– acidity high in riverBY INDRAWATTIE NATRAMCouncillor Vilma Da SilvaPeople’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Councillor Vilma Da Silva noted great concerns at the Region Two (Pomeroon/Supenaam) RDC statutory meeting over the lack of potable water in Pomeroon.According to Da Silva the acidity level in the river is significantly high and persons cannot use it for domestic purposes. This is posing serious challenges as there are no other source of fresh water available neither do persons have containers to store water if they get any.Da Silva described the situation as frustrating and requested the RDC to represent the interest of persons living in the Pomeroon River. She disclosed that some persons do not have any option and are often forced to use the high acidic water which is posing serious health issues.“The people in Pomeroon are forced to bathe with salt water, the crops are dying due to the salt water, we need help due to the dry weather, persons need fresh water and are requesting black tanks from the government,” Da Silva explained.She also reported that children have developed health problems such as rashes and skin infections. Da Silva is of the opinion that the problem could be resolved if the RDC through the REO, Rupert Hopkinson, approve the purchase of black tanks.She also suggested if filled tanks are placed at certain locations then persons can paddle to have access.At that point another PPP\C councillor Brian Persaud supported Da Silva’s call for black tanks to be gifted to the people of Pomeroon to ease their burdens.Persaud said he also received complaints that the water in the Pomeroon has become unsafe for families especially children to consume. The councillors are therefore seeking the RDC’s intervention or Central Government attention into the matter.
… says One Laptop Per Teacher limits ICT coverageThen President Bharrat Jagdeo presenting a laptop to students of the Abrams Zuil Secondary School, at the launch of the One Laptop Per Family initiative in January 2011Leader of the Opposition, Bharrat Jagdeo has taken to task the A Partnership For National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Administration over the dismantling of the One Laptop Per Family (OLPF) initiative and replacing it with the One Laptop Per Teacher (OLPT) programme recently launched by President David Granger, saying that it will defeat the aim of bringing all Guyanese into the Information Communications Technology loop.Jagdeo while responding to an address to parliamentarians by President Granger during Thursday’s sitting of the National Assembly told a news conference on Thursday that with the new initiative that was launched on October 5, 2016 to mark World Teacher’s Day, will disenfranchise many households, while others could potentially benefit from multiple computers.Jagdeo, while acknowledging that there were some problems with the OLPF initiative, including instances where computers ended up in the hands of those who should not have benefitted, said that the programme would have provided a wider ICT coverage in the country.President David Granger launches One Laptop Per Teacher initiative on World Teacher’s Day, October 5, 2016He explained that the idea was to ensure that at least 100,000 poor families receive a computer, including families of teachers.The former president, the brainchild behind the OLPF initiative which was launched back in 2011, said with the OLPT the access will be limited to a few households.“If you have three teachers from a single household, you will have three computers in one household but you would not have in another household that doesn’t have a teacher, but if every family got a computer, then every member of that family including the teacher would have had access to it,” Jagdeo explained.The Opposition Leader also explained that the OLPF initiative also catered for at least 100 Amerindian communities having access to computers and internet service as part of bridging the digital divide between the coastland and the hinterland, but expressed dissatisfaction that under the current dispensation this would not be possible.“2000 of the 100,000 (laptops) should have gone to 100 Amerindian villages that we prepared already the hubs for, etc, they are not getting those anymore,” Jagdeo said.President Granger during his address, boasted that his government’s e-governance programme will eventually network all government agencies and facilitate efficient data-sharing between government agencies, with internet connectivity of government buildings be extended.“Every government building – including airports, hospitals, markets, police stations, post offices and schools – will have access to the internet in coming years,” Granger told Government parliamentarians after an Opposition boycott of the speech.But Jagdeo said that Granger’s pronouncement has no newness since already the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Government was doing just that before it lost last year’s national elections, pointing to a programme with a Chinese technology company which was being rolled out.“The US$30 million project with Huawei was to do a number of things, including connecting every government office. So when he (President Granger) says this about connecting post office and schools, hospitals, etc, that was a part of our project, it’s nothing new,” Jagdeo stated.Jagdeo said the President’s talk about ICT development in Guyana were not based on his personal knowledge but rather, he was just reading a speech given to him, totally oblivious of the fact that his so-called announcements were not new.“When he comes and talk about ICT development, he is just repeating few of the PPP plans without having the comprehensive knowledge,” the former President stated. Jagdeo also accused the coalition government of taking a PPP/C-drafted bill to liberalise the local telecommunications sector to Parliament and had it passed as though it was the work of the coalition government.
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has stressed that Liberia no longer needs exportation of raw materials to other countries but must be a manufacturing country where finished goods will be sent out.Expressing the concern while receiving the Letters of Credence on April 30, 2014 from ambassadors, including Mr. Sentürk Uzun of Turkey, President Sirleaf recalled that the civil conflict in Liberia destroyed the infrastructure and fabric of the Liberian society, and as such exportation of raw materials will not do much help but producing goods that will enhance both domestic and foreign trades.Outlining some plans government has about the country, the President named the Vision 2030, which seeks to make Liberia self-sustainable and become a middle income country and the Agenda for Transformation that is a complementary program to Vision 2030 as key on her government’s development agenda on which foreign partners must act.“It is our resolve to shift from simply exporting raw materials to being a manufacturing nation,” she informed the new Turkish envoy.She added that government is quite aware that this ambition comes with huge challenges; reason for which she and her people are calling on all the partners, including Turkey, to direct their investments in the manufacturing and service industries.The President, acknowledging the level of peace Liberia has enjoyed, indicated that the environment now is better for such engagement, and therefore Turkey and others coming in should see it an opportunity to make the needed impact they can in Liberia’s post-war recovery process.The Liberian leader stressed, “Having enjoyed more than a decade of peace and stability, we can say with certainty that this is a favorable environment required for such engagement,” adding, “we therefore note with immense appreciation that your Government has emphasized its willingness and preparedness to explore with Liberia all existing opportunities for mutually beneficial cooperation and to contribute to the development efforts of the people of Liberia.”She expressed appreciation to the Government of Turkey for the support given to peacekeeping initiatives in Liberia, especially to the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) in which 25 Turkish police currently serve.The Liberian leader also acknowledged and thanked the Turkish Government for its technical support to the Monrovia and Paynesville City Corporations, the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation as well as the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare. She welcomed with delight, Turkish pledge of continuous support to Liberia’s reconstruction process.Presenting his Letters of Credence earlier, Ambassador Sentürk Uzun extended warm greetings from his President, Abdullah Gül, and sincere wishes for the prosperity of the people of Liberia and her personal wellbeing.He said Turkey is keen to share its development experience with Liberia and other countries within his jurisdiction especially humanitarian diplomacy, a key pillar of Turkish foreign policy, adding, that believing that the 21st century will be Africa’s century, Turkey will continue to nurture the strategic partnership with Africa.Ambassador Uzun, who would be resident in Accra, Ghana, acknowledged that as Turkey highly relishes the friendship with Liberia, his government has instructed him to work for the strengthening of cordial relations as well as promote mutual beneficial cooperation between both countries. “During my tenure here, I will not fail to carry out this instruction to the best of my ability,” the new Turkish Ambassador to Liberia promised.He stressed that despite the distance that separates the two countries, the Turkish Government is willing to develop, wherever possible, economic, commercial and technical cooperation with Liberia to the mutual benefit of both countries and peoples.The new Turkish Ambassador disclosed that in recent years Turkey has improved her contacts and existing cooperation with Africa, and his government is willing and ready to explore with Liberia all existing opportunities for the mutual benefits of both countries as well as to contribute to the development efforts of the people of Liberia.Ambassador Uzun, who is accredited to Sierra Leone and Ghana also, said Turkey is committed to the goal of achieving peaceful relations among nations and pledged his country’s full support to effort aimed at improving international climate and the promotion of global peace and stability within the United Nations framework. “The principles of the Turkish foreign policy are strongly opposed to oppression,” he said.He said given the similarities of the two countries’ foreign policy objectives, he is confident that the coming years will witness frequent consultations between Turkey and Liberia. “Your Excellency, it will be an honor as well as a rewarding experience for me if I can make some contributions to the development of the relations of our two countries in the course of my accreditation here in Liberia,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Due to the Ebola outbreak in Liberia this year, we were forced to postpone the 2014 Liberia Marathon from 31 August 2014 to 25 January 2015 after receiving advice from medical authorities.It was the hope of all in Liberia that Ebola would be eradicated by January. Unfortunately, despite major progress, Ebola continues to threaten our country. While an Ebola-free Liberia by 25 January 2015 may still be a possibility, the complex process and time required to prepare for a marathon makes it impossible to hold the Liberia Marathon on the 25th January 2015 as hoped.In this light, and in consultation with our partners, we have decided that the 2015 Liberia Marathon will be held in August 2015. The precise date will be announced shortly.This new timing is in keeping with the tradition of the Marathon being held in August to take advantage of cooler temperatures. It also provides adequate time to ensure that Liberia is Ebola-free, guarantee the safety of all participants, and to plan a first-rate event. The Liberia Marathon Trust is also exploring the possibility of a shorter program earlier in 2015.Next year, 2015, is an opportunity to start anew. A new beginning for Liberia and a new beginning for the Marathon. The 2015 Liberia Marathon will be held in honor of those we have lost to the ebola virus, those who served on the front lines to fight it, and those who survived.The marathon will be working with many partners over the coming months to find ways for the marathon to help fight stigma and be a true symbol of Liberia’s bright future.The marathon would like to apologize for the inconvenience this unforeseeable delay may have caused, and to assure all runners who already registered for 2014 that their registration will remain valid in 2015.Finally, the Liberia Marathon would like to urge the general public to continue to take every precaution to stop Ebola, to follow health advice closely, and do our best to fight stigma in all its forms, the organizers said in a press statement.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Following a thorough analysis from pages of Liberia’s historical accounts, the president of the Roman Catholic-run Stella Maris Polytechnic, Sister Mary Laurene Browne, has observed that all Liberians are of “Negro Decent.”“As we embark upon reassessing our national symbols, as we look for unity in all of them, let us remember that times of arrival here were ordained by Providence and these in no way make one group superior to the other or lay claim more to Liberia than another,” she said.By that revelation, the renowned Catholic Sister urged Liberians, irrespective of status, to embrace one another by being honest to forge in humility a nation that is destined for all.Sister Laurene’s comments were contained in a speech she delivered recently at a one-day symposium on Liberia’s symbols and national awards.The event was hosted at the Paynesville Town Hall, outside Monrovia ,on the theme, “Reviewing Liberia’s National Symbols to Renew National Identity.” She said a nation is a people united by a common language, by ancestry, by history, by culture and by common symbols. The key word, she noted, is ‘united’ not ‘uniform’ for there is a difference. The latter, uniform, according to her, affects the physical appearance; united refers to the condition of the heart and of the mind. By that, Sister Laurene wondered as to whether Liberians have a common language, heard across the length and breadth of this land and spoken by 90 percent of the populace.As for the flag, she said, it is the most visible symbol that is display at home and abroad, fluttering in the breeze and bearing a striking resemblance to that the USA. “But,” she quickly added, it is not the only national flag to fall in that category as flags of other countries resemble each others,’ such as the flags of Guinea and Mali, La Cote d’Ivoire and Ireland, etc. According to the Catholic Sister, the call for unity has become necessary and therefore, Liberians must undertake the task “individually and collectively” to understand their proper nationality. However, she said, arrivals in this part of God’s vineyard happened at various intervals as wars, famine and adventure caused future Liberians to leave the Sudan, the Congo Basin, and the Malian Empire and occupy a land which they would call their own. “Later,” she said, “they were joined by those whose only connection to mother Africa was perhaps their Negroid features.” According to Catholic Sister, centuries before, their forefathers had been forcibly removed from the mother continent with the knowledge and full participation of fellow Africans, tribesmen, even kinsmen for the adage says, “if the house doesn’t sell you the street will not buy you.” If blood had been thicker than money or power, or jealously or envy, perhaps the history of Liberia’s coming into existence would read differently.”On the other hand, she recalled that the settlers came from the United States of American to make a home for themselves and to Christianize the earlier settlers.“Would that the greeting had been the best of African tradition–the warm embrace of brothers, sisters come home. The tahtoe! Again Liberia’s history would have been different. The skin color was the same in essence, but the mindsets were different. So we are where we are today looking to understand, and to feel what should bind Liberians beyond a name and a government,” she declared.The daylong symposium was the first major activity that brought people together to discuss the essence of the national awards project—the symbols and the possibilities for making a few important improvements where necessary.Among those in attendance were Liberians from all walks of life, women groups, academia and the media. The symposium set the stage for a close and critical look at Liberia’s national symbols and awards. It was held with the objective to provide a forum for Liberians from all segments of the society and those in the Diaspora as well as the country’s international partners come together to understand and appreciate the need for a review of our national symbols as derived from the national vision exercise and the roadmap for national reconciliation. The symposium was also designed to establish the opportunity for a Broader National Conversation; to encourage international partners to join the review process even as Liberians draw upon international best practices and experiences of other countries with situations similar to Liberia; and to use findings from in the formulation of our Civic Education and subsequent National Consultation activities.The symposium coincided with the launch of Information Booklet on the National Symbols Review Project.The purpose of the information booklet is to set forth for Liberians what national symbols are, and what the National Symbols Review Project (NSRP) is. For example, the National Flag, the Seal, The Anthem, and the various National Awards constitute the core of the country’s national symbols.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The youthful Public Works Minister-designate has told the Senate Committee, which assures its functions and activities that he and his team of officials will work assiduously to ensure that the Ministry of Public Works becomes “a more functional entity.”Minister of Public Works-designate William Gyude Moore, 37, yesterday eloquently informed members of the Senate Committee on Public Works and Rural Development that he has familiarized himself over the past years with the Ministry and all of its signature/flagship infrastructure programs.Mr. Moore who, together with Deputy Minister for Administration-designate Roland Layfette Giddings, 40, appeared before the Senators, said from his previous area of work — Ministry of State and Presidential Affairs — he has followed projects from feasibility studies to loan negotiation and ratification.If confirmed, both Moore and Giddings promised to continue the program to successfully complete ongoing road projects across the country; and to this end to pursue and propose innovative ways to finance and repair roads, bridges and other public infrastructure, while at the same time ensure that roads remain pliable and bridges remain accessible across the country.The two nominees further assured the committee headed by Margibi County Senator Oscar Cooper that they will work with the country’s multilateral and bilateral partners, the World Bank, Africa Development Bank, SIDA, GIZ, European Commission, USAID, the Chinese Government and JICA to ensure that their respective infrastructure projects are on course and completed on schedule. To continue with the country’s Liberalization policy, Moore promised that under his tenure, all Public Works contracts valued at US$500,000 or above “will require that at least 20 percent of the works be contracted to a majority Liberian-owned small business or contractor. The primary contractor is required to submit the names of their 20 percent contractor, who will then receive contracts directly from the Ministry of Public Works.”As a means of building capacity, the Min-designate said the Ministry will continue its policy that all contracts valued at US$250,000 or above will require the contractor to hire at least two new engineering graduates or graduating seniors from local universities, who are Liberians, as interns to provide practical experience.However, he said that despite the Ministry’s best plans and intentions, it will require adequate appropriation in the national budget to close the country’s infrastructure deficit.Moore concluded by assuring the committee members and the well-attended hearing by saying: “I believe I have the requisite training, experience, credibility, integrity and most of all the confidence of the President to competently provide leadership at the Ministry of Public Works.”He continued: “I intend to establish and maintain relationship with the engineering society, the Chamber of Architects and the Association of Construction Contractors, as well as take advantage of technical assistance from development partners and, in the process, preside over a Ministry of Public Works that demonstrates integrity in the contract award process and quality in the roads and bridges we build, obtaining value for money on behalf of the Liberian people.”Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Public Works Senate Committee yesterday openly informed the nominees that despite their beautiful presentation he was not impressed, noting that for the past three years in his position, Ministers to that institution have proven failures.He, however, expressed the hope that with the exuberance to serve and age in their favor, he and his committee will not be called upon again to confirm another team of Minister and deputies to that Ministry soon. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Liberia’s Foreign Minister and head of the Liberian delegation at the just-ended African Union Summit, Mr. Augustine Ngafuan, has applauded the participating Heads of State and Government of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), for the successful conclusion of the 22nd Summit of the APRM.The APRM is an initiative of the African Union (AU) that fosters the adoption of policies, standards and practices leading to political stability, economic growth, sustainable development and economic integration.Minister Ngafuan said the discussions amongst member countries in all the various background meetings and the main event were constructive and productive.On the accession of La Côte d’Ivoire to the APR Forum following the signature of the accession document by President Alassane Ouattara, Minister Ngafuan thanked President Ouattara for the bold decision and joined other Heads of State in calling for more countries to accede to the APRM.The 35-member mechanism voted to appoint a new Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian born Dr. Adebayo Olukoshi, who replaces Dr. Ibrahma Mayaki, interim CEO. By this appointment, four other divisional vacancies were filled, following the endorsement of the recommendation of the Committee of Focal Points.Under the guidance of South African President Jacob Zuma, who acted as Chairperson of the Forum in the absence of Forum Chairperson President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the Forum unanimously voted to appoint two new members of the Panel of Eminent Persons of the APRM, Madame Bridgette Sylvia Mabandla of South Africa and Chief Mrs. Chinyere E. Asika of Nigeria.The Forum unanimously decided to extend the tenure of the Chair and the Deputy Chair of the Panel to June 2015, to allow for the election of new Chair and Deputy ChairpersonsThe Forum expressed appreciation for progress made toward the integration of the APRM in AU structures and processes, consistent with the mandate of June 2014 Malabo AU Summit, which culminated into the adoption of a five-point Roadmap for the integration process.At the same time, the Republic of Kenya has been unanimously elected to serve as Vice Chairperson of the APRM Forum, a void that has remained opened for many years.Announcing the decision of the African Peer Review Forum at the 24 Assembly of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Minister Ngafuan informed the Assembly that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Chairperson of the APR Forum, was unable to attend the meeting due to the necessity of seeing out what he called “the last but very critical mile in the fight against Ebola in Liberia”.“President Sirleaf is on the home-front personally directing the fight from the frontlines”, he told the AU Assembly.He concluded by thanking Dr. Mayaki for his exceptional work and achievement during his interim assignment.The January 29, 2015 APR Forum meeting brought together three Heads of State and over 30 representations of governments on the continent.Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf currently chairs the APR Forum, with the Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Mr. Amara Konneh, Chairing the Committee of Focal Points.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) of Liberia along with its working group on concessions has condemned the recent violence at Butaw in Sinoe County. The CSO has therefore called on the Independent Human Rights Commission to conduct an investigation into the incident.The Civil Society Council’s view in a statement about recent attacks at the Golden Veroleum oil palm plantation in Sinoe County notes that it is troubled by the wave of violence in the country leading up to the withdrawal of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).The council in the statement called on state institutions, particularly the Liberia National Police to use the law to bring perpetrators of the violence to book and to ensure that the rights of every party are observed under due process.The Civil Society Council in its “non-judgmental” view also urged communities to exercise restraint, avoid all forms of violence and seek peaceful redress to their grievances.Given the many violent instances between concessions and host communities, the council called on government to devise alternative dispute resolution mechanisms to find solutions to the emerging problems.It also called on UNMIL to intervene by increasing security to the LNP in order to prevent the problem from escalating further.Meanwhile, violence has been creeping into the country over time raising concerns as to what Liberia will become when UNMIL leaves the ground.On April 16 there was a wave of violence in Monrovia between motorcyclists and the LNP, which led to the burning of police depots in Paynesville.About two weeks ago, there was violence that arose from an accident leading to the death of a motorcyclist in Ganta, Nimba County, and a truck was set ablaze by angry motorcyclists.In the past a wave of violence had stormed communities in which Sime Darby operates in western Liberia.These incidents of violence coupled with accusations of police brutality leaves the public wondering where the country will be in the aftermath of UNMIL’s departure.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
BOYS TOWN–At the height of the Ebola epidemic, smoke from the cremation of bodies would darken the sky here by early morning. The incinerator rumbled like a mini-earthquake, shaking the ground and neighbors’ emotions.“Even the little ones, when they used to see the trucks pass with dead bodies on board, they would call our attention, saying: ‘The people are bringing bodies again; We can see their hands and heads hanging.’ Then we would lock our children indoors. It was very, very fearful,” says Doris Reeves, who runs a small shop across from the crematorium’s entrance.The frightening incinerator has been quiet for months now as Liberia has succeeded in stopping Ebola transmission nationwide. Yet for many, the horrors of the months when Ebola stalked the land are not forgotten and the building’s mere presence is a source of trauma.As Liberia marks the second anniversary Wednesday of its first confirmed Ebola cases, many neighbors say they want to see the crematorium torn down so they can try to forget that terrible time. Nearly 5,000 died in Liberia, more than half of them cremated here in Boys Town, 20 kilometers (12 miles) south of the capital, Monrovia.“Community people want to break it down; but we have been talking to them to engage the government constructively,” community chairman Albert Reeves said. “But we cannot continue to control their emotions.”For now, no decision has been made on what to do with the building, which sits on an acre of sandy land. The site is currently empty, its single black gate shut with a padlock. Items of personal protective equipment — the masks and gloves responders used when handling bodies to try to avoid infection — are scattered about, dark reminders of the scenes that unfolded there.The crematorium had been built decades ago by Hindus from Liberia’s Indian community. But in August 2014 at the height of the Ebola epidemic here, the government banned traditional burials. That decision was made after it became clear that many of the cases stemmed from funerals where mourners had physical contact with the bodies of Ebola victims.The cremation mandate was highly unpopular, leading some to hide victims at home so that they could still hold traditional burials. Later authorities ruled that victims’ remains should be preserved when possible, requiring the crematorium’s 50-some workers to pack bones into barrels after the incinerator’s flames died down.The work was gruesome and extremely dangerous, bringing them into contact with highly contagious corpses day in and day out. Heavy rains would sometimes extinguish the fires, meaning the men would have to repack the bodies and start again, recalled William Tokpah, a cremation worker who is now unemployed.He and his former co-workers now accuse the government of abandoning them once the outbreak got under control and there were no more bodies to cremate.“I did that to help my country,” said Tokpah. “But since then, the government has not paid any attention to us.”Tolbert Nyenswah, the head of Liberia’s Ebola response, denied the government had turned its back on those who assisted with cremations. But he said there are limits to what the government can do beyond trying to provide psychological support.“We feel obligated to every Liberian. We went through a lot of tough time as a country,” Nyenswah said.Reeves, the chairman of a local development committee, has urged authorities to find a new use for the site.“This crematorium could be turned into a recreation center or a hospital or probably a memorial shrine to remove the mindset of our people,” Reeves said.Jiplah, one of the cremation workers, agreed, saying keeping the crematorium in its current condition forces him to relive too many painful memories.“As I speak to you,” he said, “there are bones in holes inside here still.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Liberia Evangelical Baptist Convention (LEBC) Incorpated has ended its second annual fellowship at the Trumpet Baptist Central Church in Ganta, Nimba County.The convention, which brought people from 40 churches across the country and partners from the Diaspora, was held under the theme, “Equip Yourself for the Task Ahead,” with text from II Timothy 2:14 –15.According to the general overseer of the church, Rev. Arthur Gboe Wheyee, the convention was held to celebrate the existence of the living Christ; to preach the Good News of salvation to the unreached communities; to communicate biblical truth for spiritual growth; and to demonstrate God’s love to all and for all.He said the convention witnessed the baptism of about 12 persons and the ordination of two ministers of the Gospel.The Liberia Evangelical Baptist Convention’s request to serve on the International Board of the Baptist was accepted by their international guest. Rev. Wheyee spoke of tremendous achievements the church has made in a very short period of time such as the purchasing of over 1500 acres of farmland.“We are going to start cultivating our farmland this month as a means of sustaining ourselves,” he said.The occasion was attended by scores of ministers from other Baptist conventions from across the globe.However, during the climax of the convention on Sunday, November 6, several ministers headed by Rev. Wheyee were inducted into office to steer the affairs of the LEBC for the next four years.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)