On January 4th, 2014, the National Elections Commission (NEC) certificated at least ___ civil society organizations (CSOs) in Nimba County for playing major roles in voter education awareness.According to the Upper Nimba Magistrate, Mr. Princeton Monbiah, the certificate of accreditation was awarded to these organizations because of their past performance in NEC’s civic education awareness exercise.“They are qualified to carry voter education prescribed by the National Elections Commission,” he said.The certification ceremony took place at the official launch of the civic and voter’s education campaign on the 2014 voter role update exercise which was held across Liberia on the 4th January.The voters’ roll update was launched in Ganta, Nimba County, and brought together Bong, Lofa and Nimba counties including several chiefs and elders from across Nimba.Some of the CSOs included; the Inter-Visionary Artists, Daughters of Nimba, Rural Women Promoter, Nimba County Development Association, Give Them Help, Agricultural Relief Services, Small Enterprise Development Organization among others.NEC Deputy Commissioner Samuel Z. Joe, Nimba Superintendent Christiana Dagadu, Ganta City Mayor Dorr Cooper and chiefs and elders attended the launch in Ganta.Supt. Dagadu encouraged the citizens to do their best by going through the voter roll process. She also urged the CSOs to reach everywhere in the county with sharing their awareness so the citizens could be informed.“Reach all parts of Nimba, don’t focus on urban areas alone, reach the rural parts so everybody can be aware of the coming exercise,” City Mayor Dorr Cooper said reinforcing the Superintendent’s earlier statement. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Govt/Fedders Lloyd hospital limboPeople’s Progressive Party (PPP) General Secretary Clement Rohee said the hot water Government has found itself in with the India-based contractor Fedders Lloyd Corporation Limited could have been avoided, had it heeded the advice of the masses.He said Government has been failing to take advice from anyone, and, as usual, only realises its mistake “when scandals hit them in their face”.Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, on Friday announced that Government was once again putting the multibillion-dollar Specialty Hospital Project on hold, since it was found out that the contractor was blacklisted by the World Bank. The Administration, he said, will be discontinuing the arrangement with the construction company.The company was selected by Government, after the former contractor, Surendra Engineering Inc, was fired by the former PPP/C Administration in 2014. Following that dismissal, the new Administration came under fire for selecting Fedders Lloyd without carrying out the requisite procurement process. Government’s contention was that the company was the second-ranked bidder after Surendra, so the move was very much appropriate.Rohee, at the press conference on Monday, said the “fiasco” could have very well been avoided.“The PPP has been warning the Government about the contractor, about going down that road.” Government, he said, has been going down the road of sole sourcing and ignoring the views of others that the Project should be returned to tender.“I hope they have learnt their lesson from that,” Rohee told this publication on Monday.“It appears that Government has been going down the path on matters totally oblivious to what people have to say in the country. They feel that they have all the answers, not listening to anyone and the only time they listen is when they come under enormous pressure and when scandal hits them in their face, like this matter,” he added.The information on the Indian company was communicated to Government by the Indian High Commission here via a letter dated June 2016.“(The letter said), among other things, the contractor Fedders Lloyd Corporation Limited was not eligible to continue the Project because it was debarred or disbarred by the World Bank for projects until 2020 due to its procurement policy,” the Minister related.He further stated that the Indian Government expressed preference for a fresh tendering process to be conducted to select a new India-based contractor to execute the project.Harmon pointed out that this new development has resulted in the Project being once again put on hold to facilitate a new tendering process for a new contracting firm prepared to complete the project for the remaining US$13.8 million.“The tendering process, as we are aware, actually takes quite a while – several months it takes – to be completed and while this process is undertaken, the loan sum continues to be eroded by inflation, interests and fees,” the Minister of State outlined.He explained that in light of this development, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Finance and Public Health have been requested by Cabinet to make “certain enquiries” of the Indian Government before a definitive course of action is taken by Guyana on the Specialty Hospital Project.
THESE are the brothers who saved a family of six from death in Tuesday’s dramatic sea rescue in Sheephaven Bay.Samuel Burgess, an RNLI lifeboat volunteer in Newcastle in Co Down, and his brother Richard were fishing at 4.30pm on Tuesday when they heard a call for assistance.It alerted them to an 18ft cruiser sinking off Port na Blagh in Sheephaven Bay. The brothers rescued two children and four adults from the water.The children were taken to hospital after the group was met by representatives from the Downings coastguard.“I didn’t expect to be using my RNLI training away from Newcastle but I am delighted we were close by and were able to help these people, ” Richard Burgess said.“Conditions on the day were good and the group were about half a mile out from the shore but the area is very rocky and they would have been unable to make it to shore on their own. “It could have been a very different ending to the day and we are just delighted that everyone is safe,” he added.REVEALED: THE BROTHERS WHO SAVED FAMILY IN DRAMATIC SEA RESCUE was last modified: July 13th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Port na Blagh in Sheephaven Bay.sea rescue