ECOWAS, GOL Pay Homage to UNDP’s Dr. Kamaluddeen

first_imgThe Ambassador of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to Liberia, Tunde Ajisomo, has lauded outgoing United Nations Development Program Country Director Dr. Kamil Kayode Kamaluddeen for his immense contributions to peace, good governance and infrastructural development as well as the rule of law in Liberia.Director Kamaluddeen, who is affectionately referred to as KK, has left an indelible mark on Liberia as a development specialist by the policies and strategies he helped to draft—leading to some considerable levels of developmental improvement in the country, Ajisomo said.Speaking at a cocktail reception held in KK’s honor in Monrovia, Ambassador Ajisomo said “KK has been passionate about development in Liberia and is a true son and patriot of the African continent.” Ambassador Ajisomo, who is also a Nigerian, added, “Any of our compatriots who come to Liberia on assignment firstly has to get in touch with KK to get an orientation, because of his reputation as someone who helps others integrate in the Liberian terrain; and KK is referred to as the ‘Landlord.’”Dr. Kamaluddeen served Liberia for nine years, though intermittently. His first stint was when he served as Economic Advisor and Head of the Strategy and Policy Unit, UNDP Liberia, from 2002 – 2008 before returning in 2013 as Country Director.KK was very popular in the diplomatic community as well as among his Nigerian compatriots all because of what many describe as his high level of humility, selflessness, commitment to duty and accessibility. Many of them praised him for helping them settle in successfully upon their arrival in Liberia.Acting Foreign Minister Elias Shoniyin said KK will truly be missed because he has been a strong pillar to rely on. “KK has been a true friend to this government and our country. He was very instrumental in the crafting of the Poverty Reduction Strategy that helped us significantly to set us on our path of national development,” the Minister said.The Minister described KK as a “development-oriented” individual who built up on the Community Based Initiative (CBI), which was set up by his predecessor, Antonio Vigilante.The CBI provided the stage for community participation in the country’s decentralization process to provide municipal services in Liberia’s 15 counties—a program that led to the realization of the County Service Centers in some counties.Responding, KK said his tenure may have come to an end, but he is leaving as a very proud man, adding that he is grateful to God for his contribution to Liberia.“We strongly believe we could not have done this alone so we appreciate the capable teams we were fortunate to have worked with. They too, must be appreciated,” KK said. According to him, his greatest achievement is leaving in a peaceful country. “We’re very happy that Liberians have embraced peace and I’m of the conviction that this peace will be sustained because without peace there can be no development,” KK said, adding that he now considers Liberia a second home.“Many of our compatriots from the ECOWAS region made a lot of sacrifices to ensure that peace comes to Liberia. Some of them did this with their lives. So I’m glad that this dream is being realized and I’m also glad to have been a part of transitioning Liberia from its war era to a stable country on the path of development,” he said.KK, who has over 15 years working experience with the UN, replaced Mr. Dominic Sam as UNDP Country Director. He has extensive professional, academic, administrative knowledge and experience.UNDP, the UN’s global development network, advocates for change and connects countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help empower people and build resilient nations, and has been working in Liberia since 1977.UNDP is currently providing technical assistance within the framework of the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) 2013-2017, which is fully aligned with Liberia’s mid and long term development strategies.According to KK, UNDP’s interventions are meant to ensure that the country is peaceful and has inclusive politics, a diversified economy, and stable institutions. “We have also been helping to ensure the laws are enforced fairly, land tenure problems have been resolved, natural resources are efficiently managed and health and education standards have reached those of other middle income countries,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Donegal newspaper owners ordered to pay €192,000 to Waterbus directors

first_imgDamages of €96,000 each has been awarded by the High Court to two directors of a waterbus service operating in Donegal Bay after finding that they were defamed in articles in a local newspaper.Mr Justice Paul McDermott said Daniel Ward and Sean Quinn were entitled to the awards against the Donegal Times Ltd, The Diamond, Donegal town and its editor, Liam Hyland, who wrote the articles.The Irish Examiner reports that both men, the judge found, had suffered “very serious damage” to their respective personal and professional reputations. Mr Ward is the financial controller and Mr Quinn the CEO of Donegal Town Enterprises Scheme Ltd, which operates a leisure boat known as the Donegal Waterbus.Mr Quinn and Mr Ward had brought defamation proceedings against the paper and editor over articles published by the paper in September and October 2013.They claimed the articles defamed them and wrongly alleged they were involved in financial mispractices and mismanagement of monies associated with the Donegal Waterbus.Donegal Town Enterprise Scheme Ltd is a not-for-profit community scheme that promotes marine and tourism activities in and around both Donegal Bay. Mr Justice McDermott said he was satisfied the men had been defamed in the articles. Their good names had been damaged, they had suffered in their communities, and they were entitled to damages, he said.Donegal newspaper owners ordered to pay €192,000 to Waterbus directors was last modified: November 9th, 2016 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)last_img read more

Breaking News: Search operation launched as diver goes missing off Fanad Head

first_imgA major search operation has been launched as a diver has gone missing twenty miles north of the Fanad Head peninsula.The missing diver was reported to Malin Head Coast Guard at 4:30pm.Lough Swilly Life Boat, the Sligo-based Rescue 118 helicopter, and a number of local boats are searching the area for the diver. It is understood that a number of the divers had been exploring shipwrecks in the area. The alarm was raised after all divers reported back expect for one.The identity and nationality of the missing diver are not yet known.We will bring you more on this breaking news story as we have it.Breaking News: Search operation launched as diver goes missing off Fanad Head was last modified: August 13th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:diverFanad HeadLough Swilly LIfeboatmissinglast_img read more