Bassa Heads Superintendents’ Council

first_imgThe Superintendent of Grand Bassa County, Madam Etweda Cooper, has been elected and inducted as the chairperson of the Superintendents Council of Liberia.   Superintendent Cooper takes over from former Sinoe County Superintendent, J. Milton Teahjay, whose election to the Senate, about two months ago, created the vacancy.With the aim of restructuring the council, the 15 Counties’ Superintendents, along with their lieutenants held a retreat in Buchanan on January 30 and 31, during which the new leadership was elected. The restructured Superintendents’ Council brings aboard all county assistant superintendents as full members.The Council seeks the welfare of its collective constituents and provides a medium to share experiences to enhance not only individual performance but national development goals.The new leadership was inducted by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Wednesday February 18, in the Gbarnga City Hall, in Bong County.  The occasion coincided with the launching of the National De-concentration Platform (NDP).President Sirleaf told the Superintendents that their induction did not guarantee that they could not be changed if the need arises.She told them that maintaining their positions will depend on their ability to carry out well their jobs, to maintain the policies and procedures and ensure that the government achieves its development objectives.As government begins the full decentralization process, Superintendents’ responsibilities will increase considerably and they must be up to the task with a high level of integrity.President Sirleaf demanded integrity in managing public resources that would be allocated for specific purposes.  “We require all Superintendents to manage these resources with efficiency, honesty and a deep sense of responsibility,” she told the Superintendents.The President urged them to exercise commitment to government’s development agenda and loyalty to the country in everything they do.She also appealed to them to build strong relationships with the various traditional leaders, development partners and other stakeholders in the communities and share knowledge of activities in their counties.“We expect that they will work with traditional leaders and with all of those in the society that share in the responsibility of maintaining peace and development; that they will show respect for and work with authorities in the Legislature and the Executive, with whom they have to work and take guidance from them in carrying out their functions effectively,” she stressed.In her induction remarks, Superintendent Cooper said the Council would continue the vision of the President’s development programs in order to leave behind a responsible legacy.Superintendent Cooper said it was a challenge for her to assume the helm of the organization at the time that the reform process of national development is taking a new trend.“The de-concentration platform will require that enormous financial and other logistical support be available to local officials to drive the process into an irreversible course,” she said.  Superintendent Cooper further noted, “We will need the support of the Executive and the Legislative as well as the development partners in this process.”She urged Ministries, Agencies and Corporations (MAC) to see the de-concentration as an historic opportunity for better service delivery to the people of Liberia.The Grand Bassa Superintendent meanwhile pleaded with all stakeholders not to ignite rivalry for power and control between leaders of MAC on one hand, and superintendents on the other.Those inducted also included the Superintendent of Lofa County, Mr. George Dunor, vice chair for administration; and the Assistant Superintendent for Development of Grand Cape Mount County, Mrs. Tenneh Kpadebah, vice chair for Operations.Others are the Assistant Superintendent for Development, Bomi County, Mr. Ernest Gray Davis, secretary-general; Assistant Superintendent for Development, Nimba County, Mrs. Dorr Cooper, financial secretary; Superintendent of Bong County, Ms Selina Polson Mappy, treasurer; Superintendent of Montserrado County, Mrs. Florence Brandy, chaplain; and Superintendent of Sinoe County, Thomas Romeo Quiah, advisor.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Jagdeo blasts Govt over new tolls for Linden roads

first_imgDo not be surprised if traffic into the mining town decreases and the cost of transportation increases, alongOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeowith the cost of living within Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) and its surrounding environs, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo indicated.In light of these added expenses to the general public, he noted that these outcomes are inevitable and will only result in the continued hardship of the ordinary man to sustain a livelihood.During a news conference on Wednesday at the People’s Progressive Party/ Civic (PPP/C) Headquarters Freedom House, Jagdeo strongly criticised the Government for imposing yet another burdensome fee as he struggled to comprehend the rationale of Government’s decision.“This will bring hardships to the people of Linden, why would you want to do something like that. People will minimise passing through there… it would mean probably higher fares, it would mean more increase in cost of living because goods that they take over will cost more. Why would you want to do that now,” he pondered.Jagdeo remarked that this is yet another of the many counterproductive policies of the Government which only resulted in additional suffering for the Guyanese public.Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan has approved the payment of 18 different categories of tolls to be paid to the Linden Town Council (LTC) for the use of its roads.The resolution was approved by Minister Bulkan last Thursday and the information has since been officially gazetted.The by-laws introduced by Minister Bulkan not only impose the need for the payment of the tolls, but creates offences should this new regime be breached.According to the by-laws, “Every vehicle specified in the schedule shall stop at a paying point at the toll station and the owner or person in charge of the vehicle shall pay in the full corresponding toll for the vehicle to the toll collector in local currency.”Under the newly approved by-laws, the Council, subject to the approval of the Minister, will be able to amend the schedule to add or remove categories of vehicles to be included.The tolls to be charged under the by-laws will not exclude persons living in Linden, though there is accommodation.According to the gazetted by-laws, the affected vehicles that are registered in the name of a person living in Linden shall pay a toll determined by the Council twice a year in January and July.Vehicles which had been identified to attract a toll, but are transporting essential supplies for the Government, shall be exempted by the Council from the payment of each toll upon notification and certification by the Regional Democratic Council of the vehicle to the Council.Meanwhile, offences for the refusal of the payment of tolls have been created under the by-laws for breach of the payment of tolls and also makes provision for the detention of the vehicle of a delinquent road user.According to the by-laws, in addition to the penalties imposed for refusing to pay, “the toll collector, in the event that a toll demanded is not honoured, may impound the vehicle and release the vehicle after the sum has been paid in full.”Additionally, the toll collector or the designated officer may release information to the Council or Town Constabulary on any vehicle in respect of number plate, colour, make, type or model, or in respect of any person passing through the toll station and the information shall be confidential, according to the by-laws.Reports indicate that the municipality will cash in on approximately $3 million monthly from the payment of these tolls.last_img read more

Selanne’s goal puts Sharks in the tank

first_imgEvgeni Nabokov stopped 16 shots for the weary Sharks, who returned early Sunday morning from a tough eight-game road trip. San Jose, which has lost four of six, must face NHL-leading Nashville before heading out on another three-game trip. The Sharks also lost defenseman Scott Hannan in the first period to an undisclosed injury. Joe Thornton had two assists for the Sharks, and Ryan Getzlaf had two for Anaheim. Penner’s goals were the 20th and 21st of his first full NHL season, while Michalek matched his career high from last season with his 17th goal. San Jose dominated much of the final two periods in the California rivals’ fourth meeting this season at the Shark Tank, where the Ducks sent the Sharks off on their longest road trip of the season 20 days earlier with a 7-4 pounding. Selanne, a San Jose favorite during his 2 seasons in teal, scored his 82nd point in 54 career games against the Sharks with his fast-break goal. The Ducks also survived nearly four minutes of short-handed play early in the third period, including a two-man disadvantage for 17 seconds after Sean O’Donnell hit Steve Bernier in the groin after a whistle had blown. Sharks captain Patrick Marleau had an unobstructed chance in the final seconds, but his shot hit Bryzgalov squarely in the chest. Bryzgalov hadn’t won since Jan. 11, and Jean-Sebastien Giguere started the Ducks’ last eight games. San Jose still hopes to have new defenseman Craig Rivet in the lineup for Wednesday’s game against Nashville, if immigration issues can be resolved. The Sharks acquired the 11-year veteran from Montreal on Sunday for defenseman Josh Gorges and a first-round pick. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! 7:30 p.m. FSN, AM/830 SAN JOSE – Teemu Selanne scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third period, and the Anaheim Ducks padded their Pacific Division lead with a 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Monday night. Ilya Bryzgalov made 40 saves in his first start since Feb. 7 for the Ducks, who moved seven points ahead of San Jose and Dallas by surviving the Sharks’ prodigious 42-19 shot advantage. The clubs, which meet again Friday in Anaheim, have split the first six meetings of this burgeoning rivalry. Dustin Penner scored two goals in the first period for Anaheim, and Milan Michalek replied with two goals in the second period for San Jose. The Sharks controlled play for much of the third period – but after they missed several scoring chances in a flurry, Anaheim scored with a blistering counterattack. Chris Kunitz and Selanne traded the puck on an end-to-end rush before Selanne tucked home his 38th goal of the season with 11:41 left. center_img Ducks 3, Sharks 2Thursday: at Kings Staples Center, last_img read more