A local nongovernmental organization named Biamuyuwah (Moving Forward) has embarked on self help initiative aimed at constructing a Town Hall in Saturday Town, Compound #3 Grand Bassa Country.
The head of the group, Kokpar Wohwoh, said his organization has raised over LD$ 23,000 to commence construction of the Town Hall. According to him, the Town Hall will serve both Youth and Elders of the Town who have longed for suitable place for meetings, training site for conflict resolution and Recreation among others. The rally brought together 189 residents and 13 communities including Whezohn, the District headquarters of district #3A in Grand Bassa County. Additionally, he emphasized that his group has provided several construction equipments to aid the ongoing thirty mile rural road project that connects the Civil Compound to the St. John River via Sordyu town, Dehsauh-wona and Saygbor town which allows motorbikes to transport farm products, residents, sick people as well as women in labor pain to the nearest health facility. “In order to speed up the construction Biamuyuwah, with support from its members, donated several working tools including shovels, diggers, hoes, cutlasses and three bags of rice to the workforce on site”, he said. He said the donation was the organization way of identifying with people of the various towns as the connecting the roads will allow them to bring their produce to various markets. Nat. brif OPG Summit Opens in Paris with Calls for greater Government Openness The President of the French Republic, Francois Hollande, officially opened the 4th Open Government Partnership (OGP) Global Summit on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 in Paris with over a dozen heads of state, thousands of civil society leaders and other high-level government reformers calling for greater openness in government to serve as a countervailing force to rising authoritarianism and receding civic space in many parts of the world. President Hollande, who is the current OGP government co-chair and summit host, opened the summit by reminding guests of the current global geopolitical backdrop. He called on civil society everywhere to demand more transparency, more consultation by rejecting corruption and fraud in government. The French President said citizens the world over are demonstrating their desire to engage, to be listened to, to participate in public life and to help build their society. Over 3000 participants are attending the three-day event, to advance crucial open government issues such as the fight against corruption, opening up public contracts, harnessing the data revolution for the collective good, and encouraging public participation in climate change policies. He said considerable efforts aimed at working together to renew democracy in order to become more open, participatory and impactful, thus making democracy a symbol of hope and change in the lives of citizens of the world. The Partnership Summit gathers over 70 member countries and hundreds of civil society organizations that promote transparency, citizen participation and democratic innovation. The OGP summit which runs from December 7-9, 2016 involves 3,000 representatives from 70 countries, including heads of State and governments, ministers, public servants, members of parliament, local authorities, civil society representatives, start-ups and digital innovators, civic techs, developers, researchers, journalists will gather in Paris to share their experiences and push forward the open government agenda in light of the global challenges. The Liberian delegation to the OPG Summit is headed by Deputy Information for Administration and the Liberian Government OPG focal Person, Mr. Andrew Tehmeh and include Liberian's Ambassador to France Dr. C. William Allen, Minister Counselor Isaac C. Yeah, Liberia Agency for Community Empowerment (LACE) Executive Director Julius Sele, and Mr. Darlington Senve Tehmeh of the Ministry of Information.