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Relief At Last
-Haindii Citizens Jubilate As China Union Commences Bong Mines-Haindii Road Project
(L-R) Rep. Korpu Barclay, Chinese Embassys Economic and Commercial Counselor
Liu Yun Biao, and China Unions General Manager, Luo Yuanjun, cutting the rib-
bons for the commencement of the Haindii Road Construction Project
By William Q. Harmon
H
istory was
over the
w e e k e n d
made in
H a i n d i i ,
one of the
historic towns and the politi-
cal seat of Fuamah District in
Bong County, when China
Union Investment (Liberia)
Bong Mines Co, commonly
known as China Union had a
commencement ceremony for
the construction of a road that
would connect the concession-
al settlement of Bong Mines to
that famous town.
According to residents of
the town and surrounding vil-
lages, when completed the
road would bring them much
relief, thereby improving their
movement.
The citizens said that this
new development comes after
over 50 concessional activities
in the district when their (citi-
zens) natural resource (nota-
bly, iron ore) were taken away
by past concessionaires and
Contd on pg. 18
Liberia
Gets 8M
Euros from
German
Govt
Finance Min. Konneh
See story on Pg.18
Liberia Launches First-
Ever Reproductive Health
Commodity Security Survey
Asst. Min. Nyenswah and UNFPA-Liberia boss, Ms.
Ndhlovu
By Alaskai Moore John-
son, Observer Health
Correspondent
T
he Govern-
ment of Libe-
ria, through
its Ministry of
Health and So-
cial Welfare,
along with its international
partners, including the United
Nations Population Fund (UN-
FPA), on Friday, November
15, launched the frst-ever Re-
productive Health Commod-
ity Security (RHCS) survey,
otherwise referred to as Global
Program on Reproductive
Health Commodity Security
(GPRHCS).
According to the Assistant
Health Minister for Preven-
tive Services, Attorney Tolbert
G. Nyenswah, the GPRHCS
will assess the availability of
modern contraceptives and es-
Contd on pg. 18
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18, VOL, No.19.indd 2 11/17/13 11:30 PM
DAILY OBSERVER Sunday, November 17, 2013
Monday, November 18, 2013
Foreign Brief s
Page 2
World News
Guineas Supreme Court
Upholds Election Result
(BBC) - Guineas Supreme
Court has upheld Septembers
election results which saw
President Alpha Condes RPG
party win the most seats.
Opposition parties have tried
to annul the vote, alleging
fraud.
International observers
said the election in the West
African nation was marred by
irregularities.
The ruling means the RPG
(Rally of the Guinean People)
won 53 seats, which falls short
of an absolute majority in the
114-seat parliament.
None of the complaints were
supported with the necessary
proof, said Supreme Court
President Mamadou Sylla.
President Condes main
rival, Cellou Dalein Diallo,
and his UFDG party won
37 seats while former Prime
Minister Sidya Toures UFR
secured 10 seats.
The remainder of seats were
shared by 12 smaller parties
and a period of coalition
building is now expected.
A spokesman for an umbrella
group of opposition parties
said they were disappointed
by the courts ruling but would
hold talks before announcing
their next step.
The election was to replace
a transitional government
that has run the nation since
military rule ended in 2010.
The run-up was marred by
violence as well as ethnic and
religious tension.
The poll was much delayed
and was supposed to have been
held six months after the 2010
presidential elections, which
Mr Conde narrowly won.

President Alpha Conde narrowly won elections in 2010
French Hostage Francis Collomp
Free in Nigeria
(BBC) - A French hostage
held by Islamist militants in
northern Nigeria for nearly
a year is free after reportedly
escaping during a shoot-out.
French President Francois
Hollande thanked Nigerias
authorities for helping secure
the release of Francis Collomp,
63, in the city of Zaria.
Unoffcial reports say he
managed to escape from his
cell during an army operation
against the militants.
The French foreign minister
is being sent to Nigeria to meet
him.
The news comes after four
other French hostages were
released in neighbouring Niger
having been held for three
years by gunmen with links to
al-Qaeda.
There were reports that at
least 20m euros (16.7m;
$27m) were paid in ransom
for the four. The French
government denied any public
money was used.
Since then a French Roman
Catholic priest has been
abducted in Cameroon,
another country in the region.
Seven held
Mr Collomp was kidnapped
on 19 December last year by
armed men who attacked the
residence of his employer,
the French wind turbine
manufacturer Vergnet, in
the north Nigerian state of
Katsina.
Ansaru, a militant group
linked to the Islamist Boko
Haram movement, said it had
carried out the abduction.
Mr Hollande said in a
statement on Sunday: The
president greets with joy the
release of our compatriot
Francis Collomp.
France had never ceased
to make every effort to
achieve this happy outcome.
The president expresses all

Francis Collomps wife Anne-Marie (centre) celebrated
news of her husbands freedom with relatives on the
French Indian Ocean island of Reunion.

Fr Georges Vandenbeusch was abducted by gunmen in
northern Cameroon on Thursday.
Mandela
Still Unable
to Speak
Says Ex-wife Winnie
(BBC) - Former South
African president Nelson
Mandela is still unable to speak
but uses facial expressions to
communicate, his ex-wife has
told a local newspaper.
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela
said the 95-year-old remained
quite ill but she dismissed
speculation that he was on a
life support machine.
In September Mr Mandela
returned home after nearly
three months in hospital with a
recurring lung infection.
The government has said
his condition is critical and
sometimes unstable.
He is no longer talking
because of all the tubes
that are in his mouth to clear
[fuid from] the lungs, Ms
Madikizela-Mandel told South
Africas Sunday Independent
newspaper.
He cant actually articulate
anything... He communicates
with the face, you see. But the
doctors have told us they hope
to recover his voice.
I have heard this nonsense
that he is on life support - he is
not, she added.
It is diffcult for him. He
remains very sensitive to any
germs, so he has to be kept
literally sterile. The bedroom
there is like an ICU [intensive
care unit] ward.
Mr Mandela has been
receiving intensive care
at his home in a suburb of
Johannesburg, which has been
specially adapted for his care.
The Nobel Peace Prize
laureate is revered around the
world for leading the fght
against white minority rule
and preaching reconciliation
with the white community
despite being imprisoned for
27 years.
Correspondents say the
presidency has been keen to
reassure not just the Mandela
family but the nation that he
is no more vulnerable at home
than in hospital. It has called
for Mr Mandelas privacy and
dignity to be respected.

Nelson Mandela has
become a global icon for
freedom and justice
(BBC) - Libyan deputy
intelligence chief Mustafa
Nuh has been kidnapped,
security sources have told
the BBC. Local media say he
was abducted from Tripoli
airport, but the government
says it is unable to confrm
this. The kidnapping comes
as the Libyan capital observes
a general strike in protest
against the presence of militia
groups in the city. The strike
was called after more than 40
people died and hundreds were
injured in two days of clashes.
The weak central government
in Libya has struggled to keep
control amid powerful local
militia.
Libya
(BBC) - Philippine President
Benigno Aquino has criticised
authorities in some areas
for not being fully prepared
for the devastation caused
by Typhoon Haiyan. During
a visit to the coastal town
of Guiuan, he praised local
offcials for carrying out a
proper evacuation, but said it
was in contrast to other towns.
Mr Aquino has been criticised
for his own governments
response. Meanwhile
survivors have attended
services for victims of Haiyan,
which killed more than 3,600
nine days ago.
Philippine
(BBC) - A passenger plane
has crashed at an airport in
the Russian city of Kazan,
killing all 50 people on board,
offcials say. The Boeing 737
had taken off from Moscow,
and was reportedly trying to
land but exploded on impact.
The Emergencies Ministry
said there were 44 passengers
and six crew members on the
fight. The plane belonged to
Tatarstan Airlines, and crashed
about 7:20pm local time
(15:20 GMT) on Sunday.
Russia
of his gratitude to Nigerian
authorities, with whom France
worked in close cooperation,
for their decisive action.
He said he was sending
Foreign Minister Laurent
Fabius to Nigeria to greet the
former captive.
A source close to the case
told AFP news agency that Mr
Collomp had fed during an
exchange of fre between the
army and militants after his
cell door was left open.
Reuters news agency
quoted an unnamed French
government source who also
said the captive had escaped.
However, it added that a
source in the French foreign
ministry had denied the report.
A diplomatic source told
Reuters that Mr Collomp was
weak and had lost a lot of
weight but was uninjured.
Seven French citizens, Mr
Hollande said, remained in
captivity in Syria, Mali and
Nigeria.
It is believed that Fr
Georges Vandenbeusch, who
was abducted in northern
Cameroon on Thursday, has
been taken into Nigeria.
According to AFP, the priest
was abducted by Boko Haram,
with the help of Ansaru.
(BBC) - An ex-director of
the Brazilian state-run bank
Banco do Brasil who has
been convicted in a major
corruption trial has fed the
country to avoid jail. Henrique
Pizzolato, who also has an
Italian passport, said in a letter
he had fed to seek a fair trial in
Italy. On Friday the Brazilian
Supreme Court issued 12
arrest warrants in connection
with the case. Eleven
defendants have surrendered,
including the chief of staff
of ex-President Luiz Inacio
Lula da Silva. Last year, the
Supreme Court convicted 25
politicians, businessmen and
bankers over the Mensalao
(big monthly allowance) case.
Brazil
(BBC) - A former Argentine
army offcer jailed for crimes
against humanity committed
under military rule has
escaped while in transit to a
court in Buenos Aires.
Alejandro Lawless, 66,
absconded from a police van
outside the court building.
Argentina
St. Clement University is seeking applications from qualifed individuals for the position of Vice
President. Deadline for the submission of application is Wednesday November 20, 2013 at 4:00 p.m.
Only holders of Ph D. may apply and only shortlisted candidates will be further contacted for anm
interview. There will be attractive salary for this position.
Applications along with other supporting documents should be sent to:
Dr. Thomas G. Koon
Consultant & Professor of Education
Graduate Program in Education, G.D Building, First Floor
University of Liberia
Monrovia, Liberia
Phone #: 0886-525787
St. Clement University
Paynesville City, Montserrado County
Liberia, West Africa
Vacancy Announcement
DAILY OBSERVER Sunday, November 17, 2013
Monday, November 18, 2013 Page 3
Christine Tolbert-Norman Pledges
to Restore Bentols Dignity
-As She Marks Her 70th Birth Anniversary
By Jonathan Paye-Layleh
T
he newly-appointed
Acting Mayor
of the city of
Bentol, the seat of
the Montserrado Countys
local government, Madam
Christine Tolbert-Norman,
has warmly accepted her
preferment, pledging to a
crowd of well-wishers at the
weekend that she will work
toward returning respect and
dignity to the great city of
Bentol, transforming the
lives of its people, instituting
new development initiatives
and repairing existing
infrastructure.
Mrs. Norman was speaking
at her Paynesville residence on
Saturday night when a sizable
crowd of people braved a rainy
weather to join her and the
family in celebrating her 70th
birthday.
Bentol City is where my
navel string was buried, she
declared. It is where I rode
a tricycle and it is where I
went fshing. She assured all
present that she would seek to
build the capacity of the citys
residents so that together they
could work to make their city
compete with cities around
the world.
One of Mrs. Normans
numerous achievements in the
area of education and humanity
was the establishment of the
famous Isaac A. David, Sr.
School, one of Liberias best in
terms of academic excellence,
located in Paynesville.
I have a vision for Bentol,
she told the crowd, naming
the proper laying out of the
city as one of her priorities,
furthering, that Bentol will
have the best church, the best
water system and the best
lighting.
As an educator herself, she
also promised to ensure that
all the schools down the
roads are high grade schools.
One of the legacies of her
late father, President William
R. Tolbert, Jr., is the University
of Liberia campus at Fendall, a
project he birthed and started
but did not live to complete.
Offcially, the campus is said to
be in the Louisiana Township.
Nevertheless, insisting that
the area hosting the University
of Liberia campus at Fendall
should fall within the Bentol
City limit, Mrs. Norman
promised to ensure that the
record is set straight so that her
authority extends to cover the
Fendall area.
Were going to take back
what they have taken away
from us; the University of
Liberia is in Bentol City and
not in whatever you call it,
she said to a loud applause and
drumbeats.
She talked about plans
to work with other mayors
around Liberia so that
there is a stronger Council of
Mayors that will put children
and their health and education
frst.
Were going to build
peoples capacity, she said,
adding, I develop people; I
believe in developing people.
Her extemporaneous remarks
were interrupted by relentless
applauses and a frequent,
clear show of affection by
her husband, Mr. Lawrence
Norman, who welcomed his
wife into the generation of
people achieving the three
scores and ten as prescribed by
the Holy Bible.
Mrs. Norman paid special
homage to President Ellen
Johnson-Sirleaf, whom she
described as a great woman
who had a Diamond Jubilee
and we are following her
footsteps.
Among the many dignitaries
braving the wet weather to
remain with the
Normans and Tolberts late
into the night celebrating were
the Ministers of Education and
Lands, Mines and Energy.
Bentol was renamed
Bensonville by the military
government of Samuel Doe in
the 1980s.
But many citizens of
Montserrado County still
prefer the name Bentol because
of its historical signifcance.
The name was coined from the
combination of the surnames
of two former presidents
---- Stephen A. Benson and
William R. Tolbert. Jr. Benson
and Tolbert were combined to
form Bentol.
Dont Sell Yourself Cheap
-First UMC Prelate Warns Leigh-Shermans Graduates
By Leroy M. Sonpon, III
T
he First United
Methodist Churchs
Acting Pastor,
Rev. Julius Y.Z. K.
Williams, I, has warned the
all-girl graduates of the Leigh
Sherman Community College
not to sell their bodies cheap
in return for jobs, because
their bodies are not theirs, but
Gods.
The Methodist Prelate said
though the hunt for jobs will
be tough, they should bear in
mind that their bodies are the
Temple of God, and God who
owns them will be faithful in
his help to them, instead of
trying to supposedly help
themselves by selling their
bodies cheaply.
Rev. Williams made the
remarks on Sunday, November
17, during the Baccalaureate
Service of the Leigh Sherman
Community School as
they celebrated their 39th
Graduation Exercises of the
Executive Secretariat School
and 28th Commencement
Convocation of the College.
Yesterday Sunday the 17th was
also in celebration of the 26th
Sunday after Pentecost, known
as the Great Thanksgiving.
Reading from the text I
Corinthians 6:19-20 and under
Rev. Julius Y.Z. K.
Williams
the theme, We are Gods,
the Methodist Prelate told the
graduates Jesus paid the price
for our bodies and therefore we
are all merely caretakers.
Jesus pays it all, and all to
him we owe, Rev. Williams
stressed.
He hailed the graduates for
taking up the challenge to
learn, and said whatever they
learn will never be wasted
if they look up to hill where
cometh the help, who is Jesus
Christ, our Lord and Savior.
Rev. Williams extolled the
Board of Trustees and Faculty
Staff for keeping the light
of Leigh Sherman College.
The College was founded
and names in honor an
educationalist, administrator
and teacher, Mrs. Theresa
Leigh-Sherman.
Each 23 graduate will receive
three awards during the
Commencement Convocation,
which is in progress at the
Monrovia City Hall: An AA
Degree from the College,
Diploma from the Executive
Secretariat School, and
Certifcate from the Computer
Center.
Civil Society Council Holds Round Table
on Human Rights Promotion
T
he National Civil
Society Council of
Liberia (NCSCL)
with support from
the UNMIL Human Rights
Protection Section recently
held a successful dialogue on
human rights promotion and
protection in the conference
room of the Liberia Chambers
of Commerce on Capitol Hill.
The two-day November
11 & 12 dialogue brought
together over 45 civil society
organizations working in the
areas of human rights as well
as high-profle persons from
the Governance Commission,
UNMIL and the Liberian
Senate.
Topics the dialogue focused
on included Child Protection
under the Rule of Law;
Corruption and its effects
on Education; The Fight
Against SGBV (Approaches
& Challenges) and State
Obligation to and status of
International instrument
The round table dialogue was
attended by 45 representatives
of civil society organizations
working in the area of
human rights promotion and
protection for two days. The
roundtable dialogue focused
on issues related to the rule
of law/access to justice,
corruption and accountability,
gender based violence and
social protection.
The program agenda
included presentations, panel
interventions, interactive
discussions and plenary
interactions. At the end of
the two-day deliberation,
participants overwhelmingly
agreed and set up a nine-
member committee
comprising of the Human
Rights Protection Forum, the
Transitional Justice Working
Group, the Liberia Coalition
of Human Rights Defenders,
the West African Network
for Peace Building, the Mano
River Union Women Peace
Network, and the Foundation
for International Dignity along
with the NCSCL to develop
a terms of reference that will
lead to the formation of a
platform on human rights
comprised of cluster groups on
diverse issues of human rights
with a timeline of one month
to submit its report.
Bensonville Citizens
Dedicate Bridge
By Judoemue M. Kollie
S
pearheaded by
M o n t s e r r a d o
County District #
1 Representative
Josephine Francis, and
countys Superintendent,
Madam Florence Brandy,
on Tuesday, November 12,
the people of Bensonville
dedicated a renovated bridge
in Bensonville City, rural
Montserrado County. The
bridge project was initiated by
the offce of the Superintendent
of Montserrado and its citizens,
and links the Bensonville with
other parts of Montserrado.
About US$600,000 from the
county social development
fund was used to rehabilitate
the bridge, according to
Superintendent Brandy.
Speaking at the ceremony,
Superintendent Brandy said
that upon taking offce she saw
it expedient to immediately
embark on the bridge project.
This bridge has been down
for over 10 years, preventing
the effortless movement of
people to other parts of the
county; so when I took offce
I decided to undertake the
project, she stated.
She said that the decision
was in consultation with
the countys lawmakers and
citizens.
She also disclosed plans to
undertake additional projects
in the near future.
She named the projects as
plans to build a mini stadium,
a childrens park, and the
installation of a solar panel at
the administrative building.
The Montserrado
Superintendent used the
occasion to call on her
citizens to unite and foster
development in the county.
Montserrado representative,
Honorable Francis who
dedicated the bridge, stated
that she was impressed about
the initiative.
Past leaders have come and
gone without considering the
need to renovate this bridge. It
is under Honorable Brandys
administration that this project
has fnally been implemented,
a fact for which I am highly
appreciative, she stated.
This demonstrates a
profound and committed
leadership dedicated to
improving the lives of its
citizens, she added.
She said that bridge
would create employment
opportunities for the citizens,
now that our people are able to
travel with their commodities
to nearby markets and further
into Monrovia.
Honorable Francis said that
she has observed that the new
superintendents (Brandy)
leadership is very accessible
to the citizens.
Your people have told me
that they are very pleased with
your administration, and I
can see for myself what it has
manifested. This is the kind of
leadership we need, therefore
I affrm my support for you,
she told her superintendent.
Also speaking was
Christiana Clark, a resident,
who disclosed that the late
president, William Tolbert,
constructed the bridge in the
seventies.
She said, Since the bridge
gave out we have found
traveling diffcult, that is
why we are thankful to the
county leadership for the great
initiative they have shown
in renovating this bridge,
especially at this time.
Madam Francis and Suprintendent Brandy cut the
ribbon to the bridge
39th Graduating Class
Madam Christine Tolbert-Norman
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Monday, November 18, 2013
Recouping the Losses
from LAMCO
It has been well over three decades since Sweden, one of Europes
most industrialized nations, closed its embassy in Monrovia.
What led to this painful, unfortunate diplomatic departure from
Africas oldest independent capital? During a visit to Sweden in 1982,
offcials of the Daily Observer learned that the closure of the Swedish
embassy was due in part to Swedens disappointment with the hitherto
highly appreciated relations between the two nations, thanks primarily
to the establishment of the LAMCO iron ore mining conglomerate,
at the time one of Africas biggest industrial complexes, based in
Yekepa, Nimba County. But that company had been hailed for many
years as a cornerstone to President Tubmans Open Door Policy and
to the relations between the Western world and Africa. What had gone
wrong that flled the Swedish people and nation with so much anger and
disenchantment, leading to the closure of their embassy with Liberia?
We were told that sometime prior to the embassys closure, a team of
Swedish journalists visited Liberia and did a series of incisive stories
on the country, focusing particularly on the naked, rabid exploitation of
Liberia by American, Canadian and Swedish industrialists.
It has been approximately nearly 50 years since LAMCO commenced
its exploitation of the richest iron ore, over 70 pure iron, ever discovered
in Africa. During tours of LAMCO in the mid-1960s, visitors could see
the raw iron on the naked ground, making it unnecessary to dig too far
below the earths surface to mine the iron.
It was once revealed that Prime Minister Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana,
during a tour of LAMCO in the early 1960s, cried when he saw what was
happening there. It was said that he sensed, with remarkable accuracy,
that while the foreign investors were reaping billions of dollars out of
the concession, Liberia was getting nothing, except the great salaries
that some Liberian professionals and technicians were paid.
What had gone wrong? One Political Science graduate of Cuttington
College and Divinity School (now Cuttington University) attempted a
study of LAMCO for his doctoral dissertation, but this study, which
could have fashed a glaring spotlight on nefarious example of the rape
of a country, never saw the light of day. But what was behind this rape
of a country?
John Togbakollie Woods, Liberias frst and probably only Natural
Resource economist so far, was quoted by Kenneth Y. Best, in his book
on Albert Porte, as saying that by the late 1960s, when Woods returned
with his Masters from Canadas University of British Columbia,
Liberias natural resources were in a state of fait accompli. This
meant that concessions agreements had already been signed between
government and various enterprises and were in full operation. These
arrangements [had been made] when the government was ignorant
about the nature of the resource, its commercial value on the world
market and similar arrangements with other countries. By the time
agreements were signed with the Liberia Mining Company (LMC-
1946), LAMCO (late 1950s) and the Bong Mining Company (BMC
- early 1960s), it was too late. Liberia, said John Woods, could have
beneftted from the experience of Brazil and Canada, but we had not .
. . One of the weaker points in our agreements with these companies,
Woods explained, was that the concessionaires placed Liberia as an
equity owner of the enterprise exploiting the resource, not as a taxing
agent. In other words, they told us, You own the company jointly with
us and we will give you 50% of the profts . . .
But, said Woods, these companies always told the government at
the end of each year that there was no proft, in which case they had
nothing to pay the GOL. However, they argued that we employ your
people, who pay taxes to the government; and we build roads, railways,
hospitals and schools and improve the infrastructure of your country.
Accepting this arrangement, said John Woods, the government lost
its sovereign power to tax. This tax revenue would have enabled the
government to build infrastructural and development assets according
to its own standards and needs.
That is how Liberia lost out in its deals with these iron ore mining
companies. That is how Sanniquellie, Nimba Countys capital city,
remained till this day a shanty town, Bomi remained a hole following
LMCs departure, and the Fauma Chiefdom in Lower Bong County
remained totally undeveloped after the departure of BMC.
It is this state of affairs that made the Swedish people disenchanted
with Liberia, leading to the closure of their embassy. On the other
hand, Sweden poured hundreds of millions of development dollars into
socialist Tanzania.
In wholeheartedly welcoming Ambassador Sofa Strand and the
reopening of the Swedish Embassy in Monrovia, we hope that this
will mark a truly new beginning in Liberia-Swedish relations leading,
at least in part, to the recouping of what was lost during the LAMCO
years.
We also pray that the Swedish Embassy will become the frst European
embassy to grant the Shegan visas, and eliminate the over US$3000 and
over a week of time which each Liberian visitor has to pay in Abidjan,
Dakar, Lagos or Accra to enter Europe.
The Multiplicity of European
Embassies in Monrovia is
good. The scarcity of their
visas is terrible.
Planned Security Commission Underscores the
Importance of Maritime Domain Awareness
By Kaade Wallace
In July, the Government of Liberia an-
nounced the establishment of a National
Maritime Security Commission. As Libe-
ria prepares to become an oil producing
country- and piracy in the Gulf of Guinea
worsens- the announcement arrives at a
critical time for the country. Developing
a strategy in meeting those challenges is
critical for a country like Liberia whose
economic prosperity is heavily reliant on
export.
The National Maritime Security Com-
missions strategy will have to balance the
prosperity of the sea against the increas-
ing threats of piracy and narco-traffcking.
Such balancing act requires the expertise
and judgment of national policymakers,
and a thorough analysis of past and cur-
rent activities in the maritime domain.
In regards to the latter, the analysis will
provide more clarity on the probability of
attacks to the homeland and the nature of
maritime threats that this strategy should
be made to address. It will help identify
gaps regarding maritime-space control
that the commission can utilize as building
blocks for the national maritime strategy.
One useful approach that the commission
could utilize for a rigorous analysis of this
kind is a simulated situational scenario.
The simulated situational scenario allows
a rigorous testing of strategy assumptions
and assists policy leaders refne their rec-
ommendations.
In the press release announcing the es-
tablishment of the commission, the Ex-
ecutive Mansion hailed it as a representa-
tive of ministries and agencies relevant
to Liberias maritime sectors. In practice,
the commission list may need to go be-
yond traditional areas, such as the Minis-
try of Transport and county governments.
A signifcant number of the pirated oil and
traffcked drugs transported across West
Africa are couriered by ground transpor-
tation and away from capital cities. Mari-
time security is entangled in many on-
land issues, challenging policy makers in
degrees of complexity and diffculty never
experienced before.
The Liberian governments primary goal
is to keep its citizens safe from foreign
threats. The creation of a commission to
develop a maritime strategy which will
protect Liberias post-confict stability
from threats arrived by sea is a key step
in making that possible. It is imperative
considering the new, emerging security
challenges facing Liberia today that the
commission delivers a high quality mari-
time strategy.
Kaade Wallace is a Masters degree
candidate in National Security and Stra-
tegic Studies at the U.S. Naval War Col-
lege. Ms. Wallace resides in the U.S.
Kaade Wallace
The Real Heroes of the Global Economy
By Dani Rodrik, Courtesy or
project-syndicate.org
Economic policymakers seeking suc-
cessful models to emulate apparently have
an abundance of choices nowadays. Led
by China, scores of emerging and develop-
ing countries have registered record-high
growth rates over recent decades, setting
precedents for others to follow. While
advanced economies have performed far
worse on average, there are notable excep-
tions, such as Germany and Sweden. Do
as we do, these countries leaders often
say, and you will prosper, too.
Look more closely, however, and you
will discover that these countries vaunted
growth models cannot possibly be repli-
cated everywhere, because they rely on
large external surpluses to stimulate the
tradable sector and the rest of the econo-
my. Swedens current-account surplus has
averaged above a whopping 7% of GDP
over the last decade; Germanys has aver-
aged close to 6% during the same period.
Chinas large external surplus above
10% of GDP in 2007 has narrowed sig-
nifcantly in recent years, with the trade
imbalance falling to about 2.5% of GDP.
As the surplus came down, so did the
economys growth rate indeed, almost
point for point. To be sure, Chinas annual
growth remains comparatively high, at
above 7%. But growth at this level refects
an unprecedented and unsustainable
rise in domestic investment to nearly
50% of GDP. When investment returns to
normal levels, economic growth will slow
further.
Obviously, not all countries can run trade
surpluses at the same time. In fact, the
successful economies superlative growth
performance has been enabled by other
countries choice not to emulate them.
But one would never know that from lis-
tening, for example, to Germanys fnance
minister, Wolfgang Schuble, extolling
his countrys virtues. In the late 1990s,
[Germany] was the undisputed sick man
of Europe, Schuble wrote recently. What
turned the country around, he claims, was
labor-market liberalization and restrained
public spending.
In fact, while Germany did undertake
some reforms, so did others, and its labor
market does not look substantially more
fexible than what one fnds in other Eu-
ropean economies. A big difference, how-
ever, was the turnaround in Germanys ex-
ternal balance, with annual defcits in the
1990s swinging to a substantial surplus in
recent years, thanks to its trade partners in
the eurozone and, more recently, the rest
of the world. As the Financial Times Mar-
tin Wolf, among others, has pointed out,
the German economy has been free-riding
on global demand.
Other countries have grown rapidly in
recent decades without relying on external
surpluses. But most have suffered from
the opposite syndrome: excessive reliance
on capital infows, which, by spurring do-
mestic credit and consumption, generate
temporary growth. But recipient econo-
mies are vulnerable to fnancial-market
sentiment and sudden capital fight as
happened recently when investors antici-
pated monetary-policy tightening in the
United States.
Consider India, until recently another
much-celebrated success story. Indias
growth during the past decade had much
to do with loose macroeconomic poli-
cies and a deteriorating current account
which recorded a defcit of more than 5%
of GDP in 2012, having been in surplus in
the early 2000s. Turkey, another country
whose star has faded, also relied on large
annual current-account defcits, reaching
10% of GDP in 2011.
Elsewhere, small, formerly socialist
economies Armenia, Belarus, Moldova,
Georgia, Lithuania, and Kosovo have
grown very rapidly since the early 2000s.
But look at their average current-account
defcits from 2000 to 2013 which range
from a low of 5.5% of GDP in Lithuania
to a high of 13.4% in Kosovo and it be-
comes evident that these are not countries
to emulate.
The story is similar in Africa. The con-
tinents fastest-growing economies are
those that have been willing and able to
allow yawning external gaps from 2000 to
2013: 26% of GDP, on average, in Libe-
ria, 17% in Mozambique, 14% in Chad,
11% in Sierra Leone, and 7% in Ghana.
Rwandas current account has deteriorated
steadily, with the defcit now exceeding
10% of GDP.
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www.project-syndicate.org
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First Qatari Ambassador Arrives in Liberia
By William Q. Harmon
P
resident Ellen Johnson
Sirleaf has received
the Letters of Credence
of the frst ever Qatari
Ambassador to be accredited to
Liberia, Mr. Mohammad Ismail
Al Emadi.
Receiving his letters of cre-
dence, President Sirleaf told
Ambassador Al Emadi that as
his countrys frst Ambassador
accredited to Liberia, he has the
historic task of setting the course
and tone of diplomatic engage-
ment between Liberia and Qatar.
I am convinced, she said, that
you will use your best efforts
to further strengthen these ties
even further during your tour of
duty.
President Sirleaf said that Am-
bassador Al Emadi presence in
Liberia marks yet another mile-
stone in Liberia-Qatar relations
and that she and her government
offcials are optimistic that he
will contribute to further ce-
menting these ties for the mutual
beneft of the two countries and
peoples.
The Liberian leader, speaking
during the ceremony at the For-
eign Ministry last week praised
the ties of friendship between
the two countries, which she
said gained new momentum fol-
lowing her State Visit to Qatar
in 2009 and the establishment of
diplomatic relations.
During that visit, the two
countries agreed on the ex-
change of resident diplomatic
representation at the ambassa-
dorial level, and Liberia estab-
lished its Embassy in Doha in
June 2011, President Sirleaf
said.
She recalled the role of the
Government of Qatar to under-
write the cost of the Embassy
and provide transportation for
two years, which accelerated
its opening. She also thanked
the Government of Qatar for
providing US$24,000 which fa-
cilitated six Liberian Muslims
on the holy mission to Hajj to
fulfll their religious duty which
they may not have otherwise af-
forded.
The Liberian leader reminded
Ambassador Al Emadi that the
Liberian Government has re-
viewed proposed agreements
of cooperation between the two
countries in the areas of Mining,
Investment Protection, Avoid-
ance of Double Taxation, Labor
and Labor Force, and the Air
Service and that a feedback has
been communicated to his Gov-
ernment, except for the MOU on
Air Services, which will follow
shortly.
We look forward to further
enhancing our interactions and
bilateral cooperation when these
agreements are concluded, the
Liberian leader said.
President Sirleaf also briefed
the Qatari Ambassadoor about
her governments Agenda for
Transformation (afT), a fve-
year program aimed at sup-
porting nearly all the pillars of
Vision 2030, which she noted
that in order to make it success-
ful, the necessary conditions are
being established to attract the
kinds of investment that will
create jobs to put the hundreds
of thousands of our unemployed
young people to work and
broaden the economy and the
tax base.
President Sirleaf invited,
through their Ambassador, Qa-
tari capital and private sector to
participate with the Government
in this endeavor.
She indicated that Qatar and
Liberia are both small countries
and can learn much from each
other, and noted with commen-
dation the great strides Qatar has
made in technological advance-
ment, infrastructure and com-
munications, and said that these
achievements have made Qatar
a major international player.
President Sirleaf assured Am-
bassador Al Emadi of her Gov-
ernments fullest support and
commitment to providing all the
necessary assistance that he may
need to succeed.
While presenting his part, Am-
bassador Al Emadi said he is
honored to be the frst Ambas-
sador of the State of Qatar to Li-
beria and will make great efforts
to develop bilateral relations
between both countries in all as-
pects - politically, economically
and culturally - for the beneft of
the two countries.
The State of Qatar is working
to conclude a number of agree-
ments to create a fertile common
ground to this mutual coopera-
tion between the two countries,
he said.
Ambassador Al Emadi said
the State of Qatar has great in-
terest in developing cooperation
and friendship with the African
continent, and special interest
in cooperating with all of West
Africa and Liberia in particular
in economics, trade, investment,
and in enhancing the relations in
culture and athletics.
The opening of the Embassy
of Qatar in Monrovia would
contribute in further deepening
this cooperation, and lift the
diplomatic relations to new ho-
rizons, he emphasized.
The State of Qatar opened its
Embassy near Monrovia a year
ago, on November 15, 2012.
The presentation of Ambassador
Al Emadis Letters of Credence
to President Sirleaf completes
another phase in the growing
relations between the two coun-
tries.
Ambassador Al Emadi was
accompanied to the ceremony
by Embassy staff, including the
Deputy Chief of Mission, Mr.
Abdullah Al Yami; the Diplo-
matic Attach, Mr. Tameem
Essa Al Sayed; and the Execu-
tive Secretary to the Qatari Am-
bassador, Mr. Sheku Dakowa.
President Sirleaf poses with the Ambassador of the State
of Qatar to Liberia, H.E. Mr. Mohammad Ismail Al
Emadi and senior Embassy staff
No Practical, No Graduation
UL Agriculture College Dean Warns.
By Joaquin Sendolo
T
he Dean of the Wil-
liam R. Tolbert Col-
lege of Agriculture
and Forestry at the
University of Liberia, Dr. Ro-
land Massaquoi, has warned that
no student studying Agriculture
will be allowed to graduate with
only theoretical knowledge as
had been happening in the past.
Dr. Massaquoi sounding the
warning on November 15 at a
brief ceremony marking the har-
vest of rice belonging to the col-
lege, emphatically stressed that
UL Agriculture College now has
a large rice feld where students
can make research and do more
practical, but not much is being
done to use the available feld
space.
According to Dr. Massaquoi,
some students of the College
feel that going to the feld to
practically exhibit what they
learn in classroom will make
them dirty, condition he said
they as instructors and lecturers
underwent before getting where
they are.
Students today only want to
learn what is written down, but
do not want to get in the swamp
or on the land because they do
not want to get dirty. Besides
what they are taught in the
classroom, they are not doing
much practical to identify dis-
eases that affect plant, or even
soil nutrients that one can base
his conclusion on to repeatedly
cultivate a parcel of land or ro-
tate crops if need be, but rely on
downloaded materials to present
and graduate. Such will not be
the case anymore in the Agricul-
ture College. No practical, no
graduation for any student, he
emphasized.
Dr. Massaquoi used the occa-
sion to mandate all instructors
and students to use Fridays and
Saturdays for practical, stressing
that there will be no lesson on
these days, and that any instruc-
tor who does not take students
to the feld will face the penalty.
He repeatedly stressed that stu-
dents will have to go with their
professors in the feld to practi-
cally handle what they treat in
Agriculture, noting, We want
students to do more practical,
whether it is Soil Science, Pa-
thology, Insects, they can come
here on this feld to do research
about these things.
He observed that much at-
tention has not been given to
practical in the Agriculture Col-
lege but theory; something he
blamed on challenges including
some students reluctance to
do practical, lack of laboratory
equipment, and limited number
of instructors.
The rice, the Agriculture Col-
lege harvested was planted by
local farmers through funding
provided by the Rockefeller
Foundation with assistance from
other partners including the
Food and Agriculture Organiza-
tion (FAO) and the Ministry of
Agriculture.
He said varieties of rice are
planted on the feld and vari-
ous conditions exist there that
students need to fnd out to com-
pare with what they learn in the
classroom, but they are not mak-
ing maximum use of it.
He indicated, The Central
Agriculture Research Institute
(CARI) has given us some vari-
eties of rice, Narika-1 to 9. The
varieties are performing differ-
ently on the same soil, and this
is interesting that students study
what causing the difference on
the rice feld.
Now that Rockefeller has
provided the fund and the rice
feld is available to students,
they need to make better use of
it to gather specimen of diseases
affecting plant and do more on
Soil Science; for the one day
spent on Saturday for practical
is not enough, he stressed.
Giving the background of
the funding that facilitated the
planting of the rice, Dr. James S.
Kiazolu, Principal Investigator
of the College said Rockefeller
provided US$360,000 to enable
the college purchase Tractor,
plowing machine, vehicles and
laboratory equipment, many of
which he said are being bought.
He also said the planting of
rice came in order to help pro-
duce certain quantity that will
be tested and planted at different
times to help with food security.
Dr. Walter Wiles, Vice Presi-
dent for Institutional Develop-
ment of UL, who represented the
university president, Dr. Emmet
A. Dennis, lauded Rockefeller
Foundation and the Agriculture
College for successfully imple-
menting the project.
Dr. Wiles said the provision of
the fund by Rockefeller elated
the college at a higher peak,
considering that everything that
existed in the college was de-
stroyed and it was beginning
anew.
He said this now provides the
opportunity for students to see
and examine whatever they are
taught in the classroom, adding,
I hope we will all help to re-
build what we destroyed.
Over 1,000 Students Sit on Floors, Rocks
-Education Offcer in Cape Mount Discloses
By Leroy M. Sonpon, III
from Grand Cape Mount
County
T
he District Educa-
tion Offcer (DEO) of
Garwula District in
Grand Cape Mount
County, Mambu Galafale, has
announced that over 1,000 el-
ementary students are currently
either sitting on the foor, rocks,
rusty tin cups, or pieces of blan-
kets in classes due to the lack of
benches or armchairs.
Mr. Garwula told the Daily
Observer in an exclusive in-
terview over the weekend that
there are six elementary schools
currently suffering from this
poor educational environment.
He named the schools as
Gbahfoo, Mecca, Mani, Konja,
FarseeKormah and Njagbacc.
The Garwula Districts DEO
made the disclosure during the
turning over of educational ma-
terials to the Sinje Public High
School by the National Oil
Company of Liberia (NOCAL)
through Soccer4Hope-Liberia.
The donation to schools, or-
phanages homes, hospitals, and
football teams are part of NO-
CAL Cares initiative, which
involves branding NOCAL
through sports.
Mr. Galafe hailed the National
Oil Company of Liberia (NO-
CAL) and Soccer4Hope-Liberia
for the educational and instruc-
tional materials donated to the
most populated school in the
district, and noted: Education
is important in helping to im-
prove lives, break the cycle of
poverty and ensure that all peo-
ple, particularly women have
control over their destiny.
The donations include eight (8)
cartons of copy books (big and
small); one carton each of dust-
er, pencils, A4lineless sheets and
10 packs of pens, a pack of sten-
cil, including two bags of tissues
two pieces of football and a set
of jersey, amongst others.
NOCAL, through the partner-
ship of Soccer4Hope-Liberia,
have donated similar educa-
tional materials to eight schools,
located in Bomi, Margibi, Gbar-
polu and Grand Cape Mount
Counties, including two or-
phanages (with schools) and the
Government hospital in Bomi
County in the last four months.
The DEO, in an elated tone,
said the donations were wor-
thy, but urged NOCAL to ex-
tend their donations to other
schools in the district that are in
desperate need.
There are no benches for stu-
dents to sit on in others schools,
we beg you to extend your do-
nations to them as well, Mr.
Galafe said.
He added, There are many
reasons children do not go to
school in the leeward counties,
and the lack of places to sit are
some of them. Some students
even have to walk long distances
to get to school; many have no
food to eat at home, while oth-
ers have to take care of younger
siblings, not to mention the lack
of techers.
For his part, the Principal of
Sinje Public High School in
Grand Cape Mount County,
John A. Freeman, said the donat-
ed educational materials would
affect the learning environment
of the schools over 1,500 stu-
dents, and are therefore grateful
to the National Oil Company of
Liberia (NOCAL) through Soc-
cer4Hope-Liberia for the gifts.
Mr. Freeman also said the car-
tons of pencils, pens and stencils
are timely because the school is
in its climaxing stages of its frst
semester exams, while the 50
armchairs will help address the
seating capacities of the seniors.
The Sinje Public High School
Principal urged other institu-
tions to emulate Soccer4Hope,
by donating educational mate-
rials to schools, which are in
disadvantaged communities like
them, to help provide education
in a conducive environment.
Vice Principal, Alexander M.
Massaley, added his voice to
hail NOCAL through the part-
nership of Soccer4Hope-LIbe-
ria, but said the school is also in
sincere need of a photocopier.
Registrar Fatu B. Saryon, said
the population of the school,
which is 1,526 students, with
males in the majority, are thank-
ful to NOCAL and Soccer4Hope
for the donations. She indicated
that through these donations, the
children and youth would realize
their right to quality education.
Earlier, the Executive Secre-
tary of Soccer4Hope-Liberia,
G. Andy Quarmie, said Soccer-
4Hope helps destitute children
or schools makeup of underpriv-
ileged children in order to fulfll
their dreams.
He told the kids to go to school
and study harder, and also en-
couraged them that through
hard studies they can become
ministers, president of NOCAL
amongst others.
He admonished the schools
administration to use the dona-
tions wisely.
Garwula District Educational Offcer Mambu Galafe
and partial view of a student sitting on the classroom
foor

Dr. Massaquoi speaking
(left) and harvesting of
rice ongoing
DAILY OBSERVER Page 8 Monday, November 18, 2013 6
Celebrating Kenneth Y. Best 75th Birthday!
GAMBIANS PAY TRIBUTE TO KYB
By Ebrima Ceesay
(Coach)
Greetings, Mr. Best,
I
congratulate you on your
75th birthday and wish you
many more years of cel-
ebrations. I was asked by
Fatou Jaw Manneh to contribute
a brief refection, in honour of
your 75th birthday. In celebra-
tion of your 75th birthday, Fatou
wanted to show (share with) her
readers why you are so special
to your friends and (former) col-
leagues at the Daily Observer.
But who really needs to be
told that you have devoted a
substantial part of your life to the
betterment of African Journalism,
49 years of exemplary service,
to be precise)? In particular,
you have made an indelible
mark on Gambian Journalism.
In fact, your contributions to
the newspaper industry in the
Gambia are so tremendous
and have had a lasting impact,
especially on the Gambian print
media industry. Therefore, it is
my hope that youll one day, be
recognised and given a National
Award by the Gambia for your
seminal contributions (to the
Gambian media industry).
In fact, to really appreciate the
decisive role you played, in re-
lation to the development of the
media industry in the Gambia, I
hereby challenge postgraduate
research students at the Uni-
versity of The Gambia to come
up with a comprehensive study
whose main objective would
be to investigate the infuence
of the then Daily Observer on
the reading habits of Gambians.
Specifcally, the proposed study
should also aim at providing us
with a qualitative assessment of
both the Observers contribu-
tions to the countrys democratic
process(es) - positive (under
your able leadership) and nega-
tive (under Yahya Jammehs
ownership of the paper). Today,
the Gambian State has exclusive
control over the medium, and
dictates what ought to be report-
ed by the paper. Under your dy-
namic leadership, the Daily Ob-
server promoted and defended
human rights and the rule of law,
as well as strengthened demo-
cratic ideas and values.
The pivotal and instrumental
role you played in the revitalisa-
tion of the newspaper industry
in the Gambia should not be
underestimated. In my view, you
have single-handedly revolu-
tionised the newspaper industry
in the Gambia. You paved the
way for others to follow. In the
context of the Gambia, you were
a pioneer, groundbreaker and
an innovator with a remarkable
foresight. In short, your determi-
nation and resolve did embolden
and inspire others to start their
own newspapers.
In the olden days, the media
industry in the Gambia was
dominated by just a handful of
cyclostyled newspapers whose
circulation was only limited to
the greater Banjul area. But since
its launch in May 1992, the Daily
Observer, when it was under
your control editorially, had
revolutionised, restructured and
reformed the Gambian media
industry by providing Gambians
with the frst Daily newspaper
in the country. The newspaper
introduced Gambians to non-
fction reading; and reading, as
we all know, is the corner stone
of learning. Reading, as the old
adage goes, is an essential tool
for lifelong learning. The Daily
Observer, under your editorial
direction and guidance, did help
to improve our reading habits,
debating skills, knowledge, and
awareness about the world. The
Daily Observer, when it was
edited by you, provided an outlet
for its readers to express their
views and share opinions on any
important topic. The newspaper
had radically changed the
reading culture in the country
if, in fact, there was one (before
the paper was launched in May
1992). The Daily Observer, I
reiterate, played a huge part in
cultivating the reading habits
among Gambians. Thanks to
you, our reading habits have
changed dramatically since the
Daily Observers launch in 1992.
Before the Daily Observer
was founded, there was a lack
of a reading culture in the
Gambia, and this contributed
immensely to the fallen standard
of education in our country, but
through the Daily Observer,
you helped to transform and
restructure the newspaper
industry in the Gambia. In the
context of the Gambia, the Daily
Observer re-shaped the way
news was written, produced,
printed and distributed.
But things were not as easy
as they sound in this write-up.
You have indeed faced numer-
ous hurdles before the paper
was started. When you decided
to launch the Daily Observer
in May 1992, people doubted
you. You received a lot of scep-
tism, doubt, pessimism and even
some ridicule.
The naysayers were quick to
remark as follows: Mr Best, we
dont think that your newspaper
business is going to work here.
The newspaper business is a not
viable and a daily newspaper is
not sustainable. Your chances
of success are very slim, be-
cause Gambians do not read or
buy newspapers. Some Gam-
bian journalists, before you, had
tried to set up newspapers and
failed
In short, you were told in un-
equivocal terms, by many doubt-
ers that your chances of success
would have been one in a thou-
sand. But with a single-minded
determination and unfinching
integrity, you have taught all of
us that with hard work, courage,
determination and drive, a lot
can indeed be achieved. Any-
thing is possible with hard work
and determination.
You are truly a visionary
leader, a strategic thinker and
one important principle for the
visionary leader is never to give
up. That is the lesson! You have
demonstrated considerable pre-
science. You were prescient on
the Daily Observer. Looking
back, it is clear that you had a
dream, conviction, vision, drive,
determination and innovation.
But more importantly, you also
had perseverance and resilience:
the ability to bounce back from
setbacks, rather than give up.
But no expression of gratitude
and appreciation would be
complete without accentuating
the fact that you are also a devout
Christian; a lay reader in the
Church; a remarkable husband,
a wonderful father and a much-
loved grandfather. Without your
immediate familys endless
support, constant patience,
love, collaboration, direction,
advice and guidance, you may
not have been the remarkable
and incredible person you
are today. You and your wife
(Mae Gene) have been bound
together by mutual trust, respect,
understanding, love, a lifetime
of shared experiences, and
deeply held spiritual values.
During the time I have met
and worked with you, you have
touched my life, and I thank you
for that. Thank you for keeping
us amused with your many an-
ecdotes, wit, charm and phrases.
Youve been an inspiration to
us all. All your friends and col-
leagues would like to raise a
glass of water to acknowledge
your wonderful contributions,
remarkable achievements, and
wish you all the best for the fu-
ture. Thank you for serving as
one of our treasured, cherished
mentors and role models for
several years. May God bless
you with continued good health,
long life, peace and total happi-
ness!! May you live for the next
1000 years because we need you
all the time!! Happy Birthday to
an exceptional person who never
stops giving/serving!!
Best wishes,

Ebrima Ceesay (Coach)
Editors Note: Dr. Ebrima
Ceesay was one of the Gambian
Observers top reporters. He
was forced to fee the country
following Kenneth Y. Bests
deportation and ended up
in England where he sought
higher education. Several
years ago he was awarded the
PhD from the University of
Birmingham. A few weeks later
he few all the way from London
to Silver Spring, Maryland,
USA to show his degree to KYB
and his wife Mae Gene.
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VACANCY ANNOUCEMENT
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is seeking qualifed individual for the posi-
tion of Human Resource Management t Specialist.
VACANCY#: VA-669-14-000001
OPEN: All interested candidates. Current employees serving a probationary period with
the mission are not eligible to apply.
POSITION: Human Resource Management Specialist
OPENING DATE: November 13, 2013
CLOSING DATE: November 26, 2013
WORKING HOURS: Full-time, 40 hours/week
SALARY & BENEFITS: Ranging from US$19,443.00 to US$33,660.00 p.a. depending on full perfor-
mance standard.
NOTE: ALL ORDINARY RESIDENT APPLICANTS MUST HAVE THE REQURIED WORK AND/OR
RESIDENT PERMITS ALLOWING WORK IN LIBERIA BEFORE BEING ELIGIBLE TO APPLY.
BASIC FUNCTION
This position is located in the Executive Offce. The position serves as the principal assistant to the Supervi-
sory Executive Offcer at USAID/Liberia and assists in the planning, implementation and directing of policies
and procedures relating to personnel administration of all USAID staff including USDH, USPSC, TCN and
FSNs and manages all Mission-sponsored training events and activities.
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT (50%)
1. Responsible for all recruitment action of FSN staff. Drafts Vacancy announcements, reviews ap-
plications, arranges for interview of short listed applicants, negotiates salary and processes recruit-
ment of selected applicant, and provides orientation to incoming personnel on USAID employment
conditions and benefts package.
2. Prepares requisite personnel actions cables for promotions, step increases, resignation, retirement,
etc.
3. Maintains contract fles for all FSNs. Prepares new contracts or extends existing contracts for all
FSNs. Amend contracts when necessary, this may be due to change in work schedule, promotion etc.
Coordinates with OFM regarding obligation of funds. Obtains necessary signatures and distributes
signed contracts.
4. Coordinates FSN evaluations as well as work objectives for the following year for entire mission.
5. Maintains and updates personnel fles for USDH and USPSC personnel
6. Drafts USPSC contracts pursuant with AIDAR, Appendix J & D and FAAR clauses and provisions.
Develops entitlement budget and salary & benefts after negotiation have been completed with EXO.
7. Prepares arrival and departure notices for new arrivals and establishes staffng departing for and
returning from home leave.
Mission Training Activities (30%)
1. The incumbent manages all training for USAID/Liberia staff. In addition, he/she manages all Mis-
sion-sponsored training events and activities.
POSITION CLASSIFICATION/EVALUATION (15%)
1. Checks and updates position description to make sure that accurate and current position description
are in fle for all employees and periodically updates and maintains current USAID/Liberia Organi-
zational Chart and Staffng patterns.
2. Works closely with supervisors and employee to develop/review job descriptions and prepares posi-
tion classifcations (CAJE) to refect accurate and current duties and organizational relationships.
Such positions include all grade levels and all types of local positions.
3. Discusses classifcation decisions informally with supervisors and employees to explain the basis of
the decisions for the Executive Offcers clearance.
4. Classifes new USPSC positions to determine GS grade based on responsibilities.
OTHER DUTIES (5%)
1. Participates in FSN Salary survey with US Embassy HR offce.
2. Coordinates the annual awards program- including announcements of awards nominations for ap-
proval, preparation of awards certifcate, calculating amounts due to award winners and participates
in the scheduling of the ceremony.
3. Monitors USDH arrivals and departures in connection with the FS Open Assignment system by
ensuring that concerning employees receive updated cables, communicates with the arriving em-
ployees by sending the USAID/Liberia welcome cable.
4. Coordinates with Embassy/Liberia and manages FSN medical claims, updating and maintaining
staff medical account records.
5. Prepares period and non-recurring personnel reports for the Mission as well as AID/W.
6. Performs any other duties that may be assigned from time to time.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED FOR EFFECTIVE PERFORMANCE
a. Education: A degree in Personnel Administration or related feld is highly required.
b. Prior Work Experience: Five to seven years of progressively responsible experience in the feld of
personnel administration is required.
c. Post Entry training: FSN position classifcation. On the job training in the STATE/USAID poli-
cies and personnel administration.
d. Language Profciency: Level IV English ability.
e. Job Knowledge: Thorough knowledge of host country labor and social security laws and practices
as they apply to compensation and employment, US government ADS, 3 FAM and FSN Handbook.
f. Skill and Abilities: Ability to counsel employees and supervisors on work related problems.
Good judgment, outgoing personality, good working relationship with all assigned personnel. Good computer
skills.
Additional Selection Criteria
Management will consider nepotism/confict of interest and budget in determining a successful candidacy.
Selection Process
After an initial screening of applications, qualifed applicants will be invited for an interview. Only short-
listed applicants will be contacted.
How to Apply
Interested candidates for this position should submit the following:
1. A clearly typed application letter which briefy summarizes why you believe you are qualifed for
this position.
2. Resume
3. The names and contact details of three references that can attest for your professional qualifcations
and/or work experience.
4. Documentation (e.g. copied of certifcates, awards, degrees) that address the minimum requirements
of the position.
Submit application to:
HRM Specialist, USAID/Liberia, C/O American Embassy, Service Entrance, Gibson Street, Mamba
Point, Monrovia
Attention: Phillip Cherry; USAID/EXO
Or by e-mail to: Monrovia-hr@usaid.gov
1. The Government of Liberia through the Liberia Extractive Industries
Transparency Initiative (LEITI) has received a grant of UA270,000
(US$409,000) from the Fragile State Facility (Pillar III) of the African
Development Bank, to fnance the Technical Assistance and Capacity
Building Support to the Liberia Extractive Industries Transparency
Initiative (TCB-LEITI) project.
2. The principal objectives of this project are:
a) To enhance revenue transparency through in-depth reporting, dissemi-
nation of reconciliation reports;
b) Strengthening contract transparency by reviewing the post award pro-
cess, and
c) Build capacity of stakeholder on the Multi-Stakeholders Steering
Group (MSG) and staff of the LEITI.
3. The project includes the following components:
I. Post Award Performance and Publication will include conducting
of independent audits and / or investigations of the process by which
each material concession, contract, license and other right awarded in
2012 by the Government of Liberia in respect of the forestry, mining,
oil, agriculture and other designated resource sectors in Liberia in order
to determine whether each was awarded in compliance with applicable
Liberian Laws.
II. Institutional Capacity Building will include building the capacity of
civil society for continuous dialogue and engagement with the extractive
industry. This component will also focus on the capacity building needs
of the LEITI Multi-Stakeholders Steering Group (MSG) and traditional
leaders to enhance their full understanding of the non-renewability of the
countrys extractive resources, and how they can participate and engage
with other stakeholders on the prudent use of these extractive resources.
This component also includes capacity building activities for the LEITI
staff to enhance their monitoring and evaluating roles of the extractive
sectors.
III. Stakeholder Participation this component will provide technical
and fnancial support to civil society organizations in the Mining, Oil,
Agriculture sectors, Gold & Diamond Miners and Brokers, and conduct
GOL and LEITI joint workshop; fund Multi-Stakeholders constituency
feedback mechanisms and provide awareness and sensitization to urban
and rural communities.
4. Procurement:
a) All consulting services required for the project will be procured in
accordance with the African Development Banks Rules and Procedures
for the Use of Consultants, May 2008 Edition(revised July 2012), using
relevant Bank Standard Bidding Documents.
b) Consultancy Services relating to communication, audit implementa-
tion shall be procured through short listing of individual consultants.
c) Audit services shall be procured by shortlisting of frms, using Least
Cost Selection (LCS).
d) The Services of Capacity Building training shall be procured through
short listing of frms using Quality and Cost Based Selection (QCBS).
Bidding documents are expected to be available from February, 2014.
5. Interested bidders may obtain further information, and should confrm
their interest, by contacting:
Liberia Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (LEITI)
Old Bureau of Budget Building, Adjacent the Executive
Mansion, Capitol Hill, Monrovia, Liberia
Konah D. Karmo
Deputy Head of Secretariat
Tel #: +231886546997/ +231 886823477
E-mail: kdkarmo@leiti.org.Ir

Office of the Secretariat Old Bureau of the Budget Office Adjacent the Executive Mansion Monrovia, Liberia



Liberia Extractive Industries
Transparency Initiative
OFFICE OF THE SECRETARIAT
Republic of Liberia
Technical Assistance and Capacity Building
Support to the Liberia Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (TCB-LEITI)
GENERAL PROCUREMENT NOTICE
DAILY OBSERVER Page 14 Monday, November 18, 2013 8
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Liberia Electricity Corporation
P.O.Box10-165 Waterside
1000 Monrovia, 10 Liberia
Liberia Electricity Sector Enhancement Project
(LESEP)
INVITATION FOR BIDS (IFB)

Supply, Delivery, Installation and Commissioning of
Hardware and Software for Intel Servers for Liberia
Electricity Corporation (LEC)
IFB Number: NCB/LEC/LESEP/ERP/02/2013

NATIONAL COMPETITIVE BIDDING
1. This Invitation for Bids (IFB) follows the General Procurement Notice (GPN) for this project that
appeared in UNDB online, on March 7, 2012.
2. The Government of Liberia has received a grant from the Government of Norway toward the cost of
the Liberia Electricity Sector Enhancement Project (LESEP).
3. The Liberia Electricity Corporation acting as the Implementation Agency intends to apply
part of the proceeds of this grant to payments under the contract No: NCB/LEC/LESEP/ERP/02/2013
Supply, Installation & Commissioning of Hardware and Software for Intel Servers for Liberia Electricity
Corporation (LEC).
4. The Liberia Electricity Corporation now invites sealed bids from eligible and qualifed bidders for the
Supply of the above mentioned goods and related services as described in the schedule of Requirement of
the bid document and summarized below:
5. Bidding will be conducted through the National Competitive Bidding (NCB) procedures specifed
in the Government of Liberias Public Procurement and Concessions Commission Act and Regulations
(PPCA) and approved by the PPCC, and are open to all bidders from Eligible Source Countries as defned
in the Guidelines.
6. Interested eligible bidders may obtain further information from the Liberia Electricity Corporation
and inspect the Bidding Documents at the address given below from 0900 to 1700 hours, Monday to Friday,
excluding public holidays. More information on how to purchase bidding documents can be obtained by
contacting Thelma Saunders or Alfred Cassel at saundersthelmas@gmail.com and acassell94@yahoo.
com respectively.

7. Qualifcations requirements include:
a. Bidders must submit the following documents with their bids:
i. Certifcate of Incorporation
ii. Latest Tax Clearance Certifcate
iii. Business Registration Certifcate
b. Bidders must have successfully completed at least two (2) similar contracts done within the last
three (3) years of similar nature.
c. Bidders must provide audited Financial Reports for the last Two 2) years depending on the
fnancial year of the frm.
d. Additional details are provided in the Bidding Documents.
8. A complete set of Bidding Documents in English may be purchased by interested bidders on the
submission of a written Application to the address below and upon payment of a non-refundable fee
USD$200.00. The method of payment will be Bankers Check in favor of LEC or paid in cash to the
Chief Accountant Offce, 3rd Floor, LEC Central Offce. Alternatively, a direct by payment into Liberia
Electricity Corporation Project Account No: 10610000012034, (Swift Code No. ECOCLRLM) held
with ECO BANK LIBERIA LTD and submitting the payment advice as evidence to collect the Bid
Documents. An additional amount will be charged for deliveries by courier or DHL.
9. Bids must be delivered to the address below at or before 11:30 am Local time, on December 16, 2013.
Electronic bidding will not be permitted. Late bids will be rejected.
Bids will be opened in the presence of the bidders representatives who choose to attend in person at the
address below at 10, 00 am on December 16, 2013. All bids must be accompanied by a Bid Security
of Two Thousand United States Dollars (US$2,000) in an equivalent amount in a freely convertible
currency.
10. The address referred to above is:
The Chief Executive Offcer,
Liberia Electricity Corporation
P.O Box10 165 Waterside
1000 Monrovia, 10 Liberia
Email: gsylvestre@mhi.ca and copied to paschaline.mashingaidze@yahoo.ca ,
This information will also be available on the LEC website as shown below: www.lecliberia.com

Item No. Brief Description Unit of
Measure
QNTY
1. Servers No 2
2. Storage Management Server No 1
3. Fibre Channel Storage Array No 1
4. Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Volume Licensing to
support 200 users
Lot Lot
5. Support Services Lot Lot
6. Installation And Commissioning of both the hardware and
Microsoft Exchange Server
Lot Lot
7. 42U Universal Rack No 1

Liberia Electricity Corporation
P.O.Box10-165 Waterside
1000 Monrovia, 10 Liberia
Liberia Electricity Sector Enhancement Project
(LESEP)
INVITATION FOR BIDS (IFB)

SUPPLY AND DELIVERY OF STRUCTURED CABLING AND
TELECOMMUNICATIONS NETWORKING EQUIPMENT FOR
BUSHROD ISLAND OFFICE, LIBERIA ELECTRICITY CORPORATION
IFB Number: NCB/LEC/LESEP/ERP/03/2013

NATIONAL COMPETITIVE BIDDING
1. This Invitation for Bids (IFB) follows the General Procurement Notice (GPN) for this project that
appeared in UNDB online, on March 7, 2012.
2. The Government of Liberia has received a grant from the Government of Norway toward the cost of
the Liberia Electricity Sector Enhancement Project (LESEP).
3. The Liberia Electricity Corporation acting as the Implementation Agency intends to apply part of
the proceeds of this grant to payments under the contract No: NCB/LEC/LESEP/ERP/03/2013, Supply
and Delivery of Structured Cabling and Telecommunications Networking Equipment for Bushrod Island
Offce, Liberia Electricity Corporation.
4. The Liberia Electricity Corporation now invites sealed bids from eligible and qualifed bidders for the
Supply of the above mentioned goods and related services as described in

Lots No. Brief Description Unit of
Measure
QNTY
LOT( ONE)
1. 24 Port Data Patch Panel No. 2
2. UTP cables rolls (Cat 6a UTP 300m), indoor Roll 7
3. Cables rolls (Cat 6 FTP outdoor) Roll 1
4. 12U rack cabinet No. 2
5. 24 Port Cat 6 patch panel RJ45 No. 3
LOT NO. TWO
1. 24 port 2960 CISCO Switch No 3
2. 2800 CISCO Router NO. 1
3. Installation of CISCO Equipment Lot Lot
5. Bidding will be conducted through the National Competitive Bidding (NCB) procedures speci-
fed in the Government of Liberias Public Procurement and Concessions Commission Act and Regula-
tions (PPCA) and approved by the PPCC, and are open to all bidders from Eligible Source Countries as
defned in the Guidelines.
6. Interested eligible bidders may obtain further information from the Liberia Electricity Corpora-
tion and inspect the Bidding Documents at the address given below from 0900 to 1700 hours, Monday to
Friday, excluding public holidays. More information on how to purchase bidding documents can be ob-
tained by contacting Thelma Saunders or Alfred Cassel at saundersthelmas@gmail.com and acassell94@
yahoo.com respectively.

7. Qualifcations requirements include:
a. Bidders must submit the following documents with their bids:
i. Certifcate of Incorporation,
ii. Latest Tax Clearance Certifcate,
iii. Business registration certifcate
b. Bidders must have successfully completed at least two (2) similar contracts done within the last
three (3) years of similar nature
c. Bidders must provide audited Financial Reports for the last Two 2) years depending on the
fnancial year of the frm.
d. Additional details are provided in the Bidding Documents.
8. A complete set of Bidding Documents in English may be purchased by interested bidders on
the submission of a written Application to the address below and upon payment of a non-refundable fee
USD$200.00. The method of payment will be Bankers Check in favor of LEC or paid in cash to the
Chief Accountant Offce, 3rd Floor, LEC Central Offce. Alternatively, a direct by payment into Liberia
Electricity Corporation Project Account No: 10610000012034, (Swift Code No. ECOCLRLM) held
with ECO BANK LIBERIA LTD and submitting the payment advice as evidence to collect the Bid
Documents. An additional amount will be charged for deliveries by courier or DHL.
9. Bids must be delivered to the address below at or before 10:00 am Local time, on December
16, 2013. Electronic bidding will not be permitted. Late bids will be rejected. Bids will be opened in the
presence of the bidders representatives who choose to attend in person at the address below at 10, 00 am
on December 16, 2013. All bids must be accompanied by a Bid Security of Two Thousand United States
Dollars (US$2,000) in an equivalent amount in a freely convertible currency.
10. The address referred to above is:
The Chief Executive Offcer,
Liberia Electricity Corporation
P.O Box10 165 Waterside
1000 Monrovia, 10 Liberia
Email: gsylvestre@mhi.ca and copied to paschaline.mashingaidze@yahoo.ca ,
This information will also be available on the LEC website as shown below: www.lecliberia.com
DAILY OBSERVER Page 10 Monday, November 18, 2013 10
Position Summary: The Executive Director of Alumni shall conceive,
direct, manage and or implement a comprehensive Alumni Affairs Program
that would cultivate continuous fruitful and benefcial relationships
between Alumni and their Alma Mater, facilitating reciprocal advocacy
and contributions that would enhance implementation of the mission
of the University of Liberia. The Executive Director shall ensure that
the many elements to the Alumni Program address and respond to the
ever-changing needs of the Alumni and the priorities of the University
toward the goal of creating a lifelong relationship between UL and its
Graduates. The position of Executive Director of Alumni Relations is
new and replaces that of Director of Alumni Affairs.
The position of Executive Director of Alumni Affairs shall be at the
rank of an Associate Vice President with all of the benefts appertaining
thereto. A Masters Degree is required from an accredited institution,
in psychology, human resource management, sociology or related
areas that ensure competence and personality of a decisive peoples
person.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Create a plan for the Alumni Affairs Program that results in
growth for the program, exhibited through greater Alumni
Program involvement, greater reunion attendance, increased
annual and reunion giving, and involvement of a new pool of
Alumni in the Alumni Association and Institutional leadership
roles;
Participate in the leadership and activities of the Alumni
Association in building advancement program and assisting with
fund raising;
Responsible for all Alumni event planning, coordination, and
implementation of occasions such as reunions, chapter events,
Alumni meetings, capping ceremonies, and various affnity group
events in collaboration with Alumni Associations wherever they
exist;
Support and supervise the activities of the Alumni Association;
Supervise and report on income and expenditure of Alumni
account(s) and budget designated for the Alumni Affairs Program;
Manage, update, and market the Universitys online interactive
Alumni web presence, along with other means of connecting
with Alumni;
Respond to information and contact request from Alumni;
Formulate a strategic plan for short term and long term growth
and cultivation of Alumni;
Create reports and analysis tools to help ensure the program is
responsive to the needs of the Alumni and the University;
Manage the communication of information dissemination to
Alumni through various avenues including, but not limited to,
web based communications and releases; and
Perform all other duties as assigned by the President of the
University of Liberia.
All Applications should be addressed to:
The Association Vice President for Human Resource
Human Resource Department
University of Liberia
Capitol Hill
Monrovia, Liberia
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS AND CREDENTIALS
SUBMISSION: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2013 @ 4:00PM.
Executive Director of Alumni Affairs
Offce of the President, University of Liberia
Term of Reference
University of Liberia
Monrovia, Liberia
West Africa

UNIVERSITY OF LIBERIA
Capitol Hill, P.O.BOX 8020
Monrovia, Liberia

Offce of the Vice President for
UL Relations
Duties and responsibilities include the following:
1. Assist in research works and speech writing for
the President;
2. Serve as a public relations offcer for the offce of
the President in collaboration with the offce of the
University Relations
3. Attend meetings as a resource person for the
President;
4. Perform IT related activities for the President and
update UL Website;
5. Prepare reports including recommendations for
solutions to administrative problems;
6. Promote and build positive image of the offce
of the President and the University through a multi-
media programming to include online publications;
7. To mitigate misgivings about the University
through a robust and professional media program;
8. Serve as liaison to the offce of the President and
the University of the Public on media related matters.
9. Perform other functions and assignments on
order of the president relating to the growth of the
University.
Qualifcations (Education and Experience)
1. Must have earned a Bachelors Degree in Public
Administration or a Bachelor of Arts Degree in
Mass Communication (Masters Degree is an added
advantage) in its related feld from recognized
University;
2. Must be profcient in both written and spoken
English;
3. Must demonstrate good leadership, communication
and interpersonal skills;
4. Must have serve as Public Relations Offcer for a
minimum of three years;
5. Must be innovative, and has the ability to work
with diverse groups of individuals;
6. Must have strong Information Communication
Skills;
Application should be addressed to:
The Association Vice President for Human Resource
Human Resource Department
University of Liberia, Capitol Hill
Monrovia, Liberia
Deadline for application and credentials Submission:
Friday, November 29, 2013 @ 4:P.M.
UNIVERSITY OF LIBERIA
CAPITOL HILL, MONROVIA
P. O. BOX 9020

UNIVERSITY OF LIBERIA
Capitol Hill, P.O.BOX 8020
Monrovia, Liberia

Announcement for the position of Special
Assistant
DAILY OBSERVER Page 11 Monday, November 18, 2013 11
THE DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:
1. Prepare all academic reports and correspondence;
2. Have oversight of the academic calendar and academic schedules;
3. Ensure the timely preparation and submission of required reports by Deans and
instructional faculty;
4. Ensure the adherence to the UL Academic Management Policies;
5. Ability to train offce staff;
6. Attend all meetings falling under the purview of the Offce Academic Affairs and
Provost;
7. Assist the Offce of Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost to accomplish
all academic goals and objectives;
8. Serve as a liaison between the Offce of Academic Affairs and the Deans.
QUALIFICATIONS (Education and Experience)
1. Must have a Master Degree (PhD. Preferred) in the social sciences and humanities,
or in Higher Education Administration;
2. Ability to work with diverse groups of individuals;
3. Must be innovative with strong leadership, interpersonal, and communication
skills;
4. Must have a minimum of fve years of working experience in management positions;
5. Ability to work with Microsoft Offce applications.
ALL APPLICATIONS SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO:
Chair of the Search Committee
The Offce of the Vice President for Academic
Affairs & Provost
University of Liberia
P.O. BOX 9020
Monrovia Liberia
The Deadline for application and submission of all documents is November 30, 2013

UNIVERSITY OF LIBERIA
Capitol Hill, P.O.BOX 8020
Monrovia, Liberia

ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE POSITION OF
EXECUTIVE ACADEMIC OFFICER, UNIVERSITY OF
LIBERIA
UNIVERSITY OF LIBERIA
Capitol Hill, P.O. BOX 8020
Monrovia, Liberia
Duties and responsibilities include the following:
1. Support and promote the vision and mission of the University of Liberia;
2. Supervise and actively participate in the preparation of UL Entrance Exams;
3. Coordinate and administer all of UL Entrance Exams;
4. Develop and conduct training/workshops for all individuals with oversight of the
registration and administration of the Entrance Exams;
5. Score the exam and provide results to the President and Faculty Senate;
6. Provide list of eligible candidates based on guidelines set forth by the Faculty Senate;
7. Prepare and provide analysis of exams results to the President of the University of Liberia,
the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, the Faculty Senate and other relevant
partners (e.g. Ministry of Education, Principals of High Schools) for decision making;
8. Provide continuous assessments of exam development, administration, and evaluation;
QUALIFICATIONS (Education and Experience)
1. MA/MSc. in tests and measurements, Higher Education Administration or Social
Sciences;
2. Ability to work with diverse groups of individual;
3. Must be innovative with strong leadership, interpersonal, and communication skills;
4. Must have a minimum of fve years in higher education testing and evaluation or
management positions;
5. Demonstration of leadership, interpersonal and communication skills;
6. Evidence of high moral integrity.
7. Strong IT skills.
ALL APPLICATIONS SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO:
Chair of the Search Committee
The Offce of the Vice President for Academic Af fairs and Provost
University of Liberia
P.O. BOX 9020
Monrovia Liberia
The Deadline for application and submission of all documents is November 30, 2013

UNIVERSITY OF LIBERIA
Capitol Hill, P.O.BOX 8020
Monrovia, Liberia

Announcement for the Position of Director for
Testing and Evaluation, University of Liberia
(UL)
UNIVERSITY OF LIBERIA
Capitol Hill, P.O. BOX 8020
Monrovia, Liberia
Duties and responsibilities include the following:
1. Support and promote the vision and mission of the University of Liberia;
2. Be proactive and innovative on issues relating to student admission, registration and
graduation;
3. Develop measurable goals and objectives for all areas of the Offce of Enrollment Management;
4. Analyze and interpret student data relative to the trends in student enrollment and make
appropriate recommendations;
5. Recommend for hire, supervise and evaluate the Enrollment Management Staff;
6. Organize and implement registration for each semester at all campuses;
7. Collect, record, report, and maintain student records, (e.g. grades, registration data, transcripts,
etc);
8. Identify opportunities for professional growth for the staff of Enrollment Management;
9. Establish a system of continual assessment of current policies and procedures for improvement;
10. Provide leadership in the development of strategic plans;
11. Evaluate the effectiveness of current policies and procedures to ensure students receive
maximum services effciently;
12. Coordinate and collaborate with heads of academic units and give advice on policies relating
to grades, transfers, re-admissions, withdrawals, and academic standing;
QUALIFICATIONS (Education and Experience)
1. Must have a Master Degree (PhD. Preferred) in the Social Sciences and Humanities, or in
Higher Education Administration;
2. Ability to work with diverse groups of individuals;
3. Must be innovative with strong leadership, interpersonal, and communication skills;
4. Must have a minimum of fve years of working experience in enrollment management /
management positions;
5. Must have strong IT skills.
ALL APPLICATIONS SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO:
Chair of the Search Committee
The Offce of the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
University of Liberia
P.O. BOX 9020
Monrovia Liberia
The Deadline for application and submission of all documents is November 30, 2013

UNIVERSITY OF LIBERIA
Capitol Hill, P.O.BOX 8020
Monrovia, Liberia

Announcement for the position Enrollment
Management.
UNIVERSITY OF LIBERIA
Capitol Hill, P.O. BOX 8020
Monrovia, Liberia
T
he Liberian Institute of Certifed Public Accountants
hereby informs all its students, sponsors, and persons
interested in obtaining accountancy certifcation that
pre-registration for tutorials for the March 2014 Techni-
cian Certifcation Exams and May 2014 CPA Certifcation Exams,
respectively, is in progress at the Institutes offce on 4th Floor,
Lara Building, Randall Street (opposite Chariff Pharmacy). Pre-
registration is free and runs daily Mondays to Fridays from 9 AM
to 5 PM. Tutorial classes will commence on Monday, November
25, 2013.
Please be reminded that these tutorial classes will be conducted
by the team of experienced and versed expatriate Accounting in-
structors recruited with the support of USAID Governance and
Economic Management Support (GEMS) Project.
Persons in the following categories are particularly encouraged to
participate: controllers, fnance directors, accountants and auditors
of government ministries and agencies, private entities, NGOs,
and international organizations; professional staff of accounting
auditing frms; accounting instructors at various universities and
colleges; and university students majoring in accounting.
Liberian Institute of Certifed Public Accountants
Randall Street, Monrovia
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
DAILY OBSERVER Page 13 Monday, November 18, 2013 12
NATIONAL COMPETITIVE BUILDING NCB
Invitation for Bids (IFB)
THE SUPPLY OF FOOD ITEMS
IFB NO.: MOE/KRTTI/NCB/001/2013/2014
1. Kakata Rural Teacher Training Institute has received
budgetary allocation from the Republic of Liberia and
intends to apply part of it to fund eligible payments under the
contract for the Supply of Food Items and Fuel Lubricant.
2. The KAKATA RURAL TEACHER TRAINING
INSTITUTE (KRTTI) now invites sealed bids from eligible
and qualifed bidders for the SUPPLY OF FOOD ITEMS,
FUEL & LUBRICANTS, STATIONARIES, CLEANING
MATERIALS AND DRUGS
3. Bidding will be conducted through the National Competitive
Bidding (NCB) procedures specifed in the Public
Procurement & Concessions Act (PPCA) and approved by
the Public Procedure & Concessions Commission (PPCC),
and is open to all bidders from Eligible Source Countries as
defned in the Guidelines.
4. Interested eligible bidders may obtain further information
from the Procurement Unit located on the Institution
Campus in Margibi County, Kakata City inspect the Bidding
Documents at the address given below from Monday,
November 4, 2013 to Wednesday December 4, 2013
beginning 9:00AM to 4:00PM.
5. A complete set of Bidding Documents in English may be
purchased by interested bidders for a non-refundable fee of
US$50.00 Per Lot and can be obtained from the Procurement
Unit, Kakata Rural Teacher Training Institute (KRTTI)
Campus Margibi County by a representative.
6. Deadline for submission of bids is Wednesday December
4, 2013 at 12:00 noon. All bids must be accompanied by a
Bid Security in the amount of US$3,000.00. Bids coming
in after the deadline will be rejected. Submissions will be
opened in the presence of Firms/Companies who choose
to attend on Wednesday December 4, 2013 at 12M in the
conference room, of the Institution. PLEASE NOTE THAT
ELECTRONIC BIDS ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE.
7. All bids must be addressed and submitted to: Procurement
Unit Kakata Rural Teacher Training Institution (KRTTI)
Main Campus.
Some CSOs Organizations at the UNMIL Staff and Human Rights Dialogue
INCHR Acting Boss, Atty. Boakia Dukuly along with CSOs panel members
UNMIL Staff and Human Rights CSOs listen to presentation
Cross section Participants at the Human Rights Promotion and Protection Dialogue
LACC Chair, Cllr. Frances Johnson Allison gives presentation at HR DIALOGUE
UNMIL Staff and Human Rights CSOs listen to presentation
National CSOs Council
Chair gives remarks at
opening ceremony of the
HR dialogue
Mr. Jarwlee T. Geegbe a panelist gives intervention
while Mr. Devine Togba of the Ministry of Justice
Protection Section listens.

National Civil Society
Council of Liberia
DAILY OBSERVER Page 15 Monday, November 18, 2013 13
VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT
T
he public is informed that Cuttington University is seeking applications
from qualifed individuals to serve as Chief Accountant, Budget Accountant,
and a Book Keeper at the University main campus in Suakoko, Bong County.
Duties and Responsibilities of Chief Accountant
Supervise all accountants assigned to the Account Department including
Senior Accountant, Junior Accountant, Account I, Account II, Budget Account,
Administrative Finance Assistant/University Farm, Graduate School Accountant,
and Campus School Accountant;
Ensure the complete payment of fees by all students attending the University and
the issuance of cash payment receipts;
2Post all check disbursements;
Perform routine checks of postings to verify the equality of the trial balance;
Work along with the budget accountant to ensure timely preparation of the annual
budget;
Approve petty cash disbursement vouchers and verify check disbursement vouchers;
Budget Accountant
The duties and responsibilities of Budget Accountant include but not limited to the
followings:
Assist the controller in crafting the fscal budget of the university.
Compile and analyze accounting records and other data to determine the fnancial
resources required to implement the budget or other programs.
Analyze monthly department budgeting and accounting records for mainly
expenditure controls.
Direct the preparation of the university fscal budget through the inputs and
consultation with offcers of the three campuses (main campus, Graduate School
and Kakata Junior College).
Direct the preparation of special budget reports.
Bookkeepers
Duties and responsibilities include, but not limited to the following:
Process receipts for all funds received by Cuttington University;
Prepare receipt journal or daily cash receipt reports;
Assist the reconciliation Accountant in preparing bank reconciliation for all
Cuttington University bank accounts;
Assist in the registration process at the beginning of each semester; and
Perform other duties as may be assigned by the Comptroller and the President of
Cuttington University.
Person specifcation
We seek individuals who work professionally and effectively with diverse
individuals, possess effective interpersonal, written and verbal communication
skills and have the ability to contribute positively to the academic success of the
mission of Cuttington University.
Qualifcation includes:
Candidates for the positions of Chief Accountant, Budget Accountant should have
a B.Sc. or Masters degree, Four (4) to fve (5) years of working experience in such
felds from recognized institutions and candidates for the position of Book Keeper
should obtain a B.Sc. degree.
Interested individuals may address applications to The Human Resource Director,
Cuttington University, Suakoko, Bong County, Liberia or you can submit your
applications through the following email addresses: hrdcuttingtonuniversity@
gmail.com / hrdcuttingtonuniversity@yahoo.com . You may also drop a hard copy
of your applications at the security desk, Cuttington University Main Campus in
Suakoko or at the Graduate School in Monrovia. Come and join the winning team
and the family of the award winning University 2012 for best academic practices.
Deadline for submission of applications is on November 20, 2013.
Signed: J. Kelvin Fallah
Director, Human Resource
Cuttington University

Approved: Dr. Joshua D. B. Giddings
Vice President for Public Relations
Cuttington University

Email: info@cuttingtonuniversity.edu.lr
Website: www.cuttingtonuniversity.edu.lr
Tel: 0886403363



CUTTINGTON UNIVERSITY
SUAKOKO, BONG COUNTY
P. O. BOX 10-0277
1000 MONROVIA 10, LIBERIA
WEST AFRICA
Offce of the Vice President for Public Relations
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Concerned Lofa Citizens in the Americas
L
ofa citizens in the Americas, among other Liberians, have learned
through various sources and the press that the government of
Liberia (GOL) is considering negotiating with Jindal, a giant
Indian company for the exploration and mining of Wologizi
Mountain in Lofa County. While some sources maintain with certainty
that negotiations are already ongoing, others stress vehemently that a
contract has already been signed. While we cannot verify all sources, we
nonetheless have reasons to be concerned by these revelations. Therefore,
as sons and daughters of Lofa County in the Diaspora, working in close
collaboration with our brothers and sisters in Liberia, we would like to
convey the following points to the government of Liberia:
1. We grant that it is the governments place and prerogative to
administer the affairs of the state, oversee foreign affairs, and sign treaties,
among others. It is therefore within the governments purview to negotiate
with foreign governments and other entities. However, regarding Wologizi
Mountain, it goes without saying that this reservoir of mineral resources sits
in Voinjama District, Lofa County; therefore, we respectfully maintain that
any negotiations relative to the exploration and mining of this mountain
MUST involve the people of Lofa County. Fortunately, Lofa is blessed
with children who are geologists, geophysicists, exploration specialists,
engineers, lawyers, and other experts who will ably negotiate alongside the
government with companies interested in Wologizi.
2. In identifying partners to explore and mine Wologizi, we call on
the government to ensure that no one company gets a monopoly; rather, it
is recommended strongly that companies be vetted in the best interest of
Lofa and Liberia.
3. The word Wologizi in the Loma language means mountain of
cries/tears. The people of Lofa County MUST not lose tears when this
mountain is explored and mined. Specifcally, aware of the exploitation of
mining companies in Nimba, Bong, and Bomi, the people of Lofa rigidly
insist that:
A. They MUST beneft substantiallyin both short and long terms--
from any exploration and mining activities in their area, and
B. There must be safeguards for environmental and human protection
during and after mining activities in their area. ANYTHING short of these
NON-NEGOTIABLE points will be rejected vehemently by the people of
Lofa County.
4. We therefore call on the government of Liberia to ensure that our
concerns herein expressed publicly are addressed fully for the beneft of
Lofa County and Liberia in general.

Given this 15th day of November, 2013 under our hands and seal:
Concerned Lofa Citizens in the Americas, including but not limited to:

Jusu Hena, Petroleum Geophysicist
Former president of the Federation of Lofa Associations in the
Americas
J. Galakpai Howard, P.E.
Former president of the Federation of Lofa Associations in the
Americas
Jallah W. Kennedy
Former Co-Chairman of the Federation of Lofa Association in the
Americas

Dr. Sakui Malakpa,
Former President of the Federation of Lofa Associations in the
Americas
Camah T. Mulabah, Mining Engineer
Former Materials Engineer, Mine Department, Bong Mining Company,
Liberia
Arthur K. Zakama, Jr.
Former President of the Federation of Lofa Associations in the
Americas
Fazeh Duyen
Former President, New Jersey Chapter, Federation of Lofa Associations
in the Americas
DAILY OBSERVER Page 9 Monday, November 18, 2013 14
Hon. Theophilus Totee Bettie
DEPUTY GOVERNOR FOR ECONOMIC POLICY
CENTRAL BANK OF LIBERIA
REPUBLIC OF LIBERIA
T
he Board of Governors, Management and Staff of the
Central Bank of Liberia announce with profound regrets, the
sudden, tragic and grief stricken Death of Deputy Governor
for Economic Policy, Hon. Theophilus Totee Bettie, which
occurred on Friday, NOVEMBER 8, 2013, AT THE Saint Nicholas
Hospital in Lagos, Nigeria, while attending the Bi-annum Conference
of the West African Institute for Financial and Economic Management,
(Waifen).
BOOK OF CONDOLENCE
Book of condolence will be opened at the Central Bank of Liberia on
Wednesday, November 20, 2013, at 2 O Clock post meridian.
REMOVAL
On Friday, 22nd November 2013, at 5: O Clock post meridian, the
Body of the late Honorable Theophilus Totee Bettie will be removed
from the Samuel A. Stryker funeral parlors in Sinkor, Monrovia,
Montserrado County, Republic of Liberia and convey to the Saint
Simon Baptist Church, Horton Avenue, Capitol Bye Pass, Monrovia,
Montserrado County.
WAKE-KEEPING
Wake-keeping over his mortal remains will commence at 6 O Clock
post meridian.
FUNERAL SERVICES
On Saturday, 23rd of November, 2013, at the hour of ten O Clock ante
meridian, funeral rites over his remains will be held at the Saint Simon
Baptist Church.
INTERMENT
Interment follows thereafter at the Johnsonville Public Cemetery,
Montserrado County, Republic of Liberia
FUNERAL ANNOUNCEMENT
PROTOCOL ARRANGEMENTS FOR HIS REMOVAL,
WAKE-KEEPING AND BURIAL
EOI NO: CSA/SG/CS/12/13
IDA GRANT ID: FT 010792
Assignment Title: Request for expression of interest-: Drafting the Civil
Service Communication (information and Dissemination) Strategy
REQUEST FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST (REOI)
(Communication Specialist)
T
he Government of Liberia (GoL) through the Civil Service Agency (CSA)
has received a grant from the International Development Association (IDA)
for Strengthening Governance-Civil Service Reforms and Capacity Building
Project (CSRCBP). The Civil Service Agency intends to apply part of the
proceeds of this grant to eligible payments under the contract for hiring a Communica-
tions Specialist to draft the Civil Service Reform Communication (Information and
Dissemination) Strategy.
The objectives of the assignment are as follows:
Conduct a communication analysis of the Civil Service Reform Project from
its inception and cataloguing various reform initiatives and achievements;
Develop a fve-year communication (information and dissemination) strategy;
Build into the strategy, sensitization and public awareness initiatives.
The duration of the assignment:
The timescale of the assignment is for a period of three (3) staff months (90 working
days) over three (3) calendar months and should start upon the signing of the contract.
The duty station shall be Civil Service Agency Monrovia, Liberia. However, a por-
tion of this assignment could be undertaken away from Monrovia.
The Civil Service Agency now invites eligible Individual Consultants to indicate their
interest in providing the services. Interested consultants must provide information in-
dicating that they are qualifed to perform the services by submitting their detailed in-
formation (CV, brochures, past performance records, references of similar assignments
executed in the recent past). They must also provide description of work experience
both general and on similar assignments. Specifc experience on World Bank funded
project will be an added advantage. Selection will be based on qualifcations and ex-
perience stipulated below.
Consulting frms are allowed to propose individuals for this assignment. However,
only the experience and qualifcations of individuals shall be used in the selection pro-
cess, and corporate experience shall not be taken into account and the contract would
be signed with the proposed individual.
Qualifcations and Experience:
Masters Degree in Mass Communication/Public Relations/Advertising/Com-
munication Analysis & Planning/Marketing;
He/she must have minimum of ten (10) years relevant work experience;
The consultant must have experience in conducting communications needs
analysis and strategic design as well as in managing communication cam-
paigns;
Must have experience conducting communication for large reform programs,
especially related to the public sector;
Must have practical work experience with new media platforms, including
twitter, facebook and other online applications;
Must demonstrate practical and relevant experience dealing with diffcult
constituencies such as unions, legislatures, consumer groups and other
stakeholders.
The attention of interested Consultants is drawn to paragraph 1.9 of the World Banks
Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants under IBRD Loans and IDA
Credits & Grants by World Bank Borrowers (January 2011). (Consultant Guidelines),
setting forth the World Banks policy on confict of interest.
An Individual Consultant will be selected in accordance with the procedures set out in
the World Banks Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants under IBRD
Loans and IDA Credits and Grants by World Bank Borrowers dates January 2011.
Interested Individual Consultants may obtained further information at the address be-
low during offce hours from 09:00 and 17:00hours, Mondays to Fridays.
Expressions of interest must be delivered in a written from clearly marked: Ref:
Communication Specialist of the CSRCBP, at the address below in person or by
mail or by email) on or before Monday, December 2, 2013 at 16:00hours.
The Consultant/Project Coordinator
Civil Service Reform and Capacity Building Project
Civil Service Agency
63 Carey Street, Monrovia, Liberia
Email: yaidooshy11@gmail.com
Attention: The Consultant/Project Coordinator-CSRCBP
OFFICE OF THE
DIRECTOR GENERAL
Republic of Liberia
Civil Service Reform and Capacituy Building Project
Civil Service Agency
DAILY OBSERVER Page 6 Monday, November 18, 2013 15
Australia Awards Scholarships
(2015 Intake)
Apply by 13 December 2013
Masters-level study at an Australian
university. Priority sectors:
Agriculture & Food Security
Health
Mining & Natural Resource
Management
Public Policy
Water & Sanitation
Australia Awards -
Africa Fellowships
(2014 Intake)
Apply by 17 January 2014
Targeted professional development
in specialised elds delivered in both
Africa and Australia. Priority sectors:
Agriculture
Maternal, Neonatal & Child Health
Mining Governance
Public Policy
Make a difference:
Apply for an Australia Award
The Australian Government is offering
development scholarships to African professionals
Applications are open from 1 September 2013
www.australiaawardsafrica.org
Priority sectors vary by country. Check your country page on the Australia Awards website
The Australian Government strongly encourages applications from women
Mechanisms are in place to support the participation of people with disability
Australia Awards: Promoting development in Africa
through education and training
LIBERIA ASSOCIATION OF WRITERS (LAW) CELEBRATES ITS 20TH AFRICAN WRITERS DAY
The Liberia Associaton of Writers, in collaboraton with the USAID Liberia Teachers Training Program (LTTP), a program that supports educaton
and early grade reading, along with the WE-Care Foundaton celebrated the 20th anniversary of African Writers Day at the Monrovia City Hall
on November 9, 2013. The program highlighted the writers roles in the literary development of Africa and the Liberian writers contributon
and partcipaton in the Natonal Reading Campaign that launched earlier this year.
Launching of Books (Reading Liberia and How Plover Bird Came
and Cleaned Crocodiles Teeth)
LAW Students Writers Club Performing Drama
Books on Display for Attendees to View
USAID Liberia Teacher Training Program Chief of Party, Michael V.
Blundell Addressed the Audience
Sen. John Ballout Being Honored by Collective Societies
Cross Section of the Audience
DAILY OBSERVER Page 16 Monday, November 18, 2013 16
A Road To A New Beginning
National Oil Company of Liberias (NOCAL) First
Retirement Dinner, Held at the Executive Pavilion Broad
Street, Monrovia, Liberia November 16, 2013
(L-R) Madam Mary Brownell and former NOCAL Board Member gracing the
occasion
(L-R) NOCAL Acting Board Chairman Fred Bass-Golokeh & Board Member Joseph
Howe.
(L-R) NOCAL President & CEO Dr. McClain & Mrs. Hoff-Saytumah
Mrs. Leigh-Parker (middle) discussing with other NOCAL Board members
NOCAL President & CEO Dr. Randolph A.K.W
McClain making remarks
Former Senior Vice President for Finance Mrs. Marie E. Leigh-Parker receiving her
honor presented by the Acting Board Chairman
Former NOCAL Vice President for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and
honoree Mrs. Ophelia Hoff-Saytumah receiving her honor from NOCALs
Management
DAILY OBSERVER Sunday, November 17, 2013
Monday, November 18, 2013 Page 17
NOCAL Retires Two Strong Women
-Mrs. Marie Leigh-Parker, Mrs. Ophelia Hoff-Saytumah Honored
By George D. Kennedy
S
erving country rather
than self brings
satisfaction and joy to
the hearts of patriots
and nationalists. But, the sad
story about such people is
that only a few patriots and
nationalists worldwide are
paid their respect and publicly
honored by society.
The National Oil Company
of Liberia (NOCAL) over
the weekend decided to right
a wrong that perennially
(perpetually, like forever)
has denied many a historical
fgure or patriot, even, the
honor and respect due them
while they are still around
to enjoy them. On Saturday
night, Nocal honored two of
Liberias brightest females
who have serve the company
and their country and people
with distinction.
Mrs. Marie E. Leigh-Parker,
senior vice president and vice
president of fnance of NOCAL
and her long time friend Mrs.
Ophelia Hoff-Saytumah, vice
president corporate social
responsibilities (CRS) of
NOCAL, were honorably
retired over the weekend for
their dedicated services to the
oil company and the people of
Liberia.
The two dynamic and
energetic women were
honored at a well-attended
retirement and farewell dinner
hosted in their honor by the
Management of NOCAL at
the Executive Pavilion on
Broad Street. On the theme: A
Road to a New Beginning, the
retirement dinner was the frst-
ever by NOCAL.
Mrs. Parker joined NOCAL
in 2004 taking her frst
assignment as vice president
for administration and fnance.
In 2009, she was promoted
to the position of senior vice
president, vice president for
fnance, where she served up to
her retirement.
Mrs. Parker, who holds
an MBA in Economics from
Southern Illinois University in
the US, joined the oil company
at the time when the name
NOCAL was not even known.
She came to the job with
30 years of senior level
experience in personnel
management, budgeting and
corporate administration, and
25 years of frst and second
level supervisory experience
in recruiting, screening,
interviewing and placement of
personnel.
The NOCAL retiree also
has 15 years of government
experience (Liberia
Development Corporation,
Ministry of Commerce
&Industry, the Executive
Mansion, the Central Bank
of Liberia and Contracts &
Monopolies, amongst others.
In her position as senior vice
president and vice president
of fnance of NOCAL, Mrs.
Parker was responsible to plan,
develop, and enforce policies
and objectives for the division
of fnance and the company to
ensure it maintained and met
established goals; she also
oversaw and maintained the
fnancial budget and fnancial
statements for the company,
amongst other responsibilities.
Mrs. Parkers friend, Mrs.
Ophelia Hoff-Saytumah,
joined NOCAL in 2009 after
the expiration of her two terms
tenure as Mayor of the City of
Monrovia.
Mrs. Saytumahs frst
position at NOCAL was vice
president for administration
under the presidency of former
NOCAL chief executive
offcer Dr. Fodee Kromah.
In May, 2012, the retiree
became vice president for
Corporate Social Relations
of NOCAL, a position she so
cherished because, according
to her, it allowed her the
opportunity to touch the lives
of the most-needy in the
country.
As vice president for CSR
which is considered the face of
NOCAL, Mrs. Saytumah was
able to approve and implement
several NOCAL-sponsored
community-based and youth
empowerment programs
including the provision of local
and international scholarships
to deserving students, giving
daily assistance to various
youth groupings across the
country, and most importantly,
the NOCAL housing projects
in Lofa, Grand Bassa and
other counties, for low-income
earners.
Mrs. Saytumah holds a Bsc.
degree in Education from
Cuttington University.
She is a career airline
marketer, a dream she pursue
in the US and graduated from
the Grace Downs Air Career
School in Glen Cove, Long
Island, New York.
Speaking at the honoring
ceremony of these two
women, NOCALs Acting
Chairman Fred Bass Golokeh
said he was pleased to be a
part program because the two
women have honorably served
their country.
Mr. Golokeh thanked the
two women for bringing
NOCAL into the limelight.
We want to say thank you
for making NOCAL what it is
today, he said.
Earlier, NOCALs president
and CEO Dr. Randolph A.
K.W. McClain spoke highly of
the uniqueness of the honoring
ceremony and praised the
honorees for their astuteness
in the discharge of their duties.
They have helped me with
the foundation needed and the
historical perspectives in the
areas of fnance and CSR. I
am very grateful to these two
strong ladies for that, the
NOCAL CEO said.
Dr. McClain explained
how the two honorees
respected the core values
of NOCAL which include
safety, health, transparency
and accountability, and
sustainability.
He expressed the hope that
the new petroleum law will
be sustainable enough for the
petroleum sector.
The National Legislature
is currently holding a nation-
wide public hearing on the
draft petroleum law of Liberia.
The hearing, according to
sources on Capitol Hill, is
intended to generate input
from locals in promulgating
(publicizing, circulating) the
new petroleum law so that it
would address the needs of the
broader masses of the Liberian
people.
Dr. McClain, for his part,
welcomed the consultation
and said it is inclusiveness.
He also expressed the hope
that Liberia soon begins
mining for oil.
In her response, honoree
Mrs. Marie Parker said she
is retiring from NOCAL, but
she is not tired yet. I am not
tire yet, she said. Mrs. Parker
thanked the NOCAL family
for the honor, but left this
message behind for the staff
and for the Liberian people:
Love your country and do
what is good for it.
She also urged those working
on the petroleum law to ensure
that the law is good and in the
interest of the country.
As for Mrs. Saytumah It
was a pleasure being a part
of making NOCAL what it
is today. I am happy that
NOCAL is known everywhere
in Liberia, she said.
Mrs. Ophelia Hoff-
Saytumah
Mrs. Marie Leigh-Parker
VP Boakai Urges Liberian
to Gets into Business
By David A. Yates
T
he Vice President of
Liberia, Ambassador
Joseph N. Boakai,
has stressed the need
for Liberians to get involved
into business activities as
a way of contributing to
the growth of the Liberias
economy, rather seeking for a
government job.
Vice President Boakai made
the assertion on Saturday,
November 16, at a ribbon
cutting ceremony at the
ELWA Junction between the
ELWA Market and Rehab
dedicated to 100% Liberian-
owned business Vasco Direct
Incorporated, an importer and
distributor of genuine auto-
parts and household materials
from the USA.
He observed that foreigners
can help in promoting Liberias
economy, but pointed out
that the ideas they have may
not necessarily work in our
country, so we need Liberians
to fully take control of the
business sector.
According to him, business
plays a major role in society
today by creating job
opportunities for young people
that result in a reduction of
poverty.
Ambassador Boakai
emphasized that although
it is important to encourage
Liberians to get involved in
the countrys business arena,
customers should not make
it a habit to promote Liberian
businesses on a credit basis.
If we want Liberians to
become big business people,
we must forget about sell-
now-pay-later, he warned.
VP Boakai also lauded
the CEO of Vasco Direct
Incorporated for establishing
an automobile business that is
owned by Liberians and helps
vehicle users acquire various
spare parts for their cars.
He said: Our roads are
not the best, so we need lot
of spare parts that will keep
our vehicles plying the major
streets of our country.
Mr. Edwin Guilly, the
president of Vasco Direct
Incorporated, said that his
company has come to help
buttress the automotive
industry in the country.
Mr. Guilly furthered that
they are offering services for
various brands of vehicles
which include: Ford, General
Motor, Chrysler, Honda,
Toyota and Nissan, others are
, BMW Mercedes Benz, Volvo
Acura, Land Rover and Rang
Rover amongst other.
He added that Vasco Direct
Incorporated is Offering
customers better value, faster
delivery, and all around better
quality services.
Mr. Guilly explained that
all they need from customers
is for them to identify the
problems with their vehicle.
Vice President Boakai, aided by others cuts the ribbons
DAILY OBSERVER Page 18
Monday, November 18, 2013
previous governments, leaving
nothing behind except t ruined
lives and almost-depleted for-
ests.
But they thanked China
Union for taking over and
bringing to them and their chil-
dren, what they long thought
should have been done by
previous concessionaires and
Liberian leaders. The Hain-
dii construction project is in
fulfllment of China Unions
Corporate Social Responsibil-
ity (CSR) promised the Gov-
ernment and people of Liberia.
Addressing the audience at
the ceremony in Haindii on
Saturday, November 16, the
General Manager of China
Union, Mr. Luo Yuanjun dis-
closed that the construction of
the road would start from Bong
Town railway and runs directly
to Haindii, which is about 200
kilometers, and ends at the St.
Paul River. The total-length of
the road is 13,406 km.
China Union Investment (Li-
beria) Bong Mines Co. is the
major overseas mining com-
pany owned by WISCO---the
third largest iron and steel
company in China.
The original road leading
from Bong Town to Handii is
earth road, with a roadbed of
four meters wide, but Mr. Yu-
anjun noted that after explora-
tion, according to China Road
Engineering Technology Stan-
dard, the new road is designed
to be 7 meters wide; with
width of roadbed is 8.5 meter.
He said that the road struc-
ture can be divided into two
levels, with the 10 cm upper
layer, made of gravels with a
particle size of 0 to 25 mm,
and the 20 cm sub layer, made
of gravels with a particle size
of 25 to 65 mm.
The China Unions boss said
that Heavy duty compacting
criteria is adopted in the course
of the road bed. And China
Union strictly abides by the
criteria of China Earth Road
Testing Regulations about the
maximum particle size of pad-
ding materials and compacting
index. He indicated that the
company designed 30 culverts
in the whole line.
He indicated: In view of
the situation that there are too
many residences on both sides
of the road, 1731 meters long
culverts were designed for the
transportation convenience.
The Bridges can afford the
weight of vehicles less than 5
tons
We are gathered here today
to celebrate the festive day for
the commencement of Haindii
road construction project. On
behalf of China Union (Hong
Kong) Mining Co, and all the
staff of China Union Invest-
ment (Liberia) Bong Mines
Co, I want to extend sincere
appreciation to all the work-
ers: construction teams, con-
struction supervision institu-
tions present.
Bong Mines project is the
largest scale project for eco-
nomic and trade cooperation
between China and Liberia, it
also being an important part of
two countries economic and
diplomacy activities.
China Union has recruited
more than 1,000 employees
during the Bong Mines con-
struction period, and recently
we newly recruited more than
200 Liberian employees. They
shall be assigned in batches
and by stages to different posi-
tions after training, Mr. Yuan-
jun said.
He furthered that during the
Bong Mine Project construc-
tion process, the company
got high attention and strong
support from President Ellen
Johnson Sirleaf.
Also speaking at the ceremo-
ny, the Representative of Fua-
mah District, Madam Korpu
Barclay, said the road project
was a milestone in the lives
of the people of the district.
She said that the project was
a result of the efforts of every
stakeholder, including citizens
of the district, the management
of China Union and the Gov-
ernment of Liberia.
She urged all segment of the
citizenry to unite and forge
ahead for more developments
that will impact the lives of the
people, especially the young
ones who will have the oppor-
tunity to see a pave road for
the frst time in the district.
The lawmaker noted that
development such as road can
open up an environment and
Fuamah District will be no ex-
ception.
Making remarks also was
the Paramount Chief of Fua-
mah District, Chief Joseph
Tarte. Chief Tarte lauded the
President Sirleaf and the man-
agement of China Union for
bringing such a huge invest-
ment to the district.
He said the importance of
the construction of the road,
which they have been craving
for years, cannot be over em-
phasized due to the economic
impact it will have on the lives
of the people of the district.
Chief Tarte, however, ap-
pealed to President Sirleaf,
CU management and other de-
velopment partners, to build a
bridge over the St. Paul River
where the road project is ex-
pected to stop.
Haindii sits right alongside
the St. Paul River and the only
means of getting across it is by
canoe or swimming.
Residents of Haindii and sur-
rounding villages celebrated
from dawn until late after-
noon, for what they termed
as a great undertaking and
achievement in the history of
their town and district. They
said they had long awaited
such development.
Haindii is historic to resi-
dents of the district and others
in Bong County because it is
the home of the countys frst-
ever Senator, Gbortoh Barclay.
He was the grandfather of the
districts current lawmaker,
Representative Korpu Barclay,
as well as the home of one of
Liberias literary writers, Pro-
fessor Wilton Sankawolo.
The township also has one
of Liberias islands --- Dub-
lin Island --- which could be
used as a tourist attraction site,
when Liberias tourism sector
begins actual business.
Apart from the $3.5 million
social contribution funds that
the company paid to the Li-
beria Government every year,
China Union also took over
93 medical staffs from the
Bong Mines Hospital, and dis-
patched 10 medical staffs from
China to help the Liberian
medical career.
The company spent more
than US$500,000 repairing the
school and purchasing teach-
ing equipment and books. Chi-
na Union also invested more
than $18.6 million dollars to
renovate the 35-km Kakata-
-Bong Mines road.
Present at the occasion also
were Edwin Sarvice, Project
Development Unit in the offce
of President Sirleaf, Liu Yun
Biao, Economic and Com-
mercial Counselor of Chinese
Embassy, Sherrif Anthony,
Development Superintendent
of Bong County, Hampton
Giddings, Commissioner of
Fuamah District and leaders of
the Fuamah Youths Develop-
ment Platform.
Relief
By George D. Kennedy
T
he Government
of Germany,
through the
German De-
velopment Co-
operation, has
made an 8-million Euros grant
to the Liberian government in
support of the countrys pre-
and post-war recovery pro-
gram. The money, according to
German offcials, will be used
for projects in three counties in
southeastern Liberia, already
identifed under the German-
funded, Reintegration and Re-
covery Program (RRP). Those
counties are: Grand Gedeh,
River Gee and Sinoe.
Speaking last Friday at the
Ministry of Finance during the
signing ceremony of the grant,
German Ambassador to Libe-
ria, Mr. Ralph Timmermann,
said Germany was happy to
provide additional support to
the RRP program in Liberia
in order to improve the liv-
ing condition of the people in
those counties.
Ambassador Timmermann
observed that the RRP pro-
vides an active contribution to
the socio-economic recovery
in Liberias Southeast and the
consolidation of the peace pro-
cess in the country as a whole.
The German envoy, who
signed for his country, ex-
pressed his gratitude to both
governments for the extension
of the RRP program in the
Southeast.
I am very happy for the
extension of the recovery pro-
gram in Liberia. This exten-
sion allows us to continue the
very successful work we are
already doing in the Southeast-
ern region of Liberia, he said.
The German Ambassador
also noted that the extension
gives a very signifcant new
face to the program, which
targets agriculture, health, ed-
ucation, road, and rural infra-
structure projects and women
issues, amongst other.
The RRP started in Liberia
in 2005, and is currently in its
third phase. The implementa-
tion period for the third phase
of the RRP runs from October,
2010, until September, 2014.
With the additional 8 million
Euros supplemental money
provided by the German gov-
ernment, the lifespan of the
RRP program has been ex-
tended to 2017.
The German government had
already made available a total
of 15 million Euros in support
of the RRP program since it
started in 2005.
We are very happy to con-
tinue work in the Southeast,
said Madam Sonja Wasser-
mann, project manager of the
German KfW Development
Bank.
We started this work since
2005 and the program has now
been extended to 2017; that
will allow us to help the people
of southeastern Liberia in the
areas of agriculture and rural
infrastructure projects such as
roads, education and womens
support, she added.
For his part, Liberias Min-
ister of Finance Amara M.
Konneh thanked the German
government for the grant sup-
port and said the RRP has been
successful in the Southeast,
specifcally in Grand Gedeh,
Sinoe and River Gee counties.
I personally want to ap-
plaud the efforts of the Ger-
Liberia Gets
mans for providing 8 million
Euros in aid from the German
Federal Budget for the con-
tinuation of the RRP in the
Southeast, Minister Konneh
said.
He said the signing cer-
emony further assured the
people of Liberia of the strong
relations between Liberia and
Germany.
We are truly assured that
the German government is
conscious of Liberias medium
term development plan, the
Agenda for Transformation
(AfT), which ends in 2017.
Minister Konneh, who is also
Acting Minister of Planning
&Economic Affairs, described
Germany as one of Liberias
most reliable bilateral part-
ners.
sential lifesaving maternal and
reproductive health medicines
in service delivery points in
Liberia.
The 2013 RHCS survey will
be the very frst in Liberia and
will serve as a benchmark, pro-
viding Liberia with baseline
data against which to measure
results as Liberia moves for-
ward with its recovery pro-
grams.
Speaking further Asst. Min.
Nyenswah, who offcially
launched the survey, said Li-
beria has reached another criti-
cal level with the launch of the
RHCS, which he described as
very important. He told the
audience that President Ellen
Johnson Sirleaf, some time ago
launched the Road Map for the
Acceleration of the Reduction
of Maternal Mortality in Libe-
ria.
He stated that that launch was
followed by another one, which
was done by Health and Social
Welfare Minister, Dr. Walter
Gwenigale --- the Accelerated
Action Plan for the Reduction
of Maternal Mortality.
According to Asst. Min. Ny-
enswah, those actions by Presi-
dent Sirleaf and Min. Gweni-
gale were geared toward the
improvement of woman and
child health in Liberia.
For you to succeed there is
nothing more critical in reduc-
ing maternal, infant and under
fve mortalities than ensuring
that commodities are always,
everywhere at any time as-
sessable and affordable at all
times, he stressed.
He said preliminary statis-
tics result has shown that 32
percent of Liberians need the
modern contraceptives and es-
sential lifesaving maternal and
reproductive health medicines
that enumerators would be out
there collecting data on.
Lifesaving commodities
such as Magnesium Sulphate
and Oxytocin are greater access
to our fght to reducing mater-
nal and under-fve mortality in
our country, he emphasized.
Asst. Min. Nyenswah further
stated that investment in repro-
ductive and maternal and child
health can accelerate economy
growth, development and im-
prove the lives and wellbeing
of citizens.
He stressed that young people
should be educated about their
reproductive and sexual health.
He told the audience that for
them to intervene as public
health specialists, enumerators
should collect tangible data, so
that health stakeholders can be
able to make the necessary and
relevant interventions.
Also speaking, Ms. Ratidzai
Ndhlovu, Resident Representa-
tive, UNFPA-Liberia, said the
GPRHCS gives comprehensive
support to governments to: en-
hance procurement of contra-
ceptives and essential maternal
and reproductive health lifesav-
ing medicines; strengthen the
procurement and supply chain
management systems including
support to the electronic Logis-
tics Management Information
System (e-LMIS); enhance ad-
vocacy and demand generation
for Family Planning services;
strengthen national capacity for
the provision of Family Plan-
ning information and services
at health centers and also in
communities.
Ms. Ndhlovu further stated
that the GPRHCS is a fexible
program that leaves each coun-
try to decide on the specifc
activities and interventions,
depending on its specifc needs.
This fexibility makes it
possible to include modules to
collect data on other maternal
health indicators on an annual
basis. This is why this years
survey has an additional mod-
ule to collect data for the H4+
maternal health program, she
added.
The focus of the RHCS sur-
vey is on three outcome indica-
tors in the GPRHCS monitor-
ing and evaluation framework:
percentage of service delivery
points offering at least fve
modern methods of contracep-
tives; percentage of service
delivery points with seven
lifesaving maternal and repro-
ductive health medicines, that
is Magnesium Sulphate and
Oxytocin plus any other fve)
from the WHO 2012 list of
priority lifesaving medicines
for women and children; and
percentage of service delivery
points with no stock-out of
contraceptives within the last
six months before the survey.
She disclosed that Libe-
ria was joining 45 countries
around the world to conduct the
annual review of Reproductive
Health Commodity Security.
Results of the 2013
GPRHCS survey will be an
excellent complement for the
2013 Liberia Demography and
Health Survey (LDHS) and
both of these surveys, heavily
supported by UNFPA, are two
very signifcant sources of data
on family planning, maternal
health and reproductive health
commodity security. This data
will be very useful in determin-
ing high impact interventions
to ensure reproductive health
commodity security thereby
contributing to increasing utili-
zation of Family Planning Ser-
vices and subsequent reduction
of maternal mortality.
She also stated that the in-
formation from the survey will
allow for international com-
parison of the participating
countries. Nationally, it will be
used for sound planning and for
making critical decisions about
RHCS. In addition, it will pro-
vide timely data inputs for the
national Family Planning Pro-
gram.
This is very critical in Libe-
ria where we have (according
to the 2007 DHS) a Contracep-
tive Prevalence rate as low as
11%, an unmet need as high as
36%, teenage pregnancy rate as
high as 38% and this would be
a lot higher if we considered
adolescent pregnancies. This
survey is critical for Liberia
that has a maternal mortality
as high as 770 per 100,000 live
births. All these indicators de-
pict a very somber summary of
the reproductive health service
delivery system, she added.
Liberia Launches
Equipment that would be used for the construction of
the Handii Road Project
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Monday, November 18, 2013
Milan Giants in HALL OF FAME
M
ILAN World
Soccer Legend
Big George
Weah of Liberia
has been honored in Pachuca,
Mexico last week when he was
added to the Salon de Fama
(Hall of Fame).
The Hall of Fame in Pachuca
(Mexico) was created in 2011
and every year, players and
football personalities from
Mexico and the rest of the
world are welcomed inside.
Honorary president of the
institution is none other than
Fifa President Sepp Baltter.
Amongst the others already
inside the Hall of Fame are
Marco Van Basten , Butrague-
no, Zoff, Matthaeus and Hugo
Sanchez to name a few.
November 13, Wednesday
afternoon (late evening in Ita-
ly), nominations included Ros-
soneri legends George Weah,
Franco Baresi and Paolo Mal-
dini. Big George and Franco
Baresi were in Mexico for the
event.
Paolo Maldini recorded a
video message through Milan
Time for the event. Mia Hamm
and Bora Milutinovic were
also elected.
Alberto Cerruti, Italian
sports journalist, was a part
of the jury. Franco Baresi and
George Weah were in Mexico
while Paolo Maldini sent a
video message for the occa-
sion as the three Rossoneri
legends were welcomed into
the Salon de Fama (Hall of
Fame) in Pacchuca, Mexico.
George Weah and Franco Baresi after the press confer-
ence in Pachuca
Nimba United Beaten By
Ganta Black Star
N
imba Nim-
ba FC lost
5-4 (1-1
r e g u l a r
time) to Ganta Black
Star FC in penalties in
their FA Cup encounter
at the Antoinette Tub-
man Stadium yester-
day.
The Soccer Mountaineers
trailed 1-0 in the frst half
through Ganta Black Stars
winger Abu Kamara.
Nimba United FC as usual
played a waiting game as the
team fought to even the scores
but their efforts were frus-
trated by Coach Sam Cheblis
Ganta Black Star.
The FA Cup demands a win-
ner, and so after Nimba United
found the equalizer to end the
game, the fve-fve penalty
rule was applied and Ganta
Black Star scored four as
against three to win 5-4.
Uniteds Titus Cooper yesterday
DEO Welcomes Donation at Sinje High School
By Leroy M. Sonpon, III
T
he District Educa-
tional Offcer (DEO)
of Garwula Dis-
trict in Grand Cape
Mount County, Mambu Gala-
fale has said that donations of
school materials to disadvan-
taged communities are highly
commendable.
He described institutions that
are helping to contribute to the
quality education of children,
especially in public schools, as
change-makers.
Speaking Friday, November
15, 2013, in Sinje the DEO
said the donations were wor-
thy, but urged NOCAL to
extend its generosity to other
schools in the district, includ-
ing Gbahfoo, Mecca, Mani,
Konja, Farsee Kormah and
Njagbacc.
Mr. Galafe commended
the National Oil Company
of Liberia (NOCAL) and
Soccer4Hope-Liberia for the
educational and instructional
materials because education
is important in helping to im-
prove lives, break the cycle
of poverty and ensure that all
people, particularly women
have control over their des-
tiny.
The Principal of Sinje Public
High School, John A. Freeman
said the donation will support
the over 1,500 students.
Registrar Fatu B. Saryon
said through these donations,
the children and youth would
realize their right to quality
education.
Earlier, the Executive Secre-
tary of Soccer4Hope-Liberia,
G. Andy Quarmie said soocer-
4Hope helps destitute children
in their search for education
with materials to help them
fulfll their dreams and mean-
while urged the students to re-
main in school.
The donations included eight
(8) cartons of copy books (big
and small); one carton each
of duster, pencils, A4lineless
sheets and 10 packs of pens, a
pack of stencil, including two
bags of tissues, two pieces of
football and a set of jersey,
amongst others.
Soc c e r 4Hope - Li be r i a ,
through the partnership of
NOCAL have donated simi-
lar educational materials to
eight schools, located in Bomi,
Margibi, Gbarpolu and Grand
Cape Mount Counties, in-
cluding two orphanages (with
Schools) and the Government
Hospital in Bomi County in
the last four months.
School staff and students of Sinje Public School
Keshi Upbeat after
Delivering Ticket
Coach Stephen Keshi of Nigeria
H
ead coach of the
Nigeria national
team, Stephen
Keshi has spoken
of his delight after steering Ni-
gerias Super Eagles to a place
at the 2014 Fifa World Cup in
Brazil.
Keshi admitted that the team
did not play up to its usual
standards but stated that the
most important thing was to
see that Nigeria qualifed for
the competition which will
feature the best 32 countries in
the world.
The Big Boss also took the
time to explain the rationale
behind his rather surprising
decision to feld Chelsea de-
fender, Kenneth Omeruo who
had not played a frst team
game for club and country
after injuring his shoulder at
the Fifa Confederations Cup
in June.
As feared in some quarters,
Omeruo failed to fnish the
game on Saturday and was
forced off with an injury in the
68th minute.
I did not make a mistake
in felding Kenneth. I am so
happy that he had to come
out because he had cramps.
We had other players on the
bench. I have confdence in
him, Keshi told supersport.
com after the game.
Keshi however refused to
give too much away when
queried about how far the
Super Eagles could go at the
2014 World Cup fnals.
We will have to discuss
that, myself and the players
and the rest of the team before
I give you an answer to that,
he said.
Bishaw Rips Ref, Salutes Eagles
E
thiopias coach,
Sewnet Bishaw has
blamed Gambian
referee, Bakary Gas-
sama as one of the reasons
why his side capitulated to a
2-0 defeat to Nigeria in Sat-
urdays 2014 Fifa World Cup
playoff at the UJ Esuene Sta-
dium in Calabar.
Goals either side of the break
from Victor Moses and Victor
Obinna sealed Nigerias place
at next summers World Cup
fnals in Brazil.
Bishaw who admitted that
Nigeria was a superior side
however claimed that his side
had two penalties on the day
which were not awarded by
Gasama.
We had goal scoring condi-
tions. The referee denied us
two penalties, Bishaw told
supersport.com after the game.
The trainer however praised
the Super Eagles for the win
which means the African
champions will now be com-
peting at the World Cup fnals
for a ffth time.
The Nigerians are better
than us. They are more expe-
rienced than us but the only
thing I blame is the referee,
Bishaw said.
He added that profigacy of
his players in the frst leg in
Addis Ababa (Nigeria won
that game 2-1) contributed to
the eventual outcome of the
tie.
If you dont take your
chances, then you will always
lose. That also happened in the
game against Nigeria in Cala-
bar (on Saturday).
We played well and we had
good goal scoring opportuni-
ties to score but that doesnt
affect our team, he said.
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By Abednego Davis
J
udge Peter W. Gbe-
neweleh, of Crimi-
nal Court C on
Thursday, Novem-
ber 14, confrmed
the jurys guilty
verdict and sentenced a Ni-
gerian, Michael U. Roberts to
three (3) years imprisonment
for falsifying a ten year-lease
agreement.
Since the jury in this case
was permitted to make its
own unguided determination,
that the charges of forgery
and tampering with public re-
cords were committed, the
judgment must be confrmed,
he declared, and defendant
Roberts is hereby sentenced to
three years imprisonment.
The Clerk of Court is here-
by ordered to prepare a com-
mitment to place same in the
hands of the sheriff to detain
the defendant in a common
jail for Montserrado County,
Judge Gbeneweleh publicly
announced.
Defendant Roberts is also
fned the sum of US$150, to be
paid in government revenue,
within 72 (seventy-two) hours.
Michael U. Roberts was
accused of removing a copy
of an agreement that stipu-
lated a ten-year lease, entered
into between himself and one
Stephen G. Clarke, replacing
it with a copy, which called
for 20 years instead, after the
document had been registered
with the National Archives.
The parcel of land is owned
by the Estate of the late J.J.
Mends-Cole, and situated in
Duala, Bushrod Island, outside
Monrovia.
During the trial, prosecutors
argued that defendant Roberts,
without any authorization,
went to the National Archives
and criminally prepared a 20-
year agreement, apart from the
10-year document, submitted
in 2005.
They further argued that
Roberts probated the 20- year
agreement on March 26, 2005,
registered it in volume 13A-
05, pages 93-95, before de-
positing it into the National
Archives.
Initially, the lawyers said,
their client had probated the
10-year lease agreement on
the same March 26, 2005,
which he also registered in
Volume 13A-05, pages 93-95
at the National Archives.
Also, testifying in the case
was the Registrar of Deeds and
Title, at the Center of National
Document Agency, Mustapha
Wesseh, who clarifed that the
lease agreement containing ten
years was the one registered
in Volume 13A-05, pages 93-
95, on March 26.2005 with
his institution.
Continuing with the courts
ruling, Judge Gbeneweleh
cited Section 15.70 of the New
Penal Law, which he said,
provides that a person has
committed forgery or counter-
feiting, if with the purpose of
deceiving or harming the gov-
ernment or other person, he
knowingly and falsely makes,
completes or alters any writing
or subject, or knowingly alters
a forgery or a counterfeited,
Lease Fraudster Gets
3 Yrs. Imprisonment
written object.
He also cited Section 12.34
of the same law, stating it
provides that a person has
committed a frst degree mis-
demeanor, if he: (a) knowingly
makes a false entry in or false
alteration of government re-
cords, or (b) knowingly and
without lawful authority, de-
stroys, conceals, removes or
otherwise impairs the verity or
availability of a government
record.
Delving into sub-paragraph
2 of section 12.34, the Crimi-
nal Court Judge said, It de-
fnes government records as
any record, document, or thing
belonging to or received or
kept by the government for
information or record, or any
other record, document or
thing required to be kept by
other under the stature, which
expressly invokes the sanc-
tions of this section.
He said that with the sections
he has cited, prosecution had
established conclusive evi-
dence during trial that the de-
fendant forged and tampered
with the ten-year lease agree-
ment executed by and between
the curator for Monthly and
Probate Court for Montserrado
County and Roberts.
It has been proved that he
removed the frst copy of said
lease agreement containing
ten years, and replaced it with
another copy, which that read
twenty years.
During the three-week trial,
prosecution produced three
Temple of Justice, where the Criminal Court C is
located
witnesses including Mr. Ste-
phen G. Clarke and two rebut-
tal witnesses.
The defense team produced
two witnesses, including the
defendant, Roberts.
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