Editorials

NASSCORP Has Done It Again!

After erecting that beautiful, imposing structure at ELWA Junction, which now houses the Liberia Revenue Authority, the National Social Security Corporation (NASSCORP) quickly acquired the property next door and is now putting up another multistoried building, which they say is to be used for a diagnostic center to help modernize the nation’s healthcare delivery system. This new building is very near completion and NASSCORP Managing Director Dewitt von Balmoos yesterday told the Daily Observer that the diagnostic center should be in operation by mid-year.

Jammeh, Please Go! You Cannot Fight the World

It is so, so sad that we Africans always—or most of the time—create our own problems, sparking very serious crises and blaming it on others.

The current example of this is Yahya Jammeh, the defeated Gambian Head of State, who lost the December 1, 2016 presidential election to the joint Opposition candidate Adama Barrow.

At first, to the delight of the world, but most especially the Gambian people, Jammeh conceded defeat. But a few days later he came up with the spurious and shocking claim of electoral “irregularities” and demanded a re-run of the election!

Presidential Candidate Kennedy Sandy Again? Where Is the LTP’s Platform He Promised?

In response to our Editorial of Wednesday, November 9, 2016, in which we said that the standard bearer of the Liberia Transformation Party (LTP), Rev. Kennedy Sandy, had behaved like Pontius Pilate, the Reverend the very next day paid a visit to the Daily Observer office.

Following a cordial and useful discussion, Rev. Sandy promised to send us a copy of his party’s Platform, upon which we, too, promised that we would publish a comprehensive story, absolutely free of charge.

EU Gives More Money for Agriculture, in Line With What Specific Policies?

The Ambassador of the European Union (EU), Madam Tiina Intelmann, on Monday announced the allocation of 35 million Euros for agricultural development as well as for “supporting the national auditing watchdog, the General Auditing Commission.”

We thank our EU partners for this grant, which is yet another attempt to help us move along in our development.

This Editorial focuses on the agricultural part of this grant. Our key questions are, what did Ambassador Intelmann mean by the Ministry’s “ongoing efforts to implement the country’s own Agricultural Transformation Agenda”?

Listen to the Voice of Reason, Mr. Jammeh!

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, now Head of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), is scheduled this Friday to lead a high-power delegation to Banjul. The delegation will include Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and former Ghanaian President John Mahama.

Their mission: to persuade Mr. Yahya Jammeh, former President of The Gambia, to accept the December 1 election results and step aside so that President-Elect Adama Barrow may take up his post in keeping with the will of the Gambian people.

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