Where is the crime plan? Jagdeo asks Govt

first_imgOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo believes that criminals are now acting with impunity because of the ambiguous signals emanating from government.Concerns are aplenty that while the crime situation is once again spiralling out of control, government has been very laidback in its approach to addressing the matter.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoGiving his take on the issue, Jagdeo said government has not demonstrated any starkness regarding which class of people they would support: the victims or the perpetrators.The former President opined that the manner in which President David Granger is pardoning prisoners and the entire process of negotiating with prisoners have led to criminal elements in society feeling empowered.Jagdeo noted that while pardoning prisoners is not entirely a bad action, the fact that government has kept their identities hidden from the public portrays the message that these criminals are being protected.On this note, Jagdeo alleged that some of the pardoned prisoners were convicted not of nonviolent crimes but of “hardcore ones.”Comparing the situation with the previous People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) administration, Jagdeo said the people were always clear on the fact that government stood with the people.Moreover, he noted that when the President tells the security arm of the country to hesitate on shooting criminals but instead, “bring them in alive”, it also gives rise to worry within the Guyana Police Force (GPF).“What signal do you send to the Police Force when you say to the Police Force, ‘do not shoot at people just like that’, Policemen are worried because if they shoot a criminal in an act, then suddenly they will face the wrath of the government because he might be someone’s friend in the government… That is why criminals are acting with impunity today,” Jagdeo stated.Moreover on security matters, Jagdeo posited that government is floundering in the dark and groping for effective policies to deal with the crime situation.“We were told before the elections that they had three former heads of the army, a former head of the police force and many military people who are capable to do a better job on crime and keeping our country secure than the PPP because they are security people and they had a plan to deal with it. What is the plan?” he demanded to know.Jagdeo pointed out that in the National Budget, the only measure to enhance security in the country is a project that had commenced under the previous administration.He went on to lambast the government for interfering with key initiatives that were established under the former government to combat crime.“They quashed the Community Policing Groups, they are interfering with the operational duties in the Guyana Police Force, they will not deploy the Tactical Service Unit in a practical way across the nation, arms of the government designed to go after criminals are now being used for political vendetta,” he stated.In fact, Jagdeo declared that nearly half of the police force is now focused on going after political opponents as opposed to criminals.last_img read more

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Armed bandits storms Sisters Village shop

first_imgA quiet evening in the West Bank Demerara village of Sisters became unsettled after two armed gunmen stormed a roadside business place, which operates as a shop and bar. Late Wednesday evening, Guyana Times was told that the two bandits forced several persons to lie face down while they relived them of their belongings.Reports are that around 09:10 hrs, the bandits approached the shop, seemingly as though they wanted to purchase items but quickly revealed their true intentions soon after. A victim of the attack, who was still shaken up and preferred to remain anonymous, told this publication, that he was at the shop buying phone cards, when the bandits came up and whipped out a hand gun and forced him to the ground. He related that his mobile phone and money was stolen.Guyana Times was further told that as one of the gunmen held up persons in the shop, the other reportedly ransacked the home of the shop’s owner. Up to press time, Police ranks were patrolling and conducting active investigations to get to bottom of the brazen crime. Guyana Times was told that after the ordeal, villagers gathered and comforted the victims who suffered from the reported attack. Investigations are continuing.last_img read more

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‘Our Children Deserve the Best’, Says Deputy Education Minister Goll-Kotchi

first_imgDeputy Education Minister for Administration, Hawah Goll-Kotchi has called on authorities of privately-owned or faith-based schools in the country to invest in the infrastructures employ well qualified teachers and administrators to make the education sector vibrant.She said that owners of these institutions of learning should not cut corners and settle for anything short of improving the system, “because Liberian children deserve the best of education.”Madam Kotchi made the statement over the weekend at program marking observance of the tenth anniversary of the O’Nance International Christian School located at 72nd Junction, near the S.K.D. Boulevard in Paynesville, outside Monrovia. The ceremony was held on the theme, “Making the Difference in the Liberian Education System in the 21st Century.”According to her, proprietors of those privately-owned and faith-based institutions of learning need to work with the central government and other public institutions to deliver quality teaching to the youthful population.“We must closely follow the school calendar, and the national curriculum to observe all the policies put in place by the Ministry of Education (MOE),” Deputy Minister Kotchi instructed.She disclosed that authorities at the MOE were now working with the Civil Services Agency (CSA) to vet and verify teachers including those assigned at the central offices.“As a private entity,” Minister Kotchi said, managers of private schools operating in the country should do their best by instituting measures that would improve the education sector.The Deputy Minister however said, the MOE was trying to bring into the Liberian school system and central office staffers with formal training to update the system.In another development, the principal of O’Nance International Christian School, Abraham Kipi has informed parents and guardians that some of their children were fully on the path of attaining quality education in the school as they were fully up to the tasks.According to him, the students have grouped themselves into doing additional academic study involving the study in journalism.Mr. Kipi however described the practice of journalism in the country as one of the challenging professions, which according to him the students are prepared for the future challenges. He acknowledged that the institution was working with the parents to ensure that the students achieve the highest standards of academic performance in the school.“Although we are Christian school, we accept all students irrespective of religious affiliation and orientations.”The O’Nance International Christian School was founded in 2004, primarily to buttress government efforts in providing sound education to students towards reducing the illiteracy rate in the country.As a Christian institution, the mission of the institution also includes instilling Christian disciplines in students during their educational journey.Before attaining it present secondary level, in 2004, classes started in a rented dwelling building, which was later partitioned into classrooms that accommodated the huge enrollment at the time.On account of this, parents of students who were promoted beyond the schools level at the beginning requested the school management to add higher classes in order to continue their study in the school.However, seen the need for expansion, management purchased a parcel of land within the vicinity of the existing facility, and commenced construction of what is now a multi-million dollar modern school complex.The school has been transformed into three storey building that hosts all the classes from primarily to secondary levels.The school was founded and is owned by Aaron J. Wheagar, Deputy Managing Director for Operations at the Liberian Petroleum Refining Corporation (LPRC). It is fully registered and accredited by authorities at the MOE as a private institution—a process that was completed in 2005.The school has six administrative staff include the principal, vice principal, dean of student affairs and four coordinators.It current enrollment is well over 450 with the male students constituting about 240, while female is 225.The O’Nance International Christian School operates with the vision to ensure that nurtures academic excellence, develops Christian character and promotes responsibility in all the students.The mission is to become God-fearing Christian School that seeks to create a positive environment that motivates students to achieve excellence in learning as they prepare to contribute to their communities and nation in the future.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Beach Parties: A Timely Interdiction

first_imgThe Liberian Government’s announcement this week banning all beach festivities on November 29 ensuing is very timely.The Information Ministry told the regular Ebola press briefing on Wednesday that GOL had decided to prohibit any gathering whatsoever at beaches on that day to avoid the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.The ban is particularly aimed at President William V.S. Tubman’s birthday celebration on November 29, which has over the past several years morphed into a major holiday in Liberia kicking off the Christmas season.  Tubman would be surprised.As though determined to recapture Tubman’s happy-go-lucky, libertine (unrestrained by morality) character, which most of today’s generation know little about, the nation’s youth in their thousands, converge on the beaches to party until late into the night. In Monrovia, droves of celebrators, scantily dressed, jam up in the back of pick-ups or on the hoods and in the trunks of vehicles to get to the beaches, especially those along the Robertsfield highway.  Quite often traffic on that highway and in the whole of Paynesville is blocked most of the day as people throng the beaches and entertainment spots to have a good time. This year when Tubman’s 119th birthday falls on a Saturday the crowds would have been even bigger.  Many would have forgotten that they had to attend church services on Sunday, as they reveled late into the night, in relentless, rambunctious (rowdy, high-spirited) partying.Alas! Not this year!  The deadly Ebola virus has changed all that.  It is not just the economic crisis that Ebola has brought upon us.  Indeed for this one day, most people would prefer to forget the crisis and spend their last to crowd the beaches and let the good time roll.But the risk of the virus spreading again is too high and the Liberian Government is not taking any chances.  Neither should any of us even for that one day. After surviving the horrendous experience of the past several months in the grip of the deadly Ebola virus from which we are not yet free, who would want to flout (disobey) the precautions that have restrained the virus, pulling defeat out of the jaws of victory, so to speak?The government, its foreign partners and the Liberian people themselves have joined in the unrelenting fight to contain the virus, causing us to make big gains towards its recession and finally zero cases.  The least we can do is sacrifice one day of celebration.But just to make sure, the GOL has for now banned beach gatherings on November 29. We do not know whether we can achieve the status of “Ebola free” by Christmas, but a lot depends on the people themselves—their following all the rules, observing all the measures to prevent infection; and on the government and the international partners ‘in union strong’. We have been striving to let the government see the need to take one other urgent action—to deploy Liberian troops, accompanied by some from the United States, at key border points, especially on the Guinea and Sierra Leone sides.  This, we believe, would   help stop the resurgence of the virus, by keeping it from coming again across the border. We saw what happened last week in Jenewonde Town on the Cape Mount border with Sierra Leone.   We have to be very vigorous in protecting our borders, because while the virus is receding in Liberia, it is spreading in the other countries, especially Sierra Leone.  We don’t know why.  But government must take immediate action, remembering what happened in Foya, Lofa County in March: it took only one person with the virus to cross the Guinea border into Liberia.  After that, the virus spread like wild fire and our country became the worst hit in the entire sub-region.We pray that the government will go one step further in obeying the First Law of Nature: Self-Preservation.      Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Oil Law Passage on Ice

first_imgDeputy House Speaker Hans M. Barchue has announced that there will be delay in the passage of the draft Oil and Gas Laws expected to govern that sector.Addressing the close of the National Validation Conference on the draft petroleum (Exploration & Production) Act and the Draft NOCAL Act of 2013, the Grand Bassa County Representative noted that the draft legislation passage requires collective inputs of both chambers of the Legislation, but with 15 seats of the Senate up for election, achieving said purpose in the soonest time was impossible.“Let me say after the passage of the Oil Laws by the House of Representatives, there will be a conference committee from both Houses, but with about 50 percent seeking reelection, there would be a delay in the full passage,” Deputy Speaker Barchue disclosed.This means that the proposed legislation will remain on the shelf of the Capitol Building until the controversial December 16 Special Senatorial Election is conducted and legitimate winners are announced and commissioned before further action is taken on the laws.The House of Representatives at the weekend completed the validation process through a two-day roundtable initiative bringing together several stakeholders including the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) executives among others.Said validation was intended to conclude the aspect of direct public participation in the formulation process of the draft law, a process that will inform lawmakers’ opinion when deliberating in chambers.At the Monrovia City Hall event, over 30 Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) from across the country participated in a process considered by legislators as “a medium to institute the desires reform to the Oil and Gas Sector.”The Exploration and Production Act centered on the establishment of a fiscal and legal regulatory framework for the management and regulation of petroleum activities in the country; while the NOCAL Bill is to be established as a commercial entity for the purposes of managing, on behalf of the state, to undertake the exploration, development and production and disposal of petroleum.According to the draft legislation, the NOCAL Act is also to manage citizens’ participation in the rights and interests in all petroleum agreements.At the opening of the forum, House Speaker J. Alex Tyler reemphasized the need to ensure that the new Oil and Gas Laws reflect the good of society and strengthen the overall growth and development of the country.Speaker Tyler said the validation phase on the new Oil and Gas Laws is a key component in reforming the sector and he sees the process as a “turning point aimed at fostering participatory governance in Liberia.”Also speaking, NOCAL’s vice president for Public Affairs, Lamini Waritay, lauded the efforts of the Legislature to scrupulously examine the new Oil and Gas Laws especially engaging the inputs of Liberians across the country.He noted that NOCAL will work “shoulder to shoulder” with the lawmakers in order to develop and achieve a framework for a progressive governance of the national resource. “Oil has the potential to make or break our country.  That is why we’re paying more emphasis on laws to guard the sector,” the NOCAL executive said.The event brought together scores of participants including, but not limited to, Thomas Doe Nah of the Center for Transparency and Accountability in Liberia (CENTAL), Ms. Beneta Ackah of the Liberia Extractive Industries Transparency (LEITI) and Francis Dunbar of Burn International Incorporated.Others include Pindarius Allison, National Consultant of Trust Africa; I. Adams Manobah and Johansen T. Veker of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); Paul Hinneh of the Liberia Oil and Gas Initiative and Isaac T. Charleson of Liberia Petroleum Watch.It can be recalled, in phase one of the oil and gas reform laws, a 22-member committee of the House of Representatives solicited citizens’ views and participations throughout the 15 counties.The second phase was a round table stakeholders meeting which sought the compilation and harmonization of views and interventions emanating from the 15-county consultations.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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LNOC to Determine Basketball Leadership

first_imgThe outgoing leadership of the Liberia Basketball Association and its aggrieved stakeholders last Friday failed to reach a compromise and as a result failed to host its congress and the elections that were scheduled last Saturday.Congress was expected to iron out differences that could have led to the elections of its leaders for the next four years.“The way forward depends on the Liberia National Olympic Committee,” said a stakeholder.The postponement marked the fourth deferment – the first date was January 28; later to February 6 and 7; February 17 and 18 and then February 20 and 21.Reports indicate that there was too much tension at the compound of Liberia Baptist Seminary that two men engaged in a fist fight.“The case was reported to the ELWA Police Depot,” eye-witnesses said.The management of the Baptist Seminary was constrained to bring to an end the congress and its doors due to the lack of civility that characterized the congress.Meanwhile, in a way forward Deputy Sports Minister Henry Yonton and the President of Liberia National Olympic Committee (LNOC) Philipbert Brown, are expected to hold another meeting with the leadership of the LBA and the aggrieved stakeholders on Tuesday, February 24.The meeting is also expected to be attended by Youth and Sports Minister Eugene Nagbe.Friday’s CongressCongress failed to begin on Friday at as planned owing to a shocking acceptance of outgoing LBA boss, Rufus Anderson to go into negotiations with the Aggrieved Stakeholders who were not prepared to sit with him.Mr. Anderson might have accepted the negotiation to deny suggestions in the sporting community that he was the problem to basketball’s progress.He is aware of last Thursday’s protest at the Sports Commission against his administration.In the failed arrangement, the LBA boss consented to the include Mr. Jake Kabakollie as vice president, along with others to form part of the new Executive Committee.But the Aggrieved Stakeholders rejected the proposal, arguing for the entire change of leadership.Thursday’s ProtestOver 15 basketball players protested in front of the Sports Commission on Broad Street calling for the resignation of Rufus Anderson for administrative and financial malpractices.The players held placards, denouncing outgoing president Rufus Anderson, who is seeking re-election.The protesters also sealed up the two doors of the Sports Commission but at the end of the day of Thursday, the Ministry of Youth & Sports had sought a compromise and one of the doors was open on the arrival of the Deputy Police Director for Operations, Abraham Kromah.Tuesday’s MeetingOn Tuesday, the 17 of February, election was postponed for the third time over the failure of Rufus Anderson’s leadership to distribute congressional documents, through the Ministry of Youth and Sports before congress which was to start the previous day.A meeting was held in the offices of Deputy Sports Minister Henry Yonton and 7-Count Resolution, of which a copy is in our possession, was agreed upon.According to the resolution, the LBF must present the current bank statement and receipts of the Association to determine the legitimacy of 14 3rd division clubs being contested on Thursday, February 18, at 11:00am to the offices’ of the Deputy Sports Minister.The Resolution states: That all qualified teams receive package on February 18, at the Ministry of Youth and Sports’ facilities; That registration for election is open from Tuesday, February 17 to Thursday, February 19, and that registration fees for the election be paid to the election commission of the LBF constituted to oversee the election.It further stated: “That all clubs obligated to the Association must pay said money to the Secretary General of the Association or the Treasurer before the close of business on Thursday, February 19, and that the second day of the congress must be subsidized by the aggrieved party and said amount should be channeled through the Ministry of Youth and Sports on Thursday, February 19.”Mr. Ali Sylla of D-Rocks and Calvin Diggs of Flames signed on behalf of the aggrieved stakeholders as proof of commitment; while secretary general D. Allen Goodridge and president Rufus Anderson affixed their signatures on behalf of the LBF leadership and the Deputy Minister for Sports approved the Resolution.Revenge SpreeSources said the aggrieved stakeholders did not provide funds needed, as to the agreement while LBA deliberately refused to distribute congressional documents on February 2, which would mark 15 days to the election.But other sources said the aggrieved stakeholders also refused to register to participate in the elections, if the alleged 10 bogus basketball clubs were not removed from the list.With the current situation, the LNOC and the Ministry of Youth & Sports will have the mantle to determine the leadership arrangement for the Liberia Basketball Association.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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LBA Neglects Trash at Sports Commission

first_imgDue to the current tussle in the leadership of the Liberia Basketball Association, a roomful of trash has been neglected by workers at the Sports Commission in Monrovia.A visit by the Daily Observer yesterday gathered that since the leadership crisis began several months ago, sanitation worker, who was not identified has not showed up for work.A member of the outgoing administration’s Executive Committee, Dennis Herbert, known popularly as Shakara, confirmed that the worker has not been coming to work and meanwhile angrily accused the Daily Observer for not fairly reporting events surrounding the leadership crisis.“I did not see a report when the doors to the Sports Commission were illegally sealed off,” he said, but when he was told it was reported, he demanded to see the edition the report appeared.Though rest rooms at the Sports Commission were locked, overpowering smell of pepe filled its surroundings.One of the doors of the Commission is open while the other is still sealed off, and empty mineral water plastic bags thrown about several places at the Sports Commission.Mr. Hebert, owner of Commissioners (male and female teams) and Sacbase, was furious when a question was posed to him about the unsanitary condition at the Sports Commission.“There are no sports journalists who report objectively in this country (Liberia),” he fumed, “you only report what you want to report.”He ignored the question.Mr. Herbert’s anger, according to information, is due to the long period that the current leadership crisis has been going on that there seems no authority is prepared to bring to an end.The outgoing leadership, led by Rufus Anderson and other stakeholders have failed to settle their differences and as a result have been unable to find a way forward.Though Anderson is considering re-election, and has been opposed by several basketball presidents and at least on four occasions, proposed congress and elections were aborted.The Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Liberia National Olympic Committee have unsuccessfully mediated in the crisis.Recent suggestion of an inclusive administration with the aggrieved stakeholders did not meet expectations of aggrieved stakeholders who have accused Anderson of financial improprieties.The case is presently with the Ministry of Youth and Sports to decide the way forward but the longer the ministry stays to decide the next course of action, the longer the frustration of those who love and want to see the game develop.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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UNDP Installs Autoclave at JFK Hospital

first_imgThe Liberian government, with support from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), last Thursday began the installation of autoclaves at two major health facilities to aid in the management of medical wastes, especially that of the Ebola Virus Disease at these healthcare centers.The autoclave installation commenced as a pilot project at two government-run medical facilities, the John F. Kennedy Medical Center (JFK) in Monrovia, Montserrado County and the Jackson F. Doe Regional Referral Hospital in Tappita, Nimba County.The first of the two autoclaves was installed at the JFK in Monrovia on last Thursday. The two machines cost US$70,000. UNDP is also supporting the training of different categories of healthcare workers and technicians at the two hospitals to manage the equipment.Mr. Prince Stryker heads the Maintenance Department at the John F. Kennedy Hospital in Monrovia. He said the equipment will reduce the high level of pollution caused by burning medical and other forms of wastes at the hospital.“This equipment, which will grill the dirt instead of burning, will be very helpful not only to the hospital but also the community around here,” Mr. Stryker said.He said patients, employees, and community members frequently complain of serious pollution caused by the burning of garbage and medical wastes.He indicated that the autoclave will help in the effective management of waste at the entity.  Several employees, including Stryker, were trained in managing and maintaining the equipment.Prior to the installation of the autoclaves, medical wastes at the JFK and other medical facilities in the country were burnt through different means, including the use of incinerators. The incinerator burns wastes but pollutes the air while the autoclave grills its wastes into shreads until nothing is left. Victor Kwoh, National Autoclaves Installation and Management Consultant,  said additional autoclaves would be acquired, based on the effectiveness and efficiency of the first two autoclaves at the JFK and Jackson F. Doe Hospitals. Mr. Kwoh said the different levels of staff members that are being trained will ensure that the equipment is  properly handled and maintained for durability.The locations for the installation of the autoclaves were decided based on a strategy developed by the Government involving the Ministry of Health, the Monrovia City Corporation, the Incident Management System (IMS) and UNIDO.Consultants from UNDP’s Global Health Waste Management team are installing the autoclaves, and training staff on their use, led by Dr. Jorge Emmanuel, who is one of the world leaders in this field.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Woman, 43, Robbed in Thinkers Village

first_imgThe home of Mrs. Saturdayma Dwah, 43, of Bassa Town near Thinkers Village on the Robertsfield Highway was reportedly invaded by a man believed to be in his thirties, last Sunday. The suspect robbed her of a Nokia phone valued at US$45 and L$200.In an interview with the Daily Observer, Mrs. Dwah alleged that the criminal whose identity she doesn’t recognize, forcibly opened the front door of her house and made his way into her room with a cutlass said to be her own cutlass which he took from behind the door.“He raised the cutlass,” she said, “and threatened to kill me if I failed to comply with his wishes which included my silence and giving him money and valuables.”As a result, she said she gave him her Nokia cellphone, and her small cash of L$200.Mrs. Dwah said the alleged criminal took her by surprise at 4 p.m., the time she claimed everyone was away from her residence. “I was having an afternoon rest,” Mrs. Dwah explained, “having worked around my house which is still undergoing construction.”She alleged that the suspect hit her with the cutlass before he escaped.Meanwhile, she said the case was reported at the Zone 8 Depot 1 station.She expressed fear for her safety and appealed to the depot officers to ensure that residents live in peace.Neighbors told the Daily Observer that the incident has caused fear in the community because they suspect that there are criminal elements in their midst including the person responsible for what happened to Mrs. Dwah.“As United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) finally turns over its security operations to the Liberian government,” a resident said, “more needs to be done in order to maintain peace and keep the country safe.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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MESSENGERS OF PEACE

first_imgIt is always an awesome feeling traveling to rural Liberia and our journey to Cestos City, River Cess County via Buchanan, Grand Bassa County was extraordinary. Driving from Buchanan to Cestos City, River Cess County and meandering through the potholes, stones, mud, cracks and crevices on the road foreshadowed the delicate nature of our coming intervention. On the contrary, we passed a plethora of billboards along the way that seemed to imply successful missions by the various international organizations that erected them. It did not take too long upon arrival in the city that our disappointment, first about the level of development and second about the mediocre sexual and reproductive health programmes began to show. The billboards were just there for show as there were no intense efforts put in place to address the issues of sexual and reproductive health, violence against women and girls. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) did not resonate among young people as most of them got to know of these goals for the first time.A packed room of young girls ages 9-18 listened to dialogue around reproductive and sexual health and rights. It didn’t take too long to realize that most of the young girls were knowledgeable about the issues around sex but had limited knowledge with regards to reproductive and sexual health and even rights. From the dialogue, it was obvious most of the young girls engage in daily sexual activity and are unaware of their sexual rights.When one of the peace messengers mentioned the issue of statutory rape to the girls, they claimed it was not rape but consensual contact. Some of the young girls have dropped out of school for one reason or the other. Like many other rights, sexual and reproductive health is not absolute. Many times, young people are not aware and even when equipped with the right information; they feel un-empowered to do anything. When asked about the use of condoms to protect themselves, the young women in River Cess mentioned that the men don’t like to use it. Leaving RiverCess and returning to Buchanan and Monrovia left us emotionally drained but strategically inspired. We left knowing that there is strength needing others; that this is not a sign of weakness. A social revolution in achieving sustainable development in sectors and counties like River Cess would be needed. Messengers of Peace (MOP)-Liberia, following the establishment of its third Mentorship and Coaching programme for young adolescent females in Cestos City, would require building stronger features, programmes and structures in the form of a Community Knowledge Center. Our young women in the areas need more than mere sign boards and quick visits from programme officers and managers. They need meaningful involvement and active participation in reproductive and sexual health programmes.Looking ahead, our government as well as the international community needs to do more in the sectors if we are to accomplish the SDGs and agenda 2030. It is no longer sufficient to concentrate programmes in Monrovia. Our young girls deserve more than rusty, abandoned billboards.And until next week, when we come to you with our winning article for the month of February 2017, it is peace above all else, peace first, may peace prevail in our time.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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