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A 145Kg consignment of marijuana was discovered Sunday, January 5, in a vehicle with license plate number NG-2143. The vehicle is owned by a police officer of the Police Support Unit (PSU).According to the Inspector-General of the Liberia National Police, Col. Clarence Chris Massaquoi, a team of highway patrol officers, headed by patrolman Jallah M. Japolo, intercepted a black Nissan X-Terra owned by Officer Sawon S. Doe ID#: 0699.At a press conference held by Director Massaquoi, it was explained that two unidentified occupants stepped down from the vehicle and were searched.During the search, marijuana with an estimated weight of 145Kg and valued at LD$966,000, was found. Director Massaquoi promised a reward to the vigilant police officers who made the drug-bust.“As part of our crack-down on drug trafficking, the LNP is gratified to inform the public that we have arrested PSU officer Sawon S. Doe.”Mr. Doe was immediately dismissed from the LNP and turned over to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). He will be investigated and prosecuted.Director Massaquoi said that there are ‘bad apples’ promoting corruption, and that many of them were officers within the LNP. He expressed his commitment to the enforcement of the law and maintenance of order as head of the LNP.He apologized to the Liberian people for the ongoing situation in the security sector, describing it as a blow to the community and an act undermining the police’s trust in the rebuilding process of the country.Receiving the consignment of marijuana confiscated by the LNP, the Director of the Drug Enforcement Agency, Col. Anthony Souh, expressed gratitude to the (LNP) and Director Massaquoi for being vigilant in dealing with drug-trafficking in the country.Mr. Souh said, “This is the kind of professionalism that has been lacking within the security sector; I want to assure the people of Liberia and the national police force of our cooperation in ensuring maximum results from our operations.”He described the effort of the (LNP) as timely and efficient. He praised the Director for arresting a uniformed officer with drugs, adding that no one is exempted from ongoing drug investigations.“We will go after security officers and civilians; we will do whatever it takes.” If a cat is able to devour its own, then we will go after our own (if necessary) when the time comes.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
An international non-governmental organization (NGO), BRAC-Liberia, has received 2.7 million United States dollars from the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare for the implementation of health services around Liberia.The country Director of BRAC Liberia, Mr. Mohammed Adams Salam, said this was a new activity that will affect more than 539,000 people. It will create awareness related to improving health, while increasing knowledge of maternal mortality, and child health, through local health forums, meetings, and programs.He explained that since 2008, improvements in the delivery of health services in seven counties have positively affected many young people. An impressive reduction in maternal mortality, has been made as a result of BRAC’s intervention, we were told.He said that the US$2.7 million allotted by the Ministry of health and Social Welfare to improve health services in the country, will be used for the intended purposes.We have been working with many communities in ensuring that those areas received the education required about health. Also speaking at the launch of the National Advocacy campaign, program manager Lugemwa E. Patrick, said the organization (BRAC) would use a community-based approach to addressing maternal and child health care in 15 targeted counties in Liberia, with 106,000 women and adolescent girls as its main beneficiaries.According to Patrick, the organization has targeted Lofa, Margibi, Nimba, Grand Bassa, Montserrado, Bong and Grand Cape Mount, within three years with the aim of improving basic health care services in those places.The manager also assured the public that 55,000 pregnant women within the targeted areas will received the right information before child-birth. He added that women and girls will be empowered to make choices about pregnancy and made knowledgeable about family planning. He explained that BRAC has targeted 200,000 house members around the country through community awareness activities who stand to benefit directly and indirectly.Speaking on behalf of MOH&SW, Tolbert G. Nyenswah, Assistance Minister for Preventive Services, commended BRAC for their role over the years in improving health services around Liberia.Minister Nyenswah said that aspects of reproductive health as outlined by BRAC/Liberia and other health services are keys issues for citizens.He explained that young people must receive the necessary education about reproductive cases, newborn, and child health-care, that allow many young people to make informed decisions for their families and the future of Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Margibi County Legislative Caucus has donated 250 pieces of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) to the County Ebola Taskforce, valued at over US$11,000.Presenting the donated materials, the county caucus Chairman, James Emmanuel Nuquay, said the gesture is intended to help augment the ongoing fight against the Epidemic.The distribution of the items had been earlier announced but there was some delay in the process of arrival, due to what he termed as the lack of direct transport of the materials to Liberia. The materials were procured from the United States of America.He said the materials would be a help to health workers and the people of Margibi.Even though the supply of the PPEs would appear to be low considering the needs for more and for other medical equipment and drugs, Mr. Nuquay gave assurance that the caucus is lobbying with relevant actors both in government and elsewhere to provide more medical equipment and drugs to the county health system.The donation was made recently in the conference hall of the Margibi County Superintendent, during a regular county taskforce meeting in Kakata.Receiving the donated items, the county task force head, Supt. John Buway, lauded the gesture and assured the caucus that material given would be used for purpose intended.According to Supt. Buway, the materials will be handed over to the county health team.Mr. Buway said the construction of Ebola Treatment Center was ongoing and that Save the Children is initiating the construction exercise. He expected the work to be completed in the next one to two weeks.The construction of the treatment center is being carried out around the county’s 20 bed room guest house in the Gbofella community in Kakata. The 20 bed room guest house will also be used to host medical personnel that will be catering to the center.Commenting on the management of the center, Supt. Buway told the county caucus that the county needs financial and material support to enure that health workers and other technicians who will be assigned to the center are adequately catered for.Supt. Buway advanced that the government only referral hospital, C.H. Rennie, cannot operate without the Ebola Treatment Center. For this reason, the hospital is not providing the needed medical services to citizens in the county. Speaking further, the co-chair of the Margibi County Incident Management Team, Joseph Korhene, expressed his sincere gratitude to the county legislative caucus for the donations and assured them that the materials would be properly used for the intended purpose.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced with profound regrets the death of Ambassador Thomas Brima, Liberia’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary accredited to the Republic of Sierra Leone.A Foreign Minister release says Ambassador Brima died May 12, 2014 at the Hannibal International Hospital in Tunis, Tunisia where he had gone for medical attention after a brief period of illness. He had been flown there for medical attention.The late Ambassador Brima was one of Liberia’s outstanding statesmen who served his country with dedication and commitment in several capacities including serving as Superintendent of Lofa County, Minister of Internal Affairs and in his last capacity as Liberia’s Ambassador accredited to the Republic of Sierra Leone. Prior to his accreditation to Sierra Leone in 2006, he served in several capacities at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The fallen Liberian Ambassador was the longest serving ambassador in that neighboring country which made him the Doyen of the Diplomatic Corps there.Meanwhile, his remains will be flown back home from Tunisia pending funeral and burial arrangements.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
More than two years after he was found guilty of stealing hundreds of thousands of United States dollars, the former Chairman and Commissioner of Liberia Telecommunication Authority (LTA) has been indicted again, this time for allegedly stealing US$19,676.25.Dr. Albert Bropleh, together with Madison Turkpah and Joseph Dortu, General Manager of the Goderich Construction Company have been charged with the commission of the crimes of economic sabotage, misapplication of entrusted property, criminal conspiracy and violation of the Public Procurement and Concession Commission (PPCC), competitive bidding process by the government.Unfortunately for them, the Criminal Court ‘C,’ where they are expected to stand trial has issued an order to have the three individuals arrested immediately, though the crimes for which they are charged are offences eligible for bail.According to the indictment, prepared by the Grand Jury for Montserrado County, the defendants on September 29, 2008, entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which agreement allegedly authorized the company to procure and install a Closed Circuit Television (CCT) and access control system, including a two year parts and warranty package, at the LTA’s office at the Methodist Compound on 12th Street in Monrovia, at a total cost of US$19,676.25.The document further alleges that the defendants’ action was a total violation of the required process and procedures of the PPCC Act, which calls for a competitive bidding to select the company for the project.But, with criminal intent, the court’s record claimed, defendant Bropleh, single-handedly selected the company and awarded the CCT procurement, installation and access control contract, which it alleges, is contrary to the PPCC Act.Further in the indictment, co-defendant Bropleh told his colleagues that he had the capacity to procure and install the CCT and access control system at the LTA’s office. Based on the MOU, defendant Dortu submitted an invoice to LTA, dated September 24, 2008, in the amount of US$10,862.50, representing 50 percent payment which he detailed for equipment and specifications that he would use for the construction of the CCT, and it was paid to him.According to the record, 10 days after Dortu received his 50 percent payment, and being fully aware that he had not procured or installed the CCT and access control system, he made an additional request, dated October 6, to the LTA for another 40 percent payment in the amount of US$8,745.00, which amount co-defendant Bropleh paid in the presence of Turkpah.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Parking meter systems… Director assures validity, says company is internationalBy Devina Samaroo And Ramona LuthiEven after being told he has no right to speak on behalf of the Mayor and City Council, Deputy Mayor SherodDeputy Mayor Sherod DuncanDirector of NPS Kamau CushDuncan refused to be muzzled and is now raising some grave concerns over the legitimacy of the companies awarded with the multimillion-dollar contract to install parking meter systems across Georgetown.In a Facebook post on Saturday, Duncan disclosed that he was provided with little information by the National Parking Systems (NPS)/Smart City Solutions; the two companies contracted to execute the project in a joint venture.The Deputy Mayor is questioning the companies’ capacity to execute the scope of the project to be undertaken, given that he is without concrete evidence that these companies exist and have undertaken similar projects like they claimed to have done.With suspicions high, Duncan said he resorted to his own research on the companies, but nothing substantial was found.“In my research I have not found any company by the name ‘Smart City Solutions’ associated with parking meter systems, in any of the places the company is purporting to have done business like Panama,” Duncan highlighted.Research on one of the Directors of Smart City Solutions Simon Moshevilli also revealed nothing. “There is no evidence that such a company actually exists,” the Deputy Mayor stated.However, Duncan said research shows that a “Simon D Mosheshvili” is a Director of a company called ‘Movilot’ which operates in places like Panama and Haiti. Its website says, “Movilot is a leading “DBO” (Design-Build-Operate) Technology firm providing turnkey solutions to the mobile lottery and mobile gaming markets.”Movilot’s other products and services include “Street Vending and POS”. “The Movilot vending platform is a boon to existing street vendors and shops as it creates new income streams based on the commissions that can be earned on various services from lottery sales, to cash in – cash out, to airtime sales, and other services.”InconsistenciesDuring a recent interview with the Director of NPS Kamau Cush, many inconsistencies arose over the operations of Smart City Solutions.Cush, who is also a Director of Smart City Solutions, claimed it is headquartered in Mexico City and has been operating in most of Latin America, and South America, including Argentina, Lima, Peru, Panama and Mexico City.He boasted that the company has, for the past five years, operating and managing about 20,000 spaces in Mexico City.He also claimed that the company has been involved in parking meters consultancy in Chicago, USA.Later in the interview with this publication however, he disclosed that Smart City Solutions was specifically established for the purpose of installing parking meter systems in Guyana.“Smart City Solutions is a locally formed company, it’s a locally registered company, corporation. It was established specifically for this project, a special purpose vehicle,” he stated.The other company, NPS was established sometime in the 1900’s, according to Cush. He explained that a proposal for the parking meter system project was made since 1995, when Hamilton Green was Mayor.He said the proposal was accepted in 1996.“For the past 20 something years, the company has been in the bands, but it’s been around, it’s been in the bands, we work in collaboration with other companies… In the global scheme of things, companies merge and demerge and come together so that’s how we work,” he stated.However, Cush was unable to say why the proposal was never acted upon after all these years.“I’m not going to presume, this is how I respond to that question, and I’m not going to presume to get into the minds of decisionmakers of the time. As to why they didn’t sign off on it. Had they done that, we would not have been in a position that we’re in today in terms of our city being afflicted with filth and gridlock and over crowdedness and the type of dysfunction that one finds in other cities of the world where there is this shanty town mentality, but it wasn’t done but you know, given the fullness of time, I think you know, we now have a new Administration with the type of vision,” he stated.He explained that in 1994, he observed that the city of Georgetown was crowded and there was total chaos and that something needed to be done to address the situation.“So I went to new York and I placed a call to one of my colleagues and I said listen here, there is an opportunity here to install and operate parking meters in the city of Georgetown and I sat down and with them, we put our heads together and we came up with a proposal, and so in 1995 we submitted the proposal, and in 1996 it was approved. But I’m an entrepreneur at heart, I always seek out opportunities and figure out ways that I can add value to those opportunities and that’s precisely what I did here, I did then but unfortunately there was no buy in from the previous Administration,” he said.Cush explained that shortly after elections in May 2015, he resubmitted the proposal to the M&CC and it was accepted in November.Moreover, he said the two companies will be sourcing the parking meters from a company called Parkeon, a company based in France.
As Guyana aims towards strengthening its sea and river defences, the European Union (EU) on MondayAmbassador Jernej Videtič presents the final copy of the document to Public Infrastructure Minister David Pattersonpresented the Ministry of Public Infrastructure with the final copy of the Guyana Sea and River Defences Manual which had been in the making since 2015.Additionally, the EU has doled out $2 billion in funding to the Government of Guyana to facilitate the development of strategic approaches to Sea and River Defence.The presentation was made during a ceremony at the Marriott Hotel where EU’s Ambassador Jernej Videti? handed over the cheque along with the copy of the document, the Government Information Agency (GINA) stated.Noting that Guyana and the EU has maintained a close relationship, especially as it relates to sea and river defences, Ambassador Videti? during his remarks pointed out that the country is susceptible to rising sea levels and coast erosion which needed to be addressed through a comprehensive and extensive approach.Further, he added that there is a dire need for the development of the country’s capacities so that fighting rising sea levels would become unproblematic. In this way, Guyana would be at a vantage point of adapting to its vulnerabilities, which in turn would reduce the effects of the issue along with climate change. Both these issues continue to be main concerns for the Government of Guyana which has been working towards reducing its impacts.The country was additionally commended for its strident work over the past two years which has aided in protecting the country from the aforementioned global concerns.“I am pleased to note that over the past two years, Guyana has shown marked progress in developing capacity for protecting itself from rising sea levels. A newly developed Coastal Engineering Design Manual sets the standards for designing sea and river defences specific to Guyana’s conditions.” Ambassador Videti? highlighted.Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson in his address expressed gratitude for the support shown by the EU in completing the documents alongside the technical staff of the Ministry. He said this document will serve as a blueprint for the way forward.The presentation of this document comes seven months after the Government and EU had partnered to finalise the document which had been undergoing extensive review and drafting. The draft document had been crafted in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture; the Environmental Protection Agency; the Transport and Harbours Department; and the Central Housing and Planning Authority.This manual is anticipated to provide fitting and practical guidance for the implementation of methods and techniques for coastal engineering projects in Guyana.Some of the projects that have been catered for are: the prevention of the erosion of oceanic, estuarine, and recessed coasts; coastal flooding; and the heavy damage from wave attacks to valuable coastal commercial, urban, and tourist communities of Guyana.The document also underlines four areas: integrated planning for sea and river defence works in Guyana; the physical site conditions and data collection issues; and natural flood protection systems along Guyana’s oceanic coast and river banks; and their relevance to the shore zone management process.Meanwhile, the Government continues to make strides towards developing its capacity of protecting the country against rising sea levels which Guyana has fallen victim to as a result of being below sea level.Thus far, the Administration has been able to craft an Integrated Zone Management Process and is working on drafting a new Sector Policy and Strategy, both of which will aid the country in its defence of rising sea levels.According to GINA, Guyana and the EU are currently working to develop a Sea and River Defence programme. This will fall under the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) which could see the country receiving more than $7 billion to support the sector.
… Govt to make a decision – Region 10 ChairmanSeveral investors have expressed interest in utilising an abandoned state property in Linden to open another business.Region 10 Chairman Renis MorianThe abandoned entity situated at Kara Kara, Mackenzie, once housed a call centre, formerly the Toucan Connection Incorporated.Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) Chairman Renis Morian speaking with Guyana Times indicated that Government has to make a decision on the welfare of the new interests. He noted that while some investors are seeking to conduct call centre-like services, several other business ideas have been touted.“Everybody wants a piece of the call centre, but the Government got to make a decision as it relates to that. I would hope that it turns a call centre”, Morian said, while opining that the former Toucan Connection building is ideally suited for a call centre.Regional Councillor Sandra Adams had also recently stated that she was in talks with a possible investor, however, the process was moving along slowly.Several call centre investors have used the location, however their services have been short-lived. The Toucan Connection was the most recent, which operated for several years before abruptly closing last year, leaving approximately 86 employees on the breadline.The call centre has over the years been one major source of employment in the community. A larger percentage of women and single parents benefited from employment.The Government was forced to intervene last year, as workers from the Toucan Connection were sent home without prior notice and without receiving their severance packages. The issue has so far been resolved with over 60 employees having received their severance packages, however, the centre, which is considered the property of the State has since remained closed.Residents are voicing concerns as to if and when the centre will be re-opened, so as to provide much needed employment to Lindeners.
Illegal plane at YupukariAs local investigations continues into the illegal aircraft found at the Yupukari Airstrip, Region Nine (Upper Takutu/Upper Essequibo), residents have told investigators that the aircraft was seen circling the community days before it was found abandoned.Based on reports from the Guyana Defence Force (GDF), the discovery was made following information received by a joint service patrol, including ranks of the Guyana Police Force (GPF), on September 13. The following day, ranks from the GDF and GPF visited the area and conducted a search, during which the twin engine Cessna Aircraft was discovered.The abandoned twin-engine Cessna aircraft found just off the Yupukari Airstrip on Tuesday lastSubsequently, a team of investigators from the GDF, GPF, the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) and the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) was deployed from Georgetown to conduct investigations.A statement from the Ministry of Presidency disclosed that over the past two days investigators have been conducting assessment of the abandoned aircraft to gather evidence that will assist in uncovering the circumstances under which the aircraft came to be abandoned at that location.In fact, a team of high level officials visited the area on Saturday led by Head of CANU, James Singh, and GCAA officials. The team ventured into the area to further assess the aircraft for damages and capabilities to make recommendations on what should be done with it. Guyana Times was told by sources on site, that a leak was discovered in the fuel tank. This, investigators believe, may have caused the aircraft to land in Guyana.However, during interviews with nearby residents, investigators were told that the abandoned aircraft had been sighted circling the area on numerous occasions.Moreover, the residents, a number of whom shared information they deemed ‘suspicious activity’, further reported the presence of motorcycles frequently at midnight in the area. To this end, CANU officials are seeking to determine whether the aircraft may have any links to the narcotics trade. Additionally during a search of the aircraft, several pieces of communication equipment were discovered and have been confiscated to be further examined for any potential leads.Meanwhile, Chief of Staff of the GDF Brigadier Mark Phillips, told this newspaper on Friday that while the team is working ardently to solve the mystery of the abandoned twin-engine Cessna Aircraft, noting concrete has been discovered.“We haven’t found anything concrete so far… but we are looking for anything that will tell us if any cargo was brought in on the aircraft or to lead us to anyone who has a link to it.”On the other hand, Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, said that while government is yet to receive a full report on what would have transpired over the last few days, President David Granger and his Government are committed to ensuring that a full investigation is completed.On Thursday, Harmon had told the media that the aircraft bore US registration N-767-Z, however, when checks were made with US authorities, it was revealed that the registration was bogus.“That registration is a US registration, however, subsequent checks by the team from the Guyana Defence Force, Civil Aviation Authority, CANU, and the Guyana Police Force, it was discovered that that registration is a bogus registration. There is another aircraft flying onto (Wednesday) in the United States of America with the same registration number,” Harmon had stated.Furthermore, the Minister of State had disclosed that the aircraft was found hidden in the bushes. “It was off of the airstrip itself and there seemed to have been some kind of a camouflage, kind-of net that was thrown over it and it was partly in the bushes.”Harmon went on to say that while he cannot divulge much information since the probe is ongoing, it appears as though the aircraft has been there quite a few days. However, the Minister noted that it could not have been there longer because the joint service patrols monitor the North and South Rupununi on a regular basis and is in touch with residents of the communities in these areas.