FROM ALL CONVINCING accounts, the most developmental news of last week was the endorsement of an agreement that seeks to not only promote industrial harmony on all facilities of the National Ports Authority, but also improve the socio-economic wellbeing of its workforce, through hard to come by opportunities for their human capacity development.
AS THE DIRECT RESULT OF years of back and forth negotiations which saw parties trading mutual compromises between each other, the Management of the NPA and the leadership of the umbrella organization seeking the interest of employees of the entity, the Dock Workers Union of Liberia (DOWUL), at a colorful ceremony last Friday, formally affixed their signature to Collective Bargaining AGREEMENT, WHICH WAS graced by the Co-chairman of the Board of Directors, officials of the Labor Ministry, one time DOWUL’s president and former Montserrado County Superintendent, Rev. Grace T. Kpahn, as well as representatives from other trade unions.
-LMLDF Demands His Release In Switzerland
-Decries Looming Conspiracy Against Fellow Liberian
The arrest and subsequent detention of Mr. Alieu Koisiah in Switzerland by Swiss authorities on allegation of war crimes charges have seriously claimed the attention of a group of Liberians based in the United States of America and other parts of the world under the banner, the Liberian Mandingo Legal Defense Fund (LMLDF).
“It is very shocking and comical even, that bandits and real war criminals continue to roam about right under Sekou Hassan Bility’s nose in the streets of Monrovia and the countryside with impunity. Mr. Koisiah is not a war criminal and has never been a war criminal. LMLDF encourages the Swiss authorities to speedily bring the case against Mr. Koisiah to trial or release him if there are no charges. The LMLDF strongly believes that if Mr. Koisiah is charged, the facts will be adduced and they will point to his innocence in this matter” a dispatch from the group said in defense of their fellow compatriot.
-Accused Of Illegally Selling Public Land
-As Constituents Angrily Protest But…
The St. Paul’s Bridge Community located in District #16, Montserrado County, was the scene of a rowdy mob action by angry residents, who were protesting over what they described as sinister decision by the District’s Representative, Edward Forh, and the Governor of the Borough of New Kru Town, Madam Alice Weah, for allegedly selling a parcel of land reportedly deeded and given by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf to the area for the construction of a Administrative Hall.
Rep. Forh, according to the protestors, in criminal cohort with Governor Weah, without any right or color sold the strip of land left over from the construction of the Community Hall which is nearly completed to a Fula businessman for the amount of five thousand United States dollars (US $5,000.00), to build a store complex.
As a result of the allegation against the District #16 lawmaker and his accomplice, Madam Weah, the angry residents from as far as New Kru Town and other surrounding communities, stormed the premises located opposite the junction of the Oneyamah Specialist Hospital, formally, the Island Clinic, and demolished the fence which had been erected on the land by the Fula businessman.
-M.D. Parker Hails NPA Management, Workers’ CBA
A Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), entered into and signed between the management and workers union of the National Ports Authority (NPA), has been hailed by Madam Matilda W. Parker as a “milestone achievement” in the over sixty years of the autonomous public entity.
According to Madam Parker, Managing Director of the NPA, the ambitious document, which, is the end- result of years of painstaking negations and that generated compromises between the leadership of the Dock Workers Union of Liberia (DOWUL) and the Management, represents the value her administration attaches to moving the NPA and Liberia forward, through its operations.
Speaking during a colorful signing ceremony on the premises of the Freeport of Monrovia on the Bushrod Island last Friday, she further heaped commendations on officials of DOWUL, as well as her Management Team, for placing the interest and development of the general workforce of the National Ports Authority above personal aggrandizements.
The ever increasing number of mentally deranged persons of all genders on in and around the Liberian capital, Monrovia, has drawn the attention of the Secretary General of youths of the New Georgia Gulf Community.
In a release issued over the weekend, Soon B. Norien noted that the presence of these mentally ill or ‘crazy’ people on nearly every street in Monrovia is worrying, as their untidiness is creating unpleasantness for not only citizens, but also visiting foreigners.
According to Norien, while the Monrovia City Corporation is doing all in its capacity to keep the city clean, it is disturbing to see crazy people everywhere, scavenging in garbage bins and defecating on sidewalks right before by-passers.
-Seek To Eradicate TB and HIV in Liberia
Citizens of River Gee County in southeastern Liberia are of the strongest conviction that with a strong health delivery system, they are certain that Liberia can defeat Tuberculosis (TB) and the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) related illnesses affecting citizens in the country.
The citizens made the call during a two-day county dialogue and prioritization workshop organized by the Liberia Coordinating Mechanism (LCM) of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) from Friday to Saturday (March 27 – 28, 2015).
The dialogue brought together about 21 participants, including Muslim and Christian representatives, tradition leaders, key affected population, civil society, health practitioners, as well as members of the River Gee County Health Team (CHT).
According to organizers of the dialogue, the nationwide consultation is aimed at identifying priorities to be incorporated into a concept note to aid/enhance TB and HIV programs in Liberia.
By A. Omaska Mark
As economic hardship continues to bite at the very human fabric of the Liberian population, with many barely being able to provide a decent meal for their respective families, coupled with the high cost of providing quality education for their children, Bomi County District #1 Representative Samuel G. Karmo, has sought to empower women in his district, by presenting a purse of seventy-five thousand Liberian dollars (L$75,000), as a means of assisting them get involve in small business activities, which will in turn improve their lives.
Presenting the amount during a town-hall meeting called by the women in Beh-sao, Senjeh District, Rep. Karmo admonished that the donation be used for its intended purpose, which is, to help them improve their lives and businesses, so as to allow them provide much need education to their children’s education.
- Ellen Strikes 3 @ LIPA
In what is being described as a belated move by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf to purge her nine years old government of ‘bad apples,’ the Liberian leader has ordered the immediate dismissal of three officials of the Liberia Institute for Public Administration (LIPA), for unilaterally increasing their salaries during the absence of the entity’s head.
-Latest Recorded Patient Succumbs
After running a straight 20-days coarse without a single Ebola case being recorded, Liberia is once more in shock, over reports that the 44-year old woman who was confirmed positive on March 20, has finally succumbed to the overwhelming effect of the virus, thus frustrating the country’s goal of being declared free within a forty-two days period.
The Management of China Union, an iron ore mining firm in Bong County, has disclosed plans to downsize its workforce by the end of the year, the Liberia News Agency (LINA) is reporting.
In an interview last Friday, China Union’s General Manager, Cloud Gao, said the downsizing exercise will, however, affect only Chinese workers and not its Liberian staff.