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

O.J. co-defendant to testify guns involved

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Clark County District Attorney David Roger declined to comment. Simpson and the others are charged with kidnapping, armed robbery, assault, burglary and conspiracy in the Sept. 13 encounter in a Las Vegas casino hotel room between Simpson and memorabilia collectors Alfred Beardsley and Bruce Fromong. Simpson also faces a felony charge of coercion, alleging that he took a cell phone from Fromong. Simpson has said he wanted to retrieve personal items that belonged to him, and his lawyers have maintained that no guns were used. But Cashmore will testify that Walter Alexander and Michael McClinton, two men who entered the room with Simpson, had guns, Miley said. Miley said Cashmore was unarmed during the alleged robbery. LAS VEGAS – A co-defendant in O.J. Simpson’s armed robbery case will plead guilty to a reduced charge and testify that guns were involved in the theft of sports collectibles from two memorabilia dealers, the man’s lawyer said Friday. Charles Cashmore is accused of being one of five men who joined Simpson in a hotel-room confrontation with two sports memorabilia dealers. He will testify that two of the other men who entered the room with the former football star were armed, Cashmore’s lawyer, Edward Miley, said. Miley said Cashmore will plead guilty Monday to being an accessory to robbery, a felony that could get him up to five years in prison. A court hearing is set for Monday, a court clerk confirmed. “He was just in the wrong place at the wrong time,” Miley said of Cashmore, a 40-year-old laborer, bartender and disc jockey who lives in Las Vegas. “The only people with guns that he knew of were Alexander and McClinton,” Miley said, adding that Cashmore’s crime was failing to immediately go to police and turn over the items he carried out of the room. Cashmore surrendered to authorities six days later and turned over the items, after police released images from hotel security videotapes showing him carrying a box from the room. Lawyers for Simpson, McClinton and most of the others did not immediately respond to requests for comment.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more