A candidate “denied” for not participating in the Federation of Liberian Youth (FLY) just-ended election has described it an act of “lawlessness and a serious travesty to democracy.”Mr. Maxwell Grigsby ll, wanted to contest in the election, which has brought a new crops of officer for the youth umbrella organization.FLY conducted her 8th General Assembly over the weekend and elected officials to lead the federation despite an injunction from the Civil Law Court of Monrovia on the process.Prior to the rally, Maxwell Grigsby was denied from participating in the process by the outgoing leadership in consultation with the Ministry of Youth and Sports, which has direct oversight of FLY.In protest to his denial, Grigsby filed a lawsuit before the Civil Law Court, a move that prompted the Court to issue an injunction on the process in Kakata, Margibi County, but it is reported that the was ignored by the Federation’s outgoing leadership.Addressing a news conference Wednesday, April 30, in Monrovia, Grigsby termed FLY’s action as “complete disobedience to the court,” an action, he claimed, displays a negative image of young people in Liberia.Grigsby said: “I would like to address the refusal of Mr. Mohammed Ali Nasser to receive the Writ of Preliminary Injunction from the Civil Law Court and his defiance to the court by carrying out the controversial FLY election. It is no secret that Mr. Nasser successfully completed his mission in profiteering from FLY’s meager budgetary support and other immunities. These acts include a misuse of duty free privilege as well as his deliberate refusal to adhere to the laws of the Federation of Liberian Youth constitution. What is astonishing is that his disobedience has extended to the Civil Law Court of our country.It can be recalled that in an email exchange between Mr. Nasser and one of the executives of the Federation in the person of Ms. Daintowon Paye-bayee, Mr. Nasser is quoted by Ms. Payebaye is saying, the Ministry of Youth and Sports has absolutely no jurisdiction over him as president of FLY. He became even more demonstrative of his comments in the conduct of the just ended controversial election.“Our country’s laws came under attack on Saturday, April 26, 2014. Not necessarily because Nasser and his collaborators refused to accept the Writ of Preliminary Injunction from the court, but because a senior member of the security sector sanctioned his approval for the gross disrespect of the court order by speaking at the occasion after a constructive notice of the court was served,” he disclosed.When contacted, Deputy Minister for Youth Development at the Youth Ministry, Charles N’tow, released this sms message as the official response of the Ministry.Minister N’tow said: “The Ministry believes, trusts in, and completely submits to the wisdom of the court on this matter. Disputes ending up before the court are not a good sign for youth development. Since this matter involves the court, we can only yield to the wisdom and guidance of the court.”The Civil Law Court is yet to take action against FLY since the Writ was issued and subsequently ignored by FLY leadership.When contacted, Mr. Nasser told the Daily Observer that the case is now before the court so he could not comment on it. “I respect the court, since the case now before it, I have been advised by my lawyer to refrain from commenting on it in the media,” Nasser said. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A consignment of at least 2.8 million mosquito nets has arrived in the country for distribution to households across the 15 political subdivisions, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has announced. The mosquito nets are free of charge and distribution will begin Saturday, April 25 to coincide with World Malaria Day which a proclamation by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has declared a working holiday to be observed throughout Liberia.According to the Proclamation, April 25, is the 8th World Malaria Day, which will be celebrated under the global theme: “Invest In The Future, Defeat Malaria,” and the local slogan “No Mosquito, No Malaria.”The consignment of long lasting insecticide treated mosquito nets (LLINs) donated by the Global Fund to fight HIV and AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) in Liberia, is the largest single donation of LLINs since the start of the Global Fund Project in Liberia in 2005.According to a release from the MOH, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf will launch the campaign for the distribution of the 2.8 million mosquito nets during an indoor program at the Monrovia City Hall tomorrow. The President is expected to be joined by US Ambassador Deborah Malac, Chairmen of the Senate and House’s Committees on Health, Senator Dr. Peter S. Coleman, and Representative Johnson Toe Chea, Health Minister Walter T. Gwenigale and Fund Portfolio Manager for the Global Fund, Noah Zahbrobsky.Others expected at the mosquito net distribution launch are Mr. Koala Oumarou, Country Director, Plan Liberia and Dr. Claude Emile Rwagacacondo, Roll Back Malaria Regional Coordinator for West and Central Africa, among others.MOH in partnership with Plan Liberia and other partners will follow in the President’s footstep to launch the distribution of the nets, too.The campaign intends to mainly target “those worst affected by malaria: pregnant women and children under five.”In Africa, malaria deaths have been cut by one third within the last decade and outside of Africa, 35 out of the 53 countries with access to malaria control interventions have reduced cases by 50 percent. In the same period, countries where access to malaria control interventions have improved most significantly, overall child mortality rates have fallen by approximately 20 percent.According to research, continued investment in malaria control propels malaria-endemic countries along the path to achieving the 2015 Millennium Development Goals, especially those relating to improving child survival and maternal health, eradicating extreme poverty and expanding access to education.The Liberian Government, realizing the significance of protecting the wellbeing of its citizens and foreign residents, has ratified the Convention on the Right of the Child to good health and nutrition and, as a member of the World Health Organization (WHO), will join other global health partners in supporting all health programs.The President has requested the MOH and other government agencies, as well as international organizations concerned to initiate and execute programs to make the World Malaria Day meaningful.Cognizant of the harmful effects and burden malaria poses on the human race, particularly in Africa, a Resolution declaring April 25 of each year as Africa Malaria Day, amended as World Malaria Day, was adopted by the Summit of African Heads of State of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) now the African Union (AU) to initiate and implement Plans of Action that would curtail malaria and malaria-related mortality in Africa.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Several students attached to the Linden Foundation Secondary School have benefited from a ‘back to school’ initiative organised by the non-profit organisation Linden Fund USA, in collaboration with Maureen Davidson.Twenty-five students have received free backpacks and school supplies as the new school year commences today. Speaking at the distribution drive, which was held at the Linden Foundation Secondary School, Office Manager of the Linden Fund USA’s local affiliate, LFU Guyana Inc, Cheryl Waite, said the items are to assist students in the preparation for effective and efficient functioning in their classrooms. She urged them to make good use of the opportunity.Waite also reaffirmed the Organisation’s commitment to revitalising communities in Linden, especially in the education and health sectors.Speaking on behalf of Maureen Davidson was Leroy James, who charged the students to make the best of their school days.“School time is also a time when you are to make the most of the opportunitiesSome of the recipients of the back-to-school drive on in Lindenthat are afforded. We should glean as much as we can, so that we can secure for ourselves a brighter future. The students here, I am sure that you can look around and see things in your home circle that you wish you could improve. Well, please understand that your being at school is one of the first step towards improving that”, he posited.The school’s Home Economics Department also received donations of much need items, including a blender and crockery and cutlery, among other items.In 2017, Davidson, wife of The Right Reverend Charles A. Davidson, Diocesan Bishop of Guyana, Suriname and Cayenne, undertook a new outreach initiative to provide school supplies to needy students in the Greater Georgetown area.Realizing her vision to assist students in the Kingston area, the outreach was expanded to Linden schools in the form of a joint project with the US-based non-profit Linden Fund USA and its local affiliate, LFU Guyana Inc.On August 30, students of the Kingston Practical Instruction Centre were also presented backpacks and school supplies for the second year in a row, while students of St. George’s Secondary School will receive school supplies for the first time.In addition to LFU support, this project was made possible by funding from local donors, including the Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry, Republic Bank, the Ministry of the Presidency, Anita Rambaran, Dr Barton Scotland, Shonel Benjamin and Rohni Charanram from Payless Variety Store, Beepats, National Hardware, and a local doctor.