Tag: 爱上海狼族419

Japanese Gov’t Provides US$68K Grant to LNRCS

first_imgThe Government of Japan has offered a grant of US$68K to the Liberia National Red Cross Society (LNRCS).The provision was made through Japanese Ambassador to Liberia, Kaorn Yoshimura, who is resident in Accra, Ghana. The fund is to be used through the Japanese Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Project (GGHSP).The GGHSP, since 2013, has supported the LNRCS and has provided funding to support the renovation and supplies for the LNRCS health facility, specifically the maternal and newborn facilities at the Red Cross headquarters.The signing ceremony took place Tuesday at the headquarters of the LNRCS in Monrovia. Ambassador Yoshimura signed on behalf of his government while the Secretary General of LNRCS, Fayiah Tamba, signed for LNRCS.The grant is intended to provide medical equipment and supplies for EVD control with its overall objective to contribute to the reduction of the mortality and morbidity related deaths in Liberia through awareness and messaging, social mobilization, and psycho-social support to those affected in Montserrado County.Targeted counties for intervention, according to officials of LNRCS, are Montserrado and Margibi Counties.Ambassador Yoshimura said his government wants to ensure that everything necessary is done to have the Ebola virus eradicated from the country and the sub-region. He noted that there are positive signs that the fight will definitely be won.He noted that the Japanese effort in the fight does not start with the signing of the grant, but rather the country, since the outbreak, has provided more than US$168M through international organizations that were involved in the fight.The Japanese Government also provided emergency relief goods worth millions of dollars to Liberia through the Japanese International Commission Agency (JICA). It also donated seven ambulances and 48 beds to the Liberian government.In December last year, the Japanese government donated Personal Protective Equipment worth thousands of dollars along with consumables to support Bong and Margibi Counties’ Ebola Case Management.Making remarks upon signing the agreement, the LNRCS SG Tamba noted that the grant is in the right direction, especially at a time when Liberia is in need of every support to finally defeat the virus.He said in the midst of the drastic decline of EVD infections, there is a need to remain vigilant at the community, country and regional levels to ensure that the virus is eliminated.Mr. Tamba said that the LNRCS volunteers are engaged in various thematic areas of social work in buttressing government’s efforts to end the epidemic and the signing of the grant was a great boost in that direction.“The LNRCS leads the fight against the EVD in terms of implementation at the national level, in which Japan has been very instrumental. All of these supports, coupled with those from other partners, are yielding the needed results and we are very grateful to God for this,” he said.He further disclosed that the LNRCS, in collaboration with other partners, concluded what he termed as the LNRCS recovery assessment.He noted that though the virus has virtually left the country, its impacts such as orphans, economic hardships and others, will continue to be felt.LNRCS Head of Program, Precious Dennis, said the Japanese Government’s support has always been timely, and highly appreciated by LNRCS.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 unbothered by SARA lawsuit over “Pradoville 2”

first_img– describes it as “Silly” and “politically motivated”Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has confirmed receiving a lawsuit from the State Assets Recovery Agency (SARA) over purchased land at “Pradoville 2” located at Sparendaam, East Coast Demerara, but has described it as silly and politically motivated.“Yes, I have received it, I am responding to it… my lawyers are responding to it… I didn’t even look at it; I heard it came and I told the guys to send it over to the lawyers… it’s a political matter, I don’t waste my time… it a routine matter for me,” he told the media on Thursday.Jagdeo said the Director and Deputy Director of SARA, Professor Clive Thomas and Aubrey Heath-Retemyer are holding their respective posts illegally. The Opposition has argued that the SARA Act provides very clearly that their appointments shall be made through a parliamentary process. Since that Act came into force last year, that process was never activated.The Opposition has argue too that a transition provision in the Act allowed the Director who operated in the agency before the Act came into force, to continue to act in that office for a limited period. They noted however that that period has long expired.Jagdeo said he recalled that SARA had stated publicly that they are working on some high-profile cases, with recoveries above US$10 million and these cases would be filed by the third quarter of 2018, which they did not. Instead, they have gone to the Pradoville issue.“SOCU (Special Organised Crime Unit), SARA nor FIU (Financial Intelligence Unit) have not charged a single drug dealer, they have not launched a single cases against or recovered a single cent from anybody. Now Pradoville is the only case after we have spent close to $600-$700 million on hiring the geriatric cabal at SARA,” he added.The former President has also made it clear that he would not pay a single cent more for the land, even if he was asked to pay a difference by SARA. “Why would I waste my time behind an adventure which is a political matter…?” Jagdeo said, when pressed for an answer.Jagdeo had said that SARA is just another mean for the Government to secure employment for retired citizens. “If you shut down SARA, you can hire 400 people. Where are these US$10 million cases that SARA was supposed to discover, (they said) that how many people had US$10 million and above abroad. What is happening with them? They are just wasting our money.”The Opposition has also spoken about the directors known and professed political connections. Professor Thomas is a leader of the Working People’s Alliance (WPA), one of the political parties in the coalition Government.On the other hand, Heath-Retemyer was quoted in the press as conceding that he has a political affiliation. He did not disclose to which political party he is aligned. Tacuma Ogunseye and Desmond Trotman, two longstanding leaders of the WPA were also employed by the agency.last_img read more