first_imgThe Concessions Working Group’s (CSG) attention has been drawn to the startling and unfortunate allegations of corruption and bribe-taking involving very senior members of the Liberian government as detailed in the Global Witness latest report titled, ‘The Deceivers.’CWG is a network of local and international non-governmental organizations working on the Liberian extractives sector that seeks to influence pro-poor national policies so that the natural resources is assured for the most vulnerable segments of the population.In a press release CWG says while it recognizes the right of the President to utilize several means to tackle corruption, it is important that any such process is credible and does not inadvertently undermine the fight againstcorruption. CWG, therefore, wants President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf to promptly dissolve the taskforce and allow the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission to assume exclusive jurisdiction, the release states.In similar direction, the CWG calls on the LACC to proactively assume its statutory mandate as prescribed by law. While other processes may assist the fight against corruption, CWG believes it is the LACC’s duty as the principle anti-corruption agency to lead any effort to tackle official corruption.The CWG furthermore wants international and or bilateral actors to impose serious conditionality for aid support until the current investigation is concluded with proper actions. Because of the gravity of these alleged actions as well as the high levels of government at which those accused are placed, CWG requests that the above actions be taken in a timely manner by various public stakeholders to ensure credible, speedy and fair resolution of this matter in line with law.As for the Presidential Task Force, the release said CWG believes that the appointment of Fonati Kofa as head of the taskforce severely undermines the integrity of it and exposes it to public disrespect. Cllr. Kofa is a former convict in the United States of America involving multiple counts of fraud by betraying a fiduciary duty, the press release states.CWG says it is especially concerned not only because corruption is a cancer that is viciously eroding the fabric of Liberia and destroying the moral universe but also because the alleged transactions involve a potential mining concession, which firmly places it within the extractives sector as a key concern for the group. CWG believes natural resources can be a force for inclusive development and progress, but if managed with a lack of accountability as the Global Witness report stringently advances, natural resource exploitation can fuel conflict and public discontent.It also reminds public officials and policymakers that these new allegations by Global Witness suggest a pattern of official negligence and misconduct. It can be recalled a few years ago, the British auditing firm Moore Stephens reported that close to 90 percent of concessions were non-compliant with Liberian laws, said the release.These new allegations seem to be emphatically supporting those conclusions.The CWG also calls on all the accused to engage the LACC in the thinking that an accusation is not a statement of guilt, which can only be adjudged through a court of competent jurisdiction.CWG comprises of Sustainable Development Institute, Center for Transparency and Accountability in Liberia (Cental), Trust Africa, Rights and Rice Foundation, Liberia Media Center, Save My Future Foundation, Actions for Genuine Democratic Alternative (Agenda), Institute of Research and Democratic Development and National Youth Movement for Transparent Elections (Naymote).Others are Foundation for Human Rights and Democracy (FIND), Catholic Justice and Peace Commission (JPC), Liberia Extractive Industries and Transparency Initiative (LEITI), National Resource Management Consortium, Publish What You Pay-Liberia, Center for Media Studies and Peace Building (Cemesp) and Liberia Media for Democratic Initiatives (LMDI). Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgTwo sergeants attached to the Finance Department of the Guyana Police Force were detained on Wednesday and remain under close arrest at the Tactical Services Unit, Eve Leary, as investigations continue into an alleged fraud. According to a source close to the investigation, the ranks are being investigated for alleged conspiracy to commit fraud. The source said that the ranks were called in for questioning on Wednesday after a number of irregularities pertaining to the accounting system at the Guyana Police Force appeared to have been compromised. According to the source, the two sergeants have been working within the finance department for a number of years. The source related that the irregularities found are with respect to monies and vouchers for ranks, who would have performed extra duties and were to receive additional payments. Among the duties some ranks were to be paid for were for working at shows, cricket games and other national events. Guyana Times was told that the parents of one rank and other relatives close to the other rank were called in for questioning on Friday afternoon.“This is all part of the investigation process. We are dealing with serious allegations here,” the source said. In the past, police ranks complained that they were either short-changed or in other instances, not paid at all for extra duties. There are also claims by some that they would sign for the monies but those monies are not given to them. “There are lots of allegations and [they] are all being investigated. Information is being gathered right now after which charges will follow if necessary. We are carrying a very thorough investigation because this has been going on for quite some time and we are leaving no stone unturned,” the source said. Efforts on Friday afternoon to contact Crime Chief, Deputy Commissioner Lyndon Alves and Deputy Commissioner with responsibility for administration Paul Williams all proved futile. The Guyana Police Force has not yet released an official statement on the matter.Just recently, Police Commissioner Leslie James had urged police ranks to desist from accepting bribes and any involvement in unlawful activities, stating that they will be “penalised.” The Top Cop had made these comments while addressing the opening of a training programme at the Officers’ Training Centre, Eve Leary, where he also stated that he is looking for a change in performance of ranks and fewer allegations of corruption. He added that while the force will be engaging particular departments to tackle the issue of corruption; if the ranks believe that their salaries are too small, they should tender their resignation.“If you’re not comfortable with your salaries, leave the job. You came on, you were told what is being offered and you decided to become an agent of the Force. How come you have an issue with your remuneration,” the Commissioner stated.last_img read more


first_imgPOUCE COUPE, B.C. – August 1st, 2019 Argo Road Maintenance will be continuing maintenance on the South Peace roads for the Region.Caribou Road Services Ltd time working the area spanned 15 years as they shared on their FB Page they successfully battled blinding snowstorms, bitterly cold temperatures, snowdrifts, mud, huge ‘200-year’ flood events, forest fires, droughts, and just about everything in between.The company shares further their gratitude to their employees by acknowledging their hard work and team spirit and sharing ‘We are proud of what we have accomplished together.’- Advertisement -The new contractor Argo Road Maintenance uses social media platforms and can be found on Instagram @argoroads and Twitter @ArgoSouthPeaceTo view the website; CLICK HERE To view Caribou Road Services Ltd post; CLICK HERE Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. – The resolution submitted by the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality (NRRM) for 911 services in remote and rural areas was passed at the Union of BC Municipalities with a minor amendment.Resolution B71 : Importance of 911 in Remote and Rural Areas- Advertisement -‘Whereas more than 500,000 motorists use the rural and remote corridors throughout the Northern regions of the province annually, without access to consistent emergency 911 service; And whereas the absence of 911 as a core emergency service has a financial and human cost, related to the health and safety of residents, visitors and commercial travellers, and with a negative impact on the timely and appropriate emergency response:Therefore be it resolved that the Province prioritize the establishment of emergency call-in services, such as 911 services across the Province in its entirety including adequate policy, administrative and financial support.’UBCM working group was tasked with examining issues and options surrounding the introduction of a province-wide call answer levy.Advertisement To view the FB post; CLICK HERE After considerable work and consultation, the initiative was deemed to lack the local government support necessary to proceed.Several years later, the Province released a discussion paper examining the same issues.The UBCM Executive endorsed the provincial discussion paper and proposed call answer levy subject to an agreement with the Province on the establishment of an independent body to distribute revenue associated with this initiative.The Province has recently restarted work on this initiative, and as of July 2019 is still considering UBCM’s position.Advertisementlast_img read more