President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has announced that Golden Veroleum-Liberia (GVL) has agreed to begin rehiring former employees laid off as a result of the May 26 riot there. She granted Executive Clemency to three inmates at the Sinoe County prison and announced the venues of the next two Independence anniversary celebrations covering the duration of her administration.En route to Monrovia, President Sirleaf along with the World Bank –Liberia Country Manager, Ms. Inguna Dobraja, dedicated the Kingston Weagba Public School situated in Tarjourwon District, Sinoe County.According to an Executive Mansion release, the President, spoke to journalists before her departure from Greenville, Sinoe County following the successful co-hosting of the 168thIndependence Anniversary.She informed journalists that GVL has agreed to government’s request to start the rehiring of 50 of its former employees beginning last Monday, July 28 2015. “As I leave Greenville, they will go back to their jobs and the process of adding numbers of re-employed people will continue as we work with them to implement the security arrangement which is very important for their operation,” she indicated.President Sirleaf said government had been consulting with GVL because of the May 26 incident that resulted to people not only going to prison but also the layoff of all GVL staff. The company sought assurances for its security to prevent a recurrence of what happened two months ago.Government assured GVL that the Liberia National Police will speed up the plan to work with them to ensure that LNP sets up in the communities the right kind of security arrangements to protect the citizens and the company.In another development, citing her constitutional rights as President of the Republic of Liberia, President Sirleaf instructed the Superintendent of Sinoe County, Mr. Roosevelt Quiah, to work with prison authorities to release three inmates. They are Amos Tarpeh 47, who was charged for arson, convicted and has been serving a prison sentence since June 28, 2013, David Tarpeh (68), charged with the same offence and serving a sentence during the same period and the only female, Baby Girl Togba (25), who was charged with assault and convicted. She has served two years of her sentence.“Mr. Superintendent, you will please ensure that these three persons are released from prison with the advice to them that we expect them now to be good citizens, to abide by the law and ensure that they do not get into acts that would lead them back into a situation from which we have just freed them,” President Sirleaf directed.On the hosts of next year’s Independence Anniversary, the President named Maryland, River Gee and Grand Gedeh as the next co-hosts. She urged them to begin their preparation immediately. “Don’t wait until June of next year,” she warned.She indicated that government will support the construction of some of the facilities in the counties in preparation for the Independence celebrations, but also encouraged citizens of the three counties to initiate individual development projects in their counties of origin.Madam Sirleaf reiterated that the spirit of rotating the Independence Anniversary is not only for government to bring development to the people but to inspire the people from those counties to go back home and do something for their people.President Sirleaf thanked the authorities and people of Sinoe and Grand Kru Counties for the warm reception, fullest cooperation and excellent hospitality offered including the largest number of diplomatic representation to the country. On the impression the diplomats left with, she said, “They all left from here very pleased. They had a very good time and I’m sure that this is going to strengthen our relationship with the countries which they represent.”She expressed appreciation to all Liberians – most especially political leaders, non-governmental organizations, religious leaders, among others– who attended especially the Thanksgiving and Intercessory Service in Barclayville, Grand Kru County using their own resources amid the difficult circumstances.Meanwhile, en route to Monrovia, President Sirleaf along with the World Bank –Liberia Country Manager, Ms. Inguna Dobraja dedicated the Kingston Weagba Public School situated in Tarjourwon District, Sinoe County.In Sinoe County, under this project funded by the Global Partnership for Education and the World Bank, two schools have been completed while another is undergoing construction.The Ministry of Education is constructing 41 schools across the country while 27 of them have already been completed including the Kingston Weagba Public School. The remaining 14 are at various stages and a majority is nearing completion.The newly dedicated Kingston Weagba complex includes a library, computer lab, latrines for boys and girls, ramps and rails for the disabled, teachers’ housing, kitchen and cafeteria, administration building, two wells and a football field.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
By Devina SamarooPresident David Granger has completely disregarded calls made by the Alliance For Change (AFC) for the powers entrusted to Minister of State Joseph Harmon to be reduced, noting that his duties and responsibilities are not at all too burdensome.The AFC, the smaller partner in the A Partnership for National Unity/AFC coalition Government, believes that too much authority has been given to Minister Harmon.In this regard, the party called for Harmon’s powers to be trimmed. The AFC had explained that the concentration of the powers of the office of the Cabinet Secretary, the Minister of State in the Ministry of the Presidency and the effective Head of the Presidential Secretariat in a single person is a matter of concern and that in fact, the powers should be separated.Responding to these demands, President Granger appeared to be in full support of the duties and responsibilities assigned to Minister Harmon.“I don’t think that they are so burdensome that he cannot take all three responsibilities. I am standing by the duties which were assigned to him last May and this is what we have been working with for the last 11 months and this is what was explained to the Cabinet retreat in January,” the President said.He also posited that he was surprised that the AFC now seemed to find fault in the distribution of duties and responsibilities among Cabinet members.“We had a retreat of the Cabinet earlier this year and we put out a very clear statement on the responsibilities of all 14 Ministers and the Ministry of the Presidency. So there is a book and it is stated, and nobody made any objections to the duties which were assigned to the Minister of State then and it would be surprising that after two months, people feel that the duties are being misused or they need to be trimmed,” he explained.Notwithstanding his firm position in defence of Minister Harmon, the President said the matter would be extensively discussed when Cabinet meets today.“I have to wait to find out from our colleagues what they actually mean, but as far as I am concerned, there is no overburdening of the Ministry and I don’t see what powers they need to be reduced,” he stated.