Dear Editor,The words and actions from the PNC-led coalition Government remind us of the typical schoolyard bully. He seizes your space and refuses to move. Mr Granger and his Government continue to cling to power in defiance of the constitutional stipulation. Why such desperation and manoeuvers when they can go to elections and get a new mandate?Having bullied, bribed and bought their way to power in 2015, they know they’re not there by the will of the people. PNC having never won an election, and even combined with six other parties could not have won without fake Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), agents planted within GECOM, and the aid of the ABC countries. Their continued hold on power and existence depend on depriving the people of their democratic right to elect a Government of their choice. Will they give up office when they lose the election?So what did they do after gaining power? Increase their pay to hold themselves together in crime. Build a wall around the seat of power. Neutralise, control, and manipulate constitutional offices. Install army buddies to head Government departments. Persecute the Opposition and try to destroy its support base. Plunder the treasury to reward and enrich themselves and enablers of the dictatorship.With the focus on entrenching a dictatorship, the people, their wellbeing, or will, found no place on their list of priorities. The witch hunt and persecution of PPP/C members and efforts to neutralise that party were more important.With the defeat by a no-confidence vote, the coalition’s evolving dictatorship plan is shattered. They didn’t think they would have any use of the voters and so they didn’t think they had to keep promises made or attend to their welfare. The no-confidence vote has put a jolt to their callous actions and schemes. They know how they gained power and its loss would be permanent. There was inadequate time to fix the façade for PNC dictatorship and insulate themselves in power and against prosecution for crimes against the people. So they are desperate for more time.The desperation to hold on to power makes them insensitive to the absurdity of their behaviour. Their reasoning or lack of it on their predicament shows how unfit they are for the office they occupy. It is time to accept that it is post-’92. Bullyism, dictatorship, and hatred cannot build Guyana and give its people the good life.The coalition is trapped in its web of lies and deception perpetrated on the nation. They need to realise Guyana has moved beyond the PNC-style dictatorship of pre-92. Post-92 freedom is better. Let the people speak and elect a party that is dedicated to the whole nation.Respectfully,Art Foster
BY UTAMU BELLEThe prominence of truancy and child welfare issues were matters recently discussed by the Region 10 (Upper Demerara- Berbice) Democratic Council (RDC).Councillor Gordon Callendar stressed that there are visible signs of children not attending school in Linden, while he highlighted the need for Child Protection Services and intervention by Council in providing assistance.Callendar indicated that truancy is prominent in areas such as One Mile, Half Mile and Wismar Housing Scheme, Linden. He even added that in some instances children are engaged in odd-jobs so as to get food to eat.“All over the place you could see children, school-aged children. It got a place in One Mile where these children does be playing Nintendo. We need to look at it,” he told fellow councillors.Councillor Sandra Adams in offering a solution noted that assistance of school uniforms and other basic school necessities be provided to affected school aged children, courtesy of the First Lady, as she asked fellow councillors to identify children in various communities who might be in need.However, Councillor Charles Sampson said the issue of security around schools should be examined while adding it is important to ascertain the level of truancy. He called on the Department of Education to be proactive in making such available.“Some children go to school and have their names marked as present and then get out without being observed by teachers… We also have a situation where in certain parts of the community children don’t go to school at all… it’s a big issue… a lot of money goes towards education, the biggest part of our Budget and it’s unfair to the taxpayers of this country that we spending all that money and our children are not benefitting… two Welfare Officers for a Region, that’s disgraceful. We need about a dozen Welfare Officers, moreso in a big area like Linden,” Sampson said.Regional Chairman Renis Morian too said a closer look should be taken at security in schools, noting that high level of unemployment no doubt affects parents in sending their children to school.He indicated the RDC has been advocating for more Welfare Officers since there are only the two stationed in the Region, which is inadequate given its size. As such, the Regional Chairman said he has asked for a meeting with the President regarding the issue. He said himself and other regional leaders are presently unhappy over the tone of relationship of Council and the Ministry of Education.“So we feel that we need to take some of these challenges at a higher level, that we can get more Welfare Officers. So we are waiting a response from the Office of the President to address some of these issues”, he said.The Regional Chairman said a team would be venturing to schools in Region 10 this month to take a look at security and other areas. He stressed that money is spent on providing security and Council is dissatisfied with the level of service.Additionally, Education Committee Chairperson Denise Belgrave said lack of daytime security at some schools is an issue. She said a recommendation has been made to have Social work graduates of the University become a part of Welfare.Other issues highlighted by Council included absenteeism of teachers and the “pourous” nature of some school compounds.
A few weeks ago, I wrote an article questioning the purpose of having an IT department when none of your entity’s business processes are automated. I referred to an IT department that doesn’t administer any automated processes or mission-critical applications as a “large Internet Café.” Sometime last week, I met with a friend, who is also a government official. He asked about process automation and pointed out that he would like to start with the personnel department which falls under his purview. And just as I expected, he wasted no time in telling me that their budget is tight hence, he was not looking for a costly solution but “something reasonable and of quality.” Before suggesting a solution to him, I lectured him on open source software and the value it adds to an organization. I then tried to dispel the myth that is being propagated about open source software and made him to understand that if the United States Government, the British Government, the French Government, the German Government, the South African Government and even the Ghanaian Government can use open source software, then I see no reason why we (Liberia) should continue spending money on prohibitive proprietary software. After that lecture, I suggested we implement a globally-used open source human resource management software known as OrangeHRM. He embraced the idea and said he’d need to find the money for the hardware (server, backup, etc).OrangeHRM is free and open source human resource management software with rich features and easy to use interface. It has users worldwide enjoying a free, stable and highly usable Human Resource Management solution. The system is backed by professional support and services as well as a fast growing, receptive and knowledgeable worldwide open source community. OrangeHRM is the world’s most popular Open Source Human Resource Management Software (HRMS) with over 1,000,000 users globally.OrangeHRM offers a complete suite of human capital management human resource management tools. This includes employee information management, employee absence management, employee holiday management or employee leave management, recruitment management, employee performance evaluation and many other HR management tools.OrangeHRM offers a flexible and easy to use Human Resource Information System (HRIS) solution for small and medium sized companies free of charge. By providing modules for personnel information management, employee self service, leave, time & attendance, benefits and recruitment, companies are able to manage the crucial organization asset – people. The combination of these modules into one application assures the perfect platform for re-engineering and aligning your HR processes along with the organizational goals.The software is developed by OrangeHRM Inc. It is a software company based in Secaucus, New Jersey. OrangeHRM is available both as an open source and an advanced hosted application (SaaS). It is released under the GNU General Public License. OrangeHRM is being used by more than 1 million users and the company has partners in the US, Europe, Asia and Africa.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Civil Society Network of Liberia (CSO) has commended the Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL), Dr. J. Mills Jones for his reaffirmation to support the financial capacity of “middle class” Liberians through his financial loan scheme.According to CSO-Network, the initiative is laudable and worth supporting as it is designed to alleviate poverty, especially among the thousands of less fortunate Liberians across the country.“Our research conducted revealed that the CBL Governor has established loan schemes in seven of the fifteen (15) counties and has tremendously helped to better the living conditions of our people in those areas,” a release said. “The recent visits of Dr. Jones to Bomi and Nimba counties where scores of Liberians gave him a rousing welcome demonstrate that Liberians are appreciative of his support to improving their livelihood. “We will also like to use this medium to call on detractors of the CBL governor’s loan scheme to stop politicizing the initiative and give him their support as Governor Jones strives to better the economy of the nation,” the release indicated.The CSO-Network sees these baseless criticisms against Dr. Jones in the name of presidency as reckless and against the true spirit of peace, unity and the development of the country and its suffering masses.“We also want to call on some lawmakers opting for the CBL to be audited to drop their argument which we see as being in the wrong direction and not in the interest of the ordinary citizens of the country,” the release added.“Our argument with the lawmakers is based on part X (2) of the act authorizing the establishment of the CBL, approved on March 18, 1999 and published October 20, 1999 which stated that the accounts of the CBL shall be audited at least once every year, by a reputable and professional externalinternal auditors by the board of governors.”In our minds, this has been done as evidence by the recent audit conducted by the international auditing firm Price Waterhouse and such audit report has been submitted to the Executive, copies of which was sent to the National Legislature, so there is no need for a GAC audit. Let us quickly sign this as a warning to individuals who are wrongfully criticizing this distinguished and patriotic kinsman of ours in the name of wanting to contest the presidency come 2017, to desist and rally their support to him in bettering the livelihood of our poverty-stricken population, the network said.“The time for politics is far, the release said, “let us work with Governor Jones as he strives to build a middle income society when he said to the people of Nimba County, ‘It’s time to look for the Liberian man and woman that believe in Liberia, those who stand up for Liberia and those who say count on me for what I have done in the interest of Liberia. This is not about empty promise neither destroying excellence so that mediocrity can rise.”CSO-Network is also calling on Governor Jones not to be distracted by those unfounded information from his detractors and continue to empower “our less fortunate citizens that can put more Liberians to work in the midst of the high unemployment in the country.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The United Nations Secretary -General’s Special Envoy on Ebola, Dr. David Nabarro, has emphasized the need for the international community to remain fully engaged in its support to boost Liberia’s recovery efforts, while praising the government’s efforts in tackling the deadly Ebola virus disease for the second time being declared “Ebola free”. He said particular attention should now be paid to key areas such as food security, health systems, and non-Ebola related health services. According to a dispatch from New York, the UN Envoy made the observation over the weekend when he addressed the business community recently at the US- Liberia Trade and Investment Forum which took place in New York, U.S.A. He said that the momentum built during the International Ebola Recovery Conference recently which generated tremendous international support for national recovery plans of the affected countries should be taken forward.“There is a need to build up the public health systems and improve primary care in Liberia and the region,” Dr. Nabarro stressed, adding, “Ebola exploits fragile and overstretched health systems with limited public health capabilities; therefore, we must prioritize strengthening the health institutions, develop their infrastructure and support the training of the necessary personnel.” Dr. Nabarro, who has worked for over fifteen years with the World Health Organization and the U.N. Secretariat respectively, said the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the largest and most complex epidemic, posing challenges of epic proportions to the region and the global community. He, however, acknowledged that there has been significant progress to end the Ebola outbreak; but was quick to stress that getting to and staying at zero remains a challenge in the other affected countries. “Transmission is on-going and the risk of reintroduction due to virus persistence has emerged as real threat.”The UN expert intimated that the focus of this last phase of the Ebola response is aimed at reaching a sustainable end and preparedness to respond to any future outbreak. He explained that the world must focus on understanding the risks especially viral persistence in survivors, maintain surveillance and putting in place a rapid response capacity that can quickly contain any future flare-up of the virus.On the impact of Ebola on economies of the affected countries, Dr. Nabarro said the Ebola outbreak took a significant economic and social tool on West African nations. He said beyond human death and illness, the widespread and intense transmission of Ebola has had grave health, social and economic consequences; noting that it has devastated families and communities, compromised essential services including health and education, weakened economies and isolated affected communities.Speaking on the role of the private sector towards the long term development of post-Ebola, Dr. Nabarro said that aside from the significant social and economic impact that Ebola has had on many West African countries, the epidemic has also triggered a range of innovative and flexible partnerships with the private sector, civil society actors, as well as local governments, regional organizations and international actors. He stressed that the private sector continues to have a critical role to support and augment the traditional public sector-led response.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)