By Rennella BourneVendors of the Kitty Market, which is currently under renovation, have expressed frustration at the slowOngoing renovation work at the Kitty Marketpace at which the work is being carried out, since it is affecting their businesses.Rehabilitation works on the dilapidated market got underway some two months ago, after many years of neglect. Vendors had been relocated nearby to facilitate the process.However, according to them, the process seems to be taking “too long” to be completed.Guyana Times visited the market on Monday, where vendors, who were relocated to the eastern side of the market, related their distaste for the temporary location.According to one of the vendors, C Persaud, the process seems to be moving at turtle pace much to their discomfort.“I don’t know when they will finish for us to go back in there. Don’t you see they have not gone anywhere with the top much less to start the bottom and that is where we have to go,” Persaud said.He added that he and the other vendors were relocated on February 5 and were told that they would be able to access their new stalls in May.As one vendor who asked not to be named said, “It looks like Christmas will come and reach us here and pass us too.”During the visit on Monday, this publication noticed that several stalls were unoccupied as a result of the heavy downpour on Monday.According to the vendors, the temporary location is costing them dearly since they are not getting adequate sales to sustain themselves and families.“I did not get a sale for the day here and people don’t even know where we are; I have to be looking for customers on the road to catch my hand a little,” another vendor told this newspaper.Vendors complained too that the small spaces they were allotted at the temporary relocation area are preventing them from displaying their goods hence hampering their sales.The Mayor and City Council (M&CC) had estimated that the rehabilitation of the landmark would take three to five months to be completed.The Kitty Market was established in 1882 at the railway line. In 1970, it was extended after it was taken over by the M&CC. The Market was meant to be utilised by Georgetown’s Atlantic Coast neighbourhoods in the city’s east end including Bel Air, Campbellville and Prashad Nagar.
– call for the age of criminal responsibility to be raisedBy Indrawattie NatramA public consultation was on Wednesday held in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) at the Richard FaikalA section of the gathering that attended the draft Juvenile Justice Bill 2015 consultationPolice College in Suddie to educate persons on the draft Juvenile Justice Bill 2015.The consultation was the third of its kind and was a collaborative effort between the Public Security Ministry and UNICEF.Delivering opening remarks was Region Two Chairman Devanand Ramdatt who said that the consultation should be standardised so that agencies and key stakeholders can express their views on the Bill.Speaking to key stakeholders, which included the heads of various youth groups, members of the Police Force; representatives of the Region Two Administration, Suddie Public Hospital, and New Opportunity Corps (NOC) and Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) officials, Ramdatt said he was happy members of the NOC were involved in such consultations.The Regional Chairman noted that the age of criminal responsibility in Guyana was 10 years and he believed this should be raised. He opined that for the Bill to be passed, there must be a multi-stakeholder and inter-agency approach, and thorough networking, recommending that the Minister with responsibility for youth be the main advocate for sensitisation on the Bill.According to Ramdatt, most of the probation reports on juvenile cases lack quality and often young victims are wrongfully sentenced to the NOC. This, he said, can be eliminated with proper understanding and investigations. Often, he noted, children are being sent to the NOC for minor offences such as “wandering”, while other offenders spent less than a year at the NOC which he believes is insufficient time to socially rehabilitate them. Ramdatt said a key component of the Bill should be education and ways in which the teens’ lives could become meaningful through a business trade.He also recommended Government should play a role in providing quality infrastructure/holding facilities for children who are being sanctioned. He called on major stakeholders to express their views on the draft bill before it is passed, noting anything that involved children was important.Representing the Public Security Ministry was Courtney Samuels who said on April 27 and May 11, the Ministry convened the first and second consultation on the draft of the Juvenile Justice Bill in Georgetown and New Amsterdam respectively. Expounding on the purpose of the Bill, Samuels said it was to amend and consolidate the law in relation to criminal justice for juveniles as well as to provide establishment facilities for custody, education and rehabilitation for juvenile offenders and to repeal the Juvenile Offenders Act and the Training Schools Act.The consultations, he said, are expected to strengthen the existing draft and spur action for reforms/discussion in areas such as alternatives to sentences, the removal of status offences such as wandering, increasing the age of criminal responsibility and greater accountability and action across all sectors for the prevention of, treatment for and response to children in contact with the law.The Bill, he said, also plays a pivotal role in ensuring that detention is used as an absolute last resort, and there are programmes which promote prevention of children in contact with the law. The draft Juvenile Justice Bill is a comprehensive document which will tackle significant issues related to juvenile justice in Guyana.Attorney-at-Law Simone Morris Ramlall explained in detail key aspects of the Bill. The entire Bill, she said, is principally intended to reform young people to move on and lead a productive life after contact with the law, and to ensure their records are sealed and not used against him or her.Ramlall further explained that the Bill reflected the modern philosophy of juvenile justice in an effort to strengthen and make the justice system more responsive. The Bill also sought to provide a framework where professionals are in the forefront to support the State in assisting juveniles, as far as possible.The main focus, Ramlall noted, is to ensure that juveniles understand what wrong they did and for a sanction to be given for the error, but at the end of the sanction period, the child must be able to reintegrate smoothly into society. The Bill also focused on the role of the Police.Persons who attended the consultations called for an increase in the age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 14. There was also a call for intervention from religious organisations for first-time offenders in terms of counselling before putting the matter before the courts.Once the Bill becomes law, the Minister responsible for Public Security will have the responsibility of establishing facilities for juvenile custody and detention throughout Guyana.
Participants in the walkathon pose for a photo with Minister within the Public Health Ministry, Dr Karen CummingsWomen have been urged to endorse exclusive breastfeeding, which is the best option for the majority of infants, as Guyana begins its observance of National Breastfeeding Week 2016.“Today, I urge you all to continue to promote exclusive breastfeeding in whatever way you can, so that our babies can enjoy healthy lives from birth and that you use all available channels to spread the virtues of exclusive breastfeeding,” Minister within the Public Health Ministry, Dr Karen Cummings told a walkathon on Sunday morning which kicked off the week of activities.According to the Government Information Agency (GINA), the walkathon saw the participation of Minister Cummings, patient care assistants and midwives and doctors of the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC).Launched under the theme, “Breastfeeding: a key to sustainable development”, the week of activities seeks to further equip maternal healthcare workers, mothers and even fathers with the requisite knowledge and information to achieve 100 per cent exclusive breastfeeding across Guyana.Exclusive breastfeeding is a distinctive process that provides perfect nutrition for infants, and contributes to their growth and development.The Public Health Ministry will be heightening promotion and awareness of the need for mothers to practice exclusive breastfeeding.Nurses and other maternal healthcare personnel also advocated for the implementation of the six-month exclusive breastfeeding policy in Guyana, since the current rate stands at only 23 per cent, according to a United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) report.The World Health Organisation (WHO) states that women should breastfeed their babies for six months, since it reduces the risk of babies becoming infected, creates bonding between mother and child, and prevents ovarian cancer.Minister Cummings said, “Registered dieticians, nutritionists and dietetic technicians should continue efforts to shift the norm of infant feeding away from the use of human milk substitute towards human milk feeds.”Assistant Director of Nursing Services Keith Alonzo highlighted that the theme for this year’s observance of National Breastfeeding Week lent it to creating awareness of the links between breastfeeding and sustainable development.Alonzo said there were five main areas related to breastfeeding and the Sustainable Development Goals. These are nutrition and food security, health and well-being and survival for human beings, environment and climate change, work productivity empowerment, social protection and sustainable partnership, and the rule of law.National Breastfeeding Week will continue with a number of countrywide symposiums and workshops that will further educate mothers and promote exclusive breastfeeding.
BBC mentioned last week that Ebola response is lethally inadequate. A surge in the Ebola epidemic is expected in the months ahead. In the words of Seema Yasmin, a Professor of Public Health, University of Texas, USA, Ebola Virus Disease is worst than all other outbreak combined. Ebola is grave and is considered an increasing threat to humanity.Messengers of Peace (MOP) –Liberia recognizes the concerns among Public Health Community that given the inadequacy of our health care system, particularly clinical care, inadequate health care workers and lack of confidence in the health system, Liberia does not stand a fighting chance. We also recognize that there are simply not enough resources to contain this disease. The Ebola epidemic, according to Dr. William Schaeffer, of CDC, is overwhelming and would require a rethinking of our current strategy.As young people we need to recognize that this is a serious threat to our social and economic development and one that calls for a comprehensive plan before it is too late.We need all hands on deck and we need to review interventions that are working against those that are not. Fencing people behind barbed wire and roadblocks at this phase of the epidemic is not working. The outbreak of the EVD will not end until there is peace and calm in the country. We should at this point avoid the use of heavy weapons and enforced quarantines to control the spread of Ebola in Liberia.Given the exponential growth of EVD in Liberia, we need leadership and calm to urgently address the situation. Government must commit to improved health care facilities across the country and reopen schools to ensure continuous education of the populace. Payment of salaries for health workers and should teachers should be addressedThe continuous education of the population to recognize Ebola and take action is still very critical. There is an urgent need for geographical mapping of our country for adequate contact tracing, reporting and early diagnosis and treatment.Community groups should be compensated for their involvement, according to Dr. Joel, G. Breman, “Large amount of money in small denomination can do a lot of good” Community groups and youth based organizations must commit to addressing issues of stigma and discrimination, hiding of sick persons in the community and conducting burials for people who die of EVD.The media would have to devote substantial time to daily programmes to calm the populace.Young people must commit to following basic precautionary measures; our first priority being to help stop the panic created by quarantine of affected communities through involvement in education outreach programmes to dispel rumors, allay fears and build trust essential in preventive and control measures. Young people should be mobilized to work as volunteers to deal with the disease.In the scheme of things, care of self is vital. It is important that we do not touch infected persons and we should avoid contact with people that died of Ebola. We should cultivate the habit of using hand sanitizers, chlorinated water and soap to wash our hands all the time. Unusual tactics in inventive thing will be needed to fight this disease.We acknowledge with thanks and gratitude the various roles played by International communities like UNMIL, UN Agencies, AU and most recently by the American and British Governments plans to set up field hospitals and deliver much needed medical and other supplies.In the fight against Ebola, the most important thing is not when, or even why or how you become involved- it’s only that you do get involved. “Liberians are not going to be saved by internationals coming in” said Dr. Bruce Aylward (An Author). He went on to say,” They’re going to be saved by Liberians”.Until next week, Peace First, Peace above all else, May Peace prevail on earth.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Seven suspected armed robbers, specialized in robbing in police uniforms, were on Tuesday September 9, arrested by the Liberia National Police (LNP).Ammunitions, DVDs, cell phone and other materials were also arrested during the early morning raid by the police force, police spokesmen, Sam Collins told the press Wednesday, September 10.Addressing journalists at the headquarters of the LNP, Collins said the men along with their female accomplices, were rounded-up at the Chugbor area, in the Road Old Community, Monrovia.From their confessions, Collins further explained, it was gathered that the robbers were among the most notorious criminals being pursued by the LNP.He was quick to point out that the suspected robbers were undergoing investigations.The latest arrest comes nearly two days, after 10 suspected armed robbers and a Lebanese national were apprehended by the police in separate raids in the Somalia Drive and Paynesville communities.“During the arrest our men managed to seize guns, ammunitions and other materials that were used to perpetrate their operations against peaceful individuals,” the police’s chief spokesperson added.“We are going to crackdown on armed robbers and those people who would like to take the law into their own hands. People who are terrorizing peaceful civilians, won’t thrive. We will pursue and arrest them. We are not going to relent in our duty to protect lives and properties throughout the length and breadth of this nation,” he warned.Before their arrest, Collins noted the gang had terrorized and raided innocent people thereby making away with valuable items, in the Old Road area.Meanwhile, the police spokesmen, disclosed that they have arrested a man identified as Marco, who is described as a notorious armed robber.Collins said Marco was a member of a gang that robbed the Ecobank, Bong County branch in 2012.In that robbery, the police spokesmen claimed, one and a half million of United States Dollars and two million Liberian Dollars were stolen from the bank.Marco who had evaded arrest for 2 years was finally arrested recently at his home in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, the police spokesmen said.He assured that officers were currently working hard to ensure that the wave of armed robbery in the country stops immediately.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Following the dismissal of Deputy Inspector General of the Liberia National Police (LNP), Rose Stryker, the LNP now has a new Deputy Inspector General for Administration and Commandant of the National Police Training Academy (NPTA) as well as other newly appointed officials.The newly appointed officers of the LNP include: William K. Mulbah, Deputy Inspector General for Administration, J. Titus Kimba, Commandant of the National Police Training Academy (NPTA), Weah B. Goll, Chief of Human Resource among others.At the official turn and takeover ceremony at the LNP headquarters on Tuesday June 3, the Inspector General of Police, Col. Chris C. Massaquoi, said he was glad that the newly appointed officers have served the police for more than 20 years and have the required experiences.Col. Massaquoi said the outgoing officers of the LNP were not dismissed, charged with corruption or did they commit any form of violations, but a decision of restructuring the police force as planned. According to him, the previous Deputy Inspector General, Rose E. Stryker and Commandant Samuel F. Dakana of the LNP have served the LNP with all necessary contributions and were happy that history will remember them for works done.Speaking at the ceremony, the newly appointed Deputy Inspector General for Administration, William K. Mulbah said he will ensure that the welfare of the police officers including insurance, health benefits, and decent working environment is met as well as the image of the police is built.The newly appointed Deputy Inspector General said, he will ensure that asset control of the LNP including the handling of vehicles is fully managed, warning that violators’ salaries will be cut and other punishments instituted.Mr. Mulbah said, “Accountability and transparency will be visible at the LNP, we will be accountable to the people, ensure that police community partnership is restored for public confidence. We will positively engage the public and acquaint them with the work of the police throughout the country.”Mr. Mulbah said attendance of the police would be keenly monitored to ensure that all officers are at work and doing the right thing to build the reputation of the police. He added that fighting crime in all communities of the country is a major priority for the police, stressing that supervisors will be held accountable for the action of their men.According to Mr. Mulbah, he will justify the confidence as Deputy Inspector General and work to ensure that the police force is fully prepared to take over from UNMIL when it shall have left the country. The new Deputy Inspector General said he was glad for the farsightedness of the police boss for looking within to have him recommended to serve the country and people at another level in the LNP. “This is a big challenge for all of you police officers, you can become what I am today when you humble yourself, remain hardworking and have respect for everyone whether big or small,” he said.Also speaking at the ceremony, the outgoing Commandant of NPTA, Samuel F. Dakana said he was pleased with the opportunity given to serve the LNP and called on the newly appointed officers to give the best in serving their people as well as the country.According to the outgoing commandant, his administration was marked by changes including the training capacity from 150 to 300 and four dormitories “2 for boys and two for the girls at the NPTA.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) has dismissed with immediate effect, five personnel of its Internal Security Bureau (ISB) for their alleged involvement in corrupt activities at the Ministry.The five ISB officers were dismissed for purportedly extorting monies from members of the public in an effort to facilitate the processing Liberian passports.The decision to dismiss them followed an intense and careful investigation conducted by the ISB, which according to a Foreign Ministry release, proved that the five security officers extorted money from passport applicants.The release named the five officers as Agents Francis Sieh, Joseph Davis, Washington Waylee, Dadial Freeman and Olton Nyanfoh.The Foreign Ministry statement said the decision to dismiss the five security personnel is in line with Chapter 4 Section 4.2.2(h) (Dishonesty in the Conduct of the Government Business) of the Standing Order of the Civil Service.According to MFA, the action of the five security agents brings the integrity of the Internal Security Division into question and also has the potential to negatively reflect the image of the Ministry at a time when it is exerting all efforts to improve the passport service delivery system.There have been repeated complaints from members of the public about extorting money from them by some security personnel and other personnel of the Ministry to process passports far above the approved passport price of 23 United States Dollars.Meanwhile, in order to enhance the integrity of the passport issuance process, the Minister of Foreign Affairs has ordered the placement of suggestion boxes in the Passport Division for the public to report any attempt to extort money from them.The Ministry urges the public to follow the passport guidelines posted on its website (www.mofa.gov.lr) or the guidelines placed on large bulletins in the Passport Section.The Ministry of Foreign Affairs maintains that the price for all versions Liberian Passport issued locally remains at US$23.00 and that any decision to increase the price of a passport will be communicated to the public.This extortion saga brings to two the number of corruption sagas that have hit the foreign Ministry in less than three weeks.It may be recalled that three senior Foreign Ministry officials were recently suspended by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on June 8, 2014.The three officials, according to President Sirleaf, were suspended on reports of their involvements in financial impropriety.Those suspended were, Deputy Minister for Administration, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Una Kumba Thompson, Consul-General Consulate of the Republic of Liberia in New York, William G. Greaves, Jr. and, Comptroller of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,James G. Quiqui.They are to be turned over to the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) for further investigation. Their suspensions take immediate effect and remain in force until they exonerate themselves through the pending investigations.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The president of the Better Future Foundation, Reverend Augustine Akoi, has called on the Liberian government to reopen all schools, from kindergarten to university, throughout the country.Rev. Akoi questioned the wisdom of keeping entertainment centers, including video clubs, open while the schools remain closed. He argued, rightly, we believe, that creating awareness against the deadly Ebola virus can better be accomplished in educational institutions than anywhere else. Clearly, entertainment centers, where people booze (drink intoxicating liquor) and video clubs, where they stand and rub against one another in tight spaces to watch football and movies, are places where the virus can spread faster than in schools. Yes, most schools, especially government ones, are overcrowded, thanks to the student explosion that was created several years ago by GOL’s tuition-free primary education policy. However, just as Rev. Arkoi indicated, it is in the educational environment that awareness about health and other issues can better be communicated and more easily become part of the learning process. BUT—and there are very big BUTs: The BIG question is, are the schools, colleges and universities ready to reopen in this Ebola-infested environment?The first problem is, how will the students get to school—in overcrowded buses or taxies? And where are these? Each day students can be seen lining the sidewalks waiting frantically for transport. Secondly, most of the classrooms, especially in government schools, are overcrowded, with insufficient or broken chairs, causing many students to sit on the dirty floor—another Ebola high risk.Thirdly, and most dangerous of all, most schools have dysfunctional toilets, and outside urination is done on many school compounds. Remember, urine is an Ebola carrier.There is, fourthly, the issue of hand washing chlorinated water buckets for say 1000 or more students in each school six days a week—six days since many students return to school on Saturdays for study classes. Can government afford the buckets and chlorinated water for all its students throughout the country?Fifthly, is it realistic to have Liberia’s students in schools surrounded by garbage and clogged drainages? Can city councils and townships guarantee that the garbage dumps or heaps are removed at least on a twice-weekly basis, that drainages are daily? Can the Ministry of Health deploy its sanitation inspectors—if they have any—to ensure that people stop clogging the drainages with trash? We know why garbage dumps and clogged drainages are harmful to school surroundings, for the are always infested with some of the most dangerous disease-carrying creatures— mosquitoes, rats, roaches, worms, etc. Sixthly, will there be a temperature screening system in place for the thousands of students arriving daily at say over 7000 schools from various communities around the country? If the various government ministries and agencies have furloughed their non-essential staff to lessen the Ebola risk, is it realistic and safe to reopen schools with far higher populations?The reopening of schools would admittedly be an opportunity for the Ministry of Education, school authorities, teachers and even more advanced students to participate actively in the awareness process, first by being tutored in all the anti-disease or virus procedures, such as hand washing; observing strict hygiene rules; and insisting, as never before, on cleanliness in the school building, yard and neighborhood. But before schools can be reopened, all of the above issues have to be addressed, otherwise it would be indeed highly risky for our students to return to school.What this means is that government and all operators of private schools, colleges and universities, have to address each of the issues raised, before they can even think of reopening their educational institutions.These issues, admittedly, constitute a very serious headache for GOL and all other educational operators, especially in this era of “budget shortfall” and the stupendous financial challenges GOL and everyone of us face because of Ebola. But these issues must be addressed before anyone can think of reopening their doors to the hundreds of thousands of students hungry for learning. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
In spite of the Ebola menace that forbids gathering of large crowds, residents of Yarwin Mehnsonon District in Nimba County, over the weekend, converged in their numbers at the home of Mr. Peter S. Doekpar on Duport Road, outside Monrovia, where they inducted into office their interim leadership.One the prominent sons of the district, the director of secretariat at the Land Commission (LC), MacArthur Paybayee, was thrilled by such a gathering, which was under the canopy of Mehnsonon Seletorwaa Development Association (MSDA). Seletorwaa is a Mano word that means “Struggling for our land in the name of development.”Mr. Paybayee, in his keynote address prior to the induction ceremony, challenged the elected officers and other residents of the district to forge together in unity to achieve their development objectives.Mr. Paybayee said unity was necessary, particularly during this time when the Yarwin Mehnsonon District and most of its educated sons and daughters were lagging behind in development.Mr. Paybayee wants the educated ones to translate their academic achievement into development-oriented projects, because they all are obliged to work for the improvement of the district.In her brief induction remark, former Nimba County Superintendent Edith Gongloe Weh admonished the MSDA interim leadership to follow Mr. Paybayee’s by bringing the inhabitants together despite the Ebola spread. If they did this, then all other good and wholesome things would follow.Those inducted into office were, Columbus G. Dorliae, president, Erickson H. Kpontu, 1st vice president, Marshall Goinleh, 2nd vice presidentA member of the board of directors, Migbeh S. Gbarto-Dor, said the organization was founded in the 80s on the principle of love and unity among residents of the district for developmental purposes.The ceremony, which was climaxed with a fund raising rally, was attended by several high profile citizens who hail from Yarwin Mehnsonson. They included former Solicitor-general, Cllr. Tiawan Saye Gongloe, the managing partner of TIALA Law and Associates, Cllr. Yarmie Quiqui-Gbeisay, Sr., lawmaker from the district, Rep. R. Mantenokay Tingban and two former superintendents of the county, Atty. S. Yarlor Saywon, and Mrs. Edith Gongloe Weh. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
At this time in 2013, the total assets position of the Liberian Bank for Development and Investment was at about US$159 million. But the Bank’s assets have grown to over US$220 million, or 38 percent in 2014, thanks to the strong and rigorous risk management regulation put in place by the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) and the sound management by the Board of Directors and staff of the Bank.Despite the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in Liberia, which brought about off-budget expenses on the Bank, Management has declared how it was able to leverage strong liquidity, even though profitability, to a larger extent, was foregone in many cases for liquidity due to the high risks factors. This is a mammoth task for a banking institution that has huge overhead obligation to maintain over 15 branches and manage hundreds of employees and contractors. In December, 2013, the Bank’s equity position stood at US$12.5 million.But equity has grown by more than 115 per cent, from US$12.5 million in 2013 to US$27 million in 2014.“This strong position shows that LBDI continues to maintain its market share despite the Ebola crisis,” said LBDI president and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mr. John B. S. Davies, III at the bank’s 49th Anniversary held recently in Monrovia.Mr. Davies commended the entire Bank’s staff, particularly, 14 employees who were honored and certificated for their dedication and long service for the Bank.Mr. Davies along with eight other LBDI staffers, including Mr. William Jackson, Olivia Davies, Kou Giddings, Eugene McClain, Fatu Effiong, Onike Bedell, Reginald Goll and Aaron Kollie. Three staff, including Madam Doretha Yarsiah, Frances Williams and Mr. Akwenah Nyeamene was also honored for ten and fifteen years respectively, given their services with LBDI.The longest service award was given to the LBDI vice president for Buchanan Branch, Mr. Clarence W. Bai, who has served the Bank for 25 years. The 20 years of service award was awarded to Mr. Samuel Gborzoe. The LBDI CEO has commended the honorees and the entire staffers of the Bank for their dedication and commitment in working towards the growth and development of LBDI.A former Comptroller General of Liberia, Mr. Davies noted the strong liquidity position of LBDI and attributed the gain directly to the leadership and professional roles of all of the employees. “We at LBDI are blessed with employees of great quality,” said Mr. Davies.He encouraged the employees to keep up the excellent performance, assuring them of a better LBDI during the post-Ebola crisis. He also thanked the Bank’s customers to maintain their trust in LBDI.Speaking on behalf of the honorees, LBDI’s longest serving honoree and vice president for Buchanan Branch, Mr. Clarence W. Bai, thanked the Management for the recognition and pledged the honorees’ commitment to remaining dedicated to the bank and serving the Liberian people through LBDI.“I must be very frank…serving a bank like LBDI for 25 years is not easy,” said Mr. Bai as he commended the Management for celebrating the 49th Anniversary of LBDI.Mr. Bai used the occasion to appeal to the Management to conduct regular training for all employees, including the vice presidents for all branches. Mr. Bai also called for salary increment for employees, noting that it would further motivate employees to go the extra mile in serving and protecting the bank.Earlier, LBDI Board Chair and Minister of Finance and Development Planning Amara M. Konneh congratulated the Management and staff of LBDI for strongly holding the bank together during this Ebola crisis.Chairman Konneh wondered how the economy would have been without the strong liquidity position of LBDI, praising it for its ethical style of banking. “I would have been in hell fire had LBDI not been so strong and this Bank is strong because of you—the staff and the Management including our committed customers,” said Mr. Konneh.LBDI is predominantly a privately owned institution under private management and a Board of Directors elected annually by its Shareholders. The Bank commenced operations in 1965 as Liberian Bank for Industrial Development and Investment. Under an amendment in 1974, the name was changed to the Liberian Bank for Development & Investment (LBDI). A further amendment in 1988 allowed the Bank to engage in commercial banking activities, to compliment its development objectives.The Bank was actually created by an Act of the National Legislature in 1961 under the joint initiative of the Liberian government and major international financial institutions that purchased equity, namely: International Financial Corporation (IFC), Commonwealth Development Corporation (CDC) Capital Partners, European Investment Bank (EIB), Groupe Agence Franicais de Development (GAFD), and Deutsche Investitions-und Entwicklungesllchaft (DEG). Over 150 private Liberians and other international and local institutions have equity in the Bank. Foreign shareholding is 44.47% and local shareholding is 55.53%.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)