Rep. Fahnbulleh Commended

By Kelvin Teikah Kpakolo/kpakolok@gmail.com/0886190023/0770326443

The youth of Montserrado County District Four have commended Representative Henry B. Fahnbulleh for his role played during the fight against the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia.

Speaking in an interview with the In Profile Daily last weekend, Joseph Yallah, Chairman of Youth in Action for Total Change (YATC), said Representative Fahnbulleh role played during the fight against the deadly Ebola virus showed that he is a hero and someone who believes in human capacity building.

According to him, Representative Fahnbulleh donated Ebola preventive materials, including food and some basic needs for residents of the district

He also noted that Representative Fahnbulleh provided scholarships for residents of the district since the re-opening of school in the country.

Yallah noted that the lawmaker used the Ebola period to unite residents of the district, something he said was in the best interest of the people.

Meanwhile, Representative Fahnbulleh has thanked the youth of the district and promised to continue to work in their interest and the district, noting that the district can never forward when they are not together and working as one family.

 

Phase One Textbooks’ Distribution Completed?

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.

Forgery Suspect Charged & Detained

The Monrovia City Court has charged a 25-year-old man identified as Ben Sonni with forgery, counterfeiting and criminal conspiracy he reportedly committed against the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA).

The City Court on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 charged suspect Ben Sonni and sent him to the Monrovia Central Prison, pending court trial, while his partner in crime only identified as Lawrence is on the run.

Sonni was charged for “knowingly, intentionally and criminally” conspiring with Lawrence and others to produce, print, and sell fake job forms purported to be from the Liberia Revenue Authority for their personal gains. Their action violates Section 15.70, Subchapter E and Section 10.4 of the Penal Code of Liberia.

Sonni, who is a casual worker at the National Port Authority, was arrested recently by the Liberia Seaport Police and authorities of the LRA following a tipoff.

The public is hereby advised that the LRA is not selling any job forms and will never sell any forms for jobs. The public is requested to please take note and be guided accordingly.

UNDP Enhances Border Management

In order to support the decentralization of key security services in Liberia in the wake of the drawdown of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), two specific interventions were identified.

A refresher training for the Liberia National Police- Police Support Unit (LNP/PSU) and the procurement of full sets of uniforms for the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization- Border Patrol Unit (BIN/BPU) required funding.

The LNP/PSU officers who are deployed across the country are helping to prevent and respond to security incidents and concerns in communities while the BIN/BPU officers are ensuring border surveillance along the country’s border posts.

In fulfillment of one of the two areas of interventions for security services decentralization and the enhancement of border management in Liberia, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) with funding from the Peace Building Fund (PBF), Tuesday, turned over 167 sets of uniforms and accessories to the BIN for use by the Border Patrol Unit (BPU).

The items include pants, shirts, boots, berets, inner and outer belts, socks, shoulder cords, shoulder patches, whistles, handcuffs, handcuffs cases, expandable batons, whistle chains, whistle hooks, rain gear ponchos, classic crewneck T-shirts, immigration badges and private badges. They were officially handed over by Nessie Golakai- Gould, UNDP Assistant Country Director and Governance Pillar Team Leader.

“On behalf of UNDP through the Justice and Security Program, I am pleased to hand over 167 full sets of uniforms and accessories for BIN/BPU officers and hope that it will be distributed to the Border Patrol Unit (BPU) officers throughout the country,” Madam Gould said.

The UNDP Justice and Security Program (JSP) seeks to support the efforts of the Government of Liberia (GoL), through the Ministry of Justice and the Judiciary in the consolidation of recovery of the country through a focus on reforms aimed at strengthening security and justice institutions. It also supports Government efforts to revamp rural communities and reduce crime thus, creating a safe and secure environment for conflict prevention and development.

The JSP, through the Peace Building Fund is providing support to the Ministry of Justice (MOJ), the Judiciary, the Independent National Commission on Human Rights (INCHR) and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) for implementation of the regional security Hubs 2 and 3 activities.

Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization Deputy Commissioner for Administration, Col. Danny B. Sartee and Director of Border Patrol Unit, Col. Wilson S. Garpeh, separately expressed appreciation to UNDP for the continued support to the BIN.

Col. Sartee assured that the items will be immediately dispatched and distributed amongst BIN officers at the various border posts in Liberia. He hailed BIN officers in the field for their sacrificial services to the State and people despite the numerous challenges being encountered.

 

 

Ahead Of 2017 Elections: Country-Congo Divide Dr. Dahn Fears Reemergence Of “Old Order”

By T. Michael Johnny 0886571899/0775820581

“Progressives endured bitter pains and humiliation and physical beating at the hands of the True Wing Party government officials due to their advocacy for multi-party system that everyone is enjoying in the country today”.

Glowing political divide between individuals who preferred themselves as Americo-Liberians (Congo) and their indigenous (Country) counterparts is gradually feuding, with the “presidency” placed at premium.

While President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is expected to climax her final term in January 2018, currently, top list of Americo-Liberians to include ‘wealthy’ Businessman Benoni Urey and Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) Governor J. Mills Jones are expected to contest the presidency.

As the 2018 presidential quest lingers, there are recorded pronouncements from influential Americo-Liberians in “caucus” at their gatherings that the next president should come from the rank of the “Masons.”

On the flip side of the political divide, influential indigenous citizens mainly occupying lucrative seats at the Capitol Building are muzzling their political strings to end years of Americo-Liberian dominance in politics especially the presidency.

In his expressed opinion, Dr. Marcus Dahn visioned that he fears an ‘imminent’ rift between the two groups due to the pace of political development currently unfolding and shocking pronouncements from prominent individuals ahead of the 2017 presidential and Legislative elections.

Dr. Dahn, a member of the progressives told the In Profile Daily that he foresees the reemergence of Americo-Liberians and native tussle owing to pronouncements emanating from prominent Lawyer in person of Cllr. George Henries, son of the late Richard Henries Sr., executed in 1980.

Dr. Dahn’s shocking reaction was prompted by claims made by renowned legal practitioner Cllr. Henries that Progressives drew out the list of thirteen executed officials of the True Whig Party (TWP) by the late President Samuel K. Doe.

Dr. Dahn: “I wonder why Cllr. George Henries, a respected lawyer could be making these accusations at this time after 35 years; I really want to know why he decided to speak about it now.”

The former Planning and Economic Affairs Acting Minister sternly defended that his colleagues could not have authored the purported list of 13 executed officials while they were being detained by the True Wing Party officials.

“Progressives endured bitter pains and humiliation and physical beating at the hands of the True Wing Party government officials due to their advocacy for multi-party system that everyone is enjoying in the country today”.

“Some of us (Progressives) paid dearly for the freedom all of us are enjoying today; some people were beaten, jailed and prosecuted and today there are several political parties in the country and every citizen has the right to contest for elected post,” said Dr. Dahn.

He continued: “Today, there are proliferations of radio stations, televisions, newspapers and internet systems around the country where citizens can freely express themselves without fear or favor; this is what we fought for as progressives,” said Dr. Dahn.

He succinctly clarified that he was not in the country when the 1980 coup took place, while some of his colleagues including the late Chairman Baccus Matthews was in detention.

He reiterated that members of the progressives were not with the People’s Redemption Council (PRC) that overthrew the True Whig Party government, noting that it was impossible for them to have authored the list as claimed by Cllr. George Henries Jr.

He said the allegation made by Cllr. Henries against the progressives did not only cast aspersion on the struggles they faced, but has the propensity to risk their lives and cast aspersion on the pains endured. “Progressives championed participatory democracy that everyone is enjoying; today every citizen has the right to contest for whatever position of their choice; we laid the foundation for freedom of speech and association,” said Dr. Dahn.

Dejectedly, he said progressives have been scorned by some segments of the society for perceived reasons, stating “We fought for what the nation is enjoying today”.

Dr. Dahn, presently offering free educational services at the University of Liberia (UL) graduate program stressed that the vision of the progressives in national development, participatory democracy, rule of law, unity and economic emancipation remains the fulcrum of their national struggle.

Dr. Dahn paid heartfelt tribute to the late Gabriel Baccus Matthews, Chairman and mentor of the progressives whose early death in the struggle to attain equal right justice still lingers.

He concluded by stating that clarification and observation are highly important because posterity will judge individuals based on their commitment to national duty.

In 1975, the Progressive Alliance of Liberia (PAL) became the first legally recognized opposition party in Liberia in living memory.

The party was initially formed among the Liberians in the United States and was led by Gabriel Baccus Matthews who espoused an ideology of militant African nationalism.

Gov’t, Partners Strengthen UNFPA Coordination

The government, through the Population Policy Coordination Unit (PPCU), Secretariat of the National Population Commission (NPC), on Friday, August 7, held a United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) partners’ coordination meeting for UNFPA project implementation partners.

Held under the theme, “Putting Human Face to Development,” the meeting brought together 30 participants from key agencies of government and representatives of none-governmental organizations (NGOs).

Mr. Daniel W. Garteh, Coordinator, PPCU Secretariat of NPC, informed participants that their presence at the meeting virtually qualified them as parts of government’s efforts to bring positive changes in the lives of Liberians.

Mr. Garteh appreciated the participants’ collaborative efforts in putting human face to development in the country, especially the interventions they made when they joined the fight against Ebola through spreading of anti-Ebola messages, providing items related to the fight, etc.

The meeting was held with funding from UNFPA in support of the participants, who are population policy implementers on behalf of the government that will bring quality lives to the citizens.

“The meeting was geared towards providing progress report through which PPCU would want to know the progress the implementers made during the period under review, your challenges, the lessons you learnt and what you would recommend as solutions to some of the challenges you may have encountered,” Mr. Garteh told the participants.

Dr. T. Edward Liberty, the director-general of Liberia Institute for Statistics and Geo-Information Services (LISGIS) in a special remark, extended gratitude to the participants on behalf of the government, and its partners including the United States, the World Health Organization (WHO), and all UN agencies that worked hard in the fight against the Ebola virus disease (EVD), which plagued the country last year.

LISGIS, he said, has been working strategically by providing the relevant data to the government and partners since the outbreak of Ebola in March, 2014; stands out as the foremost research institution, tasked with collecting and disseminating official statistical and spatial information/data for Liberia.

“Related to the Ebola fight, LISGIS national move has been focused on the gathering of spatial Research and Analytical data aimed at building EVD emergency response,” Dr. Liberty told the participants.

He said, LISGIS’ role does not only support an emergency response to the Ebola fight, but looks at developing a road map of Liberia’s recovery from the socio- economic and health impacts of EVD on the country with reference to the projects.

Dr. Philderarld Pratt, UNFPA Assistant Representative Liberia, promised to work with the partners or the participants to improve and or manage any future outbreak should there be any suck like the Ebola virus.

Participants represented by the Ministries of Health, Gender and Development, Youth and Sports, etc. presented papers of the first quarter reports of the implementation on the challenges, achievements, lessons learnt and recommendations to the UNFPA for review.

Plan To Combat SGBV, Harmful Traditional Practices Disclosed

By: Roland Davis-0776107962

The Government of Liberia and the United Nations Joint Programming Initiative to Prevent and Response to issues Against Sexual and Gender Based Violence and Harmful Traditional Practices in Liberia have designed a five- year strategic plan to deal with such situations in Liberia.

The five- year strategic plan program will run from July 2015 to July 2020, according to organizers.

This plan was disclosed at a meeting held recently at the RLJ Hotel, outside Monrovia, organized by UN Women in Liberia, facilitated by the Liberian Government and other UN agencies.

The meeting was aimed at finding a way forward for the implementation of the program in Liberia for the next five years, organizers indicated.

Giving  an overview of the strategic plan during the meeting, one of the facilitators, Patricia Jallah Scott, said the  plan is a proposal designed by the government and UN agencies intended to help build around a community-based approach, supported by five strategic pillars to prevent, response to SGBV cases and the issue of harmful traditional practices, particularly for Liberian girls.

Madam Scott indicated that the strategic plan is to also provide basic approach to the prevention, response to   survivor needs, safety, and protection in education, institutional strengthening and visibility or mass mobilization campaign against SGBV and harmful traditional practices in the country.

She noted that the program will help in protecting Liberian girls, including school- going population of the country, but called on the general public to collectively support the implementation of the program.

Madam Scott said the strategic plan has also been designed through a developed approach in local and consultative approach, including community dialogues conducted in ten of the fifteen counties of the country.

She said this was intended as a means of ensuring that the SGBV joint program builds on community solutions, informed by a robust context specific analysis of needs, based on communities’ knowledge and existing protection strategies, as well as disaggregated understanding of the diverse threats and opportunities within Liberia.

Madam Scott also noted that the approach was also intended to provide legal or policy analysis as well as institutional reviews to identify legal and policy enablers and the institutional readiness and capacity; a mapping of actors as an opportunity to strengthen synergies and avoid overlaps and duplication.

Meanwhile, also at the meeting, the organizers disclosed an estimated amount of US$50m as budget to be used for the implementation of the program in five years.

The meeting brought together several organizations, including government agencies, civil society groups, traditional council, UNDP, local media entities, WHO, UN Women, UNHCR, UNMIL,  UNFPA, among others.

The project is also facilities by the Ministry of Gender and Development, The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Information Cultural, Affairs and Tourism and the Ministry of Internal Affairs.