Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has officially launched the Co-Investment Fund (CIF) to buttress farmers’ efforts across the country. The CIF will help improve agriculture in the country and is a US$3 million grant matching scheme that sets aside 30 percent of its investment for women owned businesses.At the launching ceremony on Tuesday in Gbarnga, Mr. Boakai also opened the Bong County office of the Liberia Agribusiness Development Activity (LADA) and the Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA).VP Boakai commended USAID, FTF and the CNFA for the initiative.“The launch of the Co-Investment Fund program echoes the government’s repeated reminders to stakeholders that investment in agriculture should not be considered an exclusive preserve of the government,” he said.VP Boakai said, “We need not look far to observe abundant evidence of the huge role private investment is playing in moving nations to self-sufficiency in food production.”The Ministry of Agriculture, VP Boakai said, is true to its desire to maximize the potential in utilizing all resources available to entice investment from the private sector.He hoped that the initiative will give support to strengthen LADA and USAID goals in the private sector.He said there is no doubt that this is the key opportunity to create awareness of the critical need for the private sector to be involved in the provision of vital inputs like fertilizers, seeds and other agricultural supplies to farmers.“This cannot be the job of government and the NGO/donor sector. And that is why we are so pleased that USAID has earmarked US$ 19.3 million for Feed the Future and LADA activity, which makes for an important initiative to strengthen the provision of private sector services to farmers for fertilizers, seeds and other inputs,” Mr. Boakai said.He disclosed that with the MOA’s leadership, Liberia will maintain and even speed up its march on the course to producing what “we eat and produce. We surely know that the future of our nation lies not in the extractive industries but in agriculture.”“We, therefore, re-echo our gratitude to USAID, FTF, CNFA, and all our farmers for this positive step that hopefully will whip up greater interest of private investors in agriculture. We have high hopes that this venture will be massively rewarding to our national effort at transformation,” he said. US Ambassador to Liberia Christine Elders said US Feed the Future (FTF) initiative seeks to reduce global hunger and poverty by investing in food security and agricultural development in partner countries, and LADA will spur private sector investment in agriculture, reduce post-harvest losses and enhance access.Amb. Elders said LADA works in partnership with the Liberian government towards its Agricultural Transformation Agenda.She said most of Liberian farmers are engaged in farming techniques with little to no access to post-harvest services to boost productivity.The ultimate goal of FTF program she explained is to increase the income of small holder farmers who are key to future economic growth and its task is to increase the number of farmers with access and training to use technologies such as irrigation, high yielding crop varieties and cold storage.“We must improve farmer’s opportunities to store and to sell their increased production by improving rural infrastructure, especially by rehabilitating and maintaining farm to market roads.“As we implement LADA related activities, we must also do everything we can to ensure that the benefits of post-harvest manufacturing processes which increase the value of crops remain in local communities,” she said. Amb. Elders noted that post-harvest activities will produce a multiplier effect in the local economy and improve the lives of farming families across Liberia.She challenged farmers to raise their sights and imagine what is possible with the right mix of agribusiness policies and incentives in their power to do as similar successful farmers who are now yielding good results.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) through one of its constituency candidates in Berbice has filed legal proceedings against the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) and another individual to have the names fraudulently affixed to the backer’s lists for Local Government Elections (LGE) in the Ancient County removed.The court document seen by Guyana Times names Shafraz Beekham as the applicant, along with the Chief Elections Officer Keith Lowenfield and Orlando Christopher Persaud as the respondents. The document outlines that the challenge is seeking to have the names of 49 other electors appearing on list of backers in support of the Alliance For Change (AFC) constituency candidates removed.It noted that the submission was made to Persaud on September 21, 2018, in Whim Bloomfield, Berbice Local Authority Area (LAA), for the LGE 2018. The PPP is challenging on the grounds that the said decision is unlawful, illegal, and unreasonable and is in violation of the Local Authorities (Elections) Act.The document also cites Persaud’s alleged refusal to withdraw the applicant’s name and the names of 49 other electors. It said unless the names are withdrawn, the election in the LAA would be tainted with “illegality and fraud.” It also noted that Persaud’s refusal happened before the expired deadline on September 26, 2018.In a sworn affidavit, Beekham, who is a registered elector on the Official List of Electors for Constituency Number 3 in the Whim/Bloomfield Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) said he and others were “deliberately deceived into signing a document by an Alliance For Change representative who he claimed fraudulently represented that she was employed by GECOM and that he needed to sign a document to confirm that his name was on the voter’s list.“I am informed and do verily believe by the other electors in the community that they were told that they would benefit from better roads, jobs, better pension and rehabilitated playgrounds and were also deceived into signing,” he stated in court documents.He said too that it was only after Nomination Day on September 21, 2018, that he learnt that the signature which was taken from him was unauthorisedly used as a nominator backing the AFC candidate in constituency Number 3.According to him, at no time whatsoever was he or the other residents informed, or did they know that they were in fact signing a list of backers in support of the AFC candidate(s). Persaud said on becoming aware of the fraud perpetuated against him and other electors, he immediately demanded that their names be withdrawn or deleted from the AFC lists.He recalled that he and the other electors had affidavits to withdraw their names and support for the AFC candidate on the lists submitted. On Tuesday, September 25, 2018, Beekham and other electors visited Persaud’s office in Whim to submit the affidavits to have their names withdrawn.According to his court document, “The first named respondent was not in office and there was no other representative present who would accept our withdrawals. I returned to the first named respondent’s office at 2:00pm (14:00h) on September 26, 2018, with the other electors to submit our withdrawals. It was made clear to Persaud that we did not knowingly or intentionally submit or affix our signatures to any lists in support of AFC candidates. The first named respondent initially refused to accept our withdrawals erroneously, stating that the time has expired for us to do so.” The PPP candidate said he did not leave and persisted to demand that his name be removed from the list. He recalled making contact with PPP GECOM Commissioner and Attorney Bibi Shadick and sought her intervention and advice.He was informed that at a meeting between GECOM Commissioners on September 25, 2018, it was confirmed that the deadline for the submission of the statutory affidavits was on 23:55h on September 26, 2018.“The statutory affidavits to withdraw the names of electors from the lists could be submitted by the representative (head of the list) or deputy representative or in person by the elector. If the elector appeared in person, a letter addressed to the first named respondent would have sufficed to effect a withdrawal. The statutory affidavits were legal documents which the first named respondent would be duty bound to accept,” he added.However, after 14:30h on September 26, the CEO was out of touch and was not in his office and could not be reached personally or by telephone to give any directions to Persaud. In the absence of the CEO, the Deputy CEO, Roxanne Myers, was contacted in her office and indicated that she could not give any instructions to Persaud without first conferring with the CEO of GECOM who she was also unable to contact.Subsequently, Persaud informed Beekham that he will accept the statutory affidavits from him and the other electors only if the electors desirous of withdrawing (including himself) were present in person. Beekham and 49 other electors presented themselves to Persaud the same day.But he later advised that “a confrontation had to be done between us and the AFC candidates” and further that the AFC candidates would be given time to rebut the allegations being made and fixed 10:00pm (22:00h) as the deadline after which a decision would be made.When the time had reached, Beekham said that he and the 49 other electors were all present. The AFC candidates were not present. Persaud then proceeded to accept all of the affidavits and in his presence signed and issued an acknowledgement of receipt to the representative of the PPP Himatee Latchman.Beekham learnt on Friday, September 28, that Persaud had refused to withdraw his name and that of the 49 other electors from the lists submitted by the AFC.The proceedings were served on Wednesday. The matter is fixed for hearing before Justice Navindra Singh on October 11. The attorneys representing Beekham are Adrian Anamayah, Ian Anamayah and Anil Nandlall.
FOUR DONEGAL primary schools have secured All-Ireland finals at the Aviva!They landed Ulster titles in the Spar 5s.Scoil an Choimín Lifford, Lurgybrack National School, St Oran’s in Cockhill, Buncrana, St Patrick’s in Lurgybrack, Letterkenny and Scoil Íosagáin, Buncrana, all landed Ulster titles. Scoil an Choimín, Lifford won the SPAR Cup A for small schools mixed/boys:Luke Mag Fhloinn, Josh O’Brollacháin, Niall O’Dochartaigh, Daniel O’Meanthaile, James O’Cnaimshí, Ross O’Brollacháin, James Mag Fhloinn, Cormac O’CnaimhsMuniteoir: Laura Ní Ghallachóir Príomhoide SN an Choimín: Máire Ní GhallchóirSt. Oran’s NS, Cockhill won the SPAR Cup Girls ‘B’ (Medium schools, girls only): Molly Boyd, Leah McDaid, Aoife Gallanagh, Louise Gallanagh, Cora McColgan, Rebecca Rodgers, Kelly Fullerton, Rachel McCallionTeachers: Kathryn Doherty, Shauna McLaughlinSt. Patrick’s NS, Lurgybrack won the SPAR Cup ‘C’ (Large schools, mixed/boys): Nathan Plumb, Adam Murphy, Josh McCullagh, Jay Maguire, James Gallagher, Harry Winfield, David Boyle, James DonaheyTeacher: A FrielScoil Íosagáin, Buncrana won the SPAR Cup Girls ‘C’ (Large schools, girls only): Katelyn Doherty, Aoife McDaid, Amalie Webster, Keri Loughrey, Jodie Loughrey, Connie Doherty, Ciara McGee, Ellen ClearyTeacher: Conor Delap Congratulations to Donegal’s four winners who will represent Ulster at the SPAR FAI Primary School 5s National Finals in the Aviva Stadium, Dublin on Wednesday, May 11. CELEBRATIONS AS FOUR DONEGAL SCHOOLS WIN ULSTER TITLES TO LAND DREAM AVIVA DATE was last modified: April 23rd, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalInishowenLiffordLURGYBRACKspar 5sst oran’s