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EDITORIAL
Lifting All Boats this Season: the Transport Ministry and the Whole GOL
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Mary Brownell Is UL Commencement Speaker

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COMMENTARY
Inside CRC-Issues And Strides
See Pg. 4

By Alaskai Moore Johnson

ne of Liberias eminent senior citizens, Madam Mary Brownell, is expected to today serve as the speaker of the University of Liberias

95th Commencement Convocation. In an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer Monday, December 16, Ma Mary, as she is affectionately called by younger generations of Liberians, jokingly stated that she would not

LOCAL NEWS
Funeral Services Announced for Judge William B. Metzger, Jr.
See Pg. 3

Ma Mary: I will speak to them like my own children, grandchildren and great, grandchildren

LAND COMMISSION
LC Chairman Warns against Issuance of Tribal Certificates
See Pg. 12

CDC in Rural Campaign to Win Majority Seats in Senatorial Elections

BUSINESS
Cellcom Extends 4G Service to Bong, Nimba
See Pg. 13

By Leroy M. Sonpon, III in Greenville, Sinoe County

iberias main opposition party, the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), has begun what they term as a rigorous rural campaigning to win majority seats in the 2014 Senatorial Elections. CDCs vice president for Operations, Mulbah Morlu, said the campaign is to ensure that the party wins at least

eight of the 15 senatorial seats, of which Montserrado Countys seat is described by him as clearcut win owing to Amb. George M. Weah being in the race.

Pharmacy Students Crave Post-Grad Degree


By C.Y. Kwanue

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representative of the graduating class of the 95th Commencement Convocation of the University of Liberia (UL), has called on the government through the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOH/SW), and the UL Administration to establish a post-graduate

degree granting pharmacy program. If established, George Saye Dokie, Jr., a student of the Pharmacy School, believes the program would enable pharmacists in the country to further specialize in the field. Afterwards, he said, pharmacists would be better positioned to make meaningful contributions to the health delivery sector.

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CDCs Mulbah Morlue

SPORTS
Can BYC Survive Kotoko Challenge?
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Lofa Lawmaker Earns Masters Degree in Public Administration


Rep. Moses Y. Kollie
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World News

Gen Sir David Richards in al-Qaeda African Warning

As chief of the defence staff, Gen Sir David was the prime ministers main military adviser
(BBC) - The world should be paying more attention to the sub-Saharan threat from al-Qaeda, a former head of the British armed forces has warned. General Sir David Richards said Britain needed to learn from what it had done and failed to do. He also questioned whether the Nato operation against Libya in 2011 was the right thing to do, suggesting it may have contributed to the spread of arms in the region. Gen Sir David retired last year. In the past year Islamist groups have stepped up their activities in several African countries. In Somalia, African Union troops have been battling with militants al-Shabab - which came to global prominence with its attack on a Kenyan shopping centre earlier this year. French troops spearheaded the response to Islamist insurgents in Mali. And in Nigeria a state of emergency has been declared in response to attacks by another group. I do worry very much that sub-Saharan Africa is the next front - in many ways it already is, Gen Sir David told the BBC. We must learn from what we have done and failed to do in other parts of the world in trying to combat this risk and do it pretty quickly or it could become pretty vicious - as if it wasnt already bad enough. The BBCs international development correspondent Mark Doyle said that, despite signs of growth elsewhere in Africa, the militants actions had caused widespread disruption and held back the regions economies. Gen Sir David was chief of the defence staff from 2010 until July this year. But he now says the 2011 Nato-led campaign to remove Colonel Gaddafi in 2011 may have helped the proliferation of arms in Africa.

(BBC) Archbishop Desmond Tutu has said that Nelson Mandela would have been appalled that Afrikaners were excluded from memorial services marking his death. He highlighted the absence of the Dutch Reformed Church and the limited use of the Afrikaans language at the services. A mainly Afrikaner party introduced white minority rule, which Mr Mandela opposed, spending 27 years in jail. But after becoming South president, Africas first black Mr Mandela preached reconciliation with his former enemies. Archbishop Tutu also strongly criticised the prominence of the governing African National Congress (ANC) during the week of events following Mr Mandelas death on 5 December. I also believe it may have sent out a more inclusive message had the programme directors at the Memorial and Funeral - both national and State events - not both been senior office-bearers of the ruling party, he said. Archbishop Tutu fought apartheid, along with Mr Mandela and the ANC, but

Archbishop Tutu: Nelson Mandela Services Excluded Afrikaners

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Foreign Briefs

Syria
(BBC) - Hospitals in the Syrian city of Aleppo have been overwhelmed with casualties after a wave of air strikes which killed more than 100 people in recent days, Medecins Sans Frontieres says. Indiscriminate and sustained attacks by government aircraft had caused significant damage in areas populated by civilians, the organisation warned. Bodies are being lined up in front of hospitals for collection by relatives. On Tuesday, warplanes stepped up their air strikes on rebelheld districts.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu said Nelson Mandela deliberately included Afrikaners


has become increasingly critical of the party, welcoming the launch of a new opposition party in June. He almost did not attend Sundays funeral for his close friend, saying he had not been invited. In a statement, he described Mr Mandela as a nation builder who went out of his way to include Afrikaners after the end of apartheid. We were amiss in not being as inclusive as Madiba [Mandelas clan name] would certainly have been, he said. To the extent that I can do so meaningfully, I apologise to our sisters and brothers in the Afrikaner Community, he added. Peace mission Both Archbishop Tutu and Mr Mandela won Nobel Peace Prizes for their work in bringing an end to apartheid. The former Anglican archbishop of Cape Town was awarded the prize in 1984 and has since gone on to become the recipient of other awards, including the Templeton prize which honours a living person who has made an exceptional contribution to affirming lifes spiritual dimension. Mr Mandela won the Nobel award jointly with the former President FW de Klerk, an Afrikaner from the National Party, in 1993. Archbishop Tutu said Mr Mandelas belief in reconciliation was evident in the composition of the new national anthem, which has a verse in Afrikaans, and his involvement in the 1995 Rugby World Cup, the lunch and tea engagements with the widows of apartheid presidents. Rugby was closely associated with Afrikaners and Mr Mandelas decision to wear the national team shirt in 1995 won him great respect in the community. Madiba was a nationbuilder. I pray that we will uphold this critical aspect of his mission forever, the archbishop concluded.

Russia

Nigeria University Lecturers Union ASUU Calls Off Strike

(BBC) - Russia has given Ukraine a discount of almost a third on Russian gas and said it would buy billions of dollars worth of Ukrainian government bonds. The moves come amid Russian attempts to stop Ukraine moving towards the EU. Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovych announced the moves, but said they had not discussed Ukraine joining a Russian-led customs union. Protests continued in Kiev over the deepening ties with Russia. After talks between the two men in the Kremlin, it was announced Russia would buy $15bn-worth (9.2bn; 10.9bn euros) of Ukrainian government bonds.

Germany
(BBC) - Angela Merkel has been confirmed as German chancellor for a third term, at the head of a grand coalition, by a vote in the Bundestag (parliament). The coalition between her centre-right CDU/CSU bloc and the Social Democrats (SPD) has a huge majority, with 504 of the 631 seats in the lower house. Mrs Merkel was confirmed by 462 votes, with nine abstentions. Germanys tough stance on fiscal discipline is unlikely to change under the new coalition.

The government has promised to refurbish universities


(BBC) - A five-month strike by lecturers which closed all public universities in Nigeria has been called off after the government paid for refurbishments. Lecturers are returning to work because the government had deposited money into a development fund for campuses, union leaders said. The government had initially pledged to spend $1.3bn ($800m) to refurbish badly maintained public universities. Nigeria is Africas main oil producer, but its infrastructure is poor. Education Minister Ezenwo Nyeso had threatened to dismiss lecturers who failed to return to work by 4 December. However, members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) defied the ultimatum, continuing with the strike until it was called off on Tuesday. ASUU has received proof that the government had deposited a significant amount of the $1.3bn into a fund at the central bank, union leaders are quoted by local media as saying. We implore our members

to go back to class and the government to keep to every part of the agreement, ASUU official Karo Ogbinaka told the private news station Channels. About 1.2 million students study at Nigerias public and private universities, AFP news agency quotes the National Universities Commission as saying.

(BBC) - An American businessman detained in Bolivia without charge for more than two years has escaped back to the US, officials in both countries say. Jacob Ostreicher had faced allegations of money laundering linked to a rice-growing business. Mr Ostreicher, 55, said Bolivian officials had attempted to extort money from him in exchange for his freedom. Bolivian authorities say 15 people have been arrested in connection with the alleged extortion ring.

US

DAILY OBSERVER Tuesday, December 17, 2013 Wednesday, December 18, 2013

embers of the Supreme Court Bench, headed by Chief Justice Francis Saye Korkpor, the Association of Trial Judges of Liberia, the Liberia National Bar Association, and other prominent legal practitioners, are expected to join family members of former Ad Hoc Supreme Court Judge, the late William Boima Metzger, Sr., in the little town of Damballa, Porkpa District, Grand Cape Mount County to bid him farewell as he takes his eternal rest. According to the funeral arrangements, the remains of Judge Metzger will be removed from the Samuel A. Stryker Funeral Home on Thursday, December 19, and taken to the Temple of Justice for one hour where workers will view his remains. The body will then be taken to the

Funeral Services Announced for Judge William B. Metzger, Jr.


Tubmanburg, Bomi County for viewing, and thereafter his remains will again be taken to his hometown Damballa, where another night of wakekeeping will take place on Friday night. According to a release from the Grand Lodge of Ancient and Accepted Masons, Republic of Liberia, the Most Worshipful Grand Master, Worshipful Brother James A.A. Pierre 32 degree, will perform the Masonic rituals at the burial site on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. followed by interment at the Damballa Cemetery. The release said rituals by the Grand Master was in line with a request by the late 32 degree holder Rt. Worshipful Brother Metzger, Grand Junior Warden and Honorary Deputy Grand Master of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Ancient and Accepted Masons

The late former Ad Hoc Supreme Court Justice William B. Metzger, Sr.
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral on Broad Street for three hours of wake-keeping starting at 6:00pm. At 9:30am on Friday, December 20, the Funeral Mass will be held at the Trinity Cathedral, and immediately, the body will be taken to the St. Paul Episcopal Church in

of the Republic of Liberia. Judge Metzger died on November 26, 2013 at the John F. Kennedy Medical Hospital aged 88, following months of illness. As Traffic Court Judge in the late 1960s, the late Judge Metzger rose to the rank of highly respected trial judge and during the interim leadership of Charles Gyude Bryant; he was among judges appointed to serve on the Supreme Court Bench as Ad Hoc Judges. He leaves to mourn his loss his widow Bernice Stubblefield-Metzger, several children and foster children including William Jr., Wayne (USA), Winifred, Wilhelmina, Maima, Kula, Wilmot (USA), Jenneh, Wilfred, Clearance (USA), and Mrs. Miatta Metzger-Sherman and Evangeline Metzger Wotorson, and several other family members.

Nigerian Diaspora Organization Launched in Liberia


By Alvin Worzi

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Clergyman Clarifies as Church Inducts New Officers

Wealth No Substitute for Leadership

(L-R) Decons Ajavon, Dagoseh, Kemayah and Licentiate Dialokai Kemayah, all ready to be inducted.

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By Joaquin Sendolo

he head pastor of the Mount Nebo Baptist Church, Rev. Galison George, has dispelled such notions that money rules out the possibility of selecting a good leader, even though nowadays honor and leadership are bestowed on people in churches on the basis of the amount they give in tithes and offerings, and meeting other financial

obligations. In an interview with the Daily Observer following the induction of several individuals, including Mrs. Dialokai G. Kemayah, Magdalene T. Dagoseh, Dee Maxwell S. Kemayah and B. Alexander Ajavon as Deacons and Licentiate, Rev. George said that giving a leadership position to an individual on the basis of his or her wealth, or what he or she pays in church creates a selfish and a proud

attitude which God---whom they serve, or should---resists. Rev. George, referencing qualifications set by the Christian Bible, said leadership in the church is guided and known by moral character ranging from honesty to integrity, and that selecting anyone to serve as a pastor, a deacon, or a licentiate requires a person to have these traits. He furthered that electing or selecting a person as a leader must not be on what people

think they can get from the individual, but should examine the persons qualification and moral standing in society, noting that receiving from a person before making him or her a leader gets the person to feel that the position is his and cannot account to people he or she leads. Those inducted in various positions at the Mount Nebo Baptist Church are people holding positions in government and in the private sector. In separate views, three of the inductees strongly opposed the perception that their selections were on the basis of their positions in society. For Dee Maxwell Kemayah, president of the Liberia Business Association, (LIBA) ascending to the position of Deacon in his church was based on his own motivation to serve. According to him, he is conscious of his duties as a Deacon to serve the pastors table, the Communion table, and the benevolence table, which involve the poor. Mr. Kemayah indicated that these three areas in the church need someone with a dedicated mind who is selfless role models, and should be treated with all the respect they deserve. The training program was organized by the leadership of the NTAL in collaboration with Education International, an NGO based in Brussels. It brought together 30 female participants from the 15 subpolitical divisions of Liberia. Topics discussed during the seminar included: report writing, leadership skills, financial management, record keeping, gender issues, auditing and communication skills, among others.

new organization called the Nigerian Diaspora Organization (NIDO), was launched on Sunday, December 15, at the Nigerian Embassy in Monrovia. NIDO is aimed at fostering unity among Nigerians in Liberia. According to the president of the organization, Mrs. Chinyere N. Chinemere Obiora, NIDO is the brainchild of the Nigerian government. The idea for the formation of NIDO has been around since 2000 and it is intended, in addition to seeking Nigerians welfare, to propagate all good things about Nigeria and Nigerians. According to NIDOs president, the organization aims to promote unity and understanding among Nigerians residing in Liberia, while also protecting and defending the legitimate human, social, and professional rights of all it members without any prejudice. We are focusing on things that would benefits all of us, while simultaneously serving as agents of positive changes, said Mrs. Obiora, adding, We will not rest until we succeed and morally reputable and that leadership whether in the church or in society needs one with good moral conduct. He called on religious communities to properly make use of the good aspects of their doctrinal teachings to impact society in their leadership role, making it (society) peaceable for all. Madam Magdalene T. Dagoseh, she boasted that despite being in government at the Ministry of Gender and Development, she has a clean record in the midst of allegations of corruption in government. She said her selection to serve in the position of Deacon did not come because she pays more money in offering and tithes, but because of her record of honesty and

Mrs. Chinyere N. Chinemere Obiora, President of NIDO Promises cooperation


in re-defining the image of the Nigerians in Liberia. Mrs. Obiora said NIDO would help foster cultural, educational, commercial, and industrial ties between Nigerians and Liberians alike. The NIDO president said they were presently raising funds to build a Nigerian international school and a multi-purpose events hall. She explained that NIDO wanted to build a school to help ensure that Nigerian children did not lose sight of where they come from and who they are. The Minister of Information Culture and Tourism, Mr. Lewis Browne, addressed the launch and assured NIDO of governments full support to help them attain their goal. dedicated services recorded for more than ten years now. Mrs. Dialokai G. Kemayah, who was inducted as a Licentiate, is a Social Worker and operator of the popular Ma Watta Clinic in Paynesville. A Licentiate in church is another preacher, and in this view, Mrs. Kemayah said it is commensurate with her social work and clinical duty because as a health worker you are obligated to bringing spiritual and physical relief to patients who visit the clinic. Not all conditions people bring to the clinic are physical; some are spiritual and require counseling. I therefore see my role as Licentiate as a complementing factor to my counseling work to better impact patients and lead them to the church, she said.

NTAL Decries Teachers Pay System


By David A. Yates
he president of the National Teachers Association of Liberia (NTAL), Madam Ellen Fartu Varfley, has called on government to improve the pay system of teachers. According to her, once this is done it will ensure that teachers are remain focused and stayed in the classrooms. Ms. Varfley made the assertion at the end of a threeday seminar in Monrovia. The seminar was intended to build the capacity of Gender Coordinators of the NTAL. Her statement comes after the government announced that it has allotted LD$6.9 million as salary payment to more than 200 public school teachers. The teachers, many of whom come from the rural Liberia, congregated at the Ministry of Education (MOE) demanding their benefits. According to the NTAL president, It is not in the interest of the educational system for teachers to be leaving their assigned areas to converge on Monrovia in demand of pay. Each time the teachers leave the classroom the students suffer. Varfley noted that the teaching profession is plagued with many challenges and problems. She described teachers as

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Ganta, the commercial hub of Nimba County, is one of the busiest points in the interior. It is the gateway to the SoutheastGrand Gedeh, River Gee, Grand Kru, Maryland and Sinoe counties. That alone makes the availability of transportation in Ganta critical. But that is not all. Ganta is also the gateway to Guinea and La Cote dIvoire, the two neighboring Mano River Union countries with which Liberia does robust cross-border trade. So for businesspeople, especially our market women, doing business with the three countries, particularly at this, the busiest time of the year, the Christmas Season, to be having difficulty finding transport is, to say the least, heartrending and most unfortunate. The Ministry of Transport should do something about it right away! Our Nimba Correspondent Ishmael Menkir reports that people get to the parking stations as early as five a.m. to find transport for various destinations, to no avail. What happened to the MTA buses that travel up country? What is happening to the minibuses and taxicabs? The Ministry should reach out to the transport providers, see what their problems are and do something to help them to help our hapless people. Mr. Minister, this is the Christmas Season. The availability of transport to take people around, most especially our interior people who already suffer a multitude of other deprivations, is nothing short of imperative. Now is the time for the Transport Ministry, and the central government as a whole, to put on the hat of creativity to reach out, in every way possible, to help our people do what they have to do during this all important holiday Seasonthis Christmas Season, to which nothing else can be compared. There are those readers who will say that this editorial comes too late. They contend that the plans for efficient and available transport and other goodiesduring the busiest Season of the year, should have been made months ago. True, but it is better late than never! We have a full week before Christmas and some means of tangible relief can be made available. In the same vein, we pray that the Liberian governmentthe biggest, the most dependable, the most reliable and the most powerful customer, upon whom most peoples, most businesses rely, will make that SPECIAL EFFORT, THIS SPECIAL SEASON, to reach out to its goods and services providersthe business communityand do what the GOL has to do to make this Season pleasant, enjoyable and memorable. Yes, the government is that ONE institution that lifts ALL BOATS. For when the GOL pays one goods or services provider, hundreds, if not thousands of people are joyfully on the receiving end. Take the newspapers. When they get paid, it is hard to imagine how many are touched, beginning with the hundreds of news vendors and the thousands more that look up to them for survival and succor. And these, we know, are at the lower rung of society the small people. When they laugh, thousands more joyfully and gratefully show their teeth. Why? Because Papa na come home!

Lifting All Boats this Season: the Transport Ministry and the Whole GOL

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INSIDE CRC-ISSUES AND STRIDES


WITH D. Wa Hne, Jr.
Traditional leaders from the 15 counties of Liberia totaling 150 invited by the Constitution Review Committee (CRC) for consultation on the 1986 Constitution deliberated and established six thematic groups yesterday with each group dealing with two thematic issues to carefully study issues raised by them and to submit a set of proposals for discussion and subsequent submission to the CRC as their initial contribution to the national conversation which is taking place nationally to amend the Constitution of Liberia. The issues which generally received the endorsement of the traditional leaders and considered crucial to the development, peace and stability of Liberia were, currency, separation of powers, qualification, culture, tenure, citizenship and reduction of political parties. Others were disability, land, gender, and access to justice. The groups presentation which attracted debates and at least consensus touched on core national debates currently going on in Liberia. The concerns over dual currency in Liberia have extended to the traditional leaders. In their report, Group one said all government officials from top to bottom should be paid in Liberian currency which they recommend should be one to one at par value with the USD. They also proposed the return on the money market of Liberian coins and that mutilated Liberian currency notes should not be rejected. Group one also reviewed Article three of the Liberian Constitution and in light of current national experiences recommended, under separation of powers, that each branch of government should work independently; but in coordination with each other with respect and dialogue. In an effort to promote good governance and accountability to the people, they have proposed that superintendents, development superintendents, city mayors should be elected, and chiefs should be selected by the people in the counties. They want traditional powers to be given to traditional leaders and all traditional cases should be judged by traditional leaders. Presenting a set of proposals also, the thematic group on qualification and culture proposed that any one vying for the presidency must be a Liberian citizen and have a property value of usd100,000.00 and must have served in areas such as district commissioner, superintendent, senator, representative, ambassador or cabinet position with an educational level of masters degree and resident in Liberia for a minimum of five years. In respect of senator and representative, the group wants six years term for senator and four years term for representative. They proposed that to qualify for the senatorial race, a candidate must have a college degree, a farm in the county that employs at least 50 persons. For the House of Representatives, candidates must be at least a high school graduate and own a farm that employs at least 50 persons in the district. According to their recommendations, superintendents should be in office for five years and possess a college degree and a farm in the county that employs at least 25 persons. This goes along with the position of city mayors. They want district commissioners and chiefs of all categories to be selected without a prescribed tenure; but can be removed by the people based on dissatisfaction and proven misconduct. Commissioners are to attain a high school diploma; and to reside with his people; while chiefs must own a farm and reside with his people peacefully, the group concluded. The Group on citizenship has opposed the voices of some Liberians who insist that Liberias constitution is racist and that Liberia can be developed speedily if citizenship rights are extended to whites. Contrarily, they insist that Liberians themselves can develop Liberia and in order to maintain peace, unity, and a cultural identity, they want Article 27b to be upheld. In their proposals, they insist that only black people should be given citizenship and that dual citizenship should not be encouraged. As the national conversation gains accelerated interest, traditional leaders believe that wisdom must be employed in how Liberians govern themselves and to deal decisively with issues capable of rifting the nation. One of the issues they believe is an explosive one is the numerical preponderance or proliferation of political parties. Group three which was tasked with the responsibility to come up with propositions on political parties proposed that the constitution should be revisited to amend portions of Chapter 8 of the Liberian Constitution which deals with political parties. They have proposed at least two political parties and stringent measures to curb the proliferation of political parties. From five hundred names and signatures from at least six counties according to Article 79 of the 1986 Constitution, the group have proposed 50,000 persons and signatures; and to qualify for registered political party status, they have proposed US$150,000 to be paid to NEC or Government revenues. The traditional leaders have joined other concerned Liberians and major stakeholders to express their concerns over the tenure of offices for the president, senators, representatives and themselves. They want reduction of presidential term from six to four; senators from nine to six; representatives from six to four; and chiefs from six to four. These proposals came from Group Four which handled the debate on tenure of office. The groups compassion for persons with disabilities and their rights to equal opportunities as Liberians is contained in proposals to the body of chiefs and elders. Group Four has proposed free education, employment opportunities and empowerment for persons with disabilities. They also want budgetary allotment and monthly allowance for blind people and those who are completely unable to provide anything for themselves. Meanwhile, the question of land and rights to mineral resources found beneath the land and in waterways according to Article 22b of the Constitution captured the focus of Group Five. Instead of the Government of Liberia, they have proposed that land should belong to the people of Liberia and that any land government wishes to utilize, that portion of land should be discussed with the owners. The Group further wants tribal people and owners of lands with mineral resources on them to own shares instead of the current law which deprived them totally. Also, negotiations involving lands government want should involve the owners.

Ellen Sympathizes with AFL Fire Victims


-Donates Assorted Items and Cash
n the wake of a fire outbreak at the Edward Binyah Kesselly Military Barracks in Margibi County, that recently destroying several apartments, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Monday December 16, toured the scene of the disaster, and identified with victims of the fire--- all of them military personnel and their relatives--through the presentation of food and other basic supplies. The fire at the barracks gutted three units on Saturday, December 14, reportedly affecting six families, whose personal properties valued at thousands of US dollars, were completely destroyed. Items presented by the Liberian President to the Com-

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France Commends Liberia for Intervening in Mali

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By William Q. Harmon

Scuffle Imminent at Tokadeh Mine


-As Uncertainty Hangs Over 189 E&Ps Employees

manding Officer of the AFL, Major-General Suraj Abdurrahman, for the victims included 50 bags of rice, 30 mattresses, as well as her personal contribution of US$5,000 in cash, Briefing President Sirleaf, who is also the Commanderin-Chief of the Armed Forces of Liberia, was Defense Minister Brownie Samukai, who blamed the fire on an electrical fault. He informed her that although they lost their properties in the fire, there was no loss of life. He said that around US$11,000 would be needed to restore the units to their normal state. President Sirleaf, in a remark, assured the fires victims that all is not lost, and promised governments quick intervention to enable them to

President Sirleaf and military chiefs tour fire-damaged apartment at EB Kesselly Barracks.
return to their housing units. Major-General Abdurrahman, on behalf of the victims and the AFL, thanked the President for her intervention as the condition for the victims was becoming unbearable. The affected families are currently sheltering with their colleagues in other apartments within the barracks while their units are under repair.

An aerial view of ArcelorMittals Tokadeh mine in Yekepah, Nimba County

By William Q. Harmon

he Tokadeh Iron Ore mine in Nimba County, which is the operational site of ArcelorMittal, may soon be a scene of unrest, as the management of the Engineers and Planners (E&P), has vowed to do whatever it can to remove its equipment from the mine. E&P is a company contracted by ArcelorMittal to carryout mining activities at this site. The situation is reportedly a result of the alleged failure of

ArcelorMittals management to fully settle E&P for services they rendered the steel giant. Both E&P and ArcelorMittal are in a contractual agreement, which comes to an end on the 31st of December, 2013. According to E&Ps Human Resource Manager, Harrison Agama, his company has been prevented from taking their mining equipment from the operation site by authorities of ArcelorMittal on several occasions. This has taken place even though E&Ps management accrued huge cost on a

daily basis, Agama stated. The E&P HR Manager said ArcelorMittals refusal to allow them to bring their equipment to Monrovia is a total violation of their rights of movement and possession of properties. Mr. Agama said the situation is also hampering his company financially as they (E&P management) spend US$1,500 daily for a trailer they hired to bring the equipment to Monrovia. The management of ArcelorMittal, through its Yekepah

Rights Activist Criticizes Poor Justice System


As Human Rights Monitor Begins Global & Domestic Violence
event will include: violence conflict inventory, Legislative and civil procedures, redress and enforcement of existing laws on violence, the myths and truths: gender based violence and youth violence-causes and effects and responses; the role of the church, individuals, and families in forming a healthy relationships based on equity, mutuality, and faith. Participants of the seminar were selected from human rights groups as well as church organizations, while facilitators came from Nigeria and the United States of America, including the Rev. Neal Christie, the Assistant General Secre-

operations site communication Manager, Jerry Mwagbe, denied ever obstructing E&P from taking its equipment from the warehouse at the Tokadeh mine. Mr. Mwagbe told journalists at his office in Yekepa that ArcelorMittal always paid E&P Company timely in line with the terms of the contract and that payment is being made within 30 days once a bill is received but failed to tell the newsmen how much money ArcelorMittal owes E&P Company if indeed they own E&P. Mr. Mwagbe added that ArcelorMittal Liberia plans to transition all E&P Company employees into ArcelorMittal Liberia and this process started in November 2013 and by December 31, 2013, all E&P employees will become ArcelorMittal Liberias employees. However, an internal source told the Daily Observer that the company is taking action against E&P due to their failure to meet certain agreements between the two parties. The ArcelorMittal source, who asked for anonymity, said that until E&P repairs all of the equipment provided to them by ArcelorMittal, they will not take their equipment from the mine and may not get money due them for December. The source also rebuffed rusteps have been taken by the relevant authorities to address the situation. The Human Rights Director named entrenched corrupt practices and a weak justice system as factors responsible for the increase in domestic violence in the country. Commenting on the rape law, Mr. Knight maintained that despite the legislation of the law, girls as young as nine years old are sexually assaulted, yet these perpetrators remain untouched due to what he termed as a corrupt justice system. With all the awareness and advocacies by our organization and other human rights groups, people still followed

ice President Joseph N. Boakai has thanked the Government of France for intervening in Mali, the Central African Republic and in the Ivory Coast. Vice President Boakai said Africans very much appreciate the efforts of the French Government to intervene in areas of conflict to save lives and property. Vice President Boakai made the assertion Monday when the Ambassador of France accredited to Liberia; Joel Godeau, paid a courtesy call on him at his capitol building office. He said the Government of Liberia was closely following that Governments assistance in critical areas of Liberias national development including capacity building, humanitarian programs, and described France as a friend and partner to Liberia. VP Boakai noting further said Government was impressed by the level of French investment in Liberia and cited the reopening of Air France Offices in Liberia and TOTAL among numerous investments. Earlier, His Excellency Joel Godeau said, come 2014 through 2019, there will be an mors that ArcelorMittal owes E&P millions of US dollars that have been accumulating over several months as has been reported in the media. The source also noted that ArcelorMittal has paid every cent due E&P and the only outstanding money is for this December, which is yet to come to an end. But the project manager of E&P, Felix Baanye said that ArcelorMittal is using the equipment issue as an alibi for the path of perpetrating violence against women. The justice system that is supposed to be leading the process of protecting the survivors, is indeed compromising violent cases, particularly rape, the Human Rights Activate declared angrily. Mr. Knight averred that people have lost confidence in the police because they see the police as the most corrupt government agency; not as the first instance of justice and institution of protecting lives and property as anticipated. At the Airfield Police Depot, a female police officer assigned to the women and childrens protection unit openly

VP Boakai
increase in funding to Liberia through the European Development Fund, the EDF, and that while here he will work with the relevant authorities to attract more French investment to Liberia. Ambassador Godeau praised the Liberian Government for contributing troops to the military efforts in Mali to restore democracy to that West African Nation that has been torn apart by years of sectarian violence. Ambassador Godeau spoke of plans by his Government to work with African Governments to prepare their armies to rapidly respond to situations and crises that threaten the peace and stability of the continent. Ambassador Godeau then presented to Vice President Boakai a copy of the final declaration of the Elysee Summit for Peace and Security in Africa of December 7, 2013 in which heads of State and Government reiterated their commitment to collective security in Africa and to encouraging peace and promoting human rights, in line with the goals and principles of the United Nations and the Constitutive Act of the African Union. not paying the millions owe E&P management. At least some of the 189 local employees of E&P, who have been allegedly absorbed into ArcelorMittals workforce, are calling on the government to intervene in the ongoing fracas between the two companies. The employees, who asked that their names be withheld due to fear, said that they do not know where their futures lie with this ongoing saga. collected money from a perpetrator who allegedly raped a ten year old girl to bury the case, even though the police officer was apprehended, the case died down Mr. Knight explained. Mr. Knight has cautioned young people to see themselves as agents of change who are expected to take on the mantle of future leadership, not as the most common perpetrators of violence as considered by many people in Liberia. The exercise is expected to close on Wednesday December 18, at the Compound Development Education Network in Gbarnga.

By Marcus N. Malayea in Gbarnga Bong County

he Human Rights Monitor, the Liberia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, has commenced a four day seminar on Global and Domestic Violence in Gbarnga Bong County. The seminar organized by the Human Rights Monitor of the United Methodist Church (LAC/UMC), with support from the general board of the church and society of the United Methodist Church. Some relevant topics to be discussed during the four day

tary for Education and Leadership Formation of the General Board of the Church and Society of the UMC. In his opening statement, the Programme Director at the Human Rights Monitor LAC/UMC, Jefferson Knight, stressed the need for every stakeholder to get involved in the fight against global and domestic violence especially the most vulnerable women and girls. Mr. Knight said a survey conducted by his organization has established that women have suffered most as the result of domestic violence from the hands of their male counterparts, and that no concrete

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TOTAL CREATES AWARENESS ON HIV / AIDS TARGETS YOUNG PEOPLE OF SCHOOL GOING AGE

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Mr. Jeremiah Wolubah of the Planned Parenthood Association of Liberia speaks on Prevention of Mother to Child transmission

Mrs. Lendeh Seboe of the National Aids Control Program explains the Getting to Zero concept

Mr. Nagbe Toe of the Clara Town Health Centre discussing prevention of HIV / AIDS

Totals Managing Director Robert Fenech interacts with students

A teacher of the Boatswain High School asking a question

Cross section of Students from the D. Twe, New Kru Town High and Boatswain High Schools

Cross section of Students from the D. Twe, New Kru Town High and Boatswain High Schools

Corporate Affairs Manager Sylvia Corker making remarks at the program

Mr. Mohammad Sheriff Human Resources Manager at Total congratulates Students on their participation at the program

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Announcement - Change of Name INVITATION TO BID FOR SUPLY OF COATED IRON SHEETS

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This is to notify the general public that Nancy Krah name has been changed to Cecelia Sinoe Grear Additionally, all documents bearing his previous name, Nancy Krah should remain valid. This announcement should claim the attention of the general public. Signed: Cecelia Sinoe Grear

he Danish Refugee Council is a Non Governmental Organization that has been working in Liberia since May 1998 rendering assistance to the war affected Liberia in the Southeastern Countries of Maryland, and River Gee and in Northeastern Liberia in Nimba and Grand Gedeh in the areas of Protection, Education, Agriculture, Livelihoods and WASH. Danish Refugee Council invites sealed bids for the supply and delivery of 15,000 coated iron sheets. Bidding documents can be obtained from the Logistics Department, at the DRC Mamba point office by all interested parties on weekdays from 9 am until 4 pm from now to December 20, 2013. Or contact 0886496787 just in case you need additional information on Office location. 1. Completed bidding documents must be received latest December 20, 2013 at 5 pm and handed in at the Logistics Departments/Administration office in a sealed envelope marked Bill for the Supply of Coated iron Sheets. 2. Only original bidding documents will be accepted. 3. Public opening of bids will take place on Tuesday, December 27, 2013 at 2 pm in the conference room of Danish Refugee Council in Dennis Compound Mamba point, Monrovia. 4. Successful bidder will be required to deliver the materials within 10 days upon the signing of contracts. Failure to do so will result to losing the bid. Danish Refugee reserves the right to accept or reject any bid without incurring any liability or obligation to inform the affected bidder on the grounds that the bid does not respect the bidding format or falls below the market value of the vehicles The participation of interested bidders in the bidding process will be of no cost to Danish Refugee Council.

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CICA Motors Liberia Inc. former Reelin (Liberia) Inc., the distributor of TOYOTA, YAMAHA and BRIDGESTONE Products in Liberia is accepting applications for the position of a SECRETARY. Qualification: 1. Must have a Diploma in Secretarial Science A Bachelors Degree will be an advantage in Secretarial Science or Management; 2. Must have a very good working knowledge of the Microsoft Office package; 3. Must be proficient in both written and spoken English Spoken and Written French will be an advantage; 4. Must have worked within a reputable institution or company for not less than three years; 5. Must be between the ages of 25 and 25; 6. Must be a Liberian. All applications must be submitted to the below address on or before Monday, December 30, 2013 at 4 pm: Ref: Vacancy for Secretary The Human Resource Supervisor CICA Motors Liberia Inc. Sayon Town, Bushrod Island Monrovia, Liberia Only short listed candidates will be contacted

he Board of Trustees and Finance Committee are soliciting sealed bids for an audit of the Churchs financial records. Bids should be addressed to Trustees and Finance Committee. The Firms will do a system audit for the church covering two fiscal periods (2012 first then later 2013). Bids format with all relevant information must meet international standard. Content: (1) Firms profile (2) Educational & Professional experiences of the first five ranking staffs (3) Affiliating organizations or firms (4) LICPA License, Business Registration, Tax Clearance (5) A Bid security value three thousand united States Dollars.

Note: Deadline for the submission of bids is December 31th, 2013 at 2:00 pm. Opening of bids will commence at 3:00 pm the same day. All bidders should send at least a representative to the opening. Signed: Trustees & Finance Committee

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Tetra Tech, through its subsidiary Tetra Tech ARD (http:// www.ardinc.com), a US-based international development firm, is implementing the USAID-funded project People, Rules, and Organizations Supporting the Protection of Ecosystem Resources (PROSPER). For the administration of its main office in Monrovia, Tetra Tech ARD is seeking applications for the post of Administrative Operations Officer (AOO). Working under the supervision of the Office Manager, the AOO ensures the timely provision and delivery of all required project administrative support for the execution of PROSPER activities. Experience and Skills: A minimum of four years of professional experience providing administrative operations and logistical support to an organization, preferably in a development project context. Candidates must have demonstrated experience managing a vehicle pool (overseeing maintenance, registration, insurance of 4WD and motorcycles, etc.), fuel management and tracking, inventory management, etc. Strong organizational and communication skills (written and spoken), and computer skills (especially Excel) are a must. Education: The successful candidate must possess a college degree. Responsibilities include: Develop and apply systems and procedures to ensure that PROSPERs physical assets are maintained and managed in an efficient and transparent fashion. Maintain non-expendable property inventory and prepare monthly property purchase reports. Ensure monitoring and provisioning of duty-free fuel for all project activities. Develop and implement efficient and cost-effective strategies, procedures and practices to ensure that vehicles are well maintained and available when needed for use. Ensure that PROSPER drivers are maintaining daily vehicle use logs, including information and receipts for all fuel purchases. Work with Field Administrative Officers to complete monthly report on kilometers driven, fuel purchased, and kilometers per gallon efficiency for all project vehicles. Establish schedule for outside maintenance of generator and ensure that maintenance work is effectively carried out. Monitor fuel consumption of generators and prepare monthly report. Participate in periodic internal assessments of Monrovia and field office admin and financial operations and preparation and implementation of measures identified to improve performance. Interested and qualified candidates should email their current curriculum vitae (CV), 3 references, and a brief cover letter explaining why they are qualified for the position to Email: prosper.tetratechard@googlemail.com. Subject of the email should include PROSPER AOO Application. Short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview. Compensation will be commensurate with relevant experience. Application for advertised positions requires Liberian Citizenship Tetra Tech ARD is committed to diversity and gender equality in all of its operations. We encourage applications from women and underrepresented groups. Tetra Tech ARD is proud to be an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Deadline for submission of applications: Tuesday, December 27, 2013

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TERMS OF REFERENCE HUMAN RIGHTS MONITORS TO OPERATE IN MARYLAND, GRAND KRU, RIVER GEE (HUB 2), SINOE AND GRAND GEDEH (HUB 3) COUNTIES

Project Manager HEALTH


CRS Liberia is seeking a Project Manager for the GAVI (Global Alliance Vaccines and Immunization) CSO Organization project. The Monrovia based PM will commit 100% of their time to the GAVI Civil Society Organization (CSO) project which is just completing the first year of implementation. This project is in partnership with Liberia Immunization Project (LIP) and seeks to strengthen coordination and advocacy of Health CSOs engaged in immunization activities. The GAVI Project Manager will be the main focal person for GAVI and will work closely in partnership with and provide technical support to LIP. The Project Manager will also be responsible for overseeing all work done by LIP to ensure its conformity with CRS policies and procedures. All resumes must be submitted by email to Cheryl Morgan (Cheryl.morgan@crs.org) by 2pm on Friday 20 December 2013 to be considered. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION & QUALIFICATIONS Major Responsibilities: 1. Oversee the quality implementation of the GAVI funded CSO Project and ensure compliance. 2. Provide technical and coordination support to the newly established CSO Network (LIP). 3. Support capacity strengthening of the newly formed CSO Network (LIP). 4. Ensure strong linkages, communication and coordination between: a. LIP and CRS Liberia b. LIP and CRS GAVI Project Manager based in Nairobi c. CSO network members and Liberia Ministry of Health, development partners and donors Specific Duties: 1. Coordination Provide technical support to the CSO network to better understand and address the role of civil society in improving immunization outcomes within the country Support LIP to develop strong relationships with other CSO networks, government offices working on immunization interventions, and development partners Identify and share LIP technical needs with CRS CWA RTAs and EARO GAVI management team Share GAVI technical and resource materials with CSO network members, CRS Liberia and Regional team, Ministry of Health and Development Partners Ensure CSO members participate in CRS GAVI planned activities (workshops, trainings, webinars, and surveys) 2. Technical Support Support the CSO network in setting up organizational policies and procedures Assist the CSO network in identifying organizational strengths and weaknesses and designing ways and means to strengthen their technical capacity to manage the organization Support LIP to develop a strategic plan for the continuation of the organization beyond the CRS funded period and to develop appropriate funding streams to ensure sustainability 3. Project Management Assist LIP in planning, designing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating as well as reporting of activities. Review LIP work plans and ensure that revisions are made based on comments from the CRS Country program and CRS EARO. Actively participate in all LIP Meetings and Workshops & assist LIP with sourcing external consultancies as needed Take a proactive role in ensuring that clear communication channels exist between and among CSO Network members, CRS EARO, and the HOP with regard to implementation of the GAVI project. Support CSO network involvement in planning supplemental immunization activities. Participate in GAVI monthly conference calls with CRS EARO 4. Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting Monitor GAVI activities through regular site visits and joint meetings with CSO members and Secretariat staff. Support CSO network in following timely submission of monthly, quarterly and annual financial and programmatic progress reports using CRS templates to CRS-Liberia and CRS EARO Review partner liquidation documents, financial reports, and process advance requests in line with donor regulations and CRS financial policy Ensure partners receive project advances in a timely fashion and account for them in line with the project agreement Identify and document challenges, lessons learned, promising practices and case studies of GAVI project activities to improve the quality of the services. Conduct frequent information exchanges with the CSO network members, other Immunization implementing NGOs, Ministry of Health and Head of Programs regarding implementation progress. With support from the HOP, organize quarterly Program Management Team (PMT) meetings and joint monitoring visits. 5. Representation/Liaison Act as CRS Focal Point for the GAVI CSO Network and represent CRS in relevant meetings with development partners, donors, other implementing agencies, auditors and external consultants. Develop constructive relationships with relevant government offices, development partners, other key implementing agencies, and CRS colleagues Ensure LIPs inclusion in key stakeholder meetings through networking and advocacy Undertake any additional duties as assigned by the supervisor. 6. Minimum Qualifications BSc in Public Health or relevant field with minimum of 5 years relevant experience OR Masters in Public Health or relevant field with minimum of 3 years experience in public health program design, management and coordination Knowledge and previous experience with immunization, community mobilization, civil society strengthening, and health advocacy programs and policies Experience working in consortia with other NGOs (local and international) and liaising with relevant Government of Liberia ministries. Ability to develop and maintain effective collaboration and interpersonal relationships with stakeholders and partners Strong representation/advocacy experience and ability Good organizational skills to plan, design, implement, monitor, evaluate and report on health unit and integrated projects Good written and verbal skills; fluent in English Experience in developing budgets and reviewing finance reports

he Joint Justice and Security Programme envisage the establishment of five regional hubs to strengthen the justice and security institution in all Counties. Each of the five hubs will be strategically situated, so as to enhance justice and security services throughout Liberia. The five regional hubs will service two or three counties providing more effective operational control and proximity for staff deployment, communication and service delivery.

The hubs will be staffed by the representatives of various institutions including the Police, Corrections, the BIN, Judiciary and the Ministry of Justice. As human rights plays a significant role in enhancing justice and security in the country, 2 INCHR human rights monitors per county will also be placed in Maryland, Grand Kru, River Gee, Sinoe and Grand Gedeh Counties. Their Terms of Reference will include, but not limited to the following: Human rights monitoring ESCR including labor related human rights issues in mining and plantation companies in the counties; Right to access, affordable and quality health services to poor and marginalized population in the five counties; Right to Free and compulsory education; Human rights impact of harmful traditional practices; Monitor access to justice, fair & speedy trial; rights or prisoners and detainees Pay regular visit to prisons, police and courts; Monitoring of civil and political rights in general; Interact with state actors and non-state actors in the respective counties on human rights issues; Receive human rights complaints in the respective counties and channel them as per INCHR internal procedures and direction. Human rights capacity building Collaborate with government agencies and non-government agencies in the area of Human Rights protection and promotion in the counties and also in the Hub; In collaboration with partners, organize human rights training for the staff in the Hub and various government agencies and NGO partners in the five counties; Undertake and coordinate Human Rights education and sensitization activities in the five counties. Human rights reporting and other activities Provide situation report periodically on specific issues on Human Rights and Governance in the five counties; Provide monthly reports on human rights violation and abuses; Carry out activities of human rights as directed by the Independent National Commission on Human Rights (INCHR). Document statistics as it relates to the tracking of human rights indicators monitored by the Justice and Security Joint Program and report same to the Regional Coordinator of the Justice and Security Joint Program on a monthly basis. Education Requirement: College degree or 3 years experience in Human Rights Monitoring. Candidates with majors in Social Science and humanities and/or Sociology will be a plus, but not a must. Preferred Candidates: Local residents of Maryland, Grand Kru, River Gee, Sinoe and Grand Gedeh Counties are encouraged to apply. Members of Civil Society Organizations with experience in Human Rights Monitoring and Advocacy are also encouraged to apply Send Curriculum Vitae along with cover letter to: Board of Commissioners Independent National Commission on Human Rights Tubman Boulevard @ VP Road Junction Monrovia Email: lib_inchr@yahoo.com Note: ALL APPLICATIONS SHOULD BE RECEIVED NO LATER THAN 4:00 P.M, DECEMBER 20, 2013.

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Govt Pledges Support to Yanna Boys

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LC Chairman Warns against Issuance of Tribal Certificates

By Alvin Worzi

he president of the Yanna Boys Association, Prince Kollie, has disclosed that the government has pledged to increase its support to the organizations soon-to-be launched scholarship funddrive. Addressing journalists at the associations Lynch Street office, Mr. Prince Kollie said his organization will honor government officials and other civil society organizations for their many contributions to the nation. The organization has also planned a rally that will be held during the honoring program. Funds generated will go

Says Prince Kollie, President


towards the scholarship program that is aimed at changing the lives of young people, by offering them vocational training. Prince Kollie said the organization will focus on vocational education as one of its contributions to the rebuilding of the country. Liberia needs its youths contributions; and we must always be prepared to give them a helping hand on their way up he said.

Dr. Brandy (right) answering to questions from the residents in Nyehn Township
land sale and land grabbing by some elites who are said to be obtaining tribal certificates in spite of the Moratorium on public land sale. He told the chiefs and elders not to issue any tribal certificate in light of the Moratorium. Any tribal certificate that has been issued during the period of the Moratorium will be considered null and void and the land will return to the communities. During the discussions, Dr. Brandy informed the residents that the Land Commission will commence a national inventory of tribal certificates in January 2014. By this inventory, the Commission will be scanning, recording and authenticating the tribal certificates. Where possible, the Land Commission will assist those in possession of tribal certificates to process them into title deed, the Chairman assured the community residents. A youth representative, Jerome Nuquay asked whether chiefs are the only ones responsible to issue tribal certificates. Responding, Dr. Brandy said under the Land Rights Policy a legal entity will be established by the community residents, comprising chiefs, elders, women, youth and civil society representatives to manage their land and other natural resources. The meeting in Nyehn Clan was fully represented by chiefs, elders, youth and women groups, eminent citizens and district authorities. In a related development, the Land Commission will also conduct town hall meetings in every district and county headquarters on the Land Rights Policy and law reform process beginning January 2014. The Land Rights Policy establishes a distinct category of customary land rights for the first time, along with existing categories of Private, Public, and Government land rights. Each of the Commissioners of the Land Commission will engage the communities in their counties of oversight and explain in the simplest manner the customary land recognition under the Land Rights Policy.

he Chairman of the Land Commission (LC), Dr. Cecil Brandy is calling on all those who are said to be issuing tribal certificates to desist. Dr. Brandy also warned those that are buying and selling public land using tribal certificates to stop what he referred to as, illegal land transaction. He said tribal certificate is not a deed and therefore it should not be used as a means to transfer land ownership. Chairman Brandy pointed out that the President of Liberia, Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf placed a Moratorium on the sale of public land in 2010 and called on those responsible for the issuance of tribal certificates to stop until the Moratorium is lifted. Dr. Brandy was speaking Monday in Nyehn Clan, Todee district where he had gone to discuss land matters that are posing threats to peace and security in Todee district. The visit of Dr. Brandy to Todee District stems from several complaints from the citizens of the area about illegal

Make Use of Their Expertise


-UNPOL Boss Advised LNP
By Abednego Davis
But, Mr. Hawthorne said, at a well attended ceremony at the headquarters of LNP that They have potential to occupy higher position of leadership in the LNP and we have to try and give it to them, the Acting UNPOL head noted. But, the challenge I want to bring forward is how can we maximize and utilize their talents. We need to motive them by giving them higher position. We need to find a way how they can best help to prepare a strategy plan that would fast track the development of the LNP. He however described the men achievement as a milestone in the process of UNMIL drawdown. He went on to remind the LNP executives saying, As we consider the gain of peace in Liberia, then we have to ask ourselves how do sustain that peace. We believed we can do this only if we can influence more leadership program, more

By David A. Yates

he assistant director for administration of Africas Children Aid Society Incorporated (ACAS), a local NGO, is calling on the government through the Ministry of Education to close all televised soccer games, as well as play station games for students in the country during school hours. Mr. George F. Vanweh made the statement on Tuesday, December 17, at our McDonald Streets offices in Monrovia. According to Vanweh, if such action is not taken seriously it has the propensity to cause serious setback in our school system of this country. He added that the children were no longer paying attention to their lessons but rather watching football and play

(L-r) executive director and George F. Vanweh, director for administration of Africas Children Aid Society Incorporated
video games. So Im using this medium to call on the Government and MOE to stop all the Football show activities or tell the operators to stop them for entering, he intones. The assistant director for administration told our reporter that during there assessment conducted in the fifteen schools across Montserrado County, it was discover that, 85 percent of students in the elementary and secondary schools do not write and read perfectly.

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ACAS Wants Govt Ban Soccer Game Show for Students

he Acting head of the United Nations Police in Liberia (UNPOL) on Tuesday, December 16, advised authority of the Liberia National Police to make use of the expertise of senior officers who just graduated from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA). Mr. Cesar Hawthorne said, if their talents were to be utilized and maximized, it would enable them to positively contribute to the transformation process of the LNP in the drawdown of UNMIL. 19 senior officers of the LNP returned home recently, following a four-month intensive training in Ghana. The men were trained in several management discipline including; leadership, economic policy and development, public administration, crime reduction and investigation.

managers and more change agents, like the 19 senior officers. For his part, police Inspector General, Col. Chris Massaquoi said that the officers were some of his best men in the force. I single handed pick up for this training, because you are some of the best officers in the Country, the Police IG disclosed. He assured them that they (authority) were going to do everything possible to maintain them in the force. You have to be committed to the force; please dont go after fabulous job. We need your expertise in the rebuilding process, Col. Massaquoi said. Speaking earlier on behalf of his colleagues, Gregory Coleman, senior inspector of the LNP lauded his bosses and the Irish government for funding their training in Ghana. He promised that they were prepared to use their skill to bring the police on par with other police in the world.

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Cellcom Extends 4G Service to Nimba and Bong


Rep. Tingban Appeals for Extension to His District
ellcom GSM, one of Liberias leading telecommunication service providers, has extended its 4th Generation (4G) service to Gbarnga, Bong County, and Ganta, Saniquellie, and Yekepa, all in Nimba County. During the program marking the announcement that their service has been extended to that part of Liberia, Nimba District #9 Representative R. Matinokay Tingban called on the company to extend its services to his district headquarters of Zekepa. Commending Cellcom for their extension to rural Liberia, Representative Tingban that people of his district are out of communications and those citizens from there who reside in Monrovia and other places

By Joaquin Sendolo

Rep. Tingban (left) and Cellcom CEO Vasikaran (right) dialing a number to communicate to Nimba Superintendent Dagadou at the rural outreach program.
cannot easily connect to their people. Cellcom is truly living according to its slogan as demonstrated by the extension of its 4G network to rural Liberia. Making political statements is not enough, it is rather the manifestation of what is said that is important, and Cellcoms activity, as we can now see, is a true representation of their promise, he declared. Representative Tingban recalled that the intervention of Cellcom into the telecommunications business broke the monopoly enjoyed by one of the companies also in the business. Cellcom also

ureus Mining said it has completed a key step towards building the New Liberty gold mine in Liberia by securing US$100 million of project finance. It has agreed a US$88 million loan facility with two South African Banks Nedbank and Rand Merchant - and it has also signed a US$12mln subordinated loan deal with RMB Resources. The total funding costs are estimated at around 6%. Chief executive David Reading said: The signing of the project finance loan facilities to finance New

UPDATE - Aureus Passes Major Landmark as It Secures Project Financing for Liberia Gold Mine
Liberty is the final key step in Aureuss strategy of building Liberias first commercial gold mine. The City reaction was generally positive, with RFC Ambrian and finnCap restating their buy recommendations. This completes a key milestone for the company, said Duncan Hughes of mining house RFC Ambrian. Now documentation is signed, the last major obstacle to the construction of the project has been removed. Having modelled the debt repayment schedule, we remain confident that New Liberty will be able to finance

these repayments over the sixyear term of the loan. The recent equity raise also provides a (probably unnecessary) buffer against any possible cost blowouts during construction. The shares rose 1% to 33.6p in morning trade, valuing the group at 87mln. Ambrian values the stock at 47p, while finnCap has a fairly punchy target of price of 81.4p a share. Construction of the New Liberty gold mine remains on track for completion at the end of 2014, with first gold early in 2015, said finnCaps Martin Potts.

make communications and mobile phone very cheap, he said of Cellcom. The Representative furthered that with the level of development Cellcom has made in the communications industry, it is truly number 1 as its slogan states, and said he would serve as an agent to propagate messages relating to promotion of the company. Also speaking at the program held at a local hotel, was Bong County Senator, Jewel Howard Taylor. Sen. Taylor, who also reiterated that services provided by Cellcom were worth recognition, lauded the GSM company for the rural extension venture and their support to football clubs in Liberia. She also called on the management of Cellcom to extend their activities to the education sector, which she said is most significant to the wellbeing of youths in the country. The Chief Executive Officer of Cellcom, John Vasikaran, reiterated that his company is living up to its promise of making communications affordable to all Liberians. He said Cellcom came

with the intent of providing communication services to all Liberians and to make it affordable, and on the basis of that it has covered larger portion of Liberia today. He assured all present that as they have begun extending 4G to rural parts of Liberia with Margibi, Sinoe, Bong, and Nimba Counties covered; they would be sure to reach every rural area to make every Liberian feels the impact of Cellcoms services. He noted that since the launch of 4G to Sinoe and Margibi, it has attracted huge numbers of customers with high demands for purchasing phones that take the 4G SIM. During the demonstration process, Senator Taylor was able to communicate with people in Gbarnga, Rep. Tingban to Nimba Superintendent Christiana Dagadou, and CEO Vasikaran to people in Sanniquellie and Yekepa in Nimba. All of those communicating were able to see the other person live. that the reliance on overseas development spending has fallen back since the financial crisis, infrastructure financing must look beyond aid and governments have to look at alternative financing solutions that are economically feasible. Policy-makers are increasingly looking at different flows of capital, such as Africas foreign exchange reserves invested abroad, pension funds and sovereign wealth funds, all of which can kick-start private sector investment in infrastructure. Given the competition for infrastructure investment around the world for example, Eastern Europe requires more than 2tn for its infrastructure over the next decade there is little time to waste. Its important to note, however, that important progress is already occurring. EYs latest Africa attractiveness survey found that, in 2012, there were over 800 active infrastructure projects across different sectors in Africa, with a combined value in excess of $700bn. South Africa had the most infrastructure projects (with a combined value of close to $130bn). Nigeria was next, with 106 infrastructure projects with a value of close to $100bn. The East African countries of Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, together with Mozambique, are also all in the top 10 in terms of number of infrastructure projects, while Angola has the fourth-highest capital value overall.

Addressing Africas Infrastructure Deficit


hen it comes to addressing the infrastructure deficit in Africa, its all about the preparation, says EYs Bill Banks. Here, he explains why proposed projects need both planning and a strong business case to succeed. Amid a turbulent global economy, theres no doubt that the pipeline of positive news from Africa in recent years has been a much-needed boost to policy-makers and investors alike. Increased political stability, the emergence of a middle class already equal to that of Indias and demographic changes that mean by 2035 the continent will have the worlds largest workforce, have all contributed toward the rapid economic growth that many African countries continue to experience. And yet this growth has occurred despite the continent suffering from significant infrastructure problems. With greater demand come greater expectations in terms of services and, as economies have expanded, the need for new infrastructure has intensified. In addition, trends such as urbanisation, together with surging trade levels, are reshaping the face of the

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disclose the message of her speech to anyone before the delivery time today. Pressed further by our reporter, the octogenarian indicated, however, that she would be talking to the more than 3000 graduates as a mother in heart-to-heart conversation with her children, as a grandmother speaking to her grandchildren, and as a great-grandmother speaking to her great-grandchildren. Upon hearing that Madam

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night? Among other things, Ma Mary urged those graduating today to be focused and not allow themselves to be caught in the web of corruption. Madam Brownell, who hails from Maryland County, holds a M.Sc Degree in School Supervision from San Francisco University, USA. She also holds a B.Sc Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Liberia. Mother Brownell worked as a classroom teacher and
government is reaching out to rural dwellers, and it is shameful that government boasts of 18 to 20 billion dollars of direct foreign investment, yet cannot build the roads up to regional standard. The impact of this government cannot be felt in every part of the country, the CDC Vice Chairman for Operations lamented. When quizzed as to whether CDC was could say whether

Brownell, who is almost 90, will be the commencement speaker, some of the young graduates told the Observer that they would be eager to hear from Ma Mary what is the secret to live far behind the three scores and ten mark set in the Bible. Ma Mary: The secret is that I believe in the commandments of the Bible. One of them promises a reward. Honor thy father and thy mother.

She stated that in addition to that, she also respects everyone equally and whether they are far, far younger than her or her crowd. This is my nature and I got it from my father. Growing up in my fathers house, he treated everyone equally, she added. Ma Mary also told the Observer that she is one of Liberias respected persons not because that she is perfect but that she has tried to live an exemplary life, which her children have emulated and are also respected in the
be elected Senator and future president of Liberia. The CDC executive announced that the process of the county leadership restructuring program had already affected Grand Bassa, Margibi, Bong, Grand Gedeh, Nimba, and Montserrado Counties. Morlu also stated that, Mr. Augustine Weah has been retained as chairman of Sinoe owing to his good work over

country. Two of her children, including Madam Miata Fahnbulleh and Dr. H. Boima Fahnbulleh, are Liberias Goodwill Ambassador for Maternal and Child Health and National Security Advisor to the President of the Republic of Liberia, respectively. On corruption, Madam Brownell, who graduated from UL in 1960, said a lot has been said about it and added: I wonder whether those who steal the peoples money can sleep soundly at
the years. The CDC executive then went on to criticize the government for not doing enough concerning the condition of the road between Grand Bassa and Sinoe Counties, describing it as a death trap. He was of the opinion that Sinoe would soon be cut-off from the rest of Liberia due to the roads condition. Its a complete fallacy that

later as an administrator for several private and public schools in Liberia, including, Bong Town School. She is founder and former National Chairperson of the Liberian Women Initiative (LWI); former president, Women Development Association of Liberia (WODAL), among several other organizations. Madam Brownell also served as one of Liberias Commissioners at the National Elections Commission (NEC). She is now retired.
any of the other political parties was engaged in similar rural campaign methods, Mr. Morlu, making specific reference to the Liberty Party, said CDC is not afraid of a party that keeps losing in statistics and whose partys chairman was a convict in the United States who escaped to Liberia to pretend to be a politician.

Morlu made the assertions on Monday, during a two-day leadership restructuring meeting with officials of CDC in Greenville, Sinoe County. The CDCs rural outreach program is intended to ensure that every village, town, and city across the county is reached prior to next years

CDC in Rural

Pharmacy

midterm senatorial election, Morlu said. He explained that the CDCs rural outreach program is in consonance with their 2011 convention, and is aimed at subsequently paving the way for a clean-sweep for their party and George Weah. He described Weah as a soon-to-

Mr. Dokie made the recommendation on Tuesday, December 17, in Monrovia at a program marking the 15th Oath and Honors of graduating pharmacists from the A.M. Dogliotti College of Medicine at the UL. It is sad to note that Liberia is the only country in the West African sub-region that is still only offering a bachelor of pharmacy degree. That is why we are calling on the government to start a postgraduate pharmacy degree program, student Dokie recommended on behalf of the graduating class. Dokie observed that should the recommendation be implemented, it would go a long way towards boosting the healthcare delivery services of the country. He also called on major stakeholders in the health sector including foreign partners to help bring he and his colleagues wish to fruition. According to Dokie, most people see the pharmacist profession as non-essential as it relates to other fields in the health sector of Liberia. A situation, he observed, that is not healthy for the health care delivery process.

Lofa Lawmaker

A pharmacist, he said, will be sent in leeward counties without transportation, housing, and other vital facilities; whereas our partners, particularly the physicians, will be provided similar facilities, such as transportation, healthy stipends, etc. A situation which does not bode well for the future of our health care system, as it may jeopardize the full achievement of the health care goals set by the government, Dokie added. Following Mr Dokies comments, the UL president, Dr. Emmet A. Dennis, informed the graduating students that his administration has crafted documents for the degree program. He then stressed the need for adequate resources for the upbringing of faculty, which he observed, is one of the limited factors at the UL. I am proud of the graduating class for their professional and personal outlook, and will look into their recommendation and see where the need exists for intervention. Several other pharmacists, including the professors, were honored during Tues-

A cross-view of graduating pharmacists


days ceremony for their punctuality, dress code, personal bearing, and presentation of lessons. The dean of the School of Pharmacy, Professor Jacob A. Kolawole, recommended to relevant authorities of government that they secure the health sector and protect it by removing impediments from all corners. Earlier in his keynote address, the Dean of the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law at the UL, Cllr. David A.B. Jallah, urged the prospective graduates to avoid many of the health professional organizations that are often in the habit of instituting strike actions. He called on them to remain professional and to engage stakeholders constructively in the case of any disagreement on issues relative to their professional welfare. Remain in the arena of the health sector as trained professionals, even if you should travel, but again, continue to study. This will enable you to meet the challenges in todays medical world where new inventions and researches are hallmarks of the profession.

ofa County District #5 Representative Moses Y. Kollie will today earn a Master Degree in Public Administration (MPA) at the University of Liberia. Representative Kollie is Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Investment and Concession. The Salayea District Representative is one of more than 3,000

prospective graduates of the UL. The graduation ceremony will today take place at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex in Paynesville, outside Monrovia. The Lofa County legislator is graduating as president of the graduate class of both MBA and MPA at the university. In 2008, Representative Kollie obtained a Bachelor Degree in Public Administration (BPA) from the UL. Citizens of Lofa County

specifically those from Salayea and Zorzor districts accompanied Representative to the UL campus late evening Tuesday to get his graduation gown. Singing traditional Kpelleh and Lorma songs, the citizens saluted their lawmaker for his academic achievements. Also accompanying him to the UL campus, were his personal officer staffs and his wife Mrs. Ellen C. Kollie who expressed their gratitude to the lawmaker for his scholastic achievements.

In 2005, Representative Kollie was elected to represent Salayea District in Lofa County. He is the second elected lawmaker to represent Salayea District, the first representative being the late John F. Kennedy, one of the brains behind the founding of the District. Prior to his election in 2005, Rep. Kollie served the Ministry of Finance for 17 years. Kollies last assignment with the Ministry then was at the Roberts International Airport (RIA), where he served as cashier for six years.

He has vast leadership training from Georgia University in Atlanta, USA, where he earned a graduate certificate from the Carl Vincent Institute of Government. Rep. Kollie is also an alumnus of the West African Institute for Financial and Economic Management (WAIFEM) based in Lagos, Nigeria. At the level of the 53rd Legislature, the Lofa County legislator is head of delegation to the African, Caribbean, Pacific and European Union Joint Parliamentary

Assembly (ACP-EUJPA). Despite all of his achievements both local and international, Rep. Kollie has deep interest in farming. He currently owns a large rubber farm in Lofa that is ready to be tapped. He also owns very large cocoa and oil palm farms in Salayea District. The Salayea District lawmakers modern home in Salayea Town stands as the perfect lodging place for the head of state of Liberia and senior government entourage whenever they visit Lofa County.

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Can BYC Survive Kotoko Oilers Lose 4 Games in FIBA Tourney in Tunisia Challenge?
aving lost four straight games in the Mens finals of the 28th Champions Cup in the FIBA tournament going on in Sousse, Tunisia, Liberias representative LPRC-Oilers were yesterday scheduled to complete their final match against Egypts Sporting Alexandria. The competition began on December 12 and will end on the 21. Oilers lost their first game to Club Constantinois of Algeria 84-64 in group A. The Algerian club led 10 points at the end of the first quarter 23-13. The Liberians seized the beginning of the second quarter by tightening their defense and recorded 11 points. In the halftime they were led only by four points 39 - 35. On the return Constantines players were more enterprising and led by 11 points to put the scores in the last quarter at 67-56. The last quarter was fatal for Oilers which lost 17 to 8. Constantines Sports club finally won by 20 points to the final score of 84 64 with Saadallah Mohamed leading with 28 points and Zerouali Mohame adding 19 points. Oilers lost their second match 49-91 to Tunisias Etoile Sportive and succumbed 67-86 to Mozambigues Ferroviaro

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(L-R) Yahaya Mohammed of Kotoko; BYC squad

An action scene in Oilers vs. Tunisias Etoile Sportive match

hat a challenge Robert Sirleaf! Now the first trial is out and his chargers are now paired against Ghanas Porcupine Warriors, Asante Kotoko in the preliminary round match. The first leg venue, of course will be at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in the Garden City of Kumasi. Please note that it is the very stadium that the Egyptian national team, The Pharaohs received the shock of their lives, when the Black Stars hammered them 6-1 in the recent 2014 World Cup two-leg decider. Playing the first leg in Kumasi, Barrack Young Controllers will have much work to do. Like Kotoko, BYC is Liberias champion club. Though the average Liberian soccer fan is aware that Ghana football has made great im-

By Omari Jackson

Chiefs Draw Black Africa

provement on the international level and as a result their Liberian counterparts may not stand a chance in tough competitions like the CAF Confederation Cup. Ghanas Kotoko has a record of winning being champions in the African Club twice, as well as holds impressive record of 22 on the local scene. Asante Kotoko was recognized by FIFA as a football club of the century. Kotoko belongs to the ranks of Mighty Barrolle and Invincible Eleven. This shows how much progress Kotoko has made in African soccer. BYC has a modest record of winning the Liberia Football Association Championship, Liberia Cup four times and the Super Cup twice since its establishment in 1997. As far as history is concerned, Kotoko is a team to watch and so the question is, how prepared is BYC against

hampions Al Ahly and Tunisias Esperance are two of six clubs who have been given byes in the preliminary round of the 2014 CAF Champions League. South African champions

Itumeleng Kehune of Black Africa FC


Kaizer Chiefs were drawn against Namibian giants Black Africa FC in the opening qualifying round, set for 7-9 February, with the return leg scheduled for 14 to16 February. The winner will face ei-

Kotoko in Kumasi in their match which comes on the weekend of February 7-9. It must be noted that BYC may have as much quality players as Kotoko. The bottom line is how well and prepared and ready are BYC players to be more adventurous than their Kotoko counterparts? Kotoko may have history behind it, and playing at the teams home ground, there is the likelihood Kotoko may go out in full gears to prove its superiority to determine the return leg in Monrovia. Again Kotoko provided a number of players for the recent WAFU Zone B victory that the Black Stars earned and this places a task on BYC to be well prepared for the twoleg that will determine which team moves on to meet the winner of the tie between Ivorian Sewe Sport and Balantas de Mansoa from Guinea Bissau. ther Madagascar champions CNAPS or Liga Muculmana of Mozambique in the next stage of the tournament. A total of 52 clubs have entered for next years competition. The draw for the club competition, staged on Monday in Marrekech, Morocco, sees several past winners of Africas foremost club competition including Zamalek, Enyimba and Raja Casablanca involved in the preliminary rounds. Two-time winners Enyimba will host Ange de Notse of Togo, while Zamalek face AS Douanes of Niger and Raja are up against Diamond Stars of Sierra Leone. Atlabara will become the first club from South Sudan to feature in this competition and they are drawn against Ghanas Berekum Chelsea. The Round of 16 matches will be played between February 28 and March 9, while the final qualifying-round matches

More action in the match against Gabons Tali


da Beira in their third straight game and were beaten also by Tali basketball club of Gabon 61-83 points. The big win for Tali basketball club came after it lost its first three group-A games will have a daunting task of making the quarterfinal cut as it prepare to round off it group game against Ferroviaro Beira basketball club of Mozambique at 12H00 Tuesday. The Gabonese won the first three quarters against Oilers but lost the fourth quarter by 24-19, 29-10, 17-08 and won 13-24 to snatch the vital win.

ganda coach Milutin Sredojevic Micho is considering a blend of youth and experience in his squad for the Orange African Nations Championship (CHAN) South Africa 2014. Micho as the Serb is affectionately referred in an interview with Cafonline.com said the combination of youngsters plus old limbs will serve the perfect tonic towards their quest of an impressive outing at the tournament designed exclusively for footballers playing in their domestic leagues. The Cranes will be making a successive appearance at the championship and are pitted in Group B alongside Burkina Faso, Morocco and Zimbaare slated for March 21-30. In the CAF Confederation Cup, 42 clubs will compete for the top prize. This years winners CS Sfaxien as well as runners-up TP Mazembe have opted for the more prestigious Champions League.

Micho Aims for Youth Plus Experience

Coach Sredojevic
bwe. We are in a very strong group that boasts quality opposition. We are working hard Nigerian pair Bayelsa United and Warri Wolves have been given byes, as have Asec Mimosas (Ivory Coast), MAS (Morocco), Djoliba (Mali), Ismaily, Wadi Degla (Egypt), Zesco United (Zambia), Al Ahly Shandy (Sudan) and Etoile du Sahel, CA Bizerte

to ensure we get the best of players to compete in the tournament. Our league has over the years produced quite a number of quality players such as Denis Onyango of Mamelodi Sundowns (South Africa). We will consider a blend of youth and experience to help our ambition of reaching far in the competition. Comparing the strength of their opponents, Micho remains optimistic that his team will be up to task at the championship scheduled for 11 January to 1 February next year. The Cranes will host their matches at the Athlone Stadium in Cape Town. (Tunisia). Malakia will be the first club from South Sudan to feature in this competition and they are pitted against Cara of Congo in the preliminary round. The first-leg preliminary-round matches will begin on February 7.

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mbassador George We a h s detractors have argued against him being an effective Peace Ambassador due to his position as a political leader of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC). The first vice president of the Liberia Council of Churches (LCC), Rev. Kortu Brown,

has addressed these arguments against Ambassador Weahs role by sounding a warning against Liberia being rebuilt while excluding others. He said exclusion of the former soccer icon--- whom he described as a contributor to peace and reconciliation--would not be to Liberias benefit. We have to build an inclusive society that welcomes everyones ideas. If George Weah is serious about his role as a Peace Ambassador, he has

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to portray peaceful behavior and tendencies; a fact I believe he is not unaware of. This is the legacy of peace, we have received from the late South African President, Nelson Mandela. Rev. Brown frowned on what he described as Liberians habitual tendency of com-

plaining about everything. He explained that, We complained about President William V.S. Tubman for staying too long in power, about William R. Tolbert for being too bookish, about Samuel Doe for his lack of education, about Charles Taylor for being a war-monger, and now complain about Ellen JohnsonSirleaf of being stingy. So what we need to do as Liberians is unite to overcome our challenges and use them as opportunities to move forward, that is what Mandela did with apartheid. He saw it as an obstacle to the progress of South Africa, so he used it as an opportunity to rally South Africans of like minds to unify

their nation, that is why we hail him today, Rev. Brown declared. If food shortage or scarcity is an obstacle to Liberias progress, we should use it as an opportunity to advance our agenda, our sense of nationhood; we have to think and behave inclusively. For peace to work in Liberia we have to be inclusive, and George Weah is a factor, if we start to exclude people against their will, then we are calling for more problems. I think that if George Weah gets in a position where he is no longer neutral or cannot play the role of Peace Ambassador, I think he would do the honorable thing.

Ex-Lawmakers Properties on Sale


By Abednego Davis
aving been held liable for the amount of US$1.6million owed to Global Bank Liberia Limited, the Commercial Court has instructed its Sheriffs to sell properties belonging to Monco Liberia limited. Monco is owned by Mr. Julius Parker, who is a former lawmaker of Charles Taylors National Patriotic Party (NPP) government. In the courts Writ of Execution to its Sheriff---a copy of which is in the possession of the Daily Observer---said that, You are hereby commanded to seize and expose for sale land, goods and chattels of the management of MONCO executive director Mr. Julius Parker. It further instructed that the action was a result of the final judgment entered against the defendants company by the Court on September 23. It also instructed, And if the sum realized thereof be not sufficient to pay the reasonable expense of said seizure and sale, then seize the real properties until it shall have raised the sum of US$1,692,161.24. If you cannot find any assets of interest, land, goods, and chattels of the said defendant, you are hereby ordered to arrest the living body (bodies), of its president and chief executive officer, Mr. Julius S. Parker and all authorized officers of said entity, the order stated. The bank through its managing director, Philips Olujobi, on March 2010, complained to the court, alleging that its then managing director approved a five year credit request for Mr. Julius Parker to the tune of US$1.5 M. The bank further alleged that it also opened an overdraft account of US$150,000 as a working capital requirement to facilitate normal operations and the renovation of a warehouse complex to store cement. Before the cement could arrive, according to the bank manager, Mr. Parker requested US$250,000 as direct credit, and that money was approved by the bank. It was intended for the completion of all work before the arrival of the cement in Liberia. Global Bank also alleged that the defendant informed them that he had a business undertaking with Ecobank (Liberia), which he was going to use to take care of clearing, logistics, and storage capacity. When the cement arrived in Liberia, they noticed that defendant Parker did not have the necessary storage capacity, so they approved an additional US$5,940. In that process, the bank alleged that defendant Parker, on August 30, 2010, made another request, claiming that MONCO owes taxes in the amount of US$217,724, which was again approved, amounting to US$740,000. When the cement arrived

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in the country, Mr. Parker informed them that a substantial portion of the cement was damaged. It was based on that the bank prayed the court to rule against the defendant

for judgment liable in the amount of US$1.6M including interest of 12%, plus 6% legal interest from the date of the loan up to and including now.

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