18 Jan

Nimba Again?

first_imgWe fail to understand why some people of Nimba County always force us to ask, “what is wrong with Nimba?”  Why are they always putting themselves and their county negatively in the news?    This is a question not for the politicians, who are usually at the center of the problem, but for the religious, educational and social people and institutions to wrestle with.Scarcely a year ago, Liberia’s Mano River Union partners, notably La Cote d’Ivoire, were installing light poles and electric wires in Nimba.  This was an initiative of the West African Power Pool (WAPP), to supply electricity to several interior counties, including Nimba County!But no sooner had technicians of the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) begun installing the poles and wires, that people in the county started stealing the light poles, bulbs and wires!A few months ago Nimba youths staged a riot on the premises of ArcelorMittal, causing millions of dollars in damages.  Their mothers and aunts begged President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who was visiting Nimba last week, to forgive the youths and release them from prison.  But the President said she preferred to let the law take its course.Also last week the county’s Development Superintendent, Teeko Yorlay, was fired because lawmakers accused him of disrespecting them.  The County Legislative Caucus asked the President to summarily dismiss him, which she promptly did. But Mr. Yorlay said he was dismissed because he refused to be part of a corruption ring surrounding the County Development Funds.And here comes another unfavorable story from Nimba, one of the counties hardest hit by Ebola with 135 deaths leaving many orphaned.  Our correspondent, Ishmael Menkor, reported in yesterday’s edition that five persons had been charged with theft of Ebola supplies.   The story recounts that for months the Nimba people were waiting for ArcelorMittal to complete an Ebola treatment unit, which was finally done.  Through the tenacious efforts of the Liberian government, one of the organizations coming forward with support for the Ebola fight is the World Food Program, which recently dispatched to Nimba a huge consignment of food, including beans, rice and cooking oil for Ebola victims.The report of the theft of food supplies meant for people suffering and dying from Ebola is shocking enough.  But to learn that four of the five perpetrators were members of the County Health Team is most disturbing.How does one steal from people who are suffering and dying, one’s own people at that—no, not strangers, but Nimba people in that Nimba quarantine center?  What does it say about us?With such behaviors and attitudes is it ever possible that Liberians can develop this country?  Do we really want development?Why were these people taking the rice to Saclapea, far away from the quarantine center in Ganta? The word “serious” is probably the most frequently used word in the Observer Editorial Column.  We have constantly appealed to, encouraged, even begged our people to become more serious about our country and people and more serious in our quest for national development.We seem always to forget that we are Africa’s oldest independent republic.  We surely cannot be satisfied with where we are in national development, when most of our people are illiterate or semi-educated at best, when most of our high school students cannot pass a University of Liberia entrance examination; when our healthcare delivery system is stunted, leaving us incapable of managing ourselves in the worst health crisis in our history; when our roads, energy and water supplies are down, among so many other development deficits.Is it not about time we got serious about life, about self-improvement as Liberians and about the survival, growth and development of our country?The only way we can transcend our failings is when we all join together in diligence, honesty, patriotism and conscientiousness to make it happen. May God grant!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

25 Dec


first_imgVerduzco,D.3-7-2.30 Verduzco,D.230 Del Castillo,S.1309 Passing Total213951112248 Findeis,R.1006 Palisades09/30/2005010610 McDuffie,T.12525.00 Senegal,D.902282.51 Gutierrez,D.30018 Frias,J.6122.00 Ceniceros,J.74028090.74 Fairfax09/09/20050102841 Hale,O.1006 Antepara,W.2989130.7 Hale,O.3258.30 Taft09/23/2005010059 PASSINGPAPCPIYDSTDRating Antepara,W.1208 Frias,J.170 Findeis,R.4390 Shelton,P.1108511144.00 Interceptions Total1 RUSHINGTCBNYGAvg.TD Scoring Total18150123 RECORD: 1-9-0 Abraham,C.91143 INTERCEPTIONSNo. Shelton,P.1006 Canoga Park09/16/2005010022 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Foster,T.52032 Gutierrez,D.346743 Findeis,R.4-7-1.81 Ramirez,D.144.00 Ceniceros,A.1-4-4.00 Araujo,F.1006 VS SCHOOLDateWLTPFPA TOTAL2005190123309 SCORINGTDPATFGTP Foster,T.211351 Reseda10/21/20051002413 SAFETY0404 Kennedy10/14/20050101217 Rushing Total2377173.07 Senegal,D.20590111111789.96 Abraham,C.30018 Araujo,F.141251 Cleveland10/07/20050101421 Van Nuys11/04/20050102633 Foster,T.793144.04 Antepara,W.380 Hale,O.1130 O’Dell,H.28241.0 PUNTINGNo.YDSAvg. Receiving Total9512248 Sylmar11/11/2005010055 San Fernando10/28/20050101338 RECEIVINGRECYDSTD Senegal,D.14010 Ceniceros,A.61060 Shelton,P.1 Punting Total3197331.4 Antepara,W.491272.61last_img read more