ANC political leader , Alexander B. CummingsThe standard bearer of the Alternative National Congress (ANC), Alexander B. Cummings, has told a large gathering in Greenville, Sinoe County that southeastern counties will no longer be marginalized if they elect him president. Mr. Cummings said bad roads and lack of basic infrastructure, including electricity and pipe-borne water in the southeast, are enough to prove the marginalization of the region. The ANC political leader said it is obvious that the country’s 170 years of independence does not match her development; therefore, “only change can bring development and create jobs.”Speaking on Wednesday night in Touh Community Hall, Butaw Junction, and in Greenville City Hall, both in District #1, he called on partisans and sympathizers to vote for Mr. B. Geplaye Nyensuah, a representative aspirant for the Butaw District #1 seat in the House. Mr. Nyensuah is contesting against Rep. Jefferson Kanmoh, who is seeking his third term. Geplaye is the junior brother of former Deputy Health Minister for Epidemics, Tolbert Nyensuah.“If we keep electing the same people our lives won’t change…if you want your life to change, for a better road, good health facilities and schools, you have to elect a new president and vice president for change, and also representative aspirant Nyensuah,” Cummings said. “Elect us to stop the marginalization for better lives…because you deserve a better Liberia.”The gathering recited after Mr. Cummings: “I believe in myself, I believe in Liberia, I believe we deserve a better Liberia, a better Butaw, I believe if we work together, work harder and elect different leaders we can have a better Butaw and Liberia.”Also, during the formal program marking the ANC District #1 rally and a special welcome of its standard bearer to Sinoe County, Greenville City Mayor Tito Seton thanked the people of the county for waiting for about nine hours for the arrival of the ANC and its standard bearer, who entered Greenville by 9:31pm. Mr. Seton said the road condition, which delayed the ANC delegates, is a testimony of their marginalization, and urged the ANC that if elected it must prioritize the southeast to improve the lives of the people. “The roads are very bad and we hope as a son of the southeast if elected you will come to our help,” Seton said.Earlier, on Thursday morning, the United Grebo Association in Sinoe County presented kola nuts, pepper and a white chicken in a brief welcome ceremony. Mr. Cummings and his wife, Teresa, participated in the breaking and eating of the kola.The supervising principal of Sinoe County, Cheslie Mennoh, presented a statement to the ANC standard bearer asking for the establishment of a library, a laboratory and more schools. Mr. Moses Koffa, Speaking on behalf of the ANC Youth Movement in Sinoe County, asked the ANC to help enhance their efforts in the October 10 campaign and erect youth and technical centers.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Negotiations between the Guyana Teachers’ Union (GTU) and the Ministry of Education (MoE) on a proposal to see teachers’ salary being increased by 25 per cent, among other demands, have been stalled to ensure that the Ministry fulfils its promises in the last agreement.This is according to President of the GTU, Mark Lyte. In an interview with this publication on Tuesday, he explained that this decision was made during a conference the GTU held in April from the 23 to 26.He was keen to note that this is the highest decision-making body for the Union and executives are required to follow these suggestions.“The position is that the conference which you know is a high decision-making body indicated that we shouldn’t proceed with the talks until we have all the outstanding matters addressed in the present agreement…we are putting our energies and time into ensuring that the few outstanding things are settled and after that we will go full speed ahead in terms of addressing the new proposal,” Lyte stated.He, nevertheless, assured that the Union and the Ministry have been engaging to ensure the outstanding matters are addressed.A few of those matters include debunching for teachers and non-payment of clothing allowance.In addition, the GTU Head said, “We are seeing some implementation of almost every other thing like the class size. We are having some issues with the Whitley Council and its interpretation but that is being addressed with the CEO [Chief Education Officer] presently, where some of the regions are not acting as they should in terms of allowing for the allowance to take effect, so we are addressing that”.Another issue had to do with the scaling of teachers but that too is being addressed presently, the executive pointed out.According to him, “The Ministry had to get information from each teacher to know which file they are in and at what stage of the scale they should be placed and that was completed so they are…some of the far-flung regions’ information was slow in coming but they are on course with getting that”.Lyte said he hopes to have these issues sorted out before the end of this term so that the Union can enter negotiations on the new proposal soon.Along with a 25 per cent salary increase, the Union has proposed that some of the already existing policies be maintained such as Whitley Council for three years, instead of four, and a few others.This proposal also requests that grants be given to schools instead of having materials supplied as complaints have been flagged in the past of sub-standard materials and cleaning suppliesIn addition to this, the GTU President disclosed that the Union also requested the maintenance of duty-free concessions in the existing categories.Moreover, the new proposal seeks to extend gratuity for persons leaving the profession before the age of 50 to 55, while the issue of class size for Special Needs Schools was highlighted.