MOL Ends 9th Meeting on Child Labor

first_imgBy David A. YatesThe National Commission on Child Labor has conducted its 9th National Steering Committee (NSC) meeting for the elimination of the worst form of child labor in the country.The meeting was held at the Ministry of Labor in Monrovia and it brought together representatives from line ministries of government, employers and workers’ organizations, the private sector, civil society, non-governmental organizations, among others.Allen Lincoln, research officer in the office of Labor Minister Neto Zarzar Lighe, who spoke on his behalf, said the government through the MOL attaches grave seriousness to the workings of the NSC on the elimination of child labor in the country.He said the government is doing everything possible to encourage members of the NSC to remain involved in the process of accelerating the fight against child labor.During the meeting, the country coordinator of WinRock International/CLEAR II Project in Liberia, James Yekeh, used the occasion to introduce the County Level Engagement and Assistance to Reduce (CLEAR) Child Labor II to members of the NCS.Mr. Yekeh said CLEAR II is a four-year United States Department of Labor (USDOL) funded project that cooperates with the government with technical assistance to support the reduction of child labor practices. Using targeted activities, CLEAR II enhances capacity and support meaningful efforts to implement actions to reduce child labor practices in the country.He told participants that CLEAR II has four intermediate objectives to increase the capacity of the government in the fight against child labor. It also provides support to legislation that addresses child labor.Yekeh said the objectives include the effective implementation of national plans of action on child labor; enhanced implementation and improvement in polices and social programs aimed at the reduction and prevention of child labor, such as increasing access to basic education and vocational training; and an increase in social protection services and employment creation.He noted that the CLEAR II Project works closely with labor inspectors from the Ministry of Labor in the implementation of the project.The national coordinator of the National Commission on Child Labor, Ms. Patience S. Heah, urged members of the NSC to attend regular meetings of the committee as a means of uniting efforts in the fight against child labor in Liberia.She informed the NSC members that the National Action Plan (NAP) for the elimination of child labor in Liberia document was validated in February 2017 and is awaiting cabinet’s approval and subsequent launch for implementation.Ms. Heah added that when it is launched, the NAP document will run alongside the government of Liberia’s “Agenda for Transformation” to reduce child labor in Liberia by a least fifty percent by 2030.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Ms. Patience S. Heah, coordinator, National Commission on Child Labor/MOL – Advertisement –last_img read more

AFC denies knowledge of ‘front companies’ applying for oil licences

first_imgAlleged cronyismOne day after Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo came out accusing the coalition Government of being involved in cronyism as it relates to the exploration and production licences for oil and gas, the Alliance For Change (AFC) has denied these claims and has urged Jagdeo to name those involved.AFC Chairman Khemraj Ramjattan, who holds the portfolio of Public Security Minister, told a news conference on Thursday that instead of Jagdeo accusing the entire coalition Government, he should specifically name the relatives, friends and associates of Ministers and senior Government functionaries being incorporated into companies through complex shareholding arrangements and are applying for exploration and production licences for oil and gas.But Jagdeo said that if the AFC could deny this and assume the opposite, that meant that it knew of the application and knew every member of the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and Cabinet who was part of the company. Jagdeo believes the party’s denial could mean that it had full knowledge. “Rather than investigate it, you come out 24 hours later with a denial. There is no way he could find out from every APNU/AFC member whether they have family members who are part of it,” he opined.The former President also took Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson to task over his remarks that there were no more blocs in Guyana’s Exclusive Economic Zone in the Atlantic. “All the blocs are being given out…,” Jagdeo said, while urging that the available blocs be auctioned instead.AFC ChairmanKhemraj RamjattanDuring a press conference on Wednesday, Jagdeo said this move could see middlemen, through these ‘front companies’, with close relations to the coalition APNU/AFC Administration, raking in tens of millions of US dollars.He said they could flip those licences to international companies, since they were unable to raise the required capital for the exploration and development activities required for commercial oil production. One such company identified in recent times is Totaltec, which is spearheaded by the brother of the Petroleum Advisor to President David Granger, Dr Jan Mangal.The Opposition Leader said: “There are at least two companies that we know of that have developed complex shareholding structures that have made applications.”Speaking to the need for the available blocs to be instead auctioned off rather than having preferred companies apply, Jagdeo sought to point out that a premium must be considered.He was adamant that several of the local companies applying for petroleum licences “have no means whatsoever – who are aligned to Ministers and their families, etc, and some others, cronies – they have no means of finding hundreds of millions of US dollars to do the exploration work.”last_img read more

Vipers overcome Police to remain second

first_img Tags: abdallah mubiruBasani Safidan sserunkumaJuma Balinyapolice fcRahmat SsenfukaStarTimes Uganda Premier Leaguevipers sc Dan Sserunkuma (left) celebrates his openner against Police on Tuesday. (Vipers Photos)StarTimes Uganda Premier League Police FC 1-2 Vipers SC StarTimes Stadium, Lugogo Tuesday, 23-04-2019LUGOGO – Vipers SC remained second on the StarTimes Uganda Premier League following a 2-1 win away to Police FC.The Venoms who went into the game knowing only a win could probably save their title defence scored through Dan Sserunkuma and Rahmat Ssenfuka.Police who looked below per throughout the entire 90 minutes scored late in the game thanks to Safi Basani.Unlike in most of their home game, Police started slowly on Tuesday and were made to pay on 14 minutes as Vipers took the lead.After some good interplay in the middle, Vipers day’s captain Brian Nkuubi released Innocent Wafula on the right and the winger played in a low cross for Dan Sserunkuma who expertly converted into the net for 1-0.Police looked to be growing into the game but would go into halftime trailing to the Sserunkuma goal.League top scorer Juma Balinya who had struggled to find any spaces in the Vipers area, tried his luck from distance on 54 minutes but his effort sailed over the bar.Four minutes later, for Cop. Rahmat Ssenfuka doubled Vipers lead.The holding midfielder made a late run into the box to connect neatly with a Duncan Sseninde cut-back and strike past Davis Mutebi and in process put Vipers 2-0 up.Sseninde (right) protects the ball as Police’s Paul Wila closes in on Tuesday.Police who have scored the second most goals in the League this season would not go down easily as they pulled a goal back with 26 minutes to play.Basani Safi and Johnson Odong enjoyed good interplay on the right with the later playing in the former, through on goal. Odong struck the ball first time, beating Venoms’ goalkeeper Derrick Ochan at the near post.In response, Vipers made a change that saw Sserunkuma withdrawn and replaced with Brian Kalumba.As the game neared it’s close, Nkuubi got a chance to score Vipers’ third but his effort from inside the area sailed over Mutebi’s cross-bar.Police’s best chance to draw level came three minutes from time as Basani beat the Vipers’ offside trap but could not control his intended cross, sending the ball over with Balinya and Odong waiting to tap-in into the net.In the end, Abdalla Mubiru’s side would succumb to a second defeat in their last 12 games, leaving them 9th on the standings with 37 points from 28 games.With KCCA FC drawing away to Nyamityobra, Vipers relinquished their league crown as they are now 7 points behind the Kasasiros with just two games to play. Vipers now have 53 points as compared to KCCA’s 60.Vipers are now 7 points behind leaders KCCA FC with just two games to play.The other games played on Tuesday:-Ndejje University FC 1-1 KCCA FC-Maroons FC 0-1 SC Villa-Nyamityobora FC 0-3 Tooro United FCWednesday’s fixtures:-URA FC vs Mbarara City FC-Express FC vs Kirinya JSS FC-Bul FC vs Bright Stars FC-Paidha Black Angels vs Onduparaka FCComments last_img read more