The Ministry of Transport in collaboration with the Liberia National Police began inspections on vehicles’ registration and Compulsory Liability Insurance policies in Monrovia this week.Throughout the week, police set up checkpoints at strategic locations on roads leading into Monrovia and out of town.Scores of commuters could be seen standing on the sidewalks waiting for transportation as scores more of taxis remained parked for failure to insure and register their vehicles.According to the Transport Minister, S. Tonorlah Varpilah, the decision of the MOT and LNP to carry out the exercise on vehicle owners is to ensure that all cars are registered with the Third Party Compulsory Liability Insurance Scheme; and if they are not, to compel them to do so.The objective of the Compulsory Motor Third Party Liability Insurance Scheme is to remove the economic burden associated with motor vehicle accidents from the victims and their relatives and transfer them to the insurance company, thus, stimulating financial growth and solvency within the insurance sector and the Liberian economy at large.The ‘Compulsory Motor Third Party Liability Insurance Scheme was enacted to law in 1972 by the National Legislature to promote public safety and was launched Friday, January 31, 2014 at Bella Cassa Hotel Monrovia.The Director General of the Liberia National Police, Chris Massaquoi, pledged his support to the Transport Ministry stating that the LNP would make sure to enforce the law so that motor vehicles and passengers in the country are insured.“We are the implementers of the 3rd party motor insurance scheme and are ready to enforce it to the letter. It has been made clear that all vehicles need to be insured. If you are to meet the deadline for the registration exercise, you must do so as soon as possible, if not, the vehicle will be impounded,” Director Massaquoi said. He added that the insurance scheme would help the LNP identify victims who are referred to as ‘the injured party’ when accidents occur.In interviews, over the weekend in Monrovia with the Daily Observer, motorists and passengers alike all complained about the transportation difficulties caused by the concurrent implementation of third party insurance and registration policies.“The insurance company’s fees to insure our cars are too much for us. Imagine, taxis paying the sum of ($US 300-350.00) just to insure one car. Some of us don’t have the money to pay; but if the Government gives us more time we will register our vehicles,” 28-year-old Taxi driver Mr. Josiah Smith of Old road said.He said the government’s decision to have cars register with the Third party Motor Insurance Liability has caused hardships for passengers in and out of Monrovia because vehicle drivers don’t have the money to get insured. He explained this has caused many vehicle owners to keep their cars off the street to avoid getting arrested by the LNP.Some, however, agreed with the government’s decision.Edwin Cooper, 40, a resident of the Chicken Soup factory area, told this newspaper, “The Government’s decision to have all cars insured under the Third Party scheme is a great decision that will help our country to raise sufficient money in our budget; it will also help save lives and property.”Mr. Cooper called on all vehicle owners to work with the Ministry of Transport, the LNP and their collaborating partners to have their vehicles insured in line with the constitution of Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Rodney CoI ReportBy Devina SamarooA motion will be moved in the National Assembly by the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Chief Whip Gail Teixeira for the recommendations made in the Walter Rodney Commission of Inquiry (CoI) Report to be adopted.During a news conference on Thursday, Teixeira said it is imperative that the National Assembly have a debate on the report with the aim of arriving at a consensus to take the necessary steps, based on the recommendations, to ensure that such events do not happen ever again in Guyana’s history.The Rodney Report was handed over to the Speaker of the House, Dr Barton Scotland on May 11, 2016 – some months after it was submitted to the government, after close to two years of public hearings on the matter.The report compiled the findings of the CoI, which was established by former President Donald Ramotar to probe the circumstances surrounding the death of renowned Guyanese Historian and Leader of the Working People’s Alliance (WPA), Dr Walter Rodney who died when a bomb exploded in his lap in his car on June 13, 1980, during a time of intense political activism in the country.Government officials, including President David Granger and Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Basil Williams have both discredited the findings of the report, indicating that there was some agenda to target the People’s National Congress (PNC).A great debate has since erupted on what purpose these revelations really serve, with many contending that millions of taxpayers’ dollars were wasted to uncovered a truth all Guyanese already knew.Others, however, argued that the contents of the reports equates to justice finally being served.Meanwhile, the Rodney Report had recommended that every effort be made to have a well-trained and highly professional Police Force and Army, loyal only to the interests of the country.Consequently, the report recommended there be considerable investments in training at every level of the Force on an ongoing basis, with particular focus on the importance of values and etiquettes.“It was conceded by the Police in the course of the Inquiry that a thorough investigation was not done into Rodney’s death. In fact, the evidence is that the Police did not act with professionalism, thoroughness or speed. The recommendation is that the department in the Police Force tasked with the responsibility to investigate crimes like murder, should, at all times, strive to do so with thoroughness and urgency…” a section of the report stated.Additionally, given that important documents could not have been found to be presented during the Inquiry, a recommendation was made for there to be a thorough review of the systems in place to store records of the Guyana Police Force and the Guyana Defence Force.Other recommendations were based on the need for ethnic harmony and for the Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) to be an individual of integrity.
Arsenal stars Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey have joined the fundraising initiative for Mark Farren.Arsenal FC stars Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere have joined the fundraising drive for stricken former LOI star Mark Farren.Earlier this week Mark Farren’s family released a statement in which they revealed the former Derry City strikers latest operation to remove a brain tumour had been unsuccessful.They now desperately want him to undergo revolutionary treatment in Germany that they hope will save his life but the cost is a staggering €30,000. However, the response from the footballing fraternity and beyond has been incredible and they’ve almost reached their initial target.Signed Arsenal jerseys belonging to Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey will be auctioned on E-Bay tomorrow with all proceeds going towards his treatment fund.The Arsenal stars are just the latest in a number of high-profile players who have made donations.Everton star Seamus Coleman and Wigan Atletic winger James McClean have also made significant donations to the treatment fund. The family are encouraging anyone who can donate to continue to do so even if they reach there target, because they will have to stay in Germany for a significant amount of time during Mark’s treatment and the cost of living there will be no doubt be very expensive.The family have also thanked EVERYONE who has made a donation and says they’ve been overwhelmed by the response so far. ARSENAL PLAYERS JOIN FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN FOR STRICKEN SOCCER STAR MARK FARREN was last modified: May 5th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Arsenal FCBrain tumourMark FarrennewsSportTreatment Fund