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Posted by: | Posted on: January 18, 2020

Dir. Massaquoi Blames Community, Others for Unprofessional Police Officers

first_imgThe Director of the Liberia National Police (LNP), Colonel Clarence C. Massaquoi, blames the general public, including communities and individuals across the country for the presence of unprofessional officers in the police force.Speaking yesterday on the observance of the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, held at the Young Men’s Christian Association Conference Hall in Monrovia, Director Massaquoi said, communities and individuals were recommending people known to have committed crimes for employment in the police force.The police boss charged that those recommendations were based on personal interests and nepotism which have led to the employment of many unprofessional police officers in the ranks.   This is bad and unfortunate for the LNP, he declared.“We have some good apples within the police, but the bad ones are also many and they account for problems that reflect negatively on the image of the police. We are working to ensure that all the bad apples are removed from the force,” he said.He explained that the police officers are human and are liable to make mistakes in discharging their duties.  But he promised to ensure that professionalism in the police force is maintained to the fullest during his administration.“We are not in the habit of putting any journalist or other citizen in jail. Journalists need to help the government in making Liberia a better place to live. Journalists need to abide by police orders while discharging their duties,” the police director stated. “When we took over the police, we insisted that not a single person will die and not even the journalist.  The police will not witch hunt the media,” The LNP boss explained.Speaking on the collaboration between the media, journalists and the police in general, the police boss said, the police have no intention of jailing journalists.  He promised to work with media institutions and journalists for the betterment of Liberia.The police boss called on media institutions and journalists to observe their social responsibilities in the process of discharging their duties and avoid anything that could cause political conflicts in the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: January 12, 2020

Teachers demand apology from Minister Scott

first_img…backed by FITUG, GTUC…no plans to attend conciliation talksBy Rupadai SeenaraineInfuriated by the remarks recently made by the junior Social Protection Minister Keith Scott, the Guyana Teachers’ Union (GTU) is demanding an apology, adding that it confirms their conviction of the Labour Department’s position on the salary increase situation. It was reported in sections of the media that the Minister blatantly referred to the teachers as being “selfish and uncaring” because of their decision to strike for better wages and benefits. This remark triggered a response from the GTU, demanding that the Minister apologise for his choice of words.Speaking to a large gathering of teachers on Monday, GTU General Secretary, Coretta McDonald stated that this comes in light of the fact that the Union had expressed their uncertainty towards the Labour Department last week when asked to be the mediator in their dispute with the Education Ministry.“We serve an Almighty God and did you recognise what he did. He confused the Honourable Keith Scott and allowed him to make a statement in support of us. We said to them on Friday and Thursday, we have no faith in the Department of Labour and they were upset with us. They said we were disrespectful,” said McDonald as she charged the teachers to stand by their decision.She explained that the action by the Minister proves that their suspicions were accurate, and any decision taken by the department would have been biased or in favour of the Education Ministry during the process. Loud cheers emanated at GTU headquarters as the teachers pledged their support and acknowledged what was said.“Imagine the people who want to mediate in between this story already taking sides and then they want us, the teachers who would’ve created all professions to trust them,” the General Secretary added.At that time, McDonald sought to point out that they will uphold their decision towards the continuation of the strike with no intention or interest in attending the conciliation talks which were organised by the Ministry. It was further indicated that they have “forgiven” the Minister for his comments.“The Minister himself said it. So what else do we want? Do we want to go to conciliation? No, we’re not silly people. We are the educated ones. We’re teaching them. We will not retreat until respect is given to us. Teachers have always been caring but the boy get mix up with the words. We’ll forgive him. We understand that process.”Defending the actions to strike for increased salary and better benefits, it was repeated that educators are being subjected to minimal wages while performing beyond the call of duty. Additionally, the “selfish and” uncaring” remark does not mirror the performance of the students in both the primary and secondary levels.“We are being paid the lowest of the scale and imagine we’re ‘selfish and uncaring’ and every year Guyana topping at CSEC? This year we would’ve had improvements in Maths and English at CSEC and at the CSEC level,” the General Secretary posited.“Imagine our Labour Department will turn to say that teachers are selfish and uncaring. Where is our Minister Keith Scott when our nursery school teachers are present at 06:30h in the mornings? Where is the Honourable Nicolette Henry when our teachers are at school at 03:30h in the afternoon?” she questioned.Meanwhile, calls for an apology on the part of the Minister were also echoed from the Federation of Independent Trade Unions in Guyana (FITUG) and the Guyana Trades Union Congress (GTUC), who asserted that Minister Scott’s statement required an apology.“This most astonishing statement by the Minister, who incidentally is responsible for the Department of Labour, is a clear demonstration of the Administration’s concern for the workers plight and troubles that have beset them in the era of the ‘Good Life’ coalition. The statement by the Minister, in our view, further unmasks the APNU/AFC Government and it reveals its true colours,” FITUG stated on Monday.An appeal was also made for the President David Granger to give ‘serious consideration and profound thought’ as to whether Scott is suited to serve as the political head of the Labour Department.Meanwhile, the GTUC said this is not the first time such utterances were made by the Minister and further sought to ask the perceptible question as to whether this is also a representation of the Government’s position on the matter.Educators from all corners of the country are currently protesting for ‘a liveable wage’ and they were seen protesting in front of schools, ministries and education departments on the first day of the academic year.last_img read more