A number of Linden mothers are presently seeking justice for their sons who they allege have fallen victims to Police brutality.The women have also alleged that their sons who are either behind bars or served time already are all wrongfully accused of crimes they know nothing about.Mothers Karen Crawford (left) and Deborah GrahamSpeaking with the media on Friday, the women, including Karen Crawford, Eva Stephen, Deborah McAlmont, Kayla Mcbean, Deborah Graham and Alison Stephens all related experiences they allegedly encountered with the Police as it relates to their sons’ alleged involvement in crimes.The issues ranged from Police not finding case jackets during trial to the callous manner they claim they were treated when they make enquiries about their incarcerated offsprings.According to Crawford, the Police in Linden have incarcerated two of her sons over alleged cultivation of marijuana.The woman is adamant that her son was cultivating a “food” farm and that marijuana plants obtained by Police are from another farm. She also claimed that her other son was victimised, slapped with five robbery under arm charges, taken to Camp Street prison and beaten, while also maintaining that he is innocent.Stephen also claimed her son Devon Scott who is presently behind bars for robbery under arms was targeted by Police. While Devon remains behind bars, she said her other son who was also incarcerated for the same offence had the case against him dismissed. She also denies her sons’ involvement.Meanwhile, McAlmont who worked as a Special Constable said she believes she was recently fired over an alleged incident involving herself, Police and her two sons at their home.She claims that Police in plainclothes attacked her sons and beat them, while also making unannounced visits to her home and abusing the rest of her family.She alleged being cuffed in her back by E Division (Linden-Kwakwani) Commander Calvin Brutus and her son Dexter was slapped with six charges. However, Brutus when contacted said the alleged incident is presently being investigated. McAlmont said her service was terminated on March 26 as a result.Graham also related that her son has been wrongfully accused of cultivating marijuana and claims he was beaten by Police who she also alleged fired gunshots over his head and submerged his head in water. The incident is alleged to have occurred at Old England.Similar sentiments were echoed by Stephens whose son Ken Stephens was also charged in relation to the incident. He remains on remand but the woman is adamant there was no marijuana being planted in the area the men were found. Her son was placed on $400,000 bail.“I don’t even have $400,000”, she lamented.ProbesSpeaking with this newspaper afterwards, Commander Brutus noted that a few of the alleged incidents are being investigated by the Office of the President and the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).Only recently, family of some incarcerated young men in the community staged a protest over alleged Police brutality and excess.The Commander has however denied the claims, which were also brought against Inspector Singh and Corporal Kendall of the Mackenzie Police Station, noting that in many cases, the men were charged based on advice or the amount of evidence brought against them.Meanwhile, in an invited comment, Prime Ministerial Representative Vladimir Glasgow said the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) fully condemns any such behaviour portrayed by Police, noting that it creates hostile tension between them and civilians.“I had several complaints coming to my office about police brutality and the way Police conduct themselves in the Region… It’s not good for crime solving… the OPM fully condemns any such behaviour pattern by Police and we will look into the matter to make sure that some sort of change can be made to the way in which the Officers conduct their business in the Region”, he stated.
…Opposition’s suggestions ignoredFollowing a lengthy debate in the House, Government on Thursday passed the Insurance Bill 2016 despite petitions from the Opposition that the bill ought not to be rushed and instead sent to a select committee.Shadow Finance Minister Irfaan AliThe Opposition argued that whilst the Bill was much needed there were still some fine-tuning necessary for its passage into law. Shadow Finance Minister Irfaan Ali assailed the Bill, pointing out a number of discrepancies. He stated that although the piece of legislation will ensure the further amplification of the financial architect of Guyana, the Bill has to make certain it allows local companies to have fair competition since they would now be contending under unfamiliar guidelines beside larger companies, which might have the upper hand in achieving the requirements of the bill laid out in the legislation.He told the Assembly that Section 12 needs to be strengthened in order to sustain consumer protection. “This section provides a very weak position for consumer protection,” he said, noting that it gives room for the insurers to take advantage of consumers. In addition to other inconsistencies, Ali urged the House to have the Bill sent to a special select committee.Finance Minister Winston Jordon, who tabled the legislation, asserted that the Bill was important and timely. He stated that the Financial Sector regulatory standards comprise the essential principles for well-functioning regulatory systems and so the assessment of the quality of institutional and regulatory structures form an integral part of the overall assessment of the financial sector carried out under the Financial Sector Adjustment Programme (FSAP).He pointed out that the joint World Bank-International Monetary Fund forms international standards and codes initiatives provides the overall context for the work relating to financial standards and thus assessments are based on internationally adopted regulatory standards using the assessment methodology prescribed by the standard setters.According to Jordon, Guyana as a member country has seen its fair share of assessments, including the recently completed assessment in May 2016. Prior to this the last assessment was done in 2005-2006. The report from that assessment highlighted several gaps in the insurance regulatory regime, pinpointing: “The insurance sector in Guyana is underdeveloped relative to its potential and compared to its neighbouring countries.”These sentiments Jordon said, were echoed by an industry diagnostic conducted by the World Bank First Initiative in 2012.The programme found that while there was an institutional legal framework in place it did not satisfy international best practice, particularly in the areas of licencing, solvency margins, governance, and transparency and investments.It was recommended that clear and prudent licensing criteria, including minimal capital levels, shareholder eligibility requirements, management skills, and governance rules should be issued in order to ensure quality companies into the market.The present legal framework for solvency reserve requirements and early intervention did not cover the same potential issues when compared with contemporary equivalents elsewhere, he said.Guyana’s analysis of financial statements as part of ongoing supervision was described as primitive owing to a lack of onsite inspection programme, he said.According to the report the Office of Commissioner of Insurance suffers from the lack of exchange of information among the regional supervisory bodies. The problem the FSAP faced in collecting information from CLICO accounted for 70 per cent of total premiums in Guyana and is part of the Trinidad-based CL financial group composed of companies that provided ample evidence for the need for better information sharing.It also highlighted the lack of implementation and enforcement of legislative requirement, which it pointed out created the most important obstacle for the development of the insurance sector and the establishment of environment trust.Jordon stated that the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of the Terrorism Act 2015 amended the current Insurance ACT by the insertion of Section 23 B, empowering the regulator to share information with “supervisors in a foreign country for their lawful supervisory and regulatory purposes”.This he said is also reflected in the Insurance Bill with the requirement of a MoU exchange agreement between Guyana and that of foreign jurisdiction.The bill also allows the regulator to share information with any domestic government agency for enforcement purposes.Apart from this amendment, regulations pertaining to financial reporting and registration of insurance companies, no major changes were made to the regulatory infrastructure in line with international best practices and the FSAP team.The Insurance Bill follows international best practices for insurance regulation, including a risk-based approached to supervision, under which insurers with higher risk receive more stringent scrutiny and intervention.The bill seeks to improve corporate governance and internal control, impose risk-based capital requirement and raise professional standard in the insurance industry.It is envisioned that this bill will replace those sections of the current Insurance Act Chapter 9102 that pertain to insurance issues but the sections dealing with pensions will be retained until a Pensions Act comes into effect.“The objective of the Bill is to promote the maintenance of a fair, safe and stable insurance market for the benefit and protection of policy holders by establishing a legal framework for insurance and insurance groups which: facilitates the monitoring of the safety and soundness of insurers; enhances the protection of policy holders and potential policy holders; contributes to the stability of the financial systems in general” he asserted.He said it also satisfies those regulatory gaps identified by the last IMF-World Bank FSAP in 2005.Also for the first time Central Bank will be empowered to periodically verify data and risk management systems by conducting onsite inspections in addition to its usual reliance on third parties such as external auditors.The bank can also impose fines and penalties for failure to comply with the bank’s directors and other offenses under the ACT.
Zika virus… condemns Govt’s nonchalant response to threatZika is not just another mosquito-borne disease but Government surely is treating it as one, according to former Health Minister, Dr Leslie Ramsammy.Former Health Minister, Dr Leslie RamsammyIts nonchalant approach is evident in its lackluster educational awareness campaign, inability to utilise available resources, and slothfulness in the formulation of key policies to control the spread of the infection.Public Health Minister, Dr George Norton recently disclosed that there are 35 confirmed cases of the Zika virus in Guyana, a significant leap from the initial seven confirmed cases.Ramsammy indicated that this drastic increase in the number of affected persons can be attributed to Government’s poor response to the threat when it first hit the shores of Guyana.With the threat becoming greater, the former Health Minister is urging once again that Government snap into action before an epidemic breaks loose.“Every day, we are learning more and more frightening facts about Zika. This is not the time for Guyana to wait for an epidemic to hit us before we act. As a Minister of Health, I always responded as if there is a worst case scenario.While sometimes people were critical of the way I responded to threats, I believed that prevention is better than cure. The Ministry of Public Health is not serving the interest of the people of Guyana when it comes to Zika,” Ramsammy stated in a statement to the media.He went on to express utter disappointment in Government’s timid response.“It is not in keeping with the seriousness of the threat that Zika poses,” he underscored.According to Ramsammy, the Zika education and awareness programme from the Public Health Ministry is “at best anemic”. “It is virtually non-existent in Guyana. An announcement here and there and an occasional statement do not represent a robust education and awareness programme,” he commented.He noted that while the Pan-American Health Organisation/World Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO) has a good educational programme, the Public Health Ministry must get its act together if it intends on avoiding another health catastrophe in the country.Ramsammy lamented too that the Ministry has not developed a robust testing capacity for Zika. “I suspect that many cases of Zika are not diagnosed and reported,” he stated. Indeed, reports indicate that many people who exhibit symptoms of Zika are unaware if they are infected. Authorities had indicated that they simply use medication to treat the symptoms.Ramsammy said there is a lot of resource available from PAHO/WHO as well as CARPHA (the Caribbean Public Health Agency), and Government needs to make greater use through these agencies.He noted also that the off and on vector control response is a major disappointment. “We need an aggressive vector control programme to fight against Zika, malaria, chikungunya, engue and filariasis. The time has now come for a national bednet programme to protect pregnant women and children. I had introduced this programme, but evidence is that it is now at a standstill,” he observed.Moreover, he is urging the Ministry include Zika screening as part of the blood safety protocols for the National Blood Transfusion Service in Guyana.He also urged that Zika be recognised as a formal part of the Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) programme in Guyana.There is now ample evidence that Zika is also a STI, transmitted from one person to the next through sexual intercourse, and there is further evidence that Zika can be transmitted via blood transfusion.Zika infection during pregnancy can cause serious birth defects, such as microcephaly, and is associated with other pregnancy problems.Microcephaly is a birth defect where a baby’s head is smaller than expected when compared to babies of the same sex and age. Babies with microcephaly often have smaller brains that might not have developed properly.Zika virus infection during pregnancy can also lead to other severe foetal brain defects and has been linked to problems in infants, including eye defects, hearing loss, and impaired growth. Scientists are studying the full range of other potential health problems that Zika virus infection during pregnancy may cause.Several countries that have experienced Zika outbreaks recently have reported increases in people who have Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS). GBS is an uncommon sickness of the nervous system in which a person’s own immune system damages the nerve cells, causing muscle weakness, and sometimes, paralysis. Additionally, increasing evidence is being accumulated showing an association between Zika and neurological problems in both men and women and children infected with Zika.
Businesses bewareBusiness people are advised to be on guard as counterfeit foreign currency has surfaced. Guyana Times was shown surveillance footage of an alleged fraudster who exchanged a counterfeit US note for Guyana currency at a shop in Kitty on Sunday.According to the proprietor, the perpetrator entered the grocery shop a little before 14:00h, appearing as a regular customer. He then bought about $4000 worth in groceries, however, just before he was about to leave, he asked the shop owner to assist him in changing a US$50 note, which the businessman agreed to do.The proprietor explained that he made the shocking discovery shortly after the man left, when his wife noticed that the highlighterThe counterfeit note the shop owner exchanged on Sunday afternoonimprinted its mark deep into the US$50 note; this is usually the case with counterfeit notes. When used on genuine notes, the ink would fade after sometime. This publication was given a demonstration using a US$1 note.The Kitty businessman explained that he doesn’t normally change money but gave into the man’s request.“I changed his $50 note but there were other customers waiting so I did not go to check; I changed it hurriedly thinking I could assist the rest of customers which I realised was the wrong thing to do there, not to check the note before,” he noted.He pointed out that after four years of operating his business, this is the first time that such an event occurred and indicated that in future he would be reluctant to assist customers who may ask for help.“It definitely made an impact on me because when the mistress came over and she realised the note is not good, I kind of break down because I work very hard,” he stressed.He added that he intends to report the matter to the police, who will retrieve the note and obtain the shop’s surveillance footage as evidence.
– as Child Protection Week concludesMinister within the Communities Ministry Dawn Hastings-Williams and a team, including a Blossom Incorporated representative Tiffany Griffith, conducted an education outreach programme to several communities in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni).The aim of the exercise was to raise awareness about child abuse and the strong role the community plays in intervention and prevention. This was part of activities in observance of Child Protection Week, September 18 to 24.Minister within the Communities Ministry Dawn Hastings-Williams addressing the meeting during the education outreachFor three days (September 21-23), the Minister and team held engagements with the children, parents, community leaders and Councillors of Kamarang, Jawalla, Kako and Kwebanna on child rights, preventing child abuse and better parenting. This was reinforced by a travelling exhibition titled “Break the Silence, Stop Child Sexual Abuse”, which the team shared with them, a release from the Government Information Agency (GINA) stated.Speaking at the different engagements, Minister Hastings-Williams sought to reinforce the importance of community involvement in ensuring the protection of the nation’s children.The Minister declared, “Child abuse is real.” Moreover, incidents of child abuse are on the increase throughout the 10 Administrative Regions, with the hinterland regions showing signs of being more vulnerable.The Minister noted that “all (parents, community leaders, businesses and the Police) must become involved” to stop this scourge and called on the community leaders, parents and residents to give prominence to the issue by making it a topic of discussion at every forum.The Minister urged that the community make it a decisive issue at the weekly village meetings and at the level of the different Parent-Teachers’ Association meetings. The Minister also asked that these meetings discuss topics such as how to recognise the signs and symptoms of abuse and what to do if it was suspected that a child or young person was being harmed.The Minister not only urged further education, but for the community to seek to report instances of suspected abuse. Meanwhile, Griffith reminded the children that they were all special, telling them: “You are going to be the leaders of tomorrow’s generation…”She explained that their parents, community and Government have a responsibility to them in relation to ensuring that they become their best self for their future role. Griffith pointed out that the responsibility also includes ensuring that they are “well taken care of” including protected from all forms of abuse.“Abuse is any form of punishment or wrongdoing that has been done to a child,” Griffith explained to the children. “If somebody beats you and leaves marks on your skin and causes you pain and you are not able to attend school that is abuse. If somebody should touch you on your private parts, that is abuse,” she added.The Blossom Incorporated representative urged the children to report all instances of abuse to “somebody who you think you can tell and who would not cause you more harm”.During the meetings, Minister Hastings-Williams also spoke briefly about Indigenous Heritage and Education Month, both of which are being observed in September.Alluding to the two observances, the Minister reiterated the Government’s commitment to indigenous development, including its pledge to work to bring quality education to the hinterland, on par with what is offered on the coastland.“The Government is committed in ensuring that every child has access to quality education despite their geographical location,” the Minister assured.She also resolved to bring to Cabinet’s attention a number of issues and concerns that were raised during engagements, including improving the living quarters of Government workers in the hinterland.The Child Care and Protection Agency (CCPA) stated that over 2238 cases of child abuse have been reported. According to CCPA Director Ann Greene, the most reported form of abuse is neglect, followed by sexual abuse.Blossom Incorporated is a registered Non-Governmental Organisation within Guyana, that works separately and in collaboration with the Social Protection Ministry to build and strengthen children and families’ relationships and to safeguard the physical and mental well-being of all children.
In the face of high demand and rush for sanitary materials and bleach products to fight the deadly Ebola virus, the Government of Liberia (GOL) through the tax policy unit of the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) says it is reviewing a proposal for the relaxation of tariffs and duties on the importation of sanitary materials and other bleach products in the country.According to the MFDP, the revision will be done in conjunction with the Liberia Revenue Authority. The demand for sanitizers has risen as some drug stores and health centers tend to hold back the products. The price of sanitizers has also begun to rise as most homes, workplaces and commuters struggle to get at least a hand sanitizer and a pair of hand glove. Most offices, health centers and homes have begun enforcing a direct policy requiring people to wash their hands in a sanitized bucket of water before entering and leaving their premises. The MFDP announced the decision yesterday following the death in Nigeria of one of its employee Mr. Patrick Sawyer. The Ministry also announced a measure suspending operations on Monday and urged the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare to disinfect all offices hosting the MFDP on Broad Street and Capitol Hill. The MFDP authorities have also placed all staff particularly senior officials, including Finance Minister Amara M. Konneh, coming in direct or indirect contact with Mr. Sawyer on a prescribed 21 days observatory surveillance period starting July 20th, the day Mr. Sawyer departed the country for Nigeria. The MFDP noted that only persons with genuine business dealings and transactions would be permitted on the premises of the Ministry. “All employees, who made no contact but have been traumatized as a result of the situation in the last few days and would like to take some time off, are free to stay home until when it is necessary to return to duty,” the statement said. The MFDP has also restricted the use of its elevator to only 4 persons per trip; prohibited clustering on the stairways and restricted the gathering of people not more than five persons except for meetings in conference spaces or spatial environment. Absolutely no handshakes, hugging of other physical bodily contact is allowed at the MFDP. The Ministry has meanwhile encouraged all employees to wear long sleeve clothing to minimize any possible risk of exposure and has put in place a thorough sanitary program and admonishes all staff to use the hand washer or personalized sanitizers or disposable gloves available at the Ministry’s entrance. The late Patrick Sawyer was the Coordinator of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) National Unit at the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Government of Liberia on Monday, June 16 filed a 13-count response to the defense motion seeking a new trial for 13 persons convicted of mercenarism by Jurors of Criminal Court ‘D.’Jurors on June 10 brought down a guilty verdict against the defendants for their involvement in mercenary activities in neighboring La Côte d’Ivoire, where several persons including seven UN peacekeepers were allegedly ambushed and killed.However, the defendants’ lawyers pleaded with the Court to reject the jurors’ verdict and declare a new trial in the matter.Interestingly, Judge Emery Paye will now be compelled to reschedule his final judgment that was scheduled for Tuesday, June 17, and rule on the defense motion, a common request when convictions are appealed.Instead, the Criminal Court Judge has scheduled hearing of the request for a new trial on Tuesday, June 17.The prosecution’s response among others, said the jurors took into consideration testimonies including those of the rebuttal witnesses, specifically Roland Garwo, who testified that he crossed the defendants in his canoe following their attacked in La Côte d’Ivoire.They further said that some of the witnesses, like Thomas Glaider, Pascal Kollie and Baryee Gaye corroborated each other and hence, the jurors having tried the fact could not hesitate but to arrive at a guilty verdict.They argued that Gaye pointed to the fact that the defendants had based in Garlo’s Town and others including the Thai forest and controlled areas in that sisterly nation.They went further to say that one of their witnesses, Inspector Savior Howard visited the crime scene, as opposed to the defense lawyers claim that none of the investigators, whose findings led to the indictment of the defendants visited the crime scene in both Liberia and La Côte d’Ivoire.They also argued that Witness Gaye, when he testified named weapons like M-60, RPG and AK-47, as guns used by the defendants to fight in La Côte d’Ivoire.Prosecution prayed the court not to disturb the unanimous verdict of the jurors, whom they claimed, listened attentively and took note of the testimonies of all their witnesses including Prince Barclay as well as the defendants mere denial.They maintained that the defense request constitutes total disrespect for the integrity of the jurors.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
In an effort to sustain and enhance spirituality and the Hindu culture, the Viraat Sabhaa (Guyana) has initiated programmes to educate Hindus and non-Hindus.“The Viraat Sabhaa has placed spirituality at the pinnacle of its agenda.” This is according to Pandit Ravi Persaud, the President of the organisation, who is convinced that for there to be self-transformation, the process must include higher spiritual education wherein foundational principles are based on truth.As such, the Sabhaa is encouraging Guyanese from different backgrounds to pursue educational and capacity building initiatives.It is against this backdrop that the Sabhaa awarded certificates to persons who took part in its four training courses.The Sabhaa distributed certificates of participation to the persons on Sunday at the Hall of the Valmiki Vidyalaya High School inThe Viraat Sabhaa team poses for a picture with Swamiji in the centreQueenstown.Pandit Persaud outlined that there were four courses held over the past six months. Those started last November and concluded this month (May). Courses were conducted by Swami Kaivalyaananda Saraswati of the Kaivalya Ashram, India. Swamiji is a senior disciple of world renowned Swami Chinmayananda and Swami Dayananda Saraswati. He is also the spiritual head of the Viraat Sabhaa.One course was for in-service Pandits. In this Module-One programme, over 20 Pandits participated. The course was conducted at the Guyana Pandits’ Council headquarters.An introductory course on the theoretical study of the Puja System for aspiring Pandits was also offered, attracting 26 participants.The Viraat Sabhaa also indicated that for the “Introduction of Vedanta course”, the organisation saw 40 students pursuing the six-month training programme in various aspects of Hinduism, inclusive of Sanskrit, Bhagavad Gita and philosophy.Also notable was the establishment of the youth training programme. Swamiji conducted a two-month training course, “Introduction to Hinduism”. That programme was attended by 21 young persons, many of whom are full-time professionals in the Public and Private Sectors.Executive member of the Viraat Sabhaa, Bhaiji Siri Persaud called on the graduates to use the knowledge imparted by Swamiji for the upliftment of themselves and their respective communities. He also applauded the participants who overlooked organisational affiliations to benefit from the courses offered by the Sabhaa.
The Government of Liberia (GOL) through the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) has announced the creation of a Trust Fund to manage the Ebola outbreak in Liberia. The fund is established at the Central Bank of Liberian (CBL) (Act No. 022530000215/ Ebola Trust Fund) under the guidance of the MFDP, with supervision from the National Task Force on Ebola.The government through the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning in collaboration with the Central Bank of Liberia has contributed an initial US$5 million to the fund, demonstrating the seriousness it attaches to the fight against the deadly Ebola virus, which has already claimed the lives of over 130 Liberians. The GOL therefore encourages all partners including donors, private sector actors and ordinary citizens to contribute to the Fund.President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has authorized the Minister of Finance, Mr. Amara M. Konneh, to appoint a Special Comptroller General and a small team of accounting and procurement specialists to manage the Fund. She said the objective of appointing a special comptroller general and procurement specialists is to ensure that the funds are used effectively and that the goal is achieved.The GOL noted that the purpose of the special team is to ensure that after the program is over, a full accounting report of all funds and other resources received and expended is produced for the public.“At the end of the program, a detailed report shall be provided and the General Auditing Commission (GAC) will be asked to perform an audit and results communicated to the nation,” a GOL statement said.According to the government, the special team will work directly under the National Ebola Task Force chaired by the President to ensure that resources are provided expeditiously without any bottleneck in supporting those on the frontline to combat the Ebola epidemic.The government noted that all procurement and logistical decisions will be made at the task force level.The government has meanwhile emphasized that it has made available US$5 million to the fund as its initial contribution. It encouraged the public, donor community and friendly governments to make contributions to the fund.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has made additional appointments in Government affecting the Ministries of State for Presidential Affairs, Foreign Affairs, Commerce and Industry, Labor and Internal Affairs.Other government parastatals include the National Commission on Higher Education, Liberia Refining Company, Central Bank of Liberia and the University of Liberia.According to an Executive Mansion release, these appointments are subject to confirmation by the Honorable Liberian Senate, where applicable. Those appointed include:Ministry of State for Presidential AffairsMr. Jordan Solunteh, Director General of the CabinetNational Commission on Higher EducationDr. Momo Rogers, Deputy Director GeneralMinistry of Foreign AffairsMr. Elias Shoniyin, Deputy Minister of the Foreign AffairsMr. Thomas Kaydor, Deputy Minister for International CooperationMinistry of Commerce & IndustryMr. Franz Sawyer, Deputy Minister for AdministrationMr. Andrew G. Paygar, Flangiah, Sr. Deputy Minister for Small Business AdministrationMr. Pewee Reed, Assistant Minister for Bureau of Small Business AdministrationMinistry of LaborMs. Moriah Kou Yeakula , Assistant Minister for AdministrationMr. Emmett M. Crayton , Assistant Minister for Trade UnionMs. Marion N. Wreh , Assistant Minister for StandardsLiberia Petroleum Refining CompanyMr. Edwin Sarvice, Deputy Managing Director for Operations (replacing Mr. Aaron Wheagar who is being retired after having served the Company for more than 20 years)Central Bank of LiberiaMr. Milton Weeks, Member, Board of Governors (replacing Mr. David Vinton)Ms. Melisa Emeh, Member, Board of Governors (replacing Ms. Mildred Reeves)Ministry of Internal AffairsMr. Allen Kromah, Assistant Minister for Research, Development & PlanningThe President has established a Tourism Exploratory Committee which will assist in the formation of a Tourism Agency which will evolve into an autonomous agency after separation from the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism.Tourism Exploratory CommitteeDr. Dawn Barnes, ChairMs. Barku Tubman, MemberMr. Jacqueline Capehart , MemberAdditionally, the President, based upon recommendation from the Chief Justice, also constituted an independent committee of experts from the civil society to start the process of nominating a member of the Independent National Human Rights Commission:Mr. James Yarsiah, ChairmanMs. Roseline Toweh, Co-chairpersonMr. Roosevelt Woods , SecretaryMs. T. Thompson Adebayor , MemberMr. Varney Jersey, MemberMs. Finda Salay, MemberAttorney Jura A. Lynch , Member Please note that all assistant ministers’ posts at the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection will continue with full compensation until the end of the fiscal year when the new changes at the Ministry will be implemented.Mr. Rameses Kumbuyah nomination for the post of Deputy Minister for Administration has been withdrawn as he has been asked to retain his current position as Deputy Minister for Administration at the Ministry of Education. Dr. Nancy Freeman has been nominated for the post of Deputy Minister for Administration at the Ministry of Youth and Sports.Finally, Mr. Norris Tweah has been appointed Vice President for University Relations at the University of Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)