Increasing Forest Value -EPA, LFSP Get US$37M Projec

By Mafanta Kromah

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in collaboration with the Liberia Forest Sector Project (LFSP), is working on a US$37million project.

Supported by the Norwegian Government, the project focuses on three areas including the protection of areas under forest covered in targeted forest landscapes, Emission Reductions and carbon sequestration and people in targeted forests adjacent communities and increasing monetary values of the forest.

Beneficiaries are communities mostly dependent on forest resources from the northwestern region of the country, covering Bomi, Gbarpolu, Grand Cape Mount and Lofa Counties; and the southeastern region; Grand Gedeh, Grand Kru, Rivercess and River Gee Counties.

EPA says other collaborators include: Forestry Development Authority (FDA), Ministry of Agriculture (MOA), Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy (LME), the Liberia Land Authority (LLA) and the Liberia Institute of Statistics and Geo–information Services (LISGIS)

It also explains that the forest plays an invaluable role to the survival of humans; providing services such as water, carbon storage and biodiversity.

Liberia requires the development of a management plan to provide guidance on use, access and management of forest resources, considering the legal framework to convey legal rights and responsibilities.

Providing certain historical facts relative to community forest in Liberia, the statement recalls that Community forestry first came to importance in the mid-70s and continued to evolve over the last few decades in a growing number, stressing that some milestone achievements of recent are the establishment of the National Forest Reform Law (NFRL) of 2006 which deals with the community, commercial conservation aspects of the forest, known as the three C’s principle.

“Three Cs”s approach to forest management, whereas Community forest management is an evolving branch of forestry where by the local community play a significant role in forest management and land use. Community Forestry involves the participation and collaboration of various stakeholders,” the FDA official averred”

In her presentation, Ruth Varnie, FDA’s Regional Forester of Region One, presenting on the topic, “Community Forest Management: Processes, Practices, Rights and Responsibilities,” pointed out that Liberia is one of the few countries with legal framework that purposely addresses community rights to forest.

This framework, Mrs. Varnie averred, includes legislation and regulations that outline the process to secure community forest rights, while taking into consideration the implementation of pilot projects to demonstrate the feasibility of the Framework.

Accordingly, in Liberia, this requires the development of a management plan to provide guidance on use, access and management of forest resources, considering the legal framework to convey legal rights and responsibilities.

Giving some historical facts relative to community forest in Liberia, she recalled that Community forestry first came to importance in the mid-70s and continued to evolve over the last few decades in a growing number.

The FDA boss noted that some milestone achievements of recent are the establishment of the National Forest Reform Law (NFRL) of 2006 which deals the community, commercial conservation aspects of the forest, known as the three C’s principle.

WONGOSOL Creates Aware On Peer Violence On Gender Based Violence

The Women NGO Secretariat of Liberia (WONGOSOL) held a one day Forum in observance of the 16 Days of Activism aim at educating young people on peer violence on Gender- Based Violence in schools and communities.

The one-day Forum brought together 25 youth from various institutions and organizations including communities to discuss Gender- Based Violence reflecting on real life stories that can be documented and reported for justice purposes.

In a special statement, Madam Beatrice Newland echoed the growing wave of violence occurrences against women and girls in many parts of Liberia that need to be addressed.

Madam Newland who is currently serving as the Gender Justice Coordinator on the Funding Leadership Opportunity for Women (FLOW) Program in Liberia, reported increased reports of violence against women in Liberia, mandated that everyone fight to reduce violence against women and girls.

The Gender Justice Coordinator of OXFAM encouraged young and older men nationwide to begin speaking of the negative effect of violence against women and girls in every aspect of their lives in order to desist perpetrators from the thought that women and girls are less important or could be mistreated in relationships, on the job or marketplaces at their will and pleasure.

She recognized the efforts of WONGOSOL in her fight to reduce violence as part of this year’s Sixteen Days of Activism under the national theme, “Let’s Embrace Our Diversities for Safe Education and a Violent Free Society”; while under the Funding Leadership Opportunity for Women (FLOW)is “Tracking Violence against Women Beyond Borders.”

Meanwhile, Mrs. Newland stressed that regardless of gender violence against women and girls; the government and partners and men need to support the wellbeing of women and girls and they must act now!

Nevertheless, Madam Newland maintained that due to this growing number of gender -insensitive reports, the Government of Netherlands has been moved to finance organizations including WONGOSOL,FCI, NIPO, YOCEL and Organization for Women and Children (ORWOCH) to reduce violence affecting women and girls nationwide through different programs and strategies in Grand Gedeh, Sinoe and Montserrado Counties as a medium to support and sustain women and girls access to justice.

During the forum, several pieces of information including video clip of violence, stories emerging from communities among families were revealed as tangible ways of how violence can be perpetrated against women and girls in the home, communities and school houses in Liberia.

In her closing remarks, Marpue Spare, Head of WONGOSOL, called on young women to begin reporting immediate inappropriate touches on their body parts by anyone to reduce violence cases.

She noted that this could be some of the factors for perpetrators to violate young people in the Liberian society, among families and elderly peoples and as the results of the limited knowledge of parents to pursuit justice; today cases are compromise leading survivors with no redressed.

Madam Speare believes that if youths are reporting incidences of violence,  the move will prevent the prevalence of sexual attacks faced by teenager’s girls as well as boys who are also being solemnized in Liberia and cannot be reported.

In conversation with this paper, a beneficiaries of the forum in person of Timothy Zahn, the Administrative Officer for the Organization of Women and Children (ORWOCH), agreed with other speakers and participants to do away with an age – old perception “that is not my business” to report violence cases”; but the immediate reporting of incidences of violence against women and girls in communities is the best approach to curb the act; despite of who the person could be.

He added that most Liberian women’s survivability solely rests on the shoulders of men and this has contributed largely to the lack of respect for women as well as the poverty level of the country economic hardships being faced by families.

Zahn believes that women have great prospects and can explore for the better, if they are given the chance by their male counterparts.

He also called on victims and families to take courage and test the legal system of Liberia to seek justice and do not compromise violent cases against being perpetrated against them.

The Administrative Officer for the Organization of Women and Children (ORWOCH) admonished the current and incoming lawmakers not to touch the already existing good laws on the book that protect the rights of women and girls.

He urged them to strengthen these laws and re-enforce them to bring perpetrators to book so as to relief women from inflicted pains they suffer each day.

For her, the President of ECOWAS Women in Liberia, Mouna Ahmed believes that Liberia needs stronger laws in defense of women, something she thinks is because of some poor traditional practices of the laws from the unset are against women and these laws can be fought only when there are stronger advocacies for women’s rights throughout the country.

 

19 Liberians Repatriated From Libya

By Mafanta Kromah

The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, B. Elias Shoniyln, in a conversation with Concerned Liberians for Justice  said 19 Liberians have been repatriated from Libya through Sierra Leone.

Shoniyln made the disclosure Monday, December 18, 2017 during the Concerned Liberians for Justice Protest at the Ministry to hand deliver a petition to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to organize a proactive repatriation program for many dying Liberians who continue to be subjected to modern-day slavery in Libya.

He said the ministry is working in its possible best way to get Liberians back from Libya through engagement and collaboration with the Libyan Embassy in Liberia, and with the Liberians Association in Libya.

Shoniyln maintained that the 19 Liberians came through Sierra Leone and through dialogue with the Sierra Leonean Government.

He explained that another Liberian woman has been identified among Nigerians who were repatriated through the Nigerian Government, noting  that the lady has two kids and is now under the care of the Liberian Embassy in Nigeria and that their ticket has been arranged to return to Liberia.

However, Shoniyln indicated that with engagement and collaboration between the ministry and the Liberians Association in Libya, they have been told that there are not many Liberians but will keep searching to identify and send Liberians back.

He requested the protesters to also help spread the information to Liberians that “anyone that has family member or friend in Libya to report the information to us at the ministry; that will help us in identifying our brothers and sisters out there.”

Few weeks ago, the Concerned Liberians for Justice on behalf of Liberians in Libya, hand delivered petitions and recommendations to Amb. Mohammed Omar Tabil Mohammed, Ambassador of Libya to Liberia and the Deputy Minister for Legal Affairs, Cllr. Deweh Gray of the Ministry Of Foreign Affairs on the issue of Liberians being humiliated in Libya.

The group recommended that joint effort be established between the Libyan Embassy  in Monrovia and the Government of Liberia should ensure that the lives of Liberians are protected and  they are given the opportunity to repatriate, as similar cases  seen in Nigeria, Ivory Coast, and Cameroon.

The group is  demanded the government  to institute a Libya-Liberia Repatriation Program, a program that will provide needs for Liberians suffering injustice to be repatriated through a joint negotiation with the Libyan Embassy  in Monrovia and other private investors.

Meanwhile, Shoniyln apologized on the ministry behalf for not providing update to the public on efforts being made to get Liberians repatriated and promised to provide a press release on what the ministry has done and what it is doing to get Liberians suffering in Libya home.

He, also on behalf of the government, applauded the Concerned Liberians for Justice for their efforts in ensuring that their brothers and sisters are safely repatriated home.

 

UL Honors, Retires Several Long-Service Staff

The University of Liberia (UL) has retired and honored several long-service staff for their dedication to duty over the years.

Ceremony marking the retirement and honoring of the long-service staff was held Friday, December 15, 2017 at the Fendall Campus of the UL, outside Monrovia.

According to a UL release, the retired and honored staff served at the state-run university from 12 to 53 years.

Speaking at the special honoring program, UL President Dr. Ophelia Innez Weeks, described the honoring of the staff as very important, because it was the celebration of the time and dedication of the retirees in their respective capacities while serving at the University.

Dr. Wes said it was their contributions together with others that have got the university where it is today, noting that a professor is not better than a janitor because they all have significant roles to play in the administration of the university.

She lauded the honorees and their families for their time rendered the University, while at the same time at the same time encouraged them to always stop by whenever there was a need to do so.

The honoring and retirement of long-service staff is an annual event that concludes commencement activities of the UL. This year’s honoring program was the first for Dr. Weeks since her inauguration as president of the university in September of this year.

Speaking earlier, the visiting Vice Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, Professor A. Idowu Olayinka, said whatever the UL must have achieved over the last 98 years of its existence can be attributed to the people who are serving the institution.

“Without human capital no institution can succeed,” noted Professor Olayinka as he thanked the retirees and administration for organizing the program.

He then promised to take the idea to his university upon his return.

Responding on behalf of the honorees, a former maintenance officer of the Plant Operation Department of the UL, Mr. Peter Tomah, thanked the university’s administration for the honor bestowed on them.

Mr. Tomah stated that though he has been retired, he will always be around to help in whatever way he can.

Former Maintenance Officer Tomah, who served the university for 53 years, said he did so because of his passion to serve his people and country.

He among other things used the occasion to urge the university to review some of the courses that are being taught as electives to be offered as major courses, noting that some of them could be the areas from which graduates could make their living.

Meanwhile, 18 professors and staff, which included three females, were retired and honored during the retirement and honoring program.

The program brought together the honorees and their families, friends and loved ones as well as administrators of the University of Liberia.

 

USAID Gives over 3M To Liberia’s Forest Sector

The United States Agency for International development (USAID) through the West Africa Biodiversity and Climate change program (WA BiCC) has awarded two separate conservation grants to enhance conservation activities in the Country.

The grants which worth 1.8 and 2.7 million United States dollars each will facilitate the implementation of a three year project in the Gola transboundary forest landscape between Liberia and Sierra Leone and the Tai-Grebo-Krahn-Sapo Transboundary Forest Landscape between Liberia and Cote d’Ivoire.

The two projects will be carried out by the Society for the Conservation of Nature (SCNL) Royal Society to protect Bird, Wild Chimpanzee Foundation, Fauna and Flora International respectively.

SCNL and Royal Society to Protect Bird will work in the Gola Transboundary forest landscape between Liberia Sierra Leone while Wild Chimpanzee Foundation and FFI will both operate in the Tai-Grebo-Krahn-Sapo Transboundary connecting Liberia and Cote d’ Ivoire

Launching the project in Liberia, Forestry Development Authority Managing Director, Darlington Tuagben, said SCNL along with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds will support the Livelihood of communities and the inclusive and sustainable management of the Gola transboundary forest landscape.

Mr. Tuagben noted that the project will not only focus on livelihood activities but on the socio-economic and biodiversity surveys including community ecoguard program and capacity building of local communities and FDA field staff.

“The project will support conservation working groups and also provide training to local judiciary staff in Counties were the project will be executed to tackle illegal wild trafficking and strengthen regional collaboration”

“Cross-border traffic is currently uncontrolled and many illegally leaving Liberia, not bring and benefit to us as a Country. I am confident that the two projects will help us to deal better with these problems for a more sustainable way forward, keeping our treasures alive for future generation” the FDA boss emphasized.

“The Forestry Development Authority wishes to thank USIAD and the WA BiCC program for this opportunity given to her conservation partners. We looking forward to the implementation of the projects and are committed to continue working in close collaboration with our partners, for a more sustainable management of our forests and increase conservation successes for Liberia, its neighboring countries and the world as a whole”.

“The two forest Landscapes host a unique treasure of endemic and threatened species such as the critically endangered western chimpanzee, the endangered pygmy hippo, vulnerable forest elephant and many more species.at same time both landscapes are facing significant threats, such as illegal mining hunting chewing stick extraction and encroachment for farming”. Mr. Tuagben

“The aim of these grants is to conserve biodiversity, create livelihood and find way to use the forest. More the three thousand people will be impacted around the Gola transboundary forest, as a result of agriculture interventions and support rising of awareness and cost benefit sharing”. USAID Nature Resources Management Team Leader Lisa Korte said.

“USAID is providing 1.8 million United States dollars to Royal Society to protect Bird and Society for the Conservation of Nature of Liberia and 2.7 million to support the Wild Chimpanzee Foundation to carry on conservation activities” Madam Korte said.

“The Gola and the Tai-Grebo-Krahn-Sapo landscapes are historical owing to their unique biodiversity. In both Sierra Leone and Liberia at two thousand two hundred people will benefit from the farmer field school, the organizations members as well as government agencies will also benefit from the grant”.

The grant for the Tai-Grebo-Krahn-Sapo forest will support the livelihood of surrounding communities and contribute to improve management of the landscape”. Madam Korte added

The Head of the West Africa Biodiversity and Climate Change (WA BiCC) Program Dr.Nouhou Ndam urged the beneficiary organizations to make use of the dry season by speedily going back to the various landscapes.

“The Mano River basin has been identified as the area that has the largest forest landscape and for that reason the WA BiCC project was directed to the basin after vetting of proposals” he said

The launching program was attended by local chiefs and local government officials from Gbarpolu, River-Gee, Grand Gedeh and Sinoe Counties where the two landscapes are located. Their presence is part of efforts to make them feel part of the project and take ownership.

KRTTI Graduates Over 90 in B-Certificate 90 in B-Certificate

By: Yawah Jaivey in Kakata, Margibi County.

The Kakata Rural Teacher Training Institute (KRTTI) in Kakata, Margibi County, has graduated about 91 teachers from its first postwar B-Certificate Pilot Program.

Mr. Nuwoe Kellen, Coordinator of the B-Certificate Program at KRTTI, giving overview of the program at the graduation ceremony on Saturday, December 16, 2017, recounted that the program was basically established to professionally train Junior Secondary School teachers for the duration of two academic years and subsequently place them in schools across the country.

“The B-Certificate Program existed before; but was shut down due to the civil unrest in Liberia. Later, it was reactivated after a partnership agreement between the Government of Liberia (GOL) and the European Union (EU),” Kellen informed the audience.

The European Union, he said, provided technical assistance by hiring subject consultants and a curriculum was designed by the consultants and the local team. Kellen further noted that the validation of the curriculum was done by various stakeholders in November of 2005 and a team was then setup to manage the program at KRTTI.

He revealed that on 15April 2016, the B-Certificate program at the pilot stage was officially launched with the recruitment of one hundred (100) C-Certificate in-service teachers from all fifteen counties for their participation into the project and since then, the Government of Liberia remains the sole sponsor of the program.

“Trainees including 25 females and 75males were trained in four subject areas: Mathematics, Natural Science, Social Science and Language Arts. Twenty-five (25) trainees were initially placed in each of the four core subject areas and they were offered pedagogy and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) courses to enhance their teaching skills,” Kellen disclosed.

The KRTTI’s   B-Certificate Program Coordinator at the same time praised staffers of the program for their cooperation and dedicatedservices to the successful completion of the program.

He used the occasion to honor some staffers for their exceptional performance during the implementation of the project.

For his part, KRTTI’s Director, Mr. Shadrach Y. Kerl, praised the Ministry of Education (MOE) and partners for their supports towards the successful implementation of the B-Certificate pilot project.

Kerl underscoredthe need for stakeholders in the educational sector to validate the curriculum to determine the continuation of the program and subsequent implementation at other teacher training institutes.

“As we speak, this class is called special class because it is a class of the pilot phase of this whole program; this is a proud symbol of the Liberian people today that we’re closing the gap between primary and secondary schools that has been open all this time and we want to officially declare this program open for continuation,” Kerl noted.

At the same time, Dr. Romelle A. Horton, Deputy Minister for Instructions at the Ministry of Education (MOE), expressed confidence that, with the graduation of the ninety-one teachers,  government achieved in its effort to having more professionally trained teachers in Liberian school system.

Minister Horton disclosed that the Government of Liberia, in partnership with the European Union Mission to Liberia, has secured the needed funding towards the continuation and sustainability of the B-Certificate program at the Kakata Rural Teacher Training Institute (KRTTI).

 

Sime Darby Rationalizes Workforce

The Sime Darby Plantation of Liberia said it  would like to confirm that it is currently rationalising its workforce and undergoing a redundancy exercise due to various economic challenges  to ensure the continuity of its business in Liberia.

A release from the SDPL said the exercise is currently being implemented in stages in full consultation with the affected workers, the workers union and the Ministry of Labour.

The SDPL’s statement has come in the wake of a  press release from the Liberian Ministry of Labour asking Sime Darby Plantation Liberia (SDPL) regarding its planned redundancy exercise pending.

“The Management of SDPL is in talks with the Ministry of Labour, community representatives and the affected employees. Every effort has been made to ensure that the process follows the laws and regulations of Liberia and this includes the Liberia Decent Work Act 2015 and Collective Bargaining Agreement,” the release noted.

According to the release, in recent years, SDPL’s business has faced several constraints that have prevented the business from growing as planned, adding, “The main factors have been land issues and also the Ebola outbreak. However, regardless of these issues, SDPL has continued to employ workers greatly beyond its requirement for current operations. In order for the company to move forward, it needs to rationalise the current workforce.  At the same time a new state of the art mill has recently been constructed in Bomi with new jobs and opportunities created as a result of this and other new developments.”

The company said it is in Liberia for the long run and will work within the confines of best business practices to ensure its sustainable presence in the country. “To-date, SDPL has planted over 10,000 hectares of oil palm and more than 100 hectares of rubber. It provides the highest-paid jobs in the agricultural sector to around 2,800 Liberians. As part of its commitment to improving living conditions of the surrounding communities, SDPL has been providing free access to education, health services, water and sanitation and other community services to over 30,000 local residents,” the release indicated

Commerce To Launch MSME Annual Conference

By: MafantaKromah

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry in collaboration with it partners will launch the 2017 Micro Small and Medium Enterprise also called MSME during the Small Business Administration week with US$ 20,000 in prizes for Information Communication and Technology (ICT), E+ Business Plan Competition with US$ 100,000 in grants and the Liberian Marketplace Trade Fair.

Speaking during a press conference Thursday at the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism in Monrovia, the Minister of Commerce and Industry, Axel Addy noted the SBA week will commence with several activities, adding that with the annual tradition of the conference, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf will do the opening of the program on November 25, 2017 at the top of the Nancy Doe Trade Fair Marketplace on 8th Street, Sinkor..

He said this year’s conference will be held under the theme: “From Vision to Implementation, buying Liberian, and Building Liberia” with special focus on “Promoting Information and Communication Technology in Liberia”.

Addy indicated that every year the conference has had a specific focus, stressing that last year conference was centered around women entrepreneurship, while  2015 focused on Youth Innovation for Economic Empowerment.

He said this year’s conference also seek to provide opportunities for capacity building, providing exhibition, networking with investors, partners and clients and business linkage events with the business competition.

“The conference also provides chance for innovates Liberian ICT professionals and aspires entrepreneurs to win US$ 20,000 prizes through a business competition in which applicants showcase their solution that helps solve community and business problems, four pries of US$ 5,000 each will be awarded in the agriculture, E-commerce, Education and e-Government,” he indicated.

He said the annual MSME conference is the flagship of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry Small Business Administration that takes place every year, noting that this year’s conference takes place in collaboration with the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications. He said hosting partners includes Orange Liberia, Mercy Crop, Embassy of Sweden, and United States Agent for International Development and Government of Japan.

The Commerce Minister encouraged entrepreneurs to participate in the MSME conference as an ICT innovator for those in the information, communication, technology sector and also those out of ICT can also apply as non-ICT exhibitor by visiting the website www.sbaliberia.org.

Addy extended thanks and appreciation to SMART Liberia, Blue Crest University, CEMENCO, the National Port Authority, among others for their sponsorship for this year’s conference.

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As Commercial Banks Run Out Of Liberian Dollars: CBL Broke? “We saw this problem far ahead that we would not buy in US because it is nowhere to be found, neither would we buy in Liberian dollars because the rate is too high and so we are just turning around here and there.”

Commercial banks in Liberia are reportedly running out of Liberian dollars as  customers are  being  turned away  whenever they  go to withdraw from the banks.

The news of scarcity of Liberian dollars   at commercial banks has surfaced in the midst of two containers of unspecified amount of bank notes being shaped into the country reportedly   by the Central Bank of Liberia for reasons yet to be known.

At the moment, Liberia is experiencing heightened inflation following the printing  of new banknotes by the CBL in  2016 which sound economists  suspected would create  inflation  and undermine the nation’s economy.

Economists are also tying the situation to bad economic policy put in place by the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf-led government wherein the economy  is  predominantly  controlled by foreign investors and entrepreneurs.

It is also alleged that capital flight is at an all time high due to foreign business people and senior government officials shaping millions of dollars out of the country and at the same time changing the Liberian note at the highest rate.

While this deteriorating economic situation is currently unfolding in Liberia, the CBL is reportedly facing a capacity bottleneck due to its inability to maintain allof its staff in employment at this time.

“ We experienced this level of inflation in the past when the interim government headed by Dr. Amos C. Sawyer printed new Liberian banknotes during the civil war but did not have the kind of value they thought the money would have on the market,”  one economist told the In Profile Daily in Monrovia on Thursday, November 23, 2017.

At the same time, Liberian traders and business people continue to complain since the printing of the new banknotes that the rate has been climbing rather than coming down.  “We saw this problem far ahead that we would not buy in US because it is nowhere to be found, neither would we buy in Liberian dollars because the rate is too high and so we are just turning around here and there,”  a frustrated  trader noted.

 

Phase One Textbooks’ Distribution Completed?

By: Precious Gaye/0886539331/ pgaye2042@gmail.com

The Ministry of Education said it has completed the first phase of distribution of textbooks and school materials to some public schools in the country.

Though the process started in mid June and ended in July, some schools did not receive materials, Deputy Project Coordinator of the Global Partner for Education Project at the Ministry of Education, Joe Gbasakollie said: “When we did the assessment for the distribution, there were so many schools listed but due to the rain, we could not reach some schools. We have strategized that the CEOs and DEOs sign for books because it’s our primary goal for the students to receive the books.”

It is not yet known how many schools benefited, but Gbasakollie added: “We are doing a comprehensive report that will be concluded this week on all the schools that were served; [institutions] that were not reached. When we get that, we will tell you the total number of schools.”

 Another reason that contributed to the unfinished process, Gbasakollie disclosed:  “We used the enrollment data gotten from the Ministry done in 2011-2012 for the distribution; we understand that some schools came into existence following that survey. The {pieces of}information need to be validated by CEOs and DEOs for such schools to form part of the distribution.”

With more than two hundred members of the distribution team, including County Educational Officers (CEO) and District Education Officers (DEO) to curtail irregularities, Gbasakollie stressed: “We did a school- to- school delivery unlike the methods used in the past in which we experienced shortfalls.”

There may be a second phase of textbooks distribution as Gbasakollie noted: “We still have textbooks, readers in excess at Ministry of Education warehouses around the city.”

 In June 2015,  Gbasakollie  said “1,000,000  textbooks for grades 5-9 for the four core subjects, English, Math, Science, Social Studies with 20,000 teachers guides, supplementary readers for grades1-4, and instructional materials  for pupils in grade 1-9,   have been procured and stored at counties’ capitals to be distributed simultaneously nationwide.” 

He further noted: “We are planning to dispatch a team by the 17  of this month; the distribution team is comprising  over 200 staff of the ministry’s central office, including 15 County Education Officers (CEO), 98 District Education Officers (DEO), and 5 professional staff  from each  county. “ 

 The project is funded by the Global Partnership for Education, (GPE) and managed by the World Bank, while the implementing arm of the government is the Ministry of Education.