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UN Women, Madam Marie-Goreth Nizigma on 16 Days Of Activism Against Gender Based Violence

By: Leila B. Gbati

Workers of the United Nations have been called upon to prevent all forms of violence against women, girls and boys in Liberia.

The Country Representative of UN Women, Madam Marie-Goreth Nizigma, made the call on Friday, November 26, 2021 at the Launch and Celebration of the 16 Days of Activism for UN Staff held at Pan African Plaza, UN Headquarters on 1st Street Sinkor.

The UN in Liberia along with the GOL and other partners is celebrating the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence from 25 November to 10 December 2021 under the global theme “Orange the World: End violence against women now!” and the national theme, “Enough is enough! Let’s act now to end violence against women, girls, children and other marginalized groups.”

In a special message at the occasion, Madam Nizigama told the UN Staffers that as they celebrate the 16 Days to say ‘enough is enough’, has to start with them and they must carry the torch and making the world free from violence against women, girls and boys.

She indicated that as UN Staff they have the responsibility to continue to raise awareness on ending all forms of violence against women and girls.

“It has to start with us, we have to be the agent of change and the voice that speaks and people listen,” she said.

Madam Nizigama also encouraged her fellow colleagues to ensure that their homes, streets, mothers, children and all women, girls and boys are protected from all forms of violence.

She further urges them to redouble their efforts to end violence against women and girls now and not any other day.

According to her a UN Staff has responsibility to promote human rights everywhere and also be an example to fight violence perpetrated against women and girls.

Speaking further the UN Women Country Representative said that there are various forms of violence being perpetrated against women and girls in communities, neighborhoods, work places and the world at large.

She disclosed that their partner, non-partners or a boy subjects one in every three women before the age of 50 years around the world to physical or sexual violence once in a lifetime.

She maintained that violence against women remains unchanged over the last decade and gender stereotypes in harmful social norms including the practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and child marriage, stressing that in Liberia there is an increase in rape, domestic violence and FGM.

“Violence against the rights of women really need to stop, enough is enough. We cannot continue to live in a society where our lives as women and girls continue to remain endangered,” she said.

She however recognized that significant progress has been made through the Spotlight Initiative to prevent and eliminate violence against women, noting the gender equality forum and Government of Liberia and partners’ actions to build a global movement base on mobilizing GOL, CSOs and the national community on ending violence against women and girls.

Also speaking, the President of the Federation of the United Nations Staff Association in Liberia (FUNSAL), Kaman Weah condemn all forms of violence against women and girls at work places especially, amongst UN Staffers.

Mr. Weah said that UN Offices must be a safe place for both men and women to work.

He used the occasion to call on all UN staff to speak out if they experience any form of violence in their offices.

“If you think that you have no one to talk to, I am encouraging you to come to the leadership of the UN Staff Association and speak out and we will address the matter. Colleagues, we must use these mediums available and our leadership is ready to listen to staffs and act because there is no room for this in this leadership,” he said.

He told his fellow workers that gender equality should be obtain therefore every woman and girl should enjoy the same rights and opportunity equally as their male counterpart.

He also pledged his commitment in doing his part to end violence against women, girls and other marginalized groups and at the same time calling on his fellow workers to join him publicly to pledge their support to his commitment to end violence against women and girls in Liberia.

“You can lift your voice by advocating for gender equality in this country. Today is the day to say enough is enough let us act now and end all forms of violence against women and girls in Liberia and the world,” he said.

For his part, the Resident Coordinator of the United Nations Liberia, Niels Scott pointed that there cannot be sustainable development without basic human rights without eliminating violence against women in the homes, community and workplace.

According to the UN Liberia Resident Coordinator, Liberia cannot move ahead without eliminating all forms of violence against women, girls and marginalized group in schools, institutions and every aspect of work places.

He stressed that the Launch of the 16 Days of Activism is a fantastic opportunity for everyone to reenergize himself or herself to end violence against women.

Meanwhile, he encouraged everyone to get engage and contribute toward eliminating violence against women.

He vowed that they will continue to speak and if all of the messages and voices of violence against women and girls can come together than they can amplify the message against Sexual Gender Base Violence (SGBV).

“We are all responsible, ask yourself what have I done to help achieve gender equality or women empowerment, everyone needs to contribute and show concern to this fight of violence against women,” he said.

He recommited the UN effort to support the GOL and people of Liberia to end SGBV, FGM and other forms of violence against women, girls and marginalized groups.

At the same time he emphasized that lot more needs to be done and there should be a collective effort to bring violence against women down.

Mr. Scott noted that violence against women and girls hinders progress towards the attainment of sustainable development emphasizing that it is time for all of us to come together and fight gender-based violence against women and girls in Liberia.

“It is time to double efforts to implement the laws that have been passed, such as the Domestic Violence Act and enact outstanding bills designed to address the high incidence of gender-based violence,” Mr. Scott said.

However, the occasion ended with a penal discussion on the topics: Addressing Negative Practices Affecting Women and Girls in the Traditional Setting and Violence Against Women in Elections in Liberia.

Panelists and facilitators at the event were, Tamba Johnson, Chairperson of the National female genital mutilation working group; Setta Fofana Saah, Coordinator of the National Council of Chiefs and Elders of Liberia (NACCEL) ; Counsellor Gloria Musu Scott, former Chief Justice and Chair of the Constitutional Review Committee; Mmonbeydo Nadine Joah, President of the Network on Peace and Security for Women in the ECOWAS Region (NOPSWECO) and Executive Director of the Organization for Women and Children (ORWOCH) and Senator Botoe Kanneh.

“There is a lot more that needs to be done”

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Niels Scott, UN Liberia Resident Coordinator

UN Resident Coordinator to Liberia

United Nations’ Resident Coordinator for Liberia, Mr. Niels Scott, has noted the need for more work to be done in eliminating all forms of violence and harmful practices against women in Liberia. The UN Envoy noted that in spite of effort made through programmes such as the European Union, United Nations and Government of Liberia Spotlight Initiative, and the sexual and gender based violence program previously funded by the Embassy of Sweden, more effort is still needed in ending gender based violence in Liberia. Mr. Scott spoke recently at the official launch ceremony for the 16 days campaign held in Margibi County, Liberia.

Mr. Scott cited statistics from the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, which show that cases of gender-based violence increased alarmingly in 2020 with more than 2240 cases being reported.

“There is need for us to collectively and individually contribute to ending gender-based violence and bring the number of cases down,” says Mr. Scott. “There is need to strengthen primary prevention efforts and redefine power relations that have often put women and girls in a vulnerable situation at family, community, and institutional levels,” he says.

Mr. Niels recommitted the United Nations’ efforts to support the Government of Liberia in the fight against gender-based violence. He emphasized that the United Nations would continue to provide support and work with partners to end all forms of violence in Liberia.

The keynote speaker, Honourable, Mawine Diggs, Minister of Commerce and Industry delivered a powerful speech and challenged everyone to question themselves what they have done to fight this societal plague at the individual level.

 “I call upon all Liberians and foreigners in Liberia to end violence now. “We must work together and end gender-based violence now. Issues of violence can no longer be handled the family way…Victims must be heard, and perpetrators must be held accountable, she said.

The Ambassador of Sweden to Liberia, Urban Sjöström who spoke on behalf of the embassies of the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, France, Sweden and the European Union; urged the government to fulfill all commitments made including scaling up survivor center, comprehensive response to gender-based violence that includes prevention, psychosocial support for survivors, medical assistance, access to justice and rehabilitation programs for survivors, among other things.

Other speakers included Honourable Hassan Karney the Acting Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection who highlighted that stopping violence starts with believing survivors. He emphasized the need to end all forms violence against women and girls now.

Marie Goreth Nizigama, UN Women Country Representative for Liberia also attended the official launch ceremony.

The United Nations joined the Government and people of Liberia to commemorate the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence which kicked off on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and will run until 10 December, Human Rights Day.

The United Nations in Liberia is supporting the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection to host a series of events that have been lined up to commemorate the 16 days of Activism campaign

The global theme for this year’s campaign is “Orange the World: End Violence against Women Now!” The national theme is, “Enough is enough; Let’s act now to end violence against women, girls, children and other marginalized groups.”

“We are in the stage of opportunity”    

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 Amb. Endee, others showcase Liberia’s potentials in Dubai

Ambassador Juli Endee and team have been showcasing Liberia’s tourism investment opportunities to investors by splendid display of cultural performance in Dubai. Liberia’s Culture Ambassador said of the many places she has traveled to perform; Dubai was the biggest of all. She said showcasing Liberia’s culture in the UAE was a stage of opportunity for young artists in Liberia.

Ambassador Julie Endee, who heads the country’s team of cultural and musical artists attending the world event, Expo-2020, says Liberia’s participation is “not about dancing and music” alone. Instead, it  is alsot “making statements about who we are as a people and what we bring to the table”.

Ambassador Endee said her team of 60 members comprising of cultural dancers, artists and traditional people got five performances ready approved.

 The Culture Ambassador, in a very excited mood, thanked President Weah who she said did not travel to Dubai in person, but has nonetheless provided enormous support to ensure Liberia’s participation is a resounding success. “Before traveling here in Dubai, we went to President Weah for blessing and because of his blessing, we were able to perform excellently”, Ambassador Endee said.          

The periodic world fair, taking place this year in Dubai, the UAE, runs from October 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022. It provides an opportunity for countries to showcase their unique potential through displays of their cultural heritage, innovation, business opportunities and general way of life. It’s being held under the theme, “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future”.

Organizers say bringing the world together can serve as a catalyst for the “exchange of new perspectives and inspire action to deliver real-life solutions to real-world challenges”.

This year, 192 “pavilions” representing the total number of countries have been set up to feature each country’s story. In addition to featuring Liberia’s arts and craft, the country will also be exhibiting its potential in ecotourism, infrastructure, mining, Agriculture, etc.

Artifacts of more than a hundred years, which convey the story of the Liberia’s forefathers, will be on display, as will the account of President George M. Weah’s humble beginning.

The official Liberian delegation, headed by the Minister of State Without Portfolio, Trokon Kpui, held a major investment forum on the sidelines of the event with the Dubai Chamber of Commerce. About 60 investors from the UAE met with officials of the Liberian government and private business people from various sectors.

Both partners explored opportunities in Agriculture, Tourism, commerce and industries, waste management, maritime, etc. 

Tuesday, November 30, was set aside as “Liberia Day” at the Expo.

 “We showcased Freedom, and our Cultural Heritage’, Ambassador Endee said.

The Liberian government delegation,according to information Ministry release, included Information Minister Ledgerhood Rennie, Acting Public Works Minister, Ruth C. Collins and Gender Minister Williametta Saydee Tarr.

Meanwhile, Liberia’s Gender, Children and Social Protection Minister Williametta E. Saydee-Tarr will today on Wednesday, December 1, 2021 address cross section of participants at the Women’s Pavilion Programme Visions and Journeys Event of the 2020 Dubai Expo. 

The Gender Boss is expected to roll out Liberia’s transformative approach in uplifting women as well as outlining insidious challenges most Liberian women go through daily.

“Minister Tarr will highlight amongst others the significance of Liberia passing into law of the Domestic Violence Act of 2019; the surge in appointment of women into key Cabinet positions; the declaration of free Education in all public schools that has seen the rise in enrollment and retention of girls; the creation of Gender and Social Inclusion Units in various Ministries and Agencies that is currently blustering gender mainstreaming in the formulation and implementation of government policies and programs; the decline in the number of reported sexual and gender-based violence cases which can be attributed to the launch of the Anti Sexual and Gender Based Violence Roadmap 2020-2022 and Rural Social Cash Program which is reducing poverty by directly giving cash to households that are mainly headed by women”, Gender Ministry release said.

The release said, the Gender Minister would also touch on the firmed commitment and unflinching support from the Feminist-In-Chief H.E. Dr. George Manneh Weah in achieving Gender Equality, which is the fulcrum of the Sustainable Development Goal #5. 

Additionally, she will share the Liberian Leader’s insistence that Gender Equality, which is a subset of the Pro Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD), Pillar One, should be mainstreamed and prioritized by all government Institutions.

The organizers assert that the Expo principles are aligned perfectly with the values of the UAE, and with millions of visitors expected both on-site and online, the event will provide a unique opportunity to design and deliver a meaningful programme that accelerates the UAE’s collective progress.

Gender, Children and Social Protection Minister Williametta E. Saydee-Tarr is being accompanied by her Deputy Minister for Research, Planning and Policy – Hassan Karneh and Assistant Minister for Administration, Mamensie Kabba.

Flashy Deal

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  • House Passes Bao Chico Mineral Development Agreement

Monrovia, Liberia November 30, 2021: The plenary of the House of Representatives has unanimously voted to ratify the Mineral Development Agreement between the Government of Liberia and the Bao Chico Resources of Liberia Ltd.

Plenary took the decision Tuesday November 30, 2021 following a report from a joint Committee on Concession & Investment, Mines & Energy, Ways, Means Finance Development Planning and Judiciary.

Accordingly, the Mineral Development Agreement between the Government of Liberia and BAO CHICO Resources Liberia Ltd is for the extraction of iron ore, to be operated under a Class ‘A’ Mining License for an initial term of 25 years from the effective date.

BAO CHICO Resources Liberia Ltd. is a corporation duly registered under the laws of Liberia, TIN Number 500118730 for mineral exploration and mining in Liberia and on the 12th of August 2008, the company was granted an Exploration License MEL 12005 in accordance with Section 1.2 of the Exploration Regulations for the exploration of Mineral Products within the area specified on the license which covered a total area of 87.4km2 within Gbarpolu County.

The company’s license, which was renewed on the 15th of August 2013, is expected to provide direct benefits in the form of employments and revenue generation.

In terms of financial benefits, According to the report the company shall pay all taxes and duties and conform to all procedures pursuant to applicable law; the company shall be taxed on its net taxable income at a rate not to exceed 25 percent; pay the Government’s royalties on all its mineral product sales and transfers for iron ore, a royalty of 4.5 percent determined in accordance with Section 703 of the Revenue Code and for other minerals, as provided for in the Revenue Code and pay into the Government’s general revenue account a signature fee of US$3 million, payable according to the following schedule: that US$1.5 million within 30 business days of the effective date; (ii) US$1 million on the first anniversary of the effective date; and (iii) US$0.5 million on second anniversary of the effective date.

The report further stated that in the space of 10 years following the effective date, the company shall pay an annual lump sum amount of US$60,000 to be paid in two installments of US$30,000 each on January 15 and July 15 of each calendar year.

Pursuant to Section 18.4 of the Mining Law, the company shall make one-time contribution of US$10,000 to the Mineral Development Fund, payable on the Effective Date. Pay an annual surface rental fee for all land within the production area of US$50,000 from the effective date up to the fifth anniversary of the effective date; from the sixth anniversary through the term, the company shall pay an annual surface rental fee for all land within the production area of US$30,000.

In terms of social/economic benefits, as part of its social contribution, BAO CHICO Resources Liberia Ltd. is expected to provide the followings, an annual social contribution of US$300,000 commencing on the effective date until the fifth anniversary of the effective date, and an annual social contribution of US$500,000 from the sixth anniversary of the effective date until the end of the term.

A General Education Funding of US$80,000 to Gbarpolu County, contributed annually through a company administered program.

Pay a Scientific Research Fund of US$50,000 annually, commencing on the start of commercial production and payable thereafter on the anniversary of the effective date through the term.

This amount shall be paid into the general revenue account of the Government for the Scientific Research Fund aimed at generating geo-scientific data and information.

President Weah Accuses Lewis Brown- Says he wanted to pit Liberia against America  

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President Weah & Lewis Brown

A few months after he was elected President of the Republic of Liberia, George Manneh Weah recalled Liberia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York, Ambassador Lewis Brown. The Liberian Leader openly discussed the reason why he made this decision in 2018, a few months after he took office as President of the Republic of Liberia.

According to President Weah, Ambassador Lewis Brown did not listen to his government through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs when he was instructed to vote for the United States of America but instead voted for another candidate, which the President characterized as undiplomatic behavior on Brown’s part. The leader of Liberia stated that his country would not act in a manner that would be detrimental to the interests of the United States of America, which has been Liberia’s traditional friend. He stated that those who are friends with Liberia’s ally are also friends with Liberia.

This is not the first time for me to make this declaration since I am the president. The President stated, “I have expressed this numerous times in the past, long before I became President.”

The leader of Liberia has accused Lewis Brown of plotting to incite the ire of the United States government against his country in order to bring about the suffering of the Liberian people.

 After serving as President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s Minister of Information for a number of years during her government, Lewis Brown was given the position of Permanent Representative of Liberia to the United Nations by Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the former President of Liberia.

n spite of the terrible propaganda that has been spread about his administration, President Weah has stated that he will win the election in 2013 and defeat his whole opposition. He said that anyone who is interested in unseating him should do so in a civilized fashion. Weah has stated that he has never participated in a military conflict since he despises war.

President Weah reaffirmed his intention to fulfill his promise to beat all of his political adversaries in the upcoming elections for president and legislature in 2023, including those who seek to limit his time in office to a single term.

The Liberian Leader made the allegation while making remarks on Sunday, October 2, 2022, at his private church in Paynesville, which is located on the Robertsfield Highway.

According to President Weah, he did not send Lewis Brown to the Federal Republic of Nigeria as a representative of his country because, in his opinion, Brown is not skilled in the art of diplomacy.

These comments were made by the Liberian leader in reaction to a statement that was recently made by Ambassador Lewis Brown on a local station. In that statement, Brown suggested that President Weah was not in a better position to compete for a second term in 2023. Ambassador Brown has been named by President Weah as one of the individuals who started the war in Liberia and were responsible for the deaths of innocent people.

President Weah advised Ambassador Brown to stop blaming innocent people of supporting the war. The leader of Liberia has stated that he does not have blood on his hands because he assisted in disarming former rebels in Liberia during the violent conflict that claimed the lives of thousands of people.

The Liberian Leader said being in opposition does not equate to having a perpetually pessimistic outlook on the state of affairs in the nation. According he when he was a member of the opposition, his party actively tried to preserve peace.

He said that Liberians should instead pray for their president whenever he leaves the country to represent the nation, given that the president of Liberia does not represent himself when he is away from the country in this capacity.

Alexander B. Cummings, the leader of the Alternative National Congress (ANC), has gained the backing of a number of mainstream Liberian politicians, including Ambassador Lewis Brown. Brown is one of those politicians who recently crossed over to ANC. 

“Address Rice Situation With Urgency”

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… NCSCL Calls On Gov’t

Madam Loretta Alethea Pope Kai

On the market in Liberia, the price of rice has significantly increased, and there are a few potential explanations as to why this has occurred. The National Civil Society Council of Liberia (NCSCL) has requested that the situation be immediately resolved by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry from the Government of Liberia (GoL).

Since then, the situation has caused panic as buyers, including retailers and consumers, have been spending longer time in lines at foreign warehouses and shops across the nation’s capital, Monrovia, and its environs, as well as in other parts of the country, in order to be served. These lines can be found in every region of the country.

At several points in the process, purchasers are required to purchase a different product before they may be supplied.

The current price of a bag of rice weighing 25 kilograms (kilograms) has grown to between US$22.50 and US$25, depending on the quality, from its previous price of US$13.00. This has resulted in greater financial hardships for average Liberians.

However, in the face of the ongoing increase, President George Manneh Weah recently stated that he does not believe that there is a rice shortage in his country. He noted that the news of rice scarcity in the Liberian market is just street talk, but the reality on the ground proves otherwise. Despite the fact that the price of rice continues to rise, the president does not believe that there is a rice shortage in his country.

On September 26, President Weah of Liberia made a statement to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), in which he remarked, “We need to not just listen to the street discourse. Therefore, I gave them my attention (importers). Not those who simply wish to express whatever it is that they wish to express. They don’t get my attention at all. I have a feeling that they have rice. This need one more round of verification.

But on the heels of the President’s statement, evidence gathered shows that rice stock on the Liberian mark is low. Hundreds of people were seen standing in long queues at major distributor sites, such as Fouani Brothers in Vai Town, in order to secure rice supply. This evidence shows that rice stock on the Liberian mark is low.

Rice is limited [in the country because importers are bringing in new items, according to Mr. Zoom Dosso, the Public Relations Officer for the Rice Importers Association.

Because of this, the NCSCL issued a press release in Monrovia on Sunday, October 2, 2022, urging the government of Liberia to take prompt action in addressing the situation, citing the fact that a significant number of Liberians, who are living below the poverty line, are hardly able to avoid going to bed hungry.

The council, which is the umbrella organization for all civil society organizations in the country, indicated that information that might have reached the President is very different from the reality on the ground, and as a result, there is an urgent need for a quick and tangible intervention by the government to resolve the rice crisis. The rice crisis has resulted in a severe shortage of rice.

Given that rice is one of the primary foods consumed in Liberia, the National Civil Society Council of Liberia has issued the following statement: “The National Civil Society Council of Liberia hereby calls on the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Commerce and Industry to quickly intervene in this rice crisis. Our people are already going through a difficult time, and an increase in the price of this item will only make things worse for them. The information that was provided to our President is not even close to being accurate,” the release stated further.

CEDS Opens Safe Home for Children With Disabilities

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-Sends out public appeal for support

CEDS Dedicates Safe Home for Physically Challenged People

By: Jerromie S. Walters

Mr. Alexis Tuwee Worji Jr., Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Children’s Educational & Developmental Support Center (CEDS), is pleading with the national government for assistance as his organization works to ensure a real remedy for children with disabilities throughout Liberia. This support will help the NGO in its mission and support the cause of a better life for children with disabilities.

On Friday, September 30, 2022, Mr. Alexis Tuwee Worji Jr. spoke at the dedication of the Children’s Educational & Developmental Support Center (CEDS), the main office and safe home for kids with disabilities in White Fence Community, Soul Clinic.

Mr. Alexis Tuwee Worji said his dedication to the program remains unshakable as an institution with an unyielding willingness to care for children with disabilities, but if more is to be done, the necessity for the government’s engagement is inherent.

“Please listen, I’m speaking to the House of Representatives of the Liberian government. Every lawmaker undoubtedly has a handicapped child living in his or her neighborhood. Do we want these kids to become adults and start begging on the streets?” he questioned.

His family has directly funded the majority of the innumerable efforts the group has taken on, according to Alexis Tuwee Worji. He described the campaign as one that was started out of love. As a result, if more is to be done, prolonged support should be taken into accountThe US government has granted us a certificate to seek funds in the US, and that is something we are about to fight. We hope to gather funds in the US, but this initiative is Liberia’s own, he added. “Opening this home, 90% of the funding comes from us.

He continued, “Until this date, these children eat three times daily and require changing three to four times daily. We gave them a ton of clothes, food, and pampering. All these resource come out of our own pockets, and it’s difficult.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Children’s Educational & Developmental Support Center (CEDS) urged Liberians to take into account the difficulties that disabled children frequently face as a result of their condition and their parents’ inability to care for them as fundamental reasons to have them supported and properly cared for.

“Let’s make sure that no disabled child in the republic of Liberia ever goes to bed hungry or sleeps because their parents can’t afford it. Let’s relieve their parents of the responsibilities, let’s assume liability for “he intruded.”

In his role as the event’s keynote speaker, Alex N. S. Gborle, Head of the Joint Education Committee Secretariat of the National Legislature, urged the government to make the necessary provisions in the national budget for children with special needs, specifically for educational and other supply needs, to ensure that no one is left behind.

He made reference to what he called Liberians’ exclusion from education, which he strongly believed was the driving force behind the various conflicts the country’s citizens had to endure and is also a significant factor in the nation’s high illiteracy rate at the moment.

The Keynote Speaker urged parents in the various areas and neighborhoods to assist in caring for kids with disabilities and to submit their situations to organizations like CEDS that are interested in such matters.

A humanitarian organization called the Children’s Educational and Developmental Support Center was founded in 2016 to care for the needs and welfare of abandoned and special needs children in Africa.

Since its founding, CEDS has been working nonstop to fulfill its mission of giving children from birth to age 15 with medical supplies, food, clothing, water, sanitation supplies, pampers, prescriptions, as well as entertainment items and therapeutic treatment.

Alexis Worji, the CEO of CEDS, and Korpo Manjo, the co-CEO, were inspired to start the organization by their love of people and their commitment to helping those in need, particularly underprivileged children and children with special needs in Liberia, Africa, and around the world.

The institution’s financial situation, according to Mr. Alexis Tuwee Worji, started after he and his wife decided to save 30% of their combined income in order to collect money for the program.

That was a difficult effort, but with faith and dedication, from 2016 to 2018, we raised over US $30,000 and sent a half container to Liberia to start the program, he continued.

In a notable move, the facility began operations with a feeding program that included three square meals per day for one week, as well as the installation of a 43-inch Satcom cable TV on the pediatric ward at the James David Memorial Hospital in Paynesville City, Liberia.

However, CEDS will remain there for a while until the construction of its 15-bedroom headquarters, which is presently under way, is finished.

The main building of the institution, which serves as a sanctuary for challenged children, is located within a sizable enclosure that also houses bathrooms, a waiting area, a first aid station, dorms for boys and girls, and other necessary amenities.

“You Might Not Know How Many Lives You Have Touched”

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– Jewel Starfish Foundation beneficiaries tell VP Taylor  Leila B. Gbati

VP Taylor and Jewel Starfish Foundation Beneficiaries

The Jewel Starfish Foundation (JSF) is an organization that aims to improve the lives of Liberian adolescents as well as the status of women in the country.

Chief Dr. Jewel Howard-Taylor, who is currently serving as Vice President of Liberia, established the Jewel Starfish Foundation. The mission of the foundation is to enable disadvantaged women to better themselves via the pursuit of an education.

At the Monrovia City Hall on September 25, 2022, the JSF hosted a gratitude luncheon in honor of 25 of the students that it had funded through Rick’s Institute, the Muslim Congress, and College of West Africa. The students came from all three of those institutions.

Students from the More Than Me Academy, which was closed down by the government of Liberia after an event involving a sexual assault committed by a teacher, account for 21 of the 25 graduates.

During the ceremony, Vice President Taylor made a message of congratulations in which she thanked God for allowing her to serve in a position where she could put her skills to use.

During her recent trip to Zewdru and Nimba Counties, Vice President Taylor met with JSF recipients. While she was there, she shared with those individuals that very few people are given the opportunity to participate in the work that God is doing in the world.

She made it clear that despite the fact that David enjoyed God’s love, he was denied the opportunity to construct the temple in the way that he desired because God insisted that David’s son should do it instead.

Her perspective is that individuals who have been selected for this unique assignment have no choice but to keep going since the work they are doing is God’s work, and she is thankful to be a part of it.

The Vice President of Liberia went on to say that she didn’t want the day the girls graduated from high school to be treated like any other typical day. Because of this, a meal was planned so that the parents could rejoice with their children.

“It gives me great pleasure to see that all of the alumni from Rick’s Institute, CWA, and Muslim Congress are present today. These grads represent the crown jewel of our program. Congratulations to you both! “VP Taylor said.

She took the opportunity to express her gratitude to members of her office for the time and effort they had contributed to the JSF. She emphasized that the JSF is an important project that people may not recognize today, but that on the 25th anniversary of the JSF, people will learn about the types of people who have gone through the JSF program and are now working in offices doing work on behalf of Liberia.

She also praised the Chair of the JSF Board of Directors and the other members of the JSF Board for the system that they established, as well as the Ambassadors of South Africa and China for their support of the JSF.

For her part, the Chair of the Board of JSF, Norwu Howard, provided an overview of the event in which she disclosed that on the Sunday morning of September 8, 2019, they gathered at the More Than Me Academy on Ashmum Street to escort 25 girls to the Rick’s Institute. This was a day of motivation during which the students were overjoyed for another opportunity to achieve their dreams of entering high school.

Madam Howard also mentioned that it was a day of tears as mothers accompanied their daughters in buses with their supplies as they made their way to Rick’s Institute, where they will spend the next five years studying in order to successfully complete high school. Madam Howard said that the mothers accompanied their daughters in buses with their supplies as they made their way to Rick’s Institute.

When the Board of Directors of JSF made the decision to assume responsibility for the tuition of an additional 25 girls, they had no idea where the funding would come from. However, the determined founder of JSF saw the precarious situation the girls had been through, and she told them that they were going to find a way to help the girls because it would be a loss for Liberia if they did not complete high school.

“After waiting for them for three years, we are finally here to celebrate their achievement of graduating from high school. I have worked for JSF for over 20 years, and during that time I have seen our founder give her all to guarantee that JSF continues to thrive. She sometimes put the needs of her family on the back burner in order to make sure that disadvantaged girls were not left behind, and to this day, her sacrifice and dream for Liberia’s Pro Poor Agenda for Prosperity are being realized, she added.

She claims that the JSF has a track record of educating thousands of girls, some of whom are currently contributing back to society by serving in government and non-governmental institutions. She says this is evidence that the JSF is a successful organization.

The chairperson of the JSF Board of Directors stated that the JSF is resolved to alter the course of the big outlook that the majority of parents have as a result of their failure to ensure a bright future for their children, and she added “We are going to need some help with this. We recognize that we cannot save everyone, but we can make a difference in the lives of our young by transforming their life one person at a time. This endeavor will require the commitment of a small number of people who appreciate the importance of education.

“As we continue to act as advocates for the JSF, we would like to extend an invitation to you to join us on our quest to invest in putting an end to poverty in Liberia and illuminating the lives of girls through education. Many thanks to everyone who has played a part in the success of these girls; it is because of them that the JSF even exists “In the end, she decided.

In the meantime, Joetta James, a resident of West Point and also a beneficiary of the More Than Me Academy, congratulated the founder of the More Than Me Academy for the wonderful work that VP Taylor is doing. James was addressing on behalf of her fellow alumni of Rick’s Institute.

One of the students who has benefited from her participation in the More Than Me Academy is Joetta.

Joetta stated that following the occurrence involving the sexual attack and while she was a student at the school, she and her classmates were ridiculed and ostracized by certain family and friends who believed they had the HIV virus. Joetta was a victim of the sexual assault.

She claims that they are from a slum community where there is only one restroom for everyone to use. She also claims that when they go to take a bath, other people occasionally refuse to let them use the bucket on the grounds that they believe they have HIV.

Joetta stated that she was anxious about the circumstance and unsure of what action to take as she was explaining her ordeal.

At a gathering that was held at Monrovia City Hall for the purpose of hosting a symposium that was arranged by the JSF, those of us who attended were requested to talk about our personal experiences and what was going on in our lives at the time. When I stepped up and recounted what my friends and I were going through at that same moment, the Vice President of the company agreed to visit the More Than Me Academy shortly after I finished my explanation. After having conversations with us at school, the JSF offered to pay for us to finish our education at Rick’s Institute soon after we graduated from the ninth grade. The VP visited our school and participated in these conversations “Joetta recounted.

She went on to say that they are not merely girls but rather women disguised as girls, and she added, “They are women who are bound for a better future, women who are shattering every barrier that stands in their way. In spite of what others may believe, nothing positive can ever originate from West Point. Imagine for a moment that Rick’s Institute has just graduated a dozen very bright young women. We gave thanks to God for today and prayed that he would be with JSF as they continue to light fires in people’s lives “.

Naomi Wesseh, who is also a recipient of the JSF and a graduate of St. Martin’s Catholic High School in Gbarnga, Bong County, explained that when she lost her father in 2014, all hope was lost, and she was worrying about how to pay her school fees. She was a beneficiary of the JSF and graduated from St. Martin’s Catholic High School in Gbarnga, Bong County. The Vice President stepped in and paid all of her school costs for seventh through twelfth grade.

Naomi bragged that she is now a graduate of one of the most prominent high schools in Liberia and that she is on her way to study at Nor East Norma University in China. Today, Naomi is a graduate of one of the most prestigious high schools in Liberia.

“I would have laughed in your face if you had told me five years ago that this was going to be my path, but God, who sees and knows everything, picked VP Taylor to be my mother and sponsor. If you had told me that five years ago, I would have laughed in your face. I regarded myself as quite fortunate. “I give thanks to God for making VP Taylor my destiny helper and for choosing him. It is an honor to serve,” she said.

Naomi said, VP. Taylor might not be aware of how many lives she has transformed, but her own has been transformed to such an extent that she will be thankful for everything that has happened to her for the rest of her life.

Naomi, on behalf of the JSF, expressed gratitude to the government of China for its broad support of initiatives aimed at the growth and empowerment of women and girls.

For their part, the parents of the graduates expressed their gratitude to JSF for bringing light into the lives of their children and ensuring that their children completed their secondary education.

They have stated that they will keep providing the JSF with support in whatever way that is feasible so that they can guarantee a better future for their children.

The Ambassador of South Africa, as well as parents and other guests who had traveled from afar attended the event.

Unidentified Woman Commits Suicide by Drowning in St. Paul River

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St. Paul River

By. Jerromie S. Walters

Liberia: Early in the morning of Tuesday, September 27, 2022, residents of the St. Paul Bridge hamlet as well as visitors to the area were made aware of the news of a possible suicide that had been committed in the St. Paul river by an unidentified female.

According to statements made by witnesses at the scene of the incident, the young woman, whose identity has not been released, was first spotted from the end of the bridge that leads to Busrhod Island. After crossing the bridge, it was reported that she sat for a while and then walked toward the edge of the bridge while combing her hair. After making the sign of the cross (signing cross), she then vulnerably leaned on the edge of the bridge and jumped into the river below.

She was approaching the Saturday market from the Duala side, which meant that she was approaching the market from the same side as me, and I was following behind her. She was by herself as she walked and talked while holding a comb in her hand. She arrived, and then she sat down on the ground. One of the witnesses remarked, “She woke up and signed her cross, and then she went towards the iron at the edge of the bridge and placed her head between it with her back turned to the river, and that is how she left herself till she drowned.”

However, it was also determined that previous to the lady’s act of suicide, she was spotted speaking to herself while walking toward the bridge. This occurred when she was in the process of committing suicide.

Because of the events that led up to the tragedy, many people are mystified about the passing of the young woman because they are certain that a malevolent spirit was responsible for bringing about her demise.

On the other hand, many people have theorized that she may have been troubled by certain personal circumstances that were most likely out of her control.

However, the bulk of individuals who were there at the scene related in their accounts that they were only made aware of the lady’s activity after she had already begun leaning on the edge of the bridge and was only a split second away from plunging into the river.

“We were all far from where she was and we couldn’t get to her as she was a little distance from where they were, and she did not ask for help,” they continued. “We were all far from where she was and we couldn’t get to her as she was a little distance from where they were.”

As this issue goes to press, the identities of the unidentified woman’s family members have not been discovered, and her body has not been discovered either.

In the meantime, inhabitants of the neighborhood of St. Paul Bridge have described the incident as being unique, highlighting the fact that an event of this sort has never taken place in the town.

The St. Paul Bridge may be found on the St. Paul River, which serves as the demarcation line between District #17 and the Bushed Island neighborhood. It is considered to be one among the seven (7) important rivers that flow through Liberia.

Its upper portion in Guinea is known as either the Diani River or the Niandi River, and it forms a component of the boundary between Guinea and Liberia. Its headwaters are located in the southeastern area of Guinea.

The river then enters Liberia approximately 50 kilometers (31 miles) to the north of Gbarnga and travels across the country in a path toward the southwest. It separates Monrovia and its suburb, Brewerville, from the Atlantic Ocean at Cape Mesurado in Monrovia, which is located in Monrovia and is close to Busrhod Island.

“You’ve Paid Your Dues”

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-President Weah bids Chief Justice Korkpor farewell.

Outgoing Chief Justice Korkpor President George Manneh Weah

By: G. Bennie Bravo Johnson

Francis S. Korkpor, the outgoing Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Liberia, has received praises from President George Manneh Weah for his immeasurable and valuable services to national duty and his work on judicial reform at the court, saying that His Honor Francis Korkpor has paid his dues to national duty.

President Weah says it was an honor for him to take part in and witness “this very important event,” which put Justice Korkpor’s career to an end after several years of service. He adds that Chief Justice Korkpor, despite having retired, is still sharp, so he will continue to consult him when necessary.

President Weah noted in a special speech at the conclusion of the March Term of the court and the retirement of Justice Francis S. Korkpor that the guarantee of rights and freedoms is the cornerstone of Liberia’s legal system, making the judiciary essential to democracy. He added that his administration is still working to strengthen the system.

“The national interests were represented by Justice Korkpor when he fought for the rights of the underprivileged and disadvantaged and when he supported journalists and civil society,” according to President Weah.

“We have taken our time with this national effort over the past few years as we work to uphold the independence that this arm of government should have. I must thus commend all of your efforts in this regard, especially those of the man we are honoring today, His Honor Francis Korkpor, the retiring Chief Justice of the Republic of Liberia.

The Supreme Court of Liberia adjourned the Honorable Supreme Court of Liberia’s March Term on Tuesday, September 27, 2022, and the day culminated with Chief Justice Francis S. Korkpor’s formal retirement ceremony.

Members of the diplomatic code, Senate Pro-tempore Albert Chie, Speaker Bhofal Chambers, and members of both houses attended the event, which was held at the Supreme Court’s chamber.

Vice President Jewel Howard-Taylor, the Liberia National Bar Association, and numbers of legal professionals were also present.

The departing chief Justice, Korkpor, earned a great deal of praises from his peers during the event and testimonies for his crucial role-playing during his service to the country.

The Liberian leader said that while serving as a retired justice at the Justice and Peace Commission, which was founded by the Catholic Church in the early 1990s to address human rights violations and injustices in our society, he quietly but fearlessly argued for justice and peace for all Liberians, but particularly for the poor and the oppressed.

Mr. Wean also mentioned that Chief Justice Korkpor frequently found himself at odds with some of Liberia’s former leaders, but he consistently remained true to the cause of justice.

“We are fully aware of the critical part the judiciary plays in preserving the peace we have worked so hard to obtain. Therefore, it is anticipated that you will continue to play a crucial role in our efforts to strengthen our democratic credentials as a country as we approach the general and presidential elections next year “urged President Weah.

He urged the judiciary, however, to guarantee that blind justice is served to all, stressing that they would do well to draw upon the superb framework that Justice Francis Korkpor and his associates had established during his tenure as this honorable Supreme Court’s chief justice.

“Justice Korkpor has over two decades of extraordinary and exceptional service as a Justice on the Supreme Court bench. He committed his time to ensuring that important judicial reforms were carried out, first as an Associate Justice and then as Chief Justice. He also started the development of significant additions and improvements to court infrastructure across the nation, bringing justice closer to the people finally”, he said.

In reaction to the many testimonies, outgoing Chief Justice Francis S. Korkpor thanked the Liberians for putting their trust in him and expressed excitement.

He claimed that without the support of his co-workers and the international and national governments for his leadership, his continuous service at the court would not have been feasible.

“When Julie Bryant’s interim administration came to a close, I was the sole justice that former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf reappointed to the Supreme Court. She said that the reason she decided to rehire me was to ensure the program’s integrity, legal acumen, and human rights record. He added that he was chosen right away after Chief Justice Johnny Lewis retired.”

Officials Accused of Rape Appear in Korean Court on Friday

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-As Liberian Community petitions Seoul District Headquarters, while VP Taylor joins Gender Ministry to call for justice

Mr. Daniel Tarr Mr. Owen Brown

The Liberian community in the Republic of South Korea has written to the Korean government requesting permission to present a petition in protest against the actions of two Liberian government officials who are alleged to have raped two minors. The allegations against the Liberian officials are that they sexually assaulted the victims while they were in their official capacities.

The Liberian community in Korea has stated that they want to submit a request to the government of South Korea in order to obtain permission to voice their displeasure of the activities of the two men, who they believe have brought shame not only upon themselves but also upon their country.

“However, we are waiting to see what action our government will take on the problem before we can officially show our concern and condemn any type of sexual assault or rape that may occur through the use of a petition. The objective of the request is to give us permission to do so. Since some of our brothers are currently being questioned at their places of employment, the purpose of this petition is to dispel the notion that Liberians are predators among the populace of Korea “According to Mr. Lawrence Darkollie, Womenvoices was told.

According to the information that has been gathered, the actions that are said to have been carried out by the two officials are extremely embarrassing for Liberians who live in that region of the world.

Mr. Lawrence Darkollie, a Liberian citizen currently residing in South Korea, stated that “this is a great shame for Liberians living in South Korea and the image of our dear country.”

The two government officials are reportedly scheduled to appear in court on Friday, September 30, 2022, according to the information that has been gathered. Womenvoices Newspaper has learned from sources in Seoul that the two officials are currently being detained by the Korean Police in the city of Busan.

Meanwhile, the Vice President of the Republic of Liberia, Chief Dr. Jewel Howard-Taylor, said she is saddened by the news of alleged sexual abuse in the Republic of Korea by our government officials.

“The issue of sexual abuse is the most abusive form of abuse, and it is unacceptable anywhere in our World. And until all women are safe from all forms of abuse no woman is safe,” the VP said.

The Vice President said she supports the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection’s call to admonish all Government officials to be prudent in their social dealings at home and abroad; and refrain from all acts of sexual abuse, which have the proclivity to dent the image of our beloved country.

As a staunch advocate for women in Liberia and across Nations, the Vice President values the safety of women and abhors any attempt to subject women to different forms of abuse.

It was reported by South Korea-Cable-TV two public servants who were implicated in a rape case there last week have been charged. Last week, South Korean police detained two members of the Liberian government in their hotel rooms along with two female minors: Mr. Moses Owen Brown, Liberia’s Permanent Representative to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), and Mr. Daniel Tarr, Director of the Department of Marine Environmental Protection.

The two girls, aged 16 and 14, who were reportedly high school students employed at the Conference Hall, were reportedly asked by Mr. Owen Brown and Daniel Tarr to take tea to their respective hotel rooms, according to the Cable TV investigation. Another girl dialed 911 after they left and didn’t come back for more than 30 minutes. Two ambassadors accompanied two youngsters to their hotel rooms. The cable source claims that when the police arrived at the hotel swiftly, they instructed the receptionist to ring the rooms, but no one answered. The cops entered the hotel rooms in this manner in order to free the girls.

The International Maritime Organization and the South Korean Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries jointly arranged the 2022 Korea Maritime Week, which the two Liberian government representatives were attending as part of an official government trip to the South Korean port city of Busan (IMO).

Mr. Brown, the young Liberian Permanent Representative to the IMO, who many believe to be the youngest Liberian ever appointed to said lucrative position, is one of the Liberian officials. He is in his thirties, has a diplomatic passport, and is allegedly claiming diplomatic immunity by virtue of his position. However, the South Korean authorities are not taking the situation lightly and have hinted that the Vienna Convention, which establishes diplomatic immunity, cannot be applied in his case.

The age of consent in South Korea is 20, making it one of the oldest ages of consent in the world, according to Article 305 of the Criminal Act of South Korea. Additionally, a Cable TV inquiry was uncovered.

In the meantime, the Liberian government verified the events in South Korea about its officers in a news release released by the Liberia Maritime Authority (LiMA).

LiMA asserts that it unambiguously upholds a zero-tolerance policy toward any form of sexual or gender-based offense and sees these accusations against the actions of its officials as most outrageous and devoid of any legitimacy in any civilized society.

The press release continued, “Liberia Maritime Authority commits to take appropriate actions, in accordance with national and international regulations, and will fully collaborate with the Government of the Republic of South Korea in the investigation of this occurrence.”

Save Liberia of the Embarrassment by Acting Now

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The allegation of rape that has been leveled against two officials of the Government of Liberia in South Korea is extremely embarrassing, and it is also an affront to the presidency because it comes immediately after the President of the Republic of Liberia just addressed the United Nations General Assembly in New York, where he declared that the fight against sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) was steadily on course in Liberia, and he also pronounced that women’s empowerment was a priority for his administration

It should not come as a surprise that the Ministry of Gender, Children, and Social Protection (MGCSP) has asked the Liberia Maritime Authority (LiMA) to immediately recall, where applicable, the two government officials who are accused of raping two minors in South Korea. It was announced on Friday by the police in South Korea that they had detained two Liberian government officials in connection with the alleged rape of two teenagers who were in South Korea at the time of the incident.

On Thursday, the two officials, who have been identified as Daniel Tarr, who is in his 50s, and Moses Owen Browne, who is in his 30s, were taken into custody without incident at a hotel in the city of Busan, which is located in the southeast of the country. The Busan police claim that this transpired after a friend of the claimed rape survivors reported the case to the authorities. Tarr is the Director of the Department of Marine Environmental Protection, whereas Browne is Liberia’s Permanent Representative to the IMO in London. Both men are based in London.

The initial reports that came out of Seoul, the capital of the Republic of South Korea, suggested that two Liberian officials had been detained on suspicion of rape, and that if they were proven guilty, they would face a minimum sentence of seven years in prison. This information came from Seoul, which is the capital of the Republic of South Korea.

We agree with the appeal made by the Ministry of Gender to the Liberia Maritime Authority to quickly recall these individuals, and the LiMA should not be afraid to take proper action against them if it is determined that they are guilty of any wrongdoing. These proceedings may involve dismissal as well as the pursuit of penalty, both of which are permissible under the laws and jurisdictions of both Liberia and South Korea.

According to a spokesperson of the Foreign Ministry who is stationed in Seoul, the ministry is investigating the possibility of the two Liberians being granted diplomatic immunity.

According to the statements made by the police, they intend to apply for official arrest warrants for both of the individuals. Because of this, they will be able to keep the suspects locked up for a period of up to ten days.

We are making a request to the LiMA that it go beyond merely confirming the accusations and instead declare that it has a policy of “zero tolerance” regarding any and all cases of abuse based on sexual orientation or gender identity. It is not enough to say that the Liberia Maritime Authority absolutely maintains a zero tolerance policy on any and all types of sexual and gender-based offenses and views these allegations of the behavior of its officials as being extremely abhorrent, having no place in any civilized society. Rather, it is necessary to say that the Liberia Maritime Authority views these allegations as having no place in any society and layout actions that can be seen.

We do appreciate the fact that the LiMA has stated that it will assist the government of South Korea in the investigation and has pledged to take appropriate action in accordance with the laws of both national and international law.

The public prosecutors in Busan are quite certain, according to the report that the two Liberian government officials were responsible for the rape of two teenage girls who were staying at the hotel at the time of the incident.

This why we share the same sentiments as the Gender Ministry, which is that the claims of rape are disturbing and upsetting, and that this matter completely contradicts Liberia’s commitment to eliminating the scourge of sexual and gender-based violence. The declaration of a state of national emergency by the President about rape “exists in Liberia, which is something that the whole public is aware of.

Womenvoices has issued a vehement condemnation of the sexual misconduct that has been committed by government employees and has stated that it considers such behavior to be abhorrent and unforgivable.

If the allegations against the two government officials are proven to be true, they have the potential to make Liberia’s fight against rape even more ineffective and to create a barrier to the country’s progress toward achieving Goal 5 of the Global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which emphasizes the critical importance of putting an end to the violence and exploitation of women and girls.”

We also join the Gender Ministry in their call for all public officials and the general Liberian population to exercise extreme caution in their day-to-day interactions, regardless of whether they take place in Liberia or elsewhere, and to continue their collaboration with the Liberian government in the fight against sexual and gender-based violence.

As a result, we are requesting that the relevant authorities, in particular those at the Liberian Maritime Authority and the Presidency, take immediate action in order to spare Liberia the humiliation that could result from this situation.

“Pay For My Losses & Relocate Weajue!” 

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  • A business woman accuses Bea Mountain of damage caused by flooding.

By. G Bennie Bravo Johnson

Wango Fayiah, a Liberian businesswoman based in Weajue Town, has accused Bea Mountain Mining Corporation of being to blame for the enormous loss she sustained as a result of floods that penetrated her place of business and caused damage to a number of cane beverages and generators, among other things.

The floods that occurred in the Weajue village in Grand Cape Mount on September 24, 2022, as reported by Madam Fayiah to the reporters through phone call, occurred once again on Friday, which resulted in the destruction of several homes around a few weeks earlier.

She bemoaned the fact that the torrential rainfall of rain that occurred on Friday night was a major catastrophe for the Bracket Business Center that was located at Weajue, as well as for the Mana Clan and the entirety of the Gola Konneh District.

According to Madam Fayiah, her typical business operations have been hampered for the past two days, and it is possible that they will be disrupted for up to a week as a result of the fact that the entire building is occupied with mud, which is believed to have washed down from the Mount Survive, which is where Bea Mountain operates the Underground Weajue Mines.

According to Madam Wango Fayiah, before Bea Mountain began its mining activities in the town, she had never encountered floods on such a scale in all of the years that have passed since the structure in which she lived had been constructed.

She demanded that the local authorities and legislative leadership of Cape Mount, as well as the government of Liberia, put pressure on the management of Bea Mountain to compensate her and the entire Gola Konneh District for the losses they incurred as a result of the company’s underground mining activities in the area and its refusal to have them relocated. The losses were incurred as a result of the company’s refusal to have the mining operations moved.

Since Bea Mountain began operations in this location, this is the third time in a row that something of this nature has occurred during the wet season.

A severe storm caused damage to the roofs of multiple homes before floods completely destroyed at least seven (7) of the homes, according to our counts. — I quote her.

She proceeded by saying, “The floods that occurred today spurred the women of Weajue Town to stage a demonstration that lasted several hours asking that the town be relocated.”

But Arthur Konneh, the District Commissioner, and Gbennie Boima, the Clan Chief, stepped in and made a pledge to get back to the people of Weajue on Monday. It was her last point.

In the meantime, Baaka Town in Porkpa District, which is located on the Bambala side of the district, is currently cut off from Gbarnga in Porkpa District, which is located on the Damballa side of the district, as a result of the heavy downpour of rain that forcibly removed the pipe that served as a bridge.

According to a media practitioner who traveled from Lofa Bridge to Damballa on Saturday, September 25, 2022, Mr. Beholds Elijah, they were forced to walk through the water that stopped at their wrist level because it was impossible to travel by vehicle. Mr. Beholds Elijah revealed that they had to leave their vehicles behind and walk through the water, which stopped at their wrist level.

Since the entirety of Baaka Town is blocked off, he urged the government, through the Ministry of public works, stakeholders in the Porkpa District, and groups representing civil society to grab the situation and find a solution to it.

“Her Commitment to Education is Unmatched”

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-Deputy Education Minister lauds Precious Teeweh

By. Jerromie S. Walters

The 26th of September, 2022, on Capitol Hill in Monrovia, Liberia: After receiving backlash for the decision to name Miss Precious Teeweh as the recipient of the 2022 Best Teacher Award, Deputy Education Minister Latim Da-Thong defended the choice, praising the young woman for her brilliance and stating that the award was well deserved.

The controversy surrounded the selection of Miss Precious Teeweh as the recipient of the award.

During a news conference that took place over the weekend, Deputy Minister Latim Da-Thong responded to members of the public who had questioned the procedure for awarding the title of Best Teacher. He emphasized that, according to the report that was presented to the Ministry by the independent body firm that was hired to oversee the procedure, Precious Teeweh was the only participant that met all of the necessary requirements.

According to what he had stated, “Being the best teacher does not need you to be in the classroom for fifty (50) years,” but rather a particular set of qualifications that had been established by the committee.

Because Precious has already authored two books for young children, both of which have been approved for use in classrooms by the Ministry of Education and are scheduled to be published within the next few weeks, he believes that her enthusiasm and dedication to education are unparalleled.

Nevertheless, he went on to underline the fact that the young female educator has a strong commitment to the field of education and is someone on whom he believes Liberia may count in the years to come.

He admitted that there are elderly teachers in Liberia who have worked in the classroom for a number of years, but he said that many of these teachers did not take part in the process, and those who did take part in the process did not meet the requirements. In the end, the young female instructor emerged victorious over all of the other candidates, coming in first place in every category.

The Deputy Minister of Education, Latim Da-Thong, took the opportunity to express his delight in Liberia’s early childhood educators, emphasizing that the country has a bright future thanks to the upcoming generation of young educators who have a passion and devotion for the teaching profession.

Ms. Precious Teeweh, a teacher at a private school, was recognized as the recipient of the 2022 Best Teacher award during the celebration of Flag Day that took place this year. As part of the prize, she was awarded a golden prize consisting of one million Liberian dollars and a house with two bedrooms. This fact can be cited.

Many of Precious’ supporters feel that she is well-deserving of the prize and that it comes at an opportune moment because of the unwavering passion and attention she has shown to the educational sector of Liberia, particularly in the area of early childhood education.

In March of this year, the program for the 2022 Teacher Award got under way. At that time, teachers and administrators from all Liberian schools from kindergarten to twelfth grade, including public, private, faith-based, and community-based schools with permits from the Ministry of Education were identified as qualified candidates for the competition. The competition was open to teachers and administrators from public, private, faith-based, and community-based schools.

At the formal program held to celebrate the 175th Flag Day Celebration, which took place at the Centennial Memorial Pavilion in Monrovia, a total of 32 awards were presented to the winners.

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