held since there is a probable cause to begin his trial for crying wolf in his attempt to let someone carry his load.  “At the same time,” Judge Jeboh went on, “the Court orders the defendant released.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgFELLOW CITIZENS:During my remarks on Saturday, at our Independence Day Celebration, I announced that we now face a National Emergency as a result of the deadly Ebola menace.  I also announced the establishment of a National Task Force which I would chair along with the Minister of Internal Affairs in his role as Chairman of the National Disaster Relief Commission.  The Task Force will give support to the Technical Team headed jointly by the Minister of Health and Social Welfare and the Country Representative of the World Health Organization.The first meeting of the Task Force was held on Sunday, July 27.  The meeting was attended by the key members of the Technical Team, Ministers and Government Officials, media, political leaders, the security sector, and concerned citizens.The meeting was briefed by the Technical Team on the severity of the disease which has intensified in seven counties – Lofa, Montserrado, Bong, Nimba, Bomi, Grand Gedeh and Margibi and was advised that daily monitoring and briefing sessions at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare for the public will continue.No doubt, the Ebola virus is a national health problem.  And as we have also begun to see, it attacks our way of life, with serious economic and social consequences.  As such, we are compelled to bring the totality of our national resolve to fight this scourge.In light of the need to address this as a national problem which could undermine the economic and social fabric of our nation the following decisions were taken:– All borders of Liberia will be closed with the exception of major entry points including the Roberts International Airport, James Spriggs Payne Airport, Foya Crossing, Bo Waterside Crossing, Ganta Crossing.  At these entry points, preventive and testing centers will be established, and stringent preventive measures to be announced will be scrupulously adhered to;– A new travel policy by the Liberia Airport Authority covering inspection and testing of all outgoing and incoming passengers will be strictly observed;– Restrictions on public gatherings such as solidarity marches, demonstrations, promotional advertisement are to be restricted;– Hotels, restaurants, entertainment centers and video clubs are to play five-minute film on Ebola awareness and prevention;– Government vehicles will be commandeered, as appropriate, to provide needed logistics support to the health delivery system;– All Government facilities and public places are to install and provide public access for washing of hands and other sanitization services;– Media sensitization programs to be formulated by the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism;– Standing Orders have been given to the Security Forces, including the Armed Forces of Liberia, to give support to the Technical Team and the Task Force in enforcing these regulations;– On report from the Technical Team, communities that are seriously affected will be quarantined and travels in and out of such communities restricted.  Support will be provided to those directly affected by the quarantine restrictions;– Similar Task Force Structures are being established at the county level;– Citizens outreach teams are being established to support the works of the Technical Team and the Task Force;The Task Force calls upon all those institutions named in the President’s Independence Day Remarks – Women and Youth Organizations, Inter-Religious Council, Traditional Council, Labor Union, Market Organizations, Political Parties, Press Union, the Transport Unions, Motor Bikes Associations, to name a representative to participate on the Task Force.The Task Force appeals to the public to cooperate by refraining from harming or rejecting health workers and citizens’ representatives who are only trying to save lives and protect citizens.The next meeting of the Task Force will take place on Tuesday, July 29 at 12:00 noon at the C. Cecil Dennis Auditoriumof the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

There needs to be some kind of social media policy for public officials

first_imgDear Editor,I refer to the Stabroek News article, “Cops Probing Complaint against Gov’t Cultural Advisor…” published on October 05, 2018. It was with great shock that I recently learnt that the said advisor has a personal interest in the case brought before the High Court against The Bishops’ High School teacher. Now that the Police have turned up at his place of work in response to a complaint lodged by the teacher and his fiancée for allegedly breaching a section of the new Cyber Crime Act, my initial suspicions are confirmed.It seems to me Johnson is determined to achieve his end, no matter the consequences, even if it means causing this Government great embarrassment. That he would suggest the teacher is taking advantage of the law purely because it’s new is ludicrous. It matters not whether the law is two minutes or five years old, if a breach has occurred, the wronged party has the right to legal redress, as is provided for by the law. What Johnson seems to be saying is that the law is only valid when it serves his purpose.Further, that he would contend that Jackson and his fiancée’s complaints are a reflection of the relative strength of Jackson’s High Court matter is equally puerile.Clearly, the two cases are distinct and separate, and should be judged on their own merit. If this is the kind of faulty thinking that Johnson provides to his employers in his role as advisor, then the tax-payers of this country are being taken for a ride.Following Johnson’s logic, one can take the other side and argue that the alleged public slander of the named individuals is indicative of the relative strength of the case in which Johnson has a vested interest. How else can he explain the urge to offer public pronouncements on the matter which is before the court, and in which he is a witness?Mr. Editor, because of loose cannons like Ruel Johnson, there needs to be some kind of social media policy for public officials. Can you imagine how awkward it must have been for the Permanent Secretary to attempt an explanation to the Police for Johnson’s refusal to go down to the station? This Government must do better.Yours respectfully,Kevin Samaroolast_img read more

Gunmen storm Region 4 RDC office, escape with cash

first_imgFour gunmen in the wee hours of Thursday morning stormed the Region Four Regional Democratic Office, Triumph, East Coast Demerara, and carted off an undisclosed sum of money after torching two safes.Guyana Times understands that at about 02:00h, four men armed with handguns, invaded the RDC office compound from the back where they relieved one of two security guards of his cash and other valuables.The men then tied up the guards and made their way into the building where they torched two safes and escaped with an undisclosed sum of money.From reports, the two guards managed to free themselves and contacted the Beterverwagting Police Station.Investigators have since dusted the area for fingerprints and took statements from the guards.No arrests have been made. Attempts to contact the regional executive officer proved futile.last_img read more

PROCMURA Reaches ‘Vulnerable’ Communities in Bomi

first_imgPROCMURA-Liberia Chapter’s Anti-Ebola Taskforce Committee over the weekend reached out to vulnerable and most Ebola affected communities’ in Bomi County, with food and non-food items.The items included household disinfectants, several bags of 25kg rice,  buckets with faucets, powder soaps and vegetable oil, among others.  Beneficiaries included residents of Dorleyla and Dimen towns on the  Bomi/Monrovia highway. Dimen Town is the home of celebrated cultural icon, the late Bai T. Moore.     Though there were no reports of Ebola outbreak in Dimen, nearby Dorleyla Town was affected, killing at least 19 persons during the height of the outbreak last year.Dorleyla’s town chief,  Imam Mohammed Jalieba,  and Pastor David Kollie as well as the head of a women’s organization,  Famatta Dorley, expressed gratitude to PROCMURA-Liberia.“Your gifts have revived our lost hopes.  Therefore, we will distribute them for the benefit of all including those mostly afflicted by the EVD last year,” residents of the two towns assured the PROCMURA leadership.PROCMURA officials informed the beneficiaries that their plights have not been forgotten, and  therefore urged them to make good use of the donations.Dr. Benjamin D. Lartey, who led the distribution committee, said the fight against the EVD in the sub-region would succeed only when those in the fight come together to kick the EVD out.He called on the leaders to take the lead in the fight by spreading the necessary awareness and education to complement the Liberian government’s efforts.“This is not the time to score victory against anyone, but to collaborate by forging together in our fight to score victory against the deadly Ebola by driving it from Liberia and the Mano River Basin,” Dr. Lartey asserted.He also called on the people to take ownership of their communities for the protection of the populace against Ebola.PROCMURA is an acronym for Pan-African Christian Organization and it is dedicated to Christian constructive engagement with Muslims to witness, establish mutual tolerance and collaboration towards peace and peaceful co-existence for the holistic development of the human family. It was founded in 1959.It is established in 20 African countries and is  visible in an additional 10, the officials said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Symbols of Recovery

first_imgThe Ebola outbreak in Liberia no doubt brought the country to its knees, and the news of the situation at one point seemed to have near-apocalyptic implications.  The last thing on the mind of anyone on the ground would have been art or creativity… or so they thought.  Yet, the many priceless acts of creativity throughout this crisis have helped millions of people nationwide emerge from denial and adopt preventive postures and protocols that would keep themselves and their loved ones safe during the epidemic. Among those championing the creative cause against Ebola are artist couple Omar El-Shabu and his better half, Maisha, along with several other Liberian artists who will present their works in a major exhibition at the National Museum in Monrovia from December 1, 2014 to January 31, 2015.  The other artists include Lawson Sworh, Mohammed Bah, Marcus Benn Yancy and Isaac Dubor.Named and styled “Recovery”, the exhibition aims to help eliminate the panic and fear people have of Ebola and make room for healing – “visual healing”, according to the organizers.The Shabus, better known as ‘Baba and Mama Shabu’, have had an extensive and coveted artistic career that sets them apart as nothing less than sages.  Baba, a painter with experience in academia as well as the African textile industry, is regarded for his expert knowledge of traditional African symbols, those native to Liberia being no exception. His use of traditional African symbols in his paintings encodes an awareness that viewers must learn to discover or rediscover, toward a stronger sense of cultural identity.  Such passion for traditional symbols has given birth to a series of projects including the up-coming one, Recovery. “My art is symbolic,” says Baba. “There are a lot of symbols inside of my work.  Now is the time for us to use art symbols.  These symbols represent courage as a way of moving forward from this Ebola outbreak.”The cultural symbols Baba employs come from across the spectrum of Liberian traditions, including Kpelle, Vai, Lorma and Mandingo, to name a few.Mama and Baba have for over a year published a monthly series of articles on Liberian traditional symbols in the Daily Observer’s LIB Life section.  She pens, he paints.  Lately, during the heat of the Ebola outbreak they shifted gears to produce the articles every week, highlighting the role of art and symbols in the fight against Ebola. “We need to do something that’s going to relate to recovery, especially as we get closer to recovering from this Ebola outbreak,” says Mama, speaking of the up-coming exhibition.  “A lot of artists are going to be a part of it, including Baba himself. After the initial shock from Ebola, the deaths, and how people are starting to say let’s move on. We shouldn’t remain down, we need to keep going forward.”The pair expressed their initial wish, which almost came true until the Ebola outbreak.“We planned this exhibition in March 2014 and started to share ideas with others,” Mama explains, “and then Ebola. We started thinking; artists have an important role during periods like this when everyone is down.  We could actually spark a recovery, and that’s how Baba said, let’s have a recovery exhibition.”The Recovery exhibition will be their second in post-war Liberia.  In 2012, Baba held a major exhibition titled, “New Water from the Ancient Well”, at the Liberian National Museum.According to the couple, the idea for that exhibition came about while visiting the museum one day and seeing it’s old artifacts.“Baba was looking at the old artifacts and decided that we needed to have an exhibition.  The exhibition featured pieces [already in] the museum as well as his contemporary interpretation of those pieces. We had paintings and textile tapestries – large wall tapestries. It was beautifuland such a success,” Mama recalls.The New Water from an Ancient Well exhibition sparked a renaissance in many different circles about heritage.  Since that exhibition, Baba has been working with a many artists who were inspired by his works.“A lot of artists have been coming up since the exhibition, giving time and doing different things with Baba,” Mama explains.  “Because of the exhibition, a lot of new art schools have opened and positive things have blossomed. When we produced the exhibition in 2012, we wanted to inspire the Liberian art renaissance.  We wanted to be a part of the renaissance taking place. And we feel that we’re a part of that.“We look forward to doing it again with the Recovery exhibition,” she continues, “and bring on board some of these artists that Baba has been working with,” she disclosed.According to Mama, fear and discipline has been the overall effect of the Ebola crisis.”If you follow the guidelines in staying safe and have instituted some discipline on yourself, you’ll see yourself moving above. And that is the antidote for fear. We have to admit, Ebola did that,” she says.The Recovery exhibition, Baba says, will highlight symbols of recovery and moving forward from the past.”We need all of these symbols because they’re symbols of strength and courage, to move us out of the Ebola era.  In my work, I project that image of courage, getting away from fear. We need to move forward as people.  This Ebola, like so many other elements that are in life, will come and go.  We can’t stop because they exist, we have been here in Africa for more than 10,000 years, and all of these things did not just happen.  There were many disasters, so we must move forward.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Lofa Association in Grand Gedeh Launched

first_imgA group of Liberians hailing from Lofa County residing in Grand Gedeh on New Year’s Day inaugurated the Lofa Association of Grand Gedeh.The group, headed by Mrs. Musu Tamba, said the Association was organized in July 2013 with the aim of building a community of united Lofa natives in Grand Gedeh.Mrs. Tamba said the group comprises more than two hundred members who are engaged in businesses across Grand Gedeh County.Members of the association include dealers in building materials, used clothing and household utensils among other commodities and those engaged in gold mining, according to Mrs. Tamba.She added that the Association seeks to empower its members by providing loans and other assistance to their fellow compatriots.She disclosed that the group also aims to impact the county’s economy by what she described as “the opening of fabulous businesses.”Mrs. Tamba, who is one of the leading building materials dealers in Zwedru, said members also rally to provide support to those who get married, graduate, celebrate birthdays and other achievements in their lives. The Lofa association also provides help to the sick and impoverished members, she added.She disclosed plans to engage in large scale farming in Grand Gedeh in the coming years.“Prior to the civil war, Lofa County was referred to as the breadbasket of Liberia. Now we have over two hundred of us living in Grand Gedeh and I know we can put Grand Gedeh on the map as the leading producer of bitter balls and pepper in the near future,” Mrs. Tamba said.She said they have a very cordial relationship with the people of Grand Gedeh and the county’s authorities. The launch of the Lofa Association of Grand Gedeh was attended by people from all walks of life, including Grand Gedeh Acting County Inspector Josephus Garley, a representative from the Zwedru City Mayor’s office, the Grebo, Nimba and business communities.Some of the members of the association have been working and doing business in Grand Gedeh for over 25 years.The Lofa association is an addition to a network of other tribal groups residing in the county. There are the Fulani communities, Nimba citizens, Grebo community and Kru associations in Grand Gedeh.The festivity, which included a parade through the principal streets of Zwedru and an indoor program, was graced by musician Patrick Tamba Kailando, a Lofa native who also performs his music in Guinea and Sierra Leone. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

In Ganta: NP Inaugurates Multi – Purpose Filling Station

first_imgOne of the leading petroleum vendors in Liberia, National Petroleum Liberia Limited (NP), on Saturday, September 10, 2015 inaugurated one of its multi – purpose filling in the commercial city of Ganta, Nimba County.The filling station marked the third modern filling station to be built in Ganta this post war period by companies importing petroleum products to Liberia.In an overview of NP operations in Liberia, the Managing Director Mohamed S. Kanu said the beginning of his company’s business in Liberia was very humble, taking them through some sleepless nights, sleeping on the floor for several months before reaching to this stage.NP, which is originally a Sierra Leone based company, has several filling stations strategically located in and around Monrovia, as well as other cities such as Kakata, Buchanan and now Ganta.Kanu explained that people of Liberia and Sierra Leone share a common goal and culture, therefore the presence of NP in Liberia is the same as it is in Sierra Leone, from where it came.“We believed in downstream investment; employed the locals, paid municipal tax as well as real estate tax and the revenue,” he said.Mr. Kanu also noted that the service at the filling station is not restricted to serving gasoline, fuel and other lubricants, but the station will also sell type of stove that uses gas.He said the stove will help curtail environmental degradation, especially the use of charcoal, because it is very economical and refilling process will be done here in Liberia.“This stove will stop you from using coal and stop you from cutting down sticks for coal, let’s save the environment for the future generation,” he said.The management also introduced an engine oil known as “Castrol”, which he said is highly protective and gives an engine a good performance.The filling station also contains a shop that sells assorted goods including food, snacks, body lotion, lubricants, drinks, and many other items to afford commuters their basic needs whenever in transit. The program was attended by scores of local and national government officials, business people from Ganta as well other dignitaries including Mr. Francis A. Dennis, former president of LBDI and now Board Chair of NP.Hon. Jackson F. Doe Jr., Deputy Managing Director for Administration at the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC), praised NP for the extending services to the interior parts of the country, where the citizens will find it easy to have access to petroleum products.He said NP is one of petroleum importing companies that is really compliant with all regulations from LPRC and the government at large.However, the Management of NP Liberia Ltd is embarking on expanding services to neighboring Guinea and the Ivory Coast, while reaching other parts of Liberia as soon as possible.“As we speak, our station in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County is expected to be opened to the public soon,” said Joshua G. Karngar Administrative Officer, NP. Ganta has several multi – purpose filling station, including Total, Aminata, Super Petroleum (SP) and now NP, but only the NP has introduced the cooking stoves and refilling of other gas containers. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

The Brink of ECOWAS Last Resort to Stop Jammeh

first_imgWe have often in this column recalled how in 1975 Time Magazine published a cover story on Africa entitled, “In Africa, Things Always Go Backward.”This highly pessimistic title made many of us Africans angry. But then, the magazine had earlier that same year put on its cover the Nigerian Head of State, Yakubu Gowon, calling him and Nigeria “The First Black Power.” It had just been revealed that Nigeria had US$7 billion in reserves in London banks, at the time one of the highest in the world. However, in July that year Gowon was overthrown in a military coup d’état while attending the Organization ofAfrican Unity Summit in Kampala, Uganda!And remember, barely four years earlier, peaceful and progressive Uganda, the world’s second largest coffee producer, had been rocked by Idi Amin’s coup overthrowing democratically elected President Milton Obote! That immediately sent millions of Ugandans, including top politicians, civil servants, army personnel, bishops and ordinary folk fleeing Amin’s murderous and widespread brutality. Uganda lost its coffee clout to the Ivory Coast. Amin soon expelled thousands of Indian businesspeople who had dominated the business sector, causing the collapse of the country’s commerce.We yet remember that around the same time of Gowon’s overthrow, Angola and Mozambique gained their independence from Portugal, and immediately entered civil war!We all know what happened in Liberia five years later, when this African citadel of peace and stability was rocked with its first coup, overthrowing and murdering President William R. Tolbert and his top officials, plunging the country into 10 years of terror, leading, worse yet, to civil war.Doe was in his last days of power when Yahya Jammeh joined the ECOMOG’S Gambian peace keeping contingent deployed in Liberia. Did ECOMOG stop the war? No. Following the All-Party Conference in Banjul in September 1990, Dr. Amos Sawyer, who was elected Chair of the Interim Government of National Unity (IGNU), entered Liberia shortly thereafter. Dr. Sawyer, along with Dr. Togba Nah-Tipoteh and others, as members of the Movement for Justice in Africa (MOJA), were among the political movements that gave political consciousness to Liberian youth across the country, as well as the Liberian Armed Forces that staged the 1980 coup d’état. Did the coup set things right in Liberia? No. It led to 10 years of terror, leading to civil war. Sawyer and his team arrived here in September to early October, 1990 and remained in control of the Interim Government for over four years. Did things “go backward” in Liberia? You bet! The war continued for 10 more years.Meanwhile Jammeh, after completing his tour of duty with ECOMOG in Liberia, returned home and quickly, on July 22, 1994 staged a military coup d’état against the elected government of President Sir Dawda K. Jawara. Jammeh immediately started doing the same things Doe had done following his 1980 coup—embarking upon a repressive and murderous rule that has lasted 22 years.But something good happened on December 1, 2016, when the Gambian opposition united, defeated the tyrant and elected Adama Barrow as the new President. The defeat was so convincing that Jammeh immediately conceded. But determined that things will, once again “go backward” in Africa, Jammeh a few days later alleged election “irregularities” and called for new elections!The ECOWAS leaders, led by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and the President of Africa’s most powerful nation, Nigeria, has so far paid several visits to Banjul, pleading with Yahya Jammeh to step aside and allow the scheduled January 19 inauguration of the new President to be held.But Jammeh, assuming that ECOWAS, the African Union, the United Nations and the rest of the world are fools, is now insisting that his Supreme Court should decide the matter, which has already been decided by the December 1 elections. This has led ECOWAS to the extreme, threatening force to remove this intransigent and unreasonable tyrant. Now, for the first time in its history, Gambia’s peace has been seriously threatened, and thousands of citizens as well as tourists, the backbone of the economy, are fleeing the looming apocalypse.It is our prayer that military force, if it becomes necessary, will be swift, decisive and bloodless. We have another prayer: that Adama Barrow, The Gambia’s long awaited liberator, will not disappoint. We pray that he will have the common sense, humility and political will to lead The Gambia forward, and save it from going “backward” again. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more