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)
Stakeholders vote at the extraordinary congress in Monrovia.High School Diploma will now be the minimum qualification for candidates wishing to contest for the presidency of the Liberia Football Association (LFA) after stakeholders overwhelmingly voted to amend the statues.The decision, which was taken over the weekend, follows FIFA Governance Committee assessment after the LFA’s April 14 election characterized by controversy. The committee authorized the LFA Executive Committee to harmonize the age limits, registration fees for candidates contesting LFA elections.During the extraordinary congress, 25 out of the 34 football stakeholders that were present voted in favor of the proposed amendment to harmonize the statutes on the qualification, age limit and all criteria for the presidency of the football house, while five voted against and two abstained.The stakeholders voted that the age limits for the presidency be 25 and above, while the registration fees for candidates vying for the presidency has been reduced from US$2,500 to US$1,000.Following the amendment, Article 58.5 now states that “Candidates for the LFA elections shall pay US$1,000 for president, Vice Presidents US$750, Executive Committee Members US$500.”“The president, vice presidents and members of the executive committee shall not be younger than 25 years. The President, Vice Presidents and Executive Committee members shall have a minimum qualification of high school diploma,” according to Article 58.1.The weekend amendment in the LFA statutes has now set the pace for the hosting of the football house presidential election.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Government has been accused of allegedly making attempts to tamper with the system in preparation for Local Government Elections (LGE) through the creation of new Local Government institutions.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo made this allegation, explaining that he has credible information which suggests that Government has been active on the ground, especially in the interior.“We are very concerned with attempts to tamper with the [Neighbourhood Democratic Council] NDC’s Local Government bodies to gerrymander boundaries to suit [A Partnership for National Unity] APNU,” Jagdeo said on Thursday.Jagdeo said he is not surprised by their action, reminding that the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) crushed both coalition parties; the APNU and the AllianceOpposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoFor Change (AFC) in 2015.“I’ve heard (Ronald) Bulkan, he’s been having discussions with GECOM (Guyana Elections Commission) now that they want to create 10 new Local Government bodies,” he told media operatives.Back in 2016, Government had created three new towns; Mabaruma in Region One (Barima-Waini); Bartica in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni); and Lethem in Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo). Minister Bulkan had also announced plans to make Mahdia a town.This time around, the Government has been in discussion with the residents in Mahdia over those plans. “I think they’re going to go to places like Mahdia where they believe they’re strong and without any consultation, like they did with Lethem and with Mabaruma and Bartica,” he added.The Opposition Leader explained that Government is targeting several areas, including NDCs, where they received that voted predominantly for the APNU in 2015.“They want to gerrymander the boundaries by splitting an NDC like that, creating two new NDCs so they can win in these areas. That is what is happening now because they fear another crushing defeat,” referring to Amerindian titled villages like Campbell Town and Micobe in Mahdia.Jagdeo argued that township holds no benefits for its citizens under the Administration. “There is no benefit to being part of a township under this Government because it doesn’t mean greater development, it just means moreMinister of Communities Hon. Ronald A. Bulkan,MPtaxes because then you are part of the tax base,” he said.The creation of the new towns and NDCs were said to be a part of the Administration’s policy and vision of fostering national development via regional and local empowerment, given Central Government’s stated commitment to a philosophy of decentralised governance, but the PPP thinks otherwise.The APNU/AFC suffered a crushing defeat in 2015 at LGE when the PPP received 30,000 more votes than both parties. The PPP also won 48 of the 65 NDCs and tied seven others. In summary, the party won or tied with 55 of the 65 areas that were contested. They also won three towns, except for the newly created ones.PreparationsA few days ago, Minister Bulkan met with GECOM Chairman, retired Justice James Patterson over concerns that Government was still scrambling for the upcoming LGE which is slated to take place sometime in December. Patterson said he was concerned that the Government has not yet set a date.On Wednesday Bulkan explained that the matter will be discussed again at Cabinet and a determination will be made on the date set for the polls. He reminded that it will be held within the prescribed constitutional time, which will be before December 7.Bulkan also explained that GECOM has received direct funding from Government to the sum of $3.4 billion, which includes $500 million from last year. He said that Central Government is also making plans to ensure that the local organs are prepared as well and that a date could be announced by the President soon.The Minister also noted that Government will begin its public education campaign on this election, especially as it relates to the constitutional and legal provisions for Local Democratic Organs (LDOs) on the authority and responsibilities; model and policy direction to empower LDOs to manage the economic space and develop in partnership with national Government.Focus will also be placed on strengthening the Guyana Association Municipalities, the National Regional Development Consultative Committee (NRDCC), the Regional Development Consultative Committee (RDCC), and the Regional Agricultural and Commerce Exhibition (RACE), among others. After an absence of over two decades, local Government elections were last held in 2016.
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