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first_imgProtesters blocked CARI’s Entrance, thus preveting workers from entering their offices.Employees and casual laborers at the Central Agricultural Research Institute (CARI) in Suakoko District, Bong County, on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 instituted a strike action, which paralyzed normal working activities. The protesters were demanding the re-in-statement of one of their colleagues, who they claimed was dismissed by the CARI Management without any “justifiable cause.”CARI Research Assistant, Arthur Wennah, was reportedly dismissed from work by the Caretaker Director, Madam Paulette Findley, for reason this newspaper has not established up to press time last night.Wennah, on Thursday December 5, 2019, told Radio Gbarnga that several assets belonging to CARI were reportedly taken away by one David Tokpah, head of the Natural Resource Department, who acted at that time as acting director in the absence of Madam Paulette Findley, CARI’s Acting Director General.Wennah told the station that at the time the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) was here, some of the soldiers used the CARI’s facilities, but when UNMIL departed in 2018, the mission presented several items, ranging from generators, air conditioners, fencing wires, and chairs to the management of CARI for use.When Wennah disclosed that several missing items, including a 50kva generator, fencing wires and an air conditioner were all discovered by police being packed in the ‘Millionaire Quarter Community’ in Gbarnga over the weekend.But Police have not established whether these materials are part of the items that the peacekeepers donated to CARIMadam Towan Gbeinquio, Casual Laborers’ LeaderDavid Tokpah, the head of the Natural Resource Department, who is at the center of the allegation for reportedly removing those assets from the CARI premises, has denied having any idea about how the materials left CARI and got in the compound in Gbarnga.Tokpah also told Radio Gbarnga recently that while acting as Director General for CARI, the security guards assigned there advised him to remove those materials from the CARI’s premises to different location for fear of being gutted by fire since the dry season is already here.“We don’t want those materials to be taken away by criminals…, this is the reason why we took them to a safer location,” David Tokpah told the local radio station.CARI’s Acting Director General has meanwhile ordered the suspension of David Tokpah, who is at the center of controversy pending police investigation.CARI’s Management letter to police specified that the alleged missing items, include a 50kva generator, two fuel tankers, air conditioners, and some unspecified items, but police have not made any arrest. Howeve, they said they have launched a full scale investigation in the situation.However, Daily Observer’s investigation established that Arthur Wennah might have been dismissed for leaking information to police that led to the discovery of some assets that may be belonging to CARI that went missing few days ago.In separate interview on at the CARI compound, some of the workers said they instituted a strike action until the CARI Management re-instates their colleague, Arthur Wennah.The fuming workers set a road block at the entrance to CARI, preventing other workers from entering the compound.“We want management to re-instate Arthur Wennah, because we don’t see the reason why Wennah should be dismissed, when the person who allegedly took away the materials has been suspended. We will not stop until the government can hear about us. We want Wennah back to work,” the enraged workers shouted over their shoulders.At the entrance, they placed placards with the inscriptions: “We want our generator back David P. Tokpah; We are tired, Go Findley!!! Go David!!!, No Arthur!!  No Work!! Go David!!.“CARI has lost its taste to the people of Bong County as a result of political interference in the running of the institution. CARI is a research center, and it should be a research center; not a political research center,” said Augustine Y. Johnson Research Assistant at CARI.“The Act that established CARI sates that the director general of the institution should hold a doctorate degree in the field of agriculture, but Madam Paulette Findley does not hold doctorate degree in any field of agriculture,” Johnson said.When contacted, the acting Director General, and an official in the Research Officer for Crops Program, Dr. Quaqua Sumo Mulbah, said: “We are only appealing to the people to go back to work.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_imgScholarship Winners for the LYIT Clubs and Societies who received there awards at The Annual LyIT Clubs and Societies Awards evening took place last Thursday in the Radisson Blu Hotel Letterkenny.Pictured fron row (l-r) Maria McBride, Law Society, Kevin Carter, LGBT Society, Gearoid Maguire, Android App Society, Hugh Hunter, Riadh Egan, Canoe Club, Conor Boyd, Gaisce Society, Ian Smyth, LGBT Society.Back Row (L-R) Paul Hannigan President LYIT, Anne-Marie Kelly, Vicky O’ Rourke, Paddy Gallagher Sports officer LYIT, Fiona Kelly Student Admistrator, Brian Mc Elwaine LYIT Student Union President and Tayna Russel Welfare Officer LYIT. Photo by Gerard Mc Hugh.The Annual LYIT Clubs and Societies Awards evening took place last Thursday in Letterkenny.Among the awards for presentation were the Most Outstanding Club Member, Leadership Award, Best Society and the Civic, Charity & Community Engagement Award – an award now highly regarded in third level education circles, and awarded in recognition of the club that best displayed their skills in linking with the community.Club Scholarships were also presented to 7 successful candidates selected from 33 applicants, each of the winners, who lead their clubs and their organisation with distinction, received the award worth €1,400 which will assist in progressing their studies. Included in the guest list were previous winners of the scholarship categories and members of both the Canoe Club and Gaisce Society, winners of the Best Club category in the past.In the area of Civic, Charity and Community engagement both Paul Hannigan, President and Patsy McGonagle, Irish Olympic Team Manager and guest speaker on the night, focussed on the growing need for increased levels of engagement in the community.Club award winners at The Annual LyIT Clubs and Societies Awards evening took place last Thursday in the Radisson Blu Hotel Letterkenny are front row (l-r) Adam Crossan, Ian Smyth and Kevin Carter LGBT, Riadh Eagan Canoe Club, Conor Boyd Gaisce Society and John Mc Clean Gardening Society. Back Row (L-R) Paddy Gallagher Sports officer LYIT, Vickey O’ Rourke, Brian Mc Elwaine LYIT Student Union President, Anne-Marie Kelly, Fiona Kelly Student Admistrator and Paul Hannigan President of LYIT. Photo by Gerard Mc Hugh.Patsy McGonagle related to many of his own life experiences being founded on a good community spirit which helped him and many others to develop as leaders.Paul Hannigan, in addressing the assembled group of students, referred to the many demands of the education system in third level colleges such as LYIT and hoped that the Clubs and Societies programme, which had started many years ago in the institute, would continue to grow in the manner that it has done to date. This could not have happened without the support of the people behind the scenes, namely the Finance Committee and Registration Committee, Fiona Kelly SU Administrator and Paddy Gallagher, Sports Officer all of whom he congratulated for their efforts.Members of the LYIT Ladies soccer team who won team of the year at The Annual LyIT Clubs and Societies Awards evening took place last Thursday in the Radisson Blu Hotel Letterkenny.Included in the photo with team members are Patsy Mc Gonagle,Tommy Harkin and Niall Mc Gonagle team Coaches ,Paddy Gallagher sports officer and Paul Hanningan LYIT president.Photo by Gerard Mc HughThe Winners;1. Riadh Egan, Canoe Club, Most Outstanding Club Member 20142. Gaisce Society, Award for Civic, Charity and Community Engagement 20143. John Mc Clean, Gardening Club, Leadership Award 2014 4. LGBT Society, Best Society 2014Scholarship Winners 20141. Maria McBride, Law Society2. Ian Smyth, LGBT Society 3. Hugh Hunter, Canoe Club4. Gearoid Maguire, Android App Society5. Conor Boyd, Gaisce Society6. Riadh Egan, Canoe Club7. Kevin Carter, LGBT SocietySports Awards 20141. Danny Tourish, Individual Sports Star Award 20142. Ladies Soccer, Team of the Year 2014 .LYIT STUDENTS PUT ON THE STYLE FOR CLUBS AND SOCIETIES AWARDS was last modified: April 10th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:awardsdonegalletterkennyLYITstudentslast_img read more

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