House to Investigate LNP Pay Crisis

first_imgThe three-week ultimatum of for officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP) to open Liberian dollar bank accounts in order to receive their salary arrears has sparked anxiety among lawmakers on Capitol Hill since the mandate was issued, in the wake of the drawdown of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).In yesterday’s session of the House of Representatives, the lawmakers mandated the House’s Committee on National Security to investigate the ‘LNP pay crisis,’ and report in two weeks – a week before the Police’s ultimatum elapses.The investigation of the ‘New Police Ultimatum’ to have an individual Liberian dollar account in three weeks was due to a complaint from Montserrado County District # 9 Representative Munah Pelham-Youngblood.The Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) lawmaker said the LNP administration, through an internal memo, has threatened all officers in the 15 counties that if individual accounts were not opened in three weeks, said officers should not blame the Police for not getting their pay.“But what seems to be troubling in this situation is how many of the police officers in rural parts of the country have access to banks? Will they leave their posts of duty to go to other locations to open bank accounts? And if they do not meet the deadline, what happens to their money they have already worked for?” Rep. Youngblood asked in her letter to plenary.“So in view of the following, my distinguished colleagues, I write to seek the support from plenary to mandate the relevant committees to probe into these issues surrounding our LNP,” she added.Youngblood further told her colleagues that the Police memo also said that 50 percent of their salaries owed will be paid in US dollars, while the other 50 percent will be in Liberian dollars.For over seven years, civil and public servants have been paid via direct-deposit to their respective bank accounts to improve government’s efforts at transparency, accountability and fairness, and tackle corruption.The LNP was one of the security outfits whose officers were paid in US dollars; but with the announcement by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to pay 30 percent allowances in Liberian dollars owing to economic constraints, the Police was given a consideration of 50 percent in US dollars and 50 percent in local currency.However, with the consideration made since May, the LNP have not received their salary, and it is still causing an increasingly alarming threat to security as reports of criminal activities are now on the rise.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Cosco investment blocked due to archaeological zone expansion in Piraeus

first_imgCosco Shipping’s $675-million investment plan for the port of Piraeus was deemed to be a huge deal in Greece’s modern history, however ancient history may stand in the way. After a lengthy meeting on 2 April, Greece’s Central Archaeological Council (KAS) characterised a large part of Piraeus as an area of archaeological interest that must be protected.The Council voted unanimously against Chinese plans to construct a mall next to a new cruise ship terminal, whereas restrictions were also placed on the construction of a 5-star hotel on the southern section of the central port beside the main cruise terminal. Another plan that is under threat includes the operation of a 300,000 tonne capacity dry dock in Psyttalia, an industrial area.The extension of the archaeological zone now threatens relations between the Chinese multinational and the government. The decision will result in an 8-month delay to investments, say sources from Cosco. These will add to the two-and-a-half years worth of delays since the privatisation of the Piraeus Port Authority.The port’s management may see the recent decision as a blow, however it has proceeded with the presentation of a new master plan to a Shipping and Island Policy-led committee that includes different parties including the Culture ministry. It can also appeal to the Council of State for the cancellation of the KAS decision. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more