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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_imgWHITTIER — Resident Joe Marsico’s dream finally came true Friday when he put in the highest bid to purchase the city’s last remaining trolley car. Only now Marsico has to come up with the $21,510 he bid. And that could be a problem because Marsico said he doesn’t have the money. “I’m going to pray for the money,’ Marsico said after the four bids for 14- year-old trolley No. 1898 were opened. “I just have to do this. I had a calling. I’ve had miracles in my life.’ Marsico, the longtime activist who attends most City Council meetings, was referring to his son, Henry, who had a heart transplant at the age of 9 and lived another 10 years. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “This would be a mini-miracle compared to that,’ he said. Most likely, Marsico will have 60 business days from Nov. 8, when the City Council is expected to award the bid to him. Marsico said he wants to take the trolley around to other cities in Los Angeles County to push its use in transit systems. The city initially put the trolley up for auction in July, said Fran Shields, director of community services. The city of Lindsay bid $21,500. Marsico was the second highest bidder then, at $7,300 plus 5 percent of whatever revenue he generated from use of the trolley. However, Lindsay only had 10 days to pay for it and pick it up after it was notified on Aug. 30. That didn’t happen, so a second round of bids was sought. But this time Lindsay only bid $13,500. Marsico said he bid $10 higher than Lindsay’s previous bid to ensure the city wouldn’t lose money. The trolley was one of five used on Whittier Transit bus routes from 1990 to 1997. The first four trolleys were sold in 1998 for a total of $109,300. This trolley was kept as a backup vehicle and used for community events. But when Norwalk took over the transit service for Whittier, the trolley wasn’t needed as a backup vehicle and to keep it just for the Christmas parade didn’t make economic sense, Shields said. @tagline columnist:Mike Sprague can be reached at (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022, or by e-mail at mike.sprague@sgvn.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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