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Monday, July 20, 2015

Samwar S. Fallah, samwar.fallah@frontpageafricaonline.com

Monroviaourteen Liberian girls who have been the subject of a


major human trafficking case in Liberia may soon get
their day in court. FrontPageAfrica has learned that the
trial of individuals accused of trafficking the girls to
Lebanon is set to commence during the August Term of Court, AD
2015.
The four individuals including Abbas Debs, Tamba Gibson,
Bashir Lakis and Aja Debs (sp) have been jointly indicted by the
Government of Liberia to face trial for their alleged involvement
in cajoling the Liberian girls into traveling to Lebanon with the
hope of giving them better life only for them to end up in captivity.
Fourteen of the girls were successfully brought back home in
late March and since their arrival there have been calls for the
government to push charges against the accused as quickly as
possible.
FrontPageAfrica has gathered that only one of the defendants,
Abbas Debs is currently in prison while the remaining three are
said to still be at large. Trial of this case is expected to be heard
during the August term of Court, A.D. 2015-which commences
on the 2nd Monday in August, same being the 10th day, 2015, a
credible Justice Ministry source told FPA.
WHY THE DELAY?
Women groups including the Association of Female Lawyers of
Liberia (AFELL) and the Association of Female Journalist of Liberia
(FeJaL) have all been calling on the government to speedily bring
the perpetrators to Justice, decrying delay in ensuring justice for
the victims.
Esther Seton-Cee, President of the Association of Female Lawyers
of Liberia recently called on the Government to ensure that the
accused are brought to justice speedily.
We are calling on the government of Liberia, the judiciary to take
full responsibility to send those girls to court. Let us hear their
side and the side of the accused. We want to know both sides of
the story. As a women organization this is a case of interest to us.
We want to know who were involved and how those girls were
taken there, said Madam Seton-Cee.
Some of the victims also told FPA that they are afraid that
justice might not be achieved based on the fact that some of the
alleged perpetrators-Lebanese nationals have been boasting that
Liberian officials are in their pockets and they (Lebanese) cannot
be prosecuted in Liberia.
Grace David, one of the victims told FPA recently I cannot get
over it! Those people treated us worse than slaves for three years
and we cannot get justice? It is just as Bashir told us in Lebanon.
He said your government is in our pocket so nothing will happen
to my brother. If we even kill you we will add the 3,500 to your
body and send it home; your people can do nothing.

CHANGE OF VENUE DELAYED CASE


In a detail regarding the status of the case, sources at the Justice
Ministry hinted to FPA that the Grand Jury for Montserrado
County on April 30, 2015 indicted the defendants but the
prosecution filed a motion for Change of Venue but the Judge
indicated that the trial was not docketed for the February term
of court and therefore motion for Change of Venue could not be
advanced unless the trial is docketed.
Prosecution than moved swiftly to file a motion to advance the
case on the trial docket on May 15, 2015 and following several
oral and written requests to the court for the assignment of the
case, the Judge assigned the motion until June 10 after arguing the
motion for Change of Venue, the Judge did not rule until late June
2015, the source added.
According to the source, after the ruling in the Motion to Advance
was handed down, several follow-ups requests were made to
the court for the assignment of the Motion for Change of Venue
which was filed on May 5, 2015, since at the time of its filing, the
case was not on the trial docket but the court finally assigned the
motion for Change of Venue for July 7, 2015-over two months
after it was filed.
VENUE SET FOR BOMI
The source indicated that the prosecution requested for the
venue of the case to be changed from Montserrado County to
Margibi on grounds that if the case is heard in Monrovia, the jury
would become prejudice against the interest of the Prosecution
based on media reports about the case, which would draw public
sentiments owing to the fact that the jurors would be selected from
the very public, and also because of the proximity of its witnesses
who are been housed in Kakata, Margibi County creating extreme
difficulty to have them transported to court daily.
The state or defense on the other hand did not disagree with the
Change of Venue but requested the court to change the venue to
Bomi, Grand Bassa, or Grand Cape Mount Counties.
On July 13 the court ruled granting the Motion for Change of venue,
but venue the case for Bomi County, as the defense had requested,
instead of Margibi County as prayed for by the prosecution.
WHERE ARE ALL THE ACCUSED?
FPA has learnt that the remaining three accused two Lebanese
(Bashir Laki and Aja Debs(sp) are both said to be out of the
country and are currently in their home country, Lebanon.
Whereabouts of a Liberian, Tamba Gibson also accused is said
to be unknown but the Ministry of Justice source said efforts are
being exerted to bring all the accused to Justice.
It is not yet known whether there is an existing Extradition treaty
between Liberia and Lebanon to pave the way for the extradition
of the other two Lebanese nationals who have left the country.
An Extradition Treaty permits a country that is signatory to
such treaty with another country to request the transfer of an

individual from the friendly country to the other.


More than 50 young women were reportedly trafficked over the
period of three years to Lebanon to accordingly work as domestic
servants and sex slaves. Before leaving Liberia, some only girls
at age 16, 17 and 18 were told that they were going to work in
factories and supermarkets. Upon arrival in Lebanon different
people who had accordingly paid 3,500 United States dollars as
the price for their independence, freedom and the right to say no
to sex came at the airport to pick up their new slaves.
The story regarding the plight of the Liberian girls was first
reported by FrontPageAfrica in 2014 which led to huge public
attention.
The Government of Liberia took action by dispatching a delegation
comprising government officials to Lebanon where the first batch
of 14 girls were successfully brought to Liberia in March. The
government later announcement that it is pushing prosecution
against the accused.
Several international and local reports continue to highlight
abuse of human rights in Liberia including women and girls.
In its recent report the United States department of State reported
abuse of the rights of women and girls. According to the report
the Liberian government does not comply with the minimum
standards for eliminating human trafficking.
The government did not demonstrate overall increasing
efforts to address human trafficking compared to the previous
year; therefore Liberia is place on Tier 2 Watch List for a third
consecutive year,
But President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf speaking during the
celebration of the independence of the United States of America
on July 4 discredited the report saying it was based on media local
reports.
The girls are complaining that they have been stigmatized
by people who have seen their images in newspapers and on
television broadcast.
EYES ON JUDGE JOHNSON
When the case resumes this August all attention will be on
Criminal Court E Judge Ceainah Clinton Johnson to see how she
handles the proceedings.
The judge has come under sharp criticism from some Liberian
women in the past for her handling of cases related to abuse of
women and girls including rape.
Judge Johnson was accused of releasing Ali Sasouk who was facing
trial for alleged rape on US$25,000 bond. Many argued that since
rape is a non-bailable crime in Liberia a female judge should not
have granted bail to an alleged rapist.
Since his release from detention the trail of Sasouk is still hanging
in the air and the accused is believed to have left the country.

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FrontPage COMMENTARY
HAS OUR INDEPENDENCE MET ITS PROMISE?
EDITORIAL
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LIBERIA - WHITE
COLLAR HONORS

Real Ebola Heroes Missing


Out on Recognition
WHEN THE UNKNOWN enemy, the deadly Ebola virus
struck Liberia in early 2014 the entire nation was in a
state of complete confusion, not knowing how to deal
with the outbreak.
FROM MARCH TO JULY the death rate from the outbreak
had grown beyond imagination with health workers
mainly nurses, doctors, clinicians and other underpaid
health care practitioners facing the heat of the outbreak,
many succumbing to the virus on a daily basis.
MANY QUALIFIED DOCTORS left the hospitals in fear so as
other nurses too, who were not willing to risk their lives
in fighting Ebola when others were falling prey regularly
despite wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
EBOLA STRUCK DEEPER TAKING away some of Liberias
best doctors including Dr. Samuel Brisbane and Abraham
Borbor, still other health workers kept the courage
and remained in the Ebola Treatment Units to save the
lives of hundreds of Liberians and foreigners alike who
contracted the deadly virus.
IT WAS TOO LONG WHEN DR. STEPHEN IRELAND who
survived the virus cried neglect and lack of recognition
from the Government during his recovery process from
the virus.
NURSE CANDY KOLBA FROM C.H. RENNIE Hospital
survived the virus when she was administered the ZMAPP
experimental drug and upon leaving the ETU she vowed
to go back to the hospital to help save lives-which is real
sacrifice, from hell to service.
EVEN WHEN THE OUTBREAK was wild, nurses, clinicians
and other health workers were amongst the least paid in
the country some taking home a meager US$600 or even
far lesser despite the high risk associated with working in
these ETUS.
THIS IS REAL SACRIFICE when the returns cannot be
measured with the level of risk taken to do a piece of job.
IN SOME ETUS, NURSES happily wore PPEs when they
could not even get the hazard pay promised by the
Government of Liberia and partners.
THERE WERE MANY NURSES who were not on the
Government of Liberia payroll at some of these ETUs as
they took the work as a service to nation and humanity to
help their fellow Liberians stay alive.
SEVERAL NURSES DIED and today their children are
orphans and husbands and wives widowers/widows
with no program put in place yet by the government to
provide the opportunity for these victims to live a better
life after the death of their parents, wives, and husbands
or loved ones.
A FEW DAYS AGO, MANY of these nurses have to protest
before the Ministry of Health, blocking the main entrance
in demand of hazard pay.
THE MINISTER OF HEALTH Dr. Bernice Dahn later said up
to 99% of health workers have been paid the hazard but
the statement still leaves doubt when dozens of health
workers protested before the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
in May followed by another at the Health Ministry in June.
AFTER THE VIRUS WAS finally defeated on May 9 came
the time for recognition of people who made the ultimate
sacrifices to save lives in the midst of real danger.
IN HER STATE OF THE NATION Address in January,
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf left out many heroes in the
fight against Ebola including Representative Saah Joseph
who was physically seen riding his private ambulances to
transport patients to ETUs.
WITH NO DISRESPECT to medical doctors including
Jerry Brown, Gorbee Logan and others who realistically
contributed greatly to the fight against Ebola, nurses,
clinicians, hygienists and others who were at the
forefront in the fight against Ebola have all been left out
of numerous awards and recognitions.
WHITE COLLAR INDIVIDUALS some of whom were not

By Martin K. N. Kollie - Youth Activist, martinkerkula1989@yahoo.com, Contributing Writer

ong before the declaration of our Independence in 1847, the


freedom of our forebears to dictate their own political and
economic destiny was under hostage. For 25 unbroken years, the
sovereignty and self-governance of a land which would later be
known as Liberia was determined by an International Non-Governmental
Organization (INGO) called the American Colonization Society.
After several years of hard labor and inhumane treatment in the United
States, the chain of slavery was finally untied from the hands and legs of
black slaves. In 1822, a new territory in Africa call Liberia was founded
by the ACS to accommodate freed black slaves. I can imagine how though
it was for these settlers to safely sail on a dark continent like Africa. Even
though it was difficult traveling long distances, but nothing could easily
bend their determination from seeking refuge in a new home where
freedom was accessible.
On February 6, 1821, the first batch of 88 immigrants left New York and
harbored in Liberia. This was a new beginning of establishing a young
nation. Upon the arrival of these settlers, they met indigenous occupants
on ground with unique cultural pattern and values. Americo-Liberians
were gently given an olive branch by original owners of this soil at the
time. As a result of indigenous kindness and generosity, AmericoLiberians had breathing space to co-exist on the Providence Island.
After few months, the interest of these strangers grew larger. Their quest
for expansion became a paramount priority. The memory of slavery was
still fresh on their minds. As a result, they had no intention to unite with
those they met on ground. Instead, colonists thought it was a good idea to
promote disunity and disintegration by subjecting the natives to unjust
and inhuman treatments.
Internal bickering and power struggle became the order of the day. There
were series of wars between the colonists and indigenes. This was a bitter
start for Liberia! I think if two parties (both natives and settlers) were
going to cordially cultivate unity from the very beginning, our country
would have been a better society. Regrettably, deep division characterized
the formation of Africas first Independent nation.
From 1821 to 1847, Liberians were indirectly ruled by foreigners. From
the Colonial to Commonwealth era, the determination of self-governance
was invisible. The British and French also took advantage of a conflictridden settlement by encroaching on our land. Even though there was
segregation, but delegates from various colonies were ready to embrace
an independent status after two and the half decades of external control
and threats. Their readiness was uncompromising!
A new and lone nation in Africa was finally given birth to at an official
constitutional convention held in 1847. There were 12 delegates from
Montserrado, Sinoe, and Grand Bassa Counties who subsequently
adopted the declaration of independence and constitution on July 16,
1847. At long last, on July 26, 1847, a young African American man from
Virginia named Joseph Jenkins Roberts declared the colony of Liberia an
Independent Republic. The Lonestar rose above Africa as an inspiration
to other colonized territories. Our country became known worldwide
from that moment. Many saw us as a symbol of hope and a shining star of
democratic radiation in Africa.
I am left to wonder why Long Peter, Sao Boso, and other native Kings didnt
participate in this crucial convention even though they were an integral
part of the society. It is left with you to answer this question. Despite
the situation, there were unique promises made during Independence.
Those promises are still loud in our ears and can never be forgotten. The
promise of self-determination, security, freedom, peace, unity, equality,
dignity, justice, and civil liberty were guaranteed in one voice by the
founders and forefathers of this state.
After 167 years of existence, the question that seems too hard to answer
in some quarters is HAS OUR INDEPENDENCE MET ITS PROMISE? I
want to emphatically say NO! The promise of Liberias independence is
still lingering in the wilderness of uncertainty. After more than a century
of political endurance, where is democratic inclusion where is equality
where is economic freedom where is Justice - where is unity where
is patriotism where are all these good promises? The state remains at a
standstill whenever self-seeking economic migrants excel to prominence.
Our past and present as a nation clearly show the lack of political will
to uphold and defend these fundamental promises of our independence.
The significance of preserving our sovereignty goes beyond everyones
interest and imagination. Overtime, most citizens have lost appetite
to celebrate Liberias birth anniversary simply because they believe
that it is worthless to be happy in the midst of poverty and hardship.
Independence Day is meant to revive national courage and restore broken
hopes. Independence renews good memories of economic, political, and
social transformation. Independence means for everyone regardless
of your status to have access to basic social services. It also means to
equitably distribute national resources. Other countries around the world
are eager to celebrate their independence because the promises of their
independence are still in tight!
Recently, Americans happily observed their independence because
the promises of America yesterday are still upheld today. Due to the
conducive political and economic environment existing in Ghana, there
was a nationwide independence celebration on March 06 of this year.
I saw smiles on the faces of Ghanaians. They had sufficient reasons
to commemorate such a special day. Their flag was high up in the sky
projecting an emblem of a progressive and inclusive society. How
can Liberia boast of being 168 years old when most of its citizens are
subjected to economic deprivation, marginalization, and destitution?
How can we brag of being the trendsetter of Independence in Africa, when
our economy is at the verge of collapse? Why arent we growing along
with our age? This is a big shame to Africas first Independent Republic.
Even though we have abundance of natural resources with a very small
v

directly exposed to the virus are the ones receiving all the
accolades while gallant nurses and other health workers
sit and watch.
THE SITUATION IS SIMILAR to the tale of a Dump truck
transporting materials to construct a mansion which it can
never enter after completion because of its big size when
other smaller vehicles can make their way through.
IN ALL OF THESE MANY HONORS, no nurse, hygienist or
clinician has been mentioned.
NURSES, HYGIENISTS, clinicians who physically catered
for Ebola patients and were directly exposed to the

population, our country remains one of the poorest on earth. I refuse to


accept that this sweet land of liberty is cursed!
The countrys greatest problem has been its leaders. Most politicians
in Liberia careless to improve the living standard of ordinary people.
They go extra mile to achieve their selfish political ambition and enrich
themselves through ill-transparent practices. They lack integrity to
protect the constitution which guarantees the inalienable rights of all
citizens.
It is very unfortunate for our leaders today to forget the promise of
self-determination. Patriots like Hilary Johnson and J. J. Roberts made
sacrifices to secure the status of nationhood for Liberia. The destiny
of the oppressed majority is still imprisoned by members of the elite
class. This country belongs to all Liberians; as such, divisiveness and
class system must come to an end. The principle of egalitarianism is an
unparalleled catalyst of national healing and reconciliation. Everyone
must be given a fair chance to chart his/her own course politically,
socially, and economically. Realities in the recent past and now suggest
that our country has not aspired to the level of self-determination. What
a promise betrayed! When our sitting President said in her first inaugural
address that she looks forward to see Liberia becoming a success story of
America, did the president really calculate the implications? For me, that
was an understatement. When the story is written about how America
through Firestone has and continues to exploit Liberia and its people for
89 years now, I wonder what will the president say.
The promise of Security, Peace, Equality and Freedom has been suppressed
by elitists and imperialists. The society is still insecure. Without security,
it is impossible to achieve economic growth and democratic sustainability.
Due to poor security system, criminal rate is high on the increase. The rule
of law is not taking root because some enforcers of the law are unaware
about the law. The rights of impoverished citizens are mostly infringed
upon by higher-ups. I thought the framers of our constitution said
everyone regardless of your social status should have access to unlimited
security and Justice. Regrettably, the rich and powerful continue to enjoy
maximum security and justice at the expense of ordinary peasants. With
the draw-down exercise of UNMIL, our nation stands at serious security
risk. I hope this government under Madam Sirleafs rule will mitigate this
gap.
Though the objective of our founding fathers was to establish a country
of peace and tranquility, but after 167 years, peace amongst Liberians
is invisible. Peace cannot come when one group of people are being
unfairly treated. Peace can only come when everybody has access to equal
opportunities and privileges.
We fought war in this country due to dissatisfaction and discontent. We
had no reason to kill each other for 15 years. Sadly, we had to thread
the path of civil unrest because certain individuals felt they were more
citizens than others. Certain individuals felt that the presidency was a
family inheritance. As a result of this, greedy politicians took advantage
of the situation by infiltrating the ignorance and gullibility of our people.
Today, the innocent blood of over 250,000 Liberians who were victimized
by this senseless crisis is crying out for Justice. Our peace still remains
fragile as the symptoms of displeasure and public discontent continue to
undermine national reconciliation. Reconciliation is possible, but through
sincerity, honesty, justice and transparency. We cannot be preaching
reconciliation why corruption in public service is evident. We cannot be
preaching peace when our hydrocarbon resources are abused. We cannot
promote togetherness when our educational system is messy. We cannot
sing the song of freedom when our health sector is poor. We cannot
preach unity, when the gap of economic equality is very wide. If we are
given the opportunity to freely and equally vote, we must also be given the
opportunity to freely and equally share in our nations wealth.
We have achieved political freedom to some extent, but where is the
economic freedom? Our current dilemma is more economical. Until we
can fight to gain economic independence, our political situation will
continue to shift downward. Liberia cannot get better when the hope and
aspiration of our Independence are decaying. This country is far from
getting better when our young sisters are sexually enslaved and trafficked
by foreigners. A just and equal society procreates peace and unity. The
failure of politicians over the years to pledge their uncompromising
loyalty and allegiance to Liberia has led to an uneven nation.
Noticeable indicators in Liberia have made most Liberians to lose taste
about celebrating Liberias birth day. We know how they feel right now.
We share in their sorrow, pain, and agony. We empathize with street
children, widows, teachers, students, shoe-shine boys, wheelbarrow
pushers, taxi-drivers, marketers, push-push riders, petit traders, car
loaders, rock crushers, and all less-fortunate citizens who are in serious
economic torment. Dont give up Keep holding on! Change is on the way.
Why must Liberia be the 7th poorest country when its soil is blessed
with abundant natural resources? Liberia according to transparency
international 2013 barometer report was rated as the most corrupt
country along with Mongolia in the world. Over 80% of Liberians live
below the line of poverty, while 85% are unemployed. We have more than
16 billion direct foreign investments, but the living condition of our people
is awkward. Why must we celebrate independence when 66 out of 68
concession agreements did not meet the minimum standard of the PPCC
and PFM laws? Liberias inflation rate is 7.30% while import rate stands at
$2.457 billion. I wonder where we stand with all these downward trends.
There is nothing to celebrate because the hope of our independence is
unseen in practical terms. We call on all Liberians to peacefully protest on
July 26 by boycotting all national programs around the country. 168 years
is enough to transform our condition. Join us to fight against nepotism,
corruption, patronage, injustice, and inequality.

deadly Ebola virus are the real heroes and despite several
programs awarding individuals and leaving them out, they
will go down in history as the real heroes and heroines.
OTHER INSTITUTIONS and organizations also played lead
role in the Ebola fight but they are also normally left out of
these awards.
We believe many of these awards are given to white collar
individuals some of whom never really came close to an
Ebola patient. While their contributions in galvanizing
resources and arranging many activities are laudable, the
frontline soldiers deserve recognition too.

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Seltue R Karweaye Sr. Top Commenter 490 followers
Until Liberia promote Transitional Justice, there will be no
sustainable peace in Liberia. Folks, Peace is not the present
of Warlords, and Supporters of Warlords in Public Offices or
running for Public offices in a Vampire State, But Peace is the
Present Justice!

Emmett Mollihi Watson Jr. Top Commenter International


Consultant-Gender in Humanitarian Action at UN Women
Good news! However, the photo captioned John T. Richardson is
Coocoo Dennis. We need to bring to book all those responsible
for the death and destruction in Liberia. That's the only way
Liberia will see lasting peace. May the souls of those departed
rest in peace.
Sylvester Moses Top Commenter Works at Self-Employed
While the financiers, prosecutors, and fighters are in the
Executive, Legislature, and Judiciary, and some in our foreign
embassies, security sector, corporations, etc. the immensity
of the effort would ironically be destabilizing for the nation.
The country isnt ready for such agonizing scrutiny. Thats
why an option was for EJS to use good governance bring
about recompensing reconciliation. Nobody likes anyone who
reminds I told you so! Nonetheless, this advice is reminiscent
of one written by my operational staff at MNS in a memo to the
then CIA Director, William H. Webster, who was visiting Liberia
around September 1989.
President Bush had signaled a new policy, yet our regime was
asking Mr. Webster for logistical support. Anticipating that it
was foolhardy, our memo warned that the pending insurgency
would lead to unintended consequences. I personally delivered
it to him at RIA before his departure. Even when he was leaving
we knew it was hopeless. The US wanted the regime out as a
result of the bloody disproportionate reprisals for the 1985
invasion. Nations learn from past mistakes, but they cant from
what they dont know; thus, our adopting the need to know
principle here wouldve been self defeating. Its Liberia
stability at stake, be careful what you wish.
Sylvester Moses Top Commenter Works at Self-Employed
Brother Seltue Karweaye, every Liberian lost a loved one so your
position about the linkage between peace and justice resonates.
But our historical ethnic and cultural animosities have made
mockery of the word justice. Allegedly, pay back for late
1900s and early 20th century injustices, for example, historical
hangings, sealed the fate of the 13 martyrs, and that combined
with the 1985 overreaction fueled the genocidal bloodletting of
the 1989 insurgency. When then would there be reconciliation
and sustainable peace should we continue to allow the past to
bury a united future?
In remarking on the vicious cycle of this eye for an eye credo
(which has infected the national psyche), Law professor Thane
Rosenbaum writing in The Chronicle of Higher Education
observes that a call for justice is always a cry for revenge.
Liberia is still a fragile state, lets be careful of overzealousness
that would repeat the mistakes of the past. May be, we can learn
a thing or two from Abraham Lincolns post war response to
the Confederacy. Im far from being a dove, but one must look
beyond the clouds to glimpse the radiance of celestial harmony.
Goah Bernard Top Commenter Oregon Institute of Technology
Since cessation of hostilities in 2003 Liberians have not
taken definitive measures to prevent a repeat of another civil
madness. The absence of war in Liberia currently, which is only
due primarily to the presence of UN Troops on the ground, does
not equate to peace. To believe other-wise is a complete illusion.
Unlike Sierra Leone, Rwanda and other countries where in
the post-conflict period maximum attention has been given
to tackling the root causes of the violence in order to ensure
deterrence; Liberia, on the other hand, has done just the
opposite. Those who orchestrated the mayhem are now ruling
the country and dictating the pace of reconciliation. This is
no way to restore peace following a brutal war where more
than 200,000 civilians were murdered and almost the entire
population uprooted.
Bernard Gbayee Goah - President, Operation We Care for
Liberia, Folokulah Johnson Mount Laurel, New Jersey
We want to thank the international community for taking this
initiative, which is geared toward retributing perpetrators of
war and economic crimes. I will also like to call on the Liberian
people to began taking the lead, it is said when someone is
scrubbing your back u should scrub your belleh. Let us now
show those war mongers that enough is enough, its time for
justice.

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ALLY TO WIN IN 2017

The Editor,

he CDC wins in a landslide victory if it


puts on the ticket the no nonsense former
Auditor General of the General Auditing
Commission, (GAC) Mr. John Morlu either
as President or Vice President. I still maintain
that Mr. Morlu was/is the only most principled,
professional, trusted, honest person to have worked
in the government since the now corrupt President
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf took office in January 2006.
But that will not be enough to win the 2017
presidential elections by CDC. The National
Elections Commission (NEC) and the Supreme
Court of Liberia are extensions of Ellen's ruling
dis-Unity Party and if the opposition parties
don't press for changes on the NEC, they will be
singing the Blues in the 2017. The record of the
NEC speaks for itself in both the 2005 and 2011
presidential elections. Why and how the political
parties allowed a former ID card carrying member,
Jerome Korkoya of Ellen's ruling Unity Party who
contested for a Legislative seat on the Unity Party
ticket to chair the supposedly nonpartisan NEC is
mind boggling?
The only reason Mr. George Weah won the December
2014 Montserrado County senatorial election was
because the outcome was not even close. It was a
political tsunami of a victory that the NEC could not
try any shenanigan. Notice that President Sirleaf 's
aborted Decree #65 contained provisions that
said NEC elections results could not be challenged
"until after 30 days" when declared "winners" shall
have already taken the oath of office, and the losers
must thereafter file complaints to the NEC and then
later to the Supreme Court, a process that could
take months?
Any attempt to have denied Weah and the CDC
the victory in December would ended the Sirleaf
regime from a people power protest revolution. So
the NEC knew better and could not declare Ellen's
son Robert the winner.
Now, we know if the elections are free, fair and
transparent, the CDC will win the 2017 presidential
elections as it did win the 2005 and 2011 races but
was cheated by the NEC, and my critics can argue
that till judgment day. Ellen herself confessed to
how the 2005 elections were rigged in her favor,
of all places, here in America at the historic black
Abysennia Baptist Church in Harlem, New York City.
Then there was the famous November 2011letter
to the CDC from former NEC Chairman James

Fromoyan in which he said he and the NEC had


cooked the books and switched the numbers by
giving CDC's first place votes to runners-up Unity
Party of Ellen.
When CDC demanded an open recount of the votes,
the NEC said no and protest by CDC supporters
on their party headquarters compound resulted
to the November 7, 2011 massacre of CDCians
by government police. Former Police Chief Marc
Amblard who took the blame was later rewarded
with a $150,000.00 no-bid security job at Roberts
International Airport. Indeed Liberia, what a sweet
country where crime pays for some.
So the CDC should dancing even before 2017
because Ellen is the master of dirty politics in
Liberia from her role in the bloody civil war to how
she cleverly out maneuvered and delivered Taylor
to the International Criminal Court and her clever
manipulation of the outcome of the two presidential
elections. Ellen will make sure she turns power
over to her chosen crony who will not go after her
for corruption, let alone who would implement the
TRC recommendations that will send Ellen to join
her former battlefront rebel commander, General
Charles McArthur Gangay Taylor now locked away
for life in an British jail.
CDC must recruit credible Liberians for 2017 that
the outcome will be so overwhelming that the NEC
won't try any Deedeba, or else. And if the results
are so close, the NEC will declare Ellen's anointed
successor "winner" and its argument would be that
the CDC didn't cry foul when it declared George
Weah winner in the senatorial races over Robert
Sirleaf, son of the President So why now accuse
the NEC of cheating the same CDC in the 2017 prepresidential elections? Think hard CDC for the
political game is now underway. Don't wait till it
is too late. Call John Morlu, Kofi Woods, Tiawon
Gongloe, Jerome Verdier, Togba Nah Tipoteh and
other credible Liberians and it will be a tsunami
victory in 2017. As for those who say Weah doesn't
know "book", we see now what the bookish Ellen
from Harvard University has done to our country.
Da the book the hungry Liberian people will eat?
Don't say I didn't warn you in advance. Da me again.
Jerry Wehtee Wion,
Journalist and Political Commentator,
Washington, DC, USA
jerrywwion@gmail.com

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CONTROL
T
LIBERIA SMALL ARMS COMMISSION PUSHES FIREARMS AND AMMUNITION
CONTROL LAW; NO LICENSE FOR PEOPLE WITH RECORDS OF HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSE

Monroviahe illegal discharge


of
firearms
and
other weapons is
responsible
for
millions of deaths around
the world as individuals use
firearms to cause havoc for
innocent people.
On a daily basis there are
reports of shooting and deaths
of people in many countries
with some of these incidents
tied to terrorism and others
illegal possession of firearms.
In some countries there are
law prohibiting the illegal
discharge of firearms while
other countries have in place
laws on the possession of
firearms.
For Liberia, there is currently
no law in place to regulate the
manufacture, sale, possession,
transfer and use of small arms
and light weapons.
Liberia only has in place
the United Nations armed
embargo on the country
imposed since the regime
of former President Charles
G. Taylor but the embargo is
expected to be lifted by the end
of 2015 should the UN finds it
suitable.
The New Defense Act of 2008
nullified the 1956 Firearms
Act creating gap and President
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in recent
years issued Executive Orders
some of which have already
expired.
Executive Order N0. 34
extended the effect of a
previous Executive Order (No.
28) imposing a total ban on
the ownership, possession,
use, sale or manufacture of
small arms and ammunitions
in Liberia with the exception
of 12-guage single barrel
shotguns used solely for
hunting, provided that such
weapons were registered with
the Ministry of Justice through
the office of Superintendents
in each county.

SEVEN
MONTHS
AT
LEGISLATURE
The act which has been at the
National Legislature for the
last seven months pending
passage into law is seeking to
ensure that no individual in
the country possess firearms
unless licensed by the Liberian
National Police and the Small
Arms Commission.
No person shall, as of right,
be entitled to the grant of
any license or permit under
this chapter, or have in his
possession or under his
control any small arm, light
weapon or other related
material except in accordance

with a license issued by the


Director and the Commission.
No license or permit shall
be granted by the Inspector
General and the Commission
if it is substantiated that the
applicant is disqualified by
law or under regulations of
the commission. All classes
of licenses shall require
submission of an application
that shall meet criteria
prescribed by the commission,
section 11.8, Part II, general
licensing provisions of the act
states.
The Act is also seeking to
have classification of licenses
including broker license, dealer
license, manufacturer license,
possession license, repair
license, shooting instructor
license, transport license, and
international transfer licenses
such as import, export, transit
and transshipment licenses.
NO LICENSE FOR HUMAN
RIGHTS ABUSERS
According to the new Act,
individuals seeking to benefit
from the classification of
licenses above will have to
submit an application to the

IMPORTANT TOOL
U
U.S. Envoy describes Roads, Commends Westwood Corporation

Gbarnga, Bong Countynited


States
Ambassador
accredited to Liberia,
Deborah Malac, has
dedicated a 49 kilometer road
in central Liberia, Bong County
Liberia.
Speaking during the dedication
of the rehabilitated road in Bong
County on Thursday through
her proxy, Madam Barbara
Dickerson, USAID Deputy
Mission Director, the United
States Ambassador said that
access to markets and basic
social services is a key ingredient
in the fight against poverty.
She
commended
General
Manager Mr. Samuel B. Cooper
III and Westwood Corporation,
a Liberian-owned company, and
other implementing partners
for the rehabilitation of the 49

dealing, transfer of small arms


to the country.
The dealing (sale, trading,
purchase or acquiring) and
transfer of small arms by a
person without license and
contrary to the provisions of
this chapter shall constitute
a felony of the third degree.
Where the transaction is linked
to a war, civil war or conflict,
insurrection, rebellion, mutiny
or any criminal conspiracy,
same shall constitute felony
of the first degree under the
Penal Law, the proposed Act
states.

No person shall, as of right, be entitled to the grant of any license or permit under this chapter, or have in his
possession or under his control any small arm, light weapon or other related material except in accordance with a
license issued by the Director and the Commission. No license or permit shall be granted by the Inspector General
and the Commission if it is substantiated that the applicant is disqualified by law or under regulations of the
commission. All classes of licenses shall require submission of an application that shall meet criteria prescribed by the
commission- Section 11.8, Part II, general licensing provisions of the Firearms and Ammunition Act of Liberia, 2014

With the United Nations


expected to depart the
country soon and the growing
wave of insecurity posed by
individuals who use weapons
to terrorize people, the Small
Arms Commission is proposing
the passing into law of the
Firearms and Ammunition
Control Act of 2014 to help
the country address the issue
of the licensing, handling
and control of firearms and
ammunitions in the country.

kilometers of farm-to-market
roads in Palala, Bong County
which was being dedicated,
and also 36 kilometers in Lofa
and Nimba which represents 85

kilometers of roads completed


as part of the United States
government-funded,
USAID
implemented
farm-to-market
roads rehabilitation project. She

Police Director and the Small


Arms Commission and those
with past records of human
rights abuse will not be
granted license.
Under the Act individuals
granted license shall be a
citizen or legal resident of
Liberia; over 18 years of age,
has not been convicted of any
criminal offense including an
offense involving violence or
threat of violence including
domestic violence; is not in the
custody, care or supervision of
mental institution or facility,
and is not of unsound mind; is
not addicted to, or is a habitual
user of any controlled drug or
substance, or in the custody or
care or under the supervision
of any medical or mental
facility for such condition;
is not generally known to
have engaged in intemperate
conduct or to have committed
human rights abuses; has
submitted to a background
check as prescribed by
regulations of the commission;
and is permitted by law to
obtain such license.
The proposed Small Arms
act is also proposing that the
has pledged her governments
continuous support toward
Liberias reconstruction drive.
She
disclosed
that
road
investment
can
create
opportunities for the poor
directly through employment in
labor-based road construction,
rehabilitation and maintenance.
Ambassador Malac said, Better
roads also mean that people
can significantly reduce the
inordinate amount of time spent
travelling short distances on bad
roads. Also, improved roads can
lower the relatively high cost of
rural transportation, which often
strains the meager income of
rural dwellers.
The U. S. diplomat maintained
that her government remains
strongly committed to working
with the government of Liberia
to achieve the countrys
transportation
development
agenda as outlined in the Agenda
for Transformation (AFT), the
National Decentralization Policy
(NDP) and the Transport Master
Plan (TMP).
Also speaking, Bong County

Director and the Commission


has not issue license to any
individual unless they are
satisfied that the applicant is
a fit person and proper person
pursuant to regulation who can
be trusted to have possession
of small arms without danger
to public safety or to the peace
based on a background check
pursuant to regulations.
The proposed act is seeking
punishment for violators
including
administrative
sanctions imposed by the
Commission pursuant to the
regulations including criminal
penalties for offenses under
the Penal Law of Liberia.
In the case of the illegal
possession of small arms, light
weapons, or other related
materials by a person without
license and contrary to the
provisions of the Act shall
constitute a felony of the
second degree under the Penal
Law.
Dealing and transfer of arms,
ammunitions
and
other
weapons helped to fuel years
of conflict in Liberia and the
new Act is pushing for stronger
punishment for the illegal
Superintendent,
Selena
Polson Mappy, described road
connectivity as an important tool
in the countrys development
and could help boost economic
activities of rural dwellers and
Liberia in general.
She
indicated
that
the
rehabilitation of major farmto-market roads funded by
the U.S. Government through
USAID will aid marketers as
they commute from one place to
another to sell their produce.
Superintendent Mappy, however,
lauded USAIDs implementing
partners, especially Westwood
Construction Company which is
purely Liberian-owned, for the
completion of the 49 kilometers
laterite rehabilitation of the road
linking several towns in Bong
County.
For her part, the Vice President
and Administrative Manager
of
Westwood
Corporation,
Mrs. Agnes Cooper, pledged
her companys unflinching
commitment
to
Liberias
rebuilding process.
According to her, the growth

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LEGISLATIVE DEBATE
At a joint public hearing held
Friday by the Joint Security
Committee of the House
of
Representatives
and
Senate Saint Jerome Larbele
Deputy Defense Minister for
Operations told committee
members at the hearing that
the Defense Ministry is not
in support of any law that
will put arms in non-security
personnel hands.
Liberia as a country just
returning from a brutal civil
conflict with the bulk of its
population made up of young
people
still
traumatized.
Making a law that will give
them the right and opportunity
to go into a store and buy a
gun could lead to risk, said
Larbele.
The law also calls for all
arms seized by immigration,
customs, and coast guards or
other government entities to
be immediately turned over
to the National Police within
24 hours of seizure and that
the Police shall keep record of
every small arm, light weapon,
ammunition, or other related
materials seized or confiscated.
Discussions on the Act led
by joint Security Committee
chaired by Senator Steve
Zaro
(LP-Lofa
County)
and Representative Bhofal
Chambers
(CDC-District#2
Maryland
County)
lasted
for over an hour with
representatives
from
the
Liberia small arms commission
chaired by Mr. James Flomayan
former chairman of the
National elections commission
and others from UNMIL,
LNP, Justice and the Defense
Ministry.
and development of every nation
squarely rests on quality roads
to support government socioeconomic deliverables.
She said Westwood will
continue to contribute to road
rehabilitation and construction
in Liberia given the availability
of modern equipment, engineers
and contractors employed by the
company.
At the same time, Public
Works Deputy Minister for
Administration,
Roland
Giddings, has underscored the
need for road sustainability
across Liberia.
Mr. Giddings pointed out that
most of the roads are being
rehabilitated every year due to
the lack of proper maintenance.
He said if the countrys road
network is to be improved,
government and its development
partners must employ modern
technology such as the Otta
Seal
process
which
has
been successfully used in
other countries.
Until then,
infrastructure
development
remains a serious challenge.

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The Management of APM Terminals Liberia


Wishes
Her Excellency, Mrs. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia,
His Excellency Ambassador Joseph N. Boakai Sr. Vice President of the Republic of Liberia,

The Speaker and Members of the National Legislature,


The Chief Justice and Associate Justices of the Supreme Court,
The Dean and Members of the Cabinet, The Business Community and
The Friendly People of Liberia.

A Happy 168th Independence Anniversary

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YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS
ON THE RISE IN LIBERIA

EBOLA FIGHTERS RECEIVE GOLDEN IMAGE AWARD


- HEALTH AUTHORITIES ENCOURAGE LIBERIANS

Monroviaresident Ellen Johnson


Sirleaf and several
other Liberians that
played actively roles
in the fight against the Ebola
virus in Liberia received the
Golden Image Award, hosted
by the Liberia Crusaders for
Peace (LCP).
The Golden Image Award
is an annual event that
recognizes individuals who
have contributed immensely
to the Liberian society. The
award is in two phases, the
international personnel phase
and the local personnel phase.
This years event was purely
dedicated to the fight against
the Ebola virus from Liberia,
thus recognizing and honoring
the heroes and the heroines
that fought against the Ebola
virus in Liberia.
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf,
Deputy Health Minister Tolbert
Nyenswah, the Liberia Red
Cross Society, Representative
Saah Joseph the Town Chief
of Jenewonde in Grand Cape
Mount County, Jebbeh Sannor,
the Nimba County Ebola Task
force among many other
Liberians received the Golden
image Award.
The outgoing United States
ambassador to Liberia Debora
Malac, Chinese Ambassador
to Liberia, Yue and others
international personnel were
recognized in the International
category of the Golden Image
Award.
Deputy Health Minister Tolbert
Nyenswah made remarks
after receiving the award,
authorities of the Ministry of
health and Social Welfare are
in control of the virus.
Minister
Nyenswah
has
assured Liberians that the new
outbreak of the Ebola virus is
currently under total control.
Health authorities say the
virus has been contained since
the new outbreak started from
Margibi County.
Minister Tolbert Nyenswah
said the MSF team and the
Health Ministry is fully in
charge of the outbreak, The
MSF team and our health
authorities here are in full
gear, the new outbreak is fully
under control, there is no need
to panic because the virus is
under control, Nyesnwah said
giving hope.
Speaking at the 5th annual

By Edwin G. Genoway, Jr (231886458910)-genowayedwin@gmail.com

ceremony of the Golden


Image Award at the Monrovia
City Hall, Minister Nyenswah
encouraged Liberians not to
panic and the that virus was
under control, saying, the
Ministry of Health and its
partners are in full control of
the virus.
Serving as guest speaker at the
program, Vice President Joseph
N. Boakai extolled recipients of
the Golden Image Awards and
admonished them to serve as
role models for the promotion
of world peace noting that the
awards are shining aspirations
for others.
He said as a nation Liberians
must
strive
to
uphold
and promote the country
cultural values and practices,
underscoring that culture are
a dynamic phenomenon that
continues to evolve with time
and circumstance.
Vice President Boakai made
remarks Thursday at the
Monrovia City Hall in Sinkor
when he delivered the keynote
address at the Arts and Cultural
Event of the Golden Image
Awards sponsored by the
Liberia Crusaders for Peace.
Culture defines a people
and how they live, Vice
President Boakai said, adding
the government of Liberia is
fully aware of the need for
plotting efficient and effective
action plans that will reinforce
and streamline our national
cultural policy and that this
policy formulation is informed
by our rich cultural history and
experiences.
Vice President Boakai pointed
out that Liberia is still a great

nation despite the reservations


some may have about some
practices ingrained in the
countrys cultural baggage, and
called on Liberians to celebrate
those who have stood out to
give back.
Reverend Trevor Cockings
of His Church International
from the United Kingdom, a
British Philanthropist and
Humanitarian was awarded
distinguished
International
Humanitarian Award.
Rev. Cockings is also in the
Country to receive one of
Liberias honored distinctions
at a special investiture
ceremony which will be
performed by the President
of Liberia a release from the
Office of the Vice President
said.

Peace Juli Endee called on


the government to fund the
event through the national
budgetary process. She noted
that President Ellen Johnson
Sirleaf will remain the face of
the Golden Image Award even
when she leaves power.
We choose President Ellen
Johnson Sirleaf as the face
of the award because of her
contribution in the World and
the Liberian society, she is the
first female democratically
elected president of Africa and
she is mother, she noted.
President
Ellen
Johnson
Sirleaf congratulated Liberian
who fought against the virus.
Many of you who contributed
financially and materially
to fight the virus, many of
you who pray for us in those

Rev. Cockings is said to has


been behind the efforts of
Vice President Boakai to bring
relief supplies including food
and non-food items to those in
need in Liberia.
Giving an overview of the
program, Chief Executive of
the Liberia Crusaders for

difficult days, our nation owe


so much for your hard work,
she noted.
She encouraged the recipients
of the awards to keep working
hard so that the young people
will see and life with the
examples being identified by
the Crusaders for Peace.

Monica Melton, Monica.melton@frontpageafricaonline.com


Gbarnga he second day of the Joint Sector Review (JSR) of water
sanitation and hygiene began early Thursday morning.
The annual meeting is usually held forum style where
people representing various communities across Liberia
can come out and dialogue with their local representatives about
various issues. Those who helped make this years meet possible
were among a rising group of young entrepreneurs in Liberia.
This group seeks to innovate and change the way things are being
done in Liberia and often does things that have never been done
before. From the keynote speaker to the team that made the JSR
a professional and organized display for presentation, there is no
denying that the business savvy, under 40 crowd is finding new
ways to bring about change.
Its set up with a panel of experts this year rather than a question
and answer as in previous years, said Abdul Koroma. The 32
year old Banga resident is the National Coordinator for Water
Sanitation, he was appointed to the position in 2011 and has held
it ever since.
Sanitation was the theme to be discussed for this years JSR.
Koroma launched a campaign that promotes hand washing in
Liberia. In a country where access to clean water to wash with
can be scarce it is a huge mission.
It would seem we are poor on organization, and national
planning for results but Liberia is doing very well in that area,
said Koroma.
Koroma spent time working as a Geographic Information
Specialist (GIS) in Kenya, Sierra Leon and other parts of Africa.
My job was to document the hand washing ports around the
country and I realized Liberia didnt have this capacity, said
Koroma. Rather than being deterred, Koroma left his post at
GIS, which put him touch with multinational organization such
as UNICEF and the European Unions (EU) Water Framework
Directive (WFD) to develop the water sanitation sector in Liberia.
I told my manager maybe I need to bring this capacity to my
home country.
Soon funders and international partners, such as the European
Union began to take notice of the work that Koroma was doing.
2011-2012 was a marathon of touring around the world,
representing Liberia at every water event in world, said Koroma.
As a part of the water sanitations current campaign, they are in
part responsible for the country wide chloride solution hand
washing stations and temperature checks at major hubs, like
shopping centers and checkpoints which help thwart the spread
of EVD (Ebola Virus Disease)
We are also responsible for the fact that schools cannot open
unless there is soap in every bathroom, said Koroma.
As important as the water sanitation teams effort was, so was the
branding of the campaign and event.
I was told that with out the branded materials, this event would
not have been a success, said Menekenu Waritay of the JSR. In
Liberia visuals and something that people can take home are
critical to the success of an event.
The 30 year-old self-taught graphic designer, Waritay supplied
the t-shirts for staff working the event, banners, flyers, and just
about every piece of branded material for the campaign.
With limited supplies and much innovation Waritay produces
graphics and prints across several mediums.
When I was asked to make these awards, I found that the closest
machine to make these is in Ghana, he said holding up some of
his handy work. Waritay managed to produce the order by using
thermal heat transfer paper. Recipients of the awards seemed
pleased with the work and staff proudly flaunted their shirts,
buttons and lanyards.
Waritays work has landed him contracts with both local
businesses and multinational companies such as Oxfam and
Chevron. The small-scale business is generating a market for
goods made in Liberia.
Although, Waritay and Koroma are working in very different
professions the drive to make Liberia a better place drives both
of them to do the work that they do with integrity. It is this
autonomously lead effort that will lift up Liberia as a place to do
good business in the case of Waritay. And build upon the vital
infrastructure by managing and providing clean water for all
citizens, as is Koromas aim.
As both self-made men continue their pursuits in their respective
professions, both helping and being helped by the communities
they live in and beyond there is a hope that other young Liberians
can follow their lead.

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Liberia Airport Authority

Liberia Airport Authority

INVITATION TO BID
The Liberia Airport Authority applies portion of its approved Internal Revenue Budget, Fiscal Year 2015/2016 to the

INVITATION TO BID

acquisition of SECURITY UNIFORMS for RIA.


As prescribed by the new SBA (SMAAL BUSINESS ACT) through PPCC, this invite is limited to ONLY LIBERIAN
OWNED BUSINESSES.

The Liberia Airport Authority applies portion of its approved Internal Revenue Budget, Fiscal Year
2015/2016 to FUMIGATION at RIA.
As prescribed by the new SBA (SMAL BUSINESS ACT) through PPCC, this invite is limited to ONLY
LIBERIAN OWNED BUSINESSES.

REQUIREMENTS:
1. Liberian Owned Business
2. Current Business Registration
3. Current Tax Clarence

REQUIREMENTS:
1. Liberian Owned Business
2. Current Business Registration
3. Current Tax Clarence
4. Must be in the process of completing registration with PPCC.

4. Must be in the process of completing registration with PPCC.


SPECCIFICATIONS AND QUANTITIES:
Item No. Description of Items

Minimum Specification

1.

Collar T- Shirt With RIA Embroiled Logo

2.

Uniform Shirt Short Sleeve

Slate Gray

Schedule of Requirements
Objective:
The RIA is the only standard Airport in Liberia, thus on a daily basis traveler enter and leave the country
through this facility. To this end, keeping the Airport clean everyday is a top priority of the Management
of the Airport.

3.

Uniform Shirt Long Sleeve

Slate Gray

4.

Officers Shirt

White

5.

Officers Shoulder Cord

Yellow

6.
Uniform Trouser Navy Blue
7.

Security Boot

G-1 Boot, Black

8.

Officers Shoes

High Gross Ox-ford

Scope of Work
The Contractor shall be responsible to collect and dispose all garbage within the Airport and its
Managers Quarter for the Fiscal Year 2015/2016.

9.

Security Face Cap

Cotton, Adjustable and Black

10
Belt Brown
11.

Officers Belt

Black

12.

Officer Security Badge

Gold Color Pair

A. Manpower Requirement
1. Manpower
a. The Contractor shall provide appropriate number of workers, as follows:

13.

Security Badge

Silver Color Pair

14.

Shoulder Cord

SG-1 & 11 Blue

15.

Whistle with Chain

Gold Color

16.

Whistle with Chain

Silver Color

SPECCIFICATIONS AND QUANTITIES:

17.

Liberia Flag

Cotton Clothe

18.

RIA LOGO

Blue & White

Work Description No. of Workers


Schedule Equipment/Tools/Accessories

19.
Hand Cuff Silver Color

Spraying/disinfecting of , the Airports Airside

20.
Baton Expandable Black

Once every month

Flash proof circulation tans

(Weekends Preferably)

Respirators and respirators canisters

Fumigation detection apparatus

Spraying/disinfecting of , the Airports Landside

Flash proof circulation tans

1.

Collar T- Shirt With RIA Embroided Logo 150

30 days after signing of contract

Respirators and respirators canisters

2.

Uniform Shirt Short Sleeve

150

30 days after signing of contract

Fumigation detection apparatus

3.

Uniform Shirt Long Sleeve

150

30 days after signing of contract

4.

Officers Shirt

15

30 days after signing of contract

Spraying/disinfecting of , the Airports

Flash proof circulation tans

5.

Officers Shoulder Cord

15

30 days after signing of contract

Respirators and respirators canisters

6.

Uniform Trouser

300

30 days after signing of contract

Fumigation detection apparatus

7.

Security Boot

150

30 days after signing of contract

Item No. Description of Items


5

Managers Quarter and Clipper camp

Once every month


(Weekends Preferably)

Once every month


(Weekends Preferably)

Quantity

Delivery Date

8.

Officers Shoes

15

30 days after signing of contract

b. The Contractor shall ensure that each worker assigned to render work shall be proper uniform (Plastic Suit and

9.

Security Face Cap

150

30 days after signing of contract

Boot)

10

Belt

150

30 days after signing of contract

c. The Contractor shall ensure that each worker is equipped with appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), as

11.

Officers Belt

15

30 days after signing of contract

described below, when working:

12.

Officer Security Badge

15 pairs

30 days after signing of contract

1. Dusk Mask

13.

Security Badge

135 pairs

30 days after signing of contract

2. Glove

14.

Shoulder Cord

20

30 days after signing of contract

15.

Whistle with Chain

15

30 days after signing of contract

16.

Whistle with Chain

135

30 days after signing of contract

17.

Liberia Flag

315

30 days after signing of contract

1. Contractor

18.

RIA LOGO

315

30 days after signing of contract

a. Undertake the service required on time;

19.

Hand Cuff

150

30 days after signing of contract

b. Obey port rules and regulations;

20.

Expandable Baton

150

30 days after signing of contract

d. Obligation and Responsibilities

c. Dispose collected garbage at Government of Liberia recognized disposal facility


d. Perform other attendant works that Authority may require
BID SUBMISSION:
Procurement Unit
Liberia Airport Authority/RIA
Robertsfield Liberia
CONTACT PERRSON:
EGON MARK KUIAK
Head of Procurement
Liberia Airport Authority /RIA
Cell: 0770555069
Email: egon.kuiah@robairport.com
Deadline for submission is August 11, 2015 at 1PM. NO LATE SUBMISSION WILL BE ACCEPTED! Interested
bidders may obtain bidding documents from the Procurement Unit of the Liberia Airport Authority at RIA beginning
Thursday July 16, 2015 from 8am to 4pm for a fee of USD75.00
Bid opening will be held at the conference room of the Liberia Airport Authority /RIA in the presence of bidders or
their representatives who choose to attend on August 10, 2015 at 12:00 noon.
Liberia Women Owned businesses are encouraged to participate and will have an added advantage!
Signed: EGON MARK KUIAH
Head of Procurement
Liberia Airport Authority/Roberts International Airport

BID SUBMISSION:
Procurement Unit
Liberia Airport Authority/RIA
Robertsfield Liberia
CONTACT PERRSON:
EGON MARK KUIAH
Head of Procurement
Liberia Airport Authority /RIA
Cell: 0770555069
Email: egon.kuiah@robairport.com
Deadline for submission is August 11, 2015 at 1PM. NO LATE SUBMISSION WILL BE ACCEPTED!
Interested bidders may obtain bidding documents from the Procurement Unit of the Liberia Airport
Authority at RIA beginning Thursday July 16, 2015 from 8am to 4pm for a fee of USD75.00
Bid opening will be held at the conference room of the Liberia Airport Authority /RIA in the presence of
bidders or their representatives who choose to attend on August 10, 2015 at 12:00 noon.
Liberia Women Owned businesses are encouraged to participate and will have an added advantage!
Signed: EGON MARK KUIAH
Head of Procurement
Liberia Airport Authority/Roberts International Airport

Monday, July 20, 2015


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Liberia Airport Authority

Liberia Airport Authority

INVITATION TO BID
The Liberia Airport Authority applies portion of its approved Internal Revenue Budget, Fiscal Year
2015/2016 to GARBAGE COLLECTIONS at RIA.
As prescribed by the new SBA (SMAAL BUSINESS ACT) through PPCC, this invite is limited to
ONLY LIBERIAN OWNED BUSINESSES.
REQUIREMENTS:
1. Liberian Owned Business
2. Current Business Registration
3. Current Tax Clarence
4. Must be in the process of completing registration with PPCC.

A. Objective

Schedule of Requirements
Garbage/Refuge Collection Services Scope of Work

The RIA is the only standard Airport in Liberia, thus on a daily basis traveler enter and leave the country
through this facility. To this end, keeping the Airport free of pests and insects everyday is a top priority
of the Management of the Airport
B. SCOPE OF WORK
The Contractor shall be responsible to collect and dispose all garbage within the Airport and its
Managers Quarter for the Fiscal Year 2015/2016.
C. Area of Coverage
The contract shall provide and implement services comprised of activities enumerated under t5ghe
Delivery Schedule Section of the Bidding Document, as follows:
a. RIAs Airside
b. RIAs Landside
c. RIAs Managers Quarter
d. Clipper Camp

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INVITATION TO BID

The Liberia Airport Authority applies portion of its approved


Internal Revenue Budget, Fiscal Year 2015/2016 to Employees
Parboiled Rice of RIA.
As prescribed by the new SBA (SMAAL BUSINESS ACT)
through PPCC, this invite is limited to ONLY LIBERIAN OWNED
BUSINESSES.
REQUIREMENTS:
1. Liberian Owned Business
2. Current Business Registration
3. Current Tax Clarence
4. Must be in the process of completing registration with PPCC.
SPECCIFICATIONS AND QUANTITIES:
Items No. Description
Size
Quantity Delivery Time

1.

Parboiled Rice

25 kg 910

Monthly after
signing of contract

D. Manpower Requirement
1. Manpower

BID SUBMISSION:

a. The Contractor shall provide appropriate number of workers, as follows:


SPECIFICATIONS AND QUANTITIES:
Work Description

No. of
Workers

Schedule

Procurement Unit
Equipment/Tools/Accessories

Liberia Airport Authority/RIA

Three (3) times a week, excluding


holidays and weekends

A. Coco brooms or
equivalent
B. Shovel/Spade
C. Dirt Bags

Robertsfield Liberia

Cleaning/clearing, collection
and disposal of garbage/waste
RIAs Landside

Three (3) times a week, excluding


holidays and weekends

CONTACT PERRSON:

Cleaning/clearing, collection
and disposal of garbage/waste
RIAs Managers Quarter and
Clipper Camp

Three (3) times a week, excluding


holidays and weekends

D. Coco brooms or
equivalent
E. Shovel/Spade
F. Dirt Bags
G. Coco brooms or
equivalent
H. Shovel/Spade
I. Dirt Bags

Cleaning/clearing, collection
and disposal of garbage/waste
RIAs Airside

b. The Contractor shall ensure that each worker assigned to render work shall be proper fumigator attire
(Plastic Suit and Boot)
c. The Contractor shall ensure that each fumigator is equipped with appropriate Personal Protective
Equipment (PPE), as described below, when working:
1. Nose Mask
2. Glove
d. Obligation and Responsibilities
1. Contractor
a. Undertake the service required on time;
b. Obey port rules and regulations;
c. Perform other attendant works that Authority may require

EGON MARK KUIAK


Head of Procurement
Liberia Airport Authority /RIA
Cell: 0770555069
Email: egon.kuiah@robairport.com
Deadline for submission is August 11, 2015 at 1PM. NO LATE
SUBMISSION WILL BE ACCEPTED! Interested bidders may obtain
bidding documents from the Procurement Unit of the Liberia Airport
Authority at RIA beginning Thursday July 16, 2015 from 8am to 4pm

BID SUBMISSION:
Procurement Unit
Liberia Airport Authority/RIA
Robertsfield Liberia
CONTACT PERRSON:
EGON MARK KUIAH
Head of Procurement
Liberia Airport Authority /RIA
Cell: 0770555069
Email: egon.kuiah@robairport.com
Deadline for submission is August 11, 2015 at 1PM. NO LATE SUBMISSION WILL BE ACCEPTED!
Interested bidders may obtain bidding documents from the Procurement Unit of the Liberia Airport
Authority at RIA beginning Thursday July 16, 2015 from 8am to 4pm for a fee of USD75.00
Bid opening will be held at the conference room of the Liberia Airport Authority /RIA in the presence of
bidders or their representatives who choose to attend on August 10, 2015 at 12:00 noon.
Liberia Women Owned businesses are encouraged to participate and will have an added advantage!
Signed: EGON MARK KUIAH
Head of Procurement
Liberia Airport Authority/Roberts International Airport

for a fee of USD75.00


Bid opening will be held at the conference room of the Liberia Airport
Authority /RIA in the presence of bidders or their representatives who
choose to attend on August 10, 2015 at 12:00 noon.
Liberia Women Owned businesses are encouraged to participate and will
have an added advantage!
Signed: EGON MARK KUIAH
Head of Procurement
Liberia Airport Authority/Roberts International Airport

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IN BRIEF

TENNESSEE GUNMAN HAD


UNREMARKABLE PAST;
HIS 5TH VICTIM DIES

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP)


uhammad Youssef Abdulazeez pulled up to
his military targets in a rented, silver Mustang
convertible, wearing a vest with extra ammunition,
wielding at least two long guns either rifles or
shotguns and a handgun. His once clean-shaven face was
covered with a bushy beard. A short time later, four Marines lay
dead. A sailor who was seriously injured died Saturday.
The image of Abdulazeez described by investigators doesn't
square with the seemingly pedestrian suburban man described
by neighbors and classmates: A clean-cut wrestler, the brother
of a tennis player, the son of parents who drove no-frills cars. A
man who played with the neighborhood kids growing up, gave a
lift to a neighbor who became stranded in a snowstorm.
Just days before the shootings, Abdulazeez was seen dribbling a
soccer ball in his yard, and he told two longtime friends he was
excited and upbeat about his new job at a company that designs
and makes wire and cable products.

PAGE

RONT

WORLD NEWS

EYEING A NEW START


Greek Banks Set to Reopens

IRAN LEADER WITHHOLDS VERDICT ON


NUCLEAR DEAL, VOWS ANTI-U.S. POLICIES

DUBAI/BEIRUT (Reuters) upreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei withheld his


verdict on Iran's nuclear deal on Saturday but in a fiery
address vowed enduring opposition to the United States
and its Middle East policies, saying Washington sought
Iran's 'surrender'.
In an speech at a Tehran mosque punctuated by chants of
"Death to America" and "Death to Israel", Khamenei said he
wanted politicians to examine the agreement to ensure national
interests were preserved, as Iran would not allow the disruption
of its revolutionary principles or defensive abilities.
An arch conservative with the last word on high matters of
state, Khamenei repeatedly used the phrase "whether this text
is approved or not", implying the accord has yet to win definitive
backing from Iran's factionalized political establishment.

MEXICO ARRESTS SEVEN OFFICIALS


OVER ESCAPE OF DRUG KINGPIN

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) he Mexican Attorney General's office said on


Friday it had arrested seven officials over suspected
involvement in the jail break of drug kingpin Joaquin
"El Chapo" Guzman.
Guzman's escape last Saturday from a maximum security prison
through a mile-long tunnel built into his cell was a profound
embarrassment for President Enrique Pea Nieto, raising
pressure on the government to do more to battle public sector
corruption.
As the tunnel surfaced in a blind spot in the cell behind a shower
wall, government officials said it could only have occurred with
the collusion of prison guards and officials, and that Guzman's
helpers must have seen the building's plans.

Monday, July 20, 2015

ATHENS (Reuters) he Greek government


ordered banks to
open on Monday,
three weeks after they
were shut down to prevent
the system collapsing under a
flood of withdrawals, as Prime
Minister Alexis Tsipras looked
to the start of new bailout talks
next week.
The decree to re-open the
banks came hours after new
ministers were sworn in
following a cabinet reshuffle
in which Tsipras replaced
dissident members of his
ruling Syriza party following a
revolt over the tough bailout
terms.
In a move that marked a split
with the main leftist faction in
the ruling Syriza party, Tsipras
sacked hardline former Energy
Minister Panagiotis Lafazanis

and two deputy ministers


following a party rebellion in
which 39 Syriza lawmakers
withheld support from the
government over the package.
Panos Skourletis, a close
Tsipras ally who left the labor
ministry to take over the
vital energy portfolio, said
the reshuffle marked "an
adjustment by the government
to a new reality".
The reshuffle allowed Tsipras
to replace cabinet rebels with
allies of his own or from his
junior coalition partners,
the right-wing Independent
Greeks party.
The first action of the new
cabinet was to sign off on a
decree to reopen banks on
Monday with slightly more
flexible withdrawal limits
that allow a maximum of 420
euros a week in place of the

investing in a Manhattan
eatery called Healthalicious.
An indictment accused him of
underreporting more than $1
million in wages and receipts
to evade payroll, income and
sales taxes, in part by paying
immigrant workers, some of
them in the country illegally,
in cash.

strict limit of 60 euros a day


currently in place.
But restrictions on transfers
abroad and other capital
controls remain in place.
The move had been widely
expected after the European
Central Bank agreed to reopen the emergency credit
lines which the tottering
Greek banking sector needs to
survive.
Tsipras now intends to seal
the bailout accord with
European partners over the
next few weeks before likely
new elections which Interior
Minister Nikos Voutsis said
this week could happen in
September or October.
"Our aim is to negotiate hard
for the terms of the agreement,
not just to seal it, but on how it
will be implemented. There are
many vague terms in the text,"
said newly-appointed Labour
Minister George Katrougalos.
He said the government,
elected in January on an antiausterity platform, would fight
for an agreement that was
"socially just" and dismissed
suggestions that it would have
to take on the powerful labor
unions and risk street protests.
"The
Left
is
with
demonstrations. The Left
wants the people on the
streets," he said.

TOUGH BAILOUT TERMS


The deal, approved with
the support of opposition
parties on Thursday after 39
Syriza rebels withheld their
backing, agrees a painful
mix of tax hikes, spending
curbs and pension cuts as
well as a rollback of collective
bargaining agreements.
In addition, 50 billion euros
($54.14 billion) in public assets
are to be placed in a special
privatization fund as collateral
for loans of up to 86 billion
euros that must be agreed with
European partners.
Acceptance of the tough bailout
terms marked a turnaround
for Tsipras after months
of acrimonious talks and a
referendum that resoundingly
rejected a less stringent deal
proposed by the lenders. But
opinion polls suggest the
prime minister's popularity
remains high.
A poll published on Saturday
in the leftwing Efimerida
Ton Syntaknon newspaper
suggested Syriza would get
42.5 percent of the vote if an
election were held now, almost
double conservative New
Democracy's 21.5 percent.

EX-NY CONGRESSMAN GRIMM GETS


8 MONTHS OF PRISON IN TAX CASE

NEW YORK (AP)


ormer
U.S.
Rep.
Michael Grimm was
sentenced Friday to 8
months in prison for
tax evasion.
The sentencing in Brooklyn
before U.S. District Judge
Pamela Chen follows Grimms
guilty plea late last year to
aiding in filing a false tax return
a charge that stemmed from
an investigation into the Staten
Island Republicans campaign
financing.
The defense had asked the
judge to spare him a prison
term; prosecutors argued
he deserved at least 2 years
behind bars.
Prosecutors said the tax fraud
began in 2007 after Grimm
retired from the FBI and began

Grimm, 45, won re-election in


November while fighting the
charges but later resigned.
In court papers asking for a
sentence of probation, defense
lawyers
called
Grimms
offense an aberration in an
otherwise remarkable life in
selfless service of his country,
including a stint in the Marine
Corps. They also argued that
losing his career in Congress

was punishment enough.


Grimm
is
tremendously
remorseful over his offense,
they wrote. He understands
that his tax violation is not

something to be taken lightly,


and he is anguished over his
wrongdoing and will live with
the shame of it the rest of his
life.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Frontpage

Sports

Arsenal 3-1 Everton:

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SPORTS

BENITEZ: BALE COULD BE


MADRID'S NEW NO.10

WENGER'S MEN CRUISE TO COMFORTABLE

ASIA TROPHY FINAL VICTORY


T
A
rsenal cruised to
a comfortable 3-1
win over Everton in
the final of the Asia
Trophy on Saturday.
Theo Walcott, Santi Cazorla
and Mesut Ozil found
the net in a commanding
performance from the FA Cup
holders, for whom former
Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech
enjoyed a solid debut outing
- despite being beaten late on
by Ross Barkley's excellent
finish.
Wenger's side looked the
more accomplished from
the outset and took the lead
midway through the first half
when Walcott and Cazorla
linked for the England man
to score.
Provider turned goalscorer
when Cazorla coolly doubled
the advantage after 58
minutes, while Ozil put the
finishing touches on an
excellent evening's work for
Arsenal four minutes later.
Arsenal - 4-0 winners against
a Singapore Select XI in the
semi-finals - forged ahead
in the 22nd minute when
Walcott poked past Joel
Robles after racing onto
Cazorla's lofted pass.
Walcott's pace posed a threat
again 10 minutes later when
he escaped down the left,
only to overhit his cross
beyond the reach of Olivier
Giroud.
It was the Gunners who
continued to force the issue,
with Aaron Ramsey dragging
a shot wide from 20 yards,
while Giroud drew a smart

Theo Walcott, Santi Cazorla and Mesut Ozil all found the net in the dominant win in
Singapore as the Gunners won the trophy despite Ross Barkley's superb consolation

stop from Joel.


Yet Everton could still have
gone in at the break level
had it not been for Cech's
fingertip save from Steven
Naismith's header, with the
ball coming off the crossbar
and Arouna Kone's follow-up
effort - which struck Gareth
Barry - being disallowed for

offside.
A frantic start to the second
half saw a host of chances go
begging, with Ozil glancing a
header wide, Luke Garbutt
forcing Cech into a full-length
save, and the lively Walcott
side-footing narrowly wide
of the far post.
Cazorla was more precise,

ARIES TARGETS FIRST DIVISION STAY


A. Macaulay Sombai, sombai121@gmail.com 0777217428

Monrovias the chase for


championship in the
ongoing 2015 Liberia
Football Association
(LFA) national league season
continues, the President of
first division side Aries FC has
disclosed that his team main

target in the league season is


to try and maintain their first
division status but not to win
any title.
Mr. Lemuel Sherman said due
to his team failure to score a
single victory out of five games
played in group (b) during
the first phase of the season

it has led them to be seated at


the bottom of the group table
and they are therefore not
targeting to win any title but to
rather avoid relegation.
Said Mr. Sherman: I know very
well because we lost five out of
six games played with one draw
against our opponents during

though, cutting onto his left


foot and finding the bottom
corner from the edge of the
box just before the hour
mark.
After Kone headed Phil
Jagielka's cross over the
crossbar, the game was
ended as a contest when Ozil
confidently poked home from

the first phase of the season,


it would be very difficult for
us to really deliver the needed
points against our opponents
in the second round in order to
win any of the league titles for
this season but we will play to
the best to remain in the first
division.
The team boss blamed his side
former Head coach Arab Fofana
for the team poor performance
against opponents saying the
coach resigned after realizing
that he was going to be sacked.
I blame my team former head
coach Fofana for the team poor
performance in the league
because as head coach he failed
to really bring the players
together as a team with all of
the support he received from
the association leadership and
he failed to win a single match
out of seven friendlies played
before the resumption of the
league season, he failed to
score a single win in both the
Coca- Cola and the President
Cup competitions and also
failed to win or a draw a single
match out of three games he

six yards after being sent


clear by Cazorla.
Roberto Martinez's men did
manage to grab a consolation
through Barkley's superb
76th-minute strike into
the top corner, but Arsenal
deservedly lifted the trophy.
headed in the early part of the
national league season.
Mr. Sherman said Coach Fofana
did not resign from the team
willingly but was forced he
was asked to leave the team
by the team leadership due to
his failure to use his coaching
experience to better prepare
the team for the challenges to
come.
Before he could resign, I
told him clearly that he has
to leave the team or else he
will be dismissed because he
does not possess the quality a
coach needs to possess after
failing to put his house in order
according to the agreement
he signed with the team and
now he has been replaced,
Sherman told FrontPageAfrica
Sports.
The team President called on
his players to enter into the
second round of the league
with all of their skills, tactics
and strength and do all they
can to score more wins to
maintain their first division
status at the end of the season.

he
Welsh
star
impressed in the
position in his
side's friendly clash
with Roma and the coach
suggests he could play there
in the future for the Santiago
Bernabeu outfit
Rafael Benitez believes
Gareth Bale has the ability
to play as a No.10 for Real
Madrid after using the Welsh
star in a central role against
Roma in Melbourne on
Saturday.
Bale was deployed behind
striker Jese Rodrguez instead
of on the wing during Madrid's
uninspiring penalty shootout
loss at the Melbourne Cricket
Ground - the Spanish giants'
first game of pre-season and
their debut under Benitez.

BAYERN MUNICH 4-1 VALENCIA:


MULLER STARS IN EASY WIN
FOR GUARDIOLA'S MEN
homas
Muller
netted a double for
Bayern
Munich
as they strolled
to a 4-1 win over Valencia
in Saturday's friendly, in
which Douglas Costa made
a promising start to life at his
new club.
Costa joined Bayern from
Shakhtar Donetsk earlier
this month, and put in
an
impressive
showing
alongside his new team-mates
in this comfortable victory in
Beijing.

ONE DIRECTION TO BLAME


FOR POOR MAN UNITED
DISPLAY - VAN GAAL

ne Direction are
the sole reason
for Manchester
Uniteds stuttering
performance against Club
America, according to Louis
van Gaal.
Morgan
Schneiderlins
header gave United a 1-0
victory in the United States,
but Van Gaal has criticised the
pop foursome for ruining the
CenturyLink Field playing
surface.
Niall Horan, Liam Payne,
Harry Styles and Louis
Tomlinson belted out their
vast array of hits in Seattle 48
hours prior to Uniteds match,
with adoring fans dancing and
singing along.

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Monroviaressed in orange, green, blue,


and yellow vest with smiles on
their faces, youths from several
regions in Liberia gathered
for their closing celebration for the 2nd
annual Peace Through Fair Play Youth
Camp (TFPYP) in Monrovia.
The height of the celebration came
with speeches and life stories of
professionals from several people include
FrontPageAfrica Managing Editor Rodney
D. Sieh, Starz CEO Latim Dathong, Isatu
Bah- Kenneth, a Law Enforcement Officer,
and Srimex CEO Musa Bility.
All of the panelists career stories were
inspirational as some of the children
expressed great satisfaction with the
presentations.
Outlining his challenges FPA Managing
Editor, Sieh said as a journalist he
stepped on people toes which caused
him to be arrested.
Selling his career, he stated that though
he got arrested, his aim was not to scare
the kids away from the profession stating
nobody will know about what you do
until the media informs the public.
Starz CEO Dathong stated With
technology everything is associated
with electricity, my biggest challenge
is electricity and not one person in this
hall uses their phone without electricity,
which I see as a challenge to me.
Madam Bah- Kenneth, of BIN said
stereotyping is her challenge as her male
counterparts have continuously told her
that security is not a career for women.
Representing the nursing career, Dr.
Wilhelmina Jallah owner of Hope for
Women said taking care of her home and
been a professional woman is challenging.
Two of my challenges are the difficulties
in taking care of my home and my career.
And how you tell somebody that their
relative is about to die. Saying that there
is nothing you can do because this man is
going to die, said Dr. Jallah.
Speaking earlier, the Executive director of
the Gbowee Foundation Liberia Madam
Williametta Saydee Tarr commended
the parents for allowing their youths to
attend the camp.
She said in TFPYP was created when the
organization noticed that few Liberian
youths engaged in extra curriculum
activities. The organizers stated that their
attendance to the camp broadened their
knowledge and added on to what they do
not learn in school.
Today we are extremely happy that we
are able to host the camp this year, the
youths tour the Legislature, Supreme
Court, Bomi County where the children
learn about culture and respect, she
states.
Madam Tarr added: We are fostering
peace, respect for the rule of law,
accountability and creating peace

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Ambassadors so that they can impact knowledge to their peers in


communities.
President of Gbowee Foundation, Leymah Gbowee applauded the children
for their attendance. There were eight disabled children who participated
with able-bodied children.
We took some blind children because the society we understand we live in,

there are children with disabilities and if we are teaching them fair play they
will respect blind children so we recruited 4 blind and 4 deaf and kids from
the schools.
Other dignitaries at the program included Former Information Minister
Emmanuel Bowier, River Gee Senator Conmany Wesseh, and Monrovia City
Corporation Mayor Clara Doe Mvogo, among others.