Reasons for Gas Shortage: ‘Port Dredging’, ‘Importer Challenges’?

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(From left): Minister of Commerce, Prof Wilson K Tarpeh; LPRC Managing Director, Marie Urey-Coleman; and LPRC’s Deputy Director General for Operations, Bobby Brown

House apparently not buying explanations of gas shortage by LPRC, Commerce Ministry, Speaker sets up investigative committee 

The crippling shortage of gasoline in the country, which led to the unsanctioned hike of transportation fares, upsurge of darkness, wadding of hundreds of vehicles coupled with long queues of vehicles and motorcycles in hunt for gas, has been blamed on the much needed dredging of the Free Port of Monrovia, which restricts bigger vessels from docking.

Mrs. Marie Urey-Coleman, the Managing Director of the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC), told members of the House of Representatives in session on Tuesday, February 4, that the current shortage of gasoline across the country is due to the inability of ‘large vessels’ to dock at the port but rather at high tides (high seas). She, therefore, apologized for the embarrassments and inconveniences the shortage of petroleum product is causing in the country.

Mrs. Coleman said the supply of gasoline for February-2020 should have been brought in the country in December-2019, but the APM Terminals’ new regulation on the size of ships that would be allowed to dock at the Port of Monrovia has hampered the ‘large tanker (vessel)’ of docking at the port.

“Because of the restriction on large vessels, in January the Old Jetty Terminal was renovated and now is known as New Jetty Terminal to allow small vessels to download gasoline from the large vessel and then dock at the New Jetty Terminal,” Mrs. Coleman said.

“A Small vessel has been transporting gasoline from the large vessel at high seas and bringing it to the New Jetty Terminal.”

She pointed out that the taking of gasoline from the large vessels by the smaller vessels is causing economic problems between the two large importers — TOTAL Liberia and Super Petroleum (SP) — and the trickle down effect is on the minor or small importers.

The LPRC boss insisted that there is enough gasoline in country for the month of February, and would let the House of Representatives to investigate their assertions. Mrs. Coleman was accompanied by Bobby Brown, LPRC’s Deputy Director General for Operations and the Minister of Commerce, Professor Wilson K. Tarpeh. Prof. Tarpeh told the House of Representatives that the Ministry of Commerce is tasked among many responsibilities to maintain rigorous surveillance on ‘essential products’ and as well as ensure that their prices are stable.

He named some of the essential products as biscuits, building materials, cement, petroleum products and rice. He explained that 4.5 million gallons of gasoline are used monthly in the country, while 2.9 million gallons of diesel is also used monthly. 2.6 million gallons of kerosene, he added, are consumed and the usage of gallons of heavy fuel oil (HFO) per month is unknown because its hugely imported for use by the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC).

Prof. Tarpeh indicated that the announcement about there being sufficient gasoline in the country was due to the ‘stock’ the Ministry took, but realized that there are economic challenges with the two major importers to distribute the gas. The House’s investigation into the shortage of gasoline across the country was prompted by a communication from River Gee lawmaker Alexander Poure.

He complained about the extreme difficulties for gasoline amid reports by the Ministry of Commerce that there was enough gasoline in the country. It has been reported that APM Terminals dredges the port every two years for maintenance and, because of that, it has therefore issued a new regulation on the size of ships that would be allowed to dock at the Free Port.

According to APM Terminals, while it understands the operational implications of the restriction, its decision is geared towards preventing a disaster that could have higher negative commercial and operational impacts on all stakeholders. The new restriction was directed to all shipping lines and agencies due to the growing siltation in the port entrance channel and to ensure safety for navigation within the port channel.

The directive further stated: APM Terminals will only be able to dock and undock vessels with a maximum draft of 10 meters. Vessels above 10 meters draft will not be able to berth/ball. All vessels with a draft between 9.5 and 10 meters will have to strictly dock at high tides; all vessels with a draft below 9.5 meters will be able to dock at any time provided that they have a beam smaller than 28 meters; all vessels with a beam larger than 28 meters will have to dock at high tide irrespective of their draft.

Meanwhile, House Speaker Dr. Bhofal Chambers has set up a Specialized Committee comprising of 21 lawmakers to investigate the causes of the shortage of gasoline to ascertain whether or not there is sufficient gasoline in the country.

The management of LPRC and major importers are part of the investigation. The motion was proffered by Rep. Johnson Gwaikolo. Those on the Specialized Committee are Rep. Zoe Pennue (chairman – Grand Gedeh); Rep. Jeremiah Koung (Co-chairman – Nimba); Rep. Johnson Gwaikolo (Member – Nimba); Rep. Dorwohn Gleekia (Nimba); Rep. Yekeh Kolubah (Member – Montserrado); Rep. Dixon Seeboe (Montserrado); Rep. Abu Kamara (Montserrado); Rep. Jimmy Smith (Montserrado); Rep. Richard Koon (Montserrado); Rep. Isaac Roland (Maryland); Rep. J. Mike Jurry (Maryland); Rep. Ellen Attoh-Wreh (Margibi); Rep. Clarence Gahr (Margibi); Rep. Moima Briggs-Mensah (Bong); Rep. Edward Karfiah (Bong); Rep. Kanie Wesso (Gbarpolu); Rep. Alfred Koiwood (Gbarpolu); Rep. Emerson Kamara (Grand Cape Mount); Rep. Alexander Poure (River Gee); Rep. J. Nagbe Sloh (Sinoe) and Rep. Byron Zahnwea (Rivercess). The House Specialized Committee is expected to report within a week.

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  • I am a Liberian journalist, born November 7 and hailed from the Southeast and of the kru tribe. I began contributing to the Daily Observer 2008 and was fully employed in 2012. I am the 3rd of eight children and named after my great grandfather. Am happily married with three children (girls). I am a full member of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) and also the Sports Writers Association of Liberia (SWAL) and the Legislative Press Pool (LEGISPOL). I can be contacted through email: [email protected] or cell number/WhatsApp: (+231) 0886585875 or Facebook.

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  1. It is again to be blamed on the Ellen’s administration. She told the APM Terminals to introduce new regulations to regulate the size of vessels to dock at the port; economic sabotage! Eh Ma Ellen, sorry oooooooh!

    Vet and hire visionaries and qualified technicians to run vital installations and agencies in our country. If you mean business, stop recruiting on partisan line to run such important corporations like The Freeport of Liberia and LPRC. If we dare open a credible and viable vetting system in Liberia, undoubtedly, the best and right resumes will show up to run effective institutions with sustainable goals and growth.

    From my last feasibility studies in Liberia, the Bong Mines Port has a length of 700ft and a draft of 32ft, the deepest in the country. Why can’t we take it over to equip it such that all petroleum products are discharged therefrom, with tankers erected at the former LPG storage sites to free traffic in front of the port, a major road leading to central town?

    Oh, I forgot, our customary annual budget is only half a billion. How can we take on such projects? People of little faith!

    We can never take on such projects if the same old names (like Wilson Tarpeh, been hearing this name ever since I was a child) with no visions continue to circulate within our ministries. By the way, I did not study commerce, but I can make a better commerce minister than this guy. All our data in commerce is plummeting like never.
    There are young and dynamic Liberians out there, yearning to put their knowledge to work for their country.
    Open up, my people! Let me use the quote of a respectable big brother, Mr. Conneh;
    “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”, Albert Einstein.

    Hang in there, folks! Cummings and “apologists” will change Liberia for the better, for the benefit of all come 2023.

    Peace

    • I will ask few questions, provide some fact-based information, and list some quotes I like.
      1) When did you conduct your feasibility studies and what are the titles given, and years conducted? 2) Is there a “corporation” in Liberia called the “Freeport of Liberia”, and where is it location? 3) Is there a port in Liberia called the “Bong Mines Port”, and where is it located? 4) Where in the world are “tankers erected”? 5) Can you name your Source that “Ma Ellen”, “she told the APM Terminals to introduce new regulations to regulate the size of vessels to dock at the port”?
      Facts: There is a public corporation in Liberia – “The National Port Authority” with Headquarters located in the Freeport of Monrovia; The former “Bong Mines Company (BMC) pier” (now owned by the Liberia Government) is one of three existing iron ore berthing facilities designed and designated primarily for the export of iron ore, the other two are the “LMC and NIOC (defunct) piers. The “ BMC Pier” is perpendicular to the shore (north of the commercial quay facility) with a design length of 270 meters and a construction bottom level (water depth) of CD – 12.5 meters and the iron quay facility (parallel to the shore) at the Port of Buchanan has the deepest construction bottom level (water depth) of CD – 13.5 meters (Source: NPA); Indeed, product tankers (not exceeding the current water depth) can berth at the “BMC” facility, when an iron ore carrier is not at the only berth available. As a matter of fact, it currently being used (Sources: NPA, Jonathan B. Massaquoi, Sr., former Port Technical Consultant and former Technical Director/NPA)
      There exist a newly constructed 500m long T shape State of the Art Fuel Unloading Facility (FUF)perpendicular to the Southern breakwater(south of the commercial quay facility) with a construction bottom level of CD -11.0m and a design bottom level of CD -15 meters. It replaces the Old structurally deteriorated (long term utility was uncertain)” Oil Jetty” that accommodated product tankers (15,000 – 25,000 deadweight tons) that berthed at the facility (2017). A contingency plan was in place, a year before the completion of the FUF (2017). The new facility is designed to accommodate product tankers up to 60,000 deadweight tons (if LPRC can provide the capacity – tank farms for storage). A grant from the World Bank Group funded the planning, design and construction of the new facility (sources: Infrastructure Implementation Unit/Public Works, Jonathan B. Massaquoi, Sr., former Port Technical Consultant and former Technical Director/NPA). Note: All depths refer to Chart Datum (CD) which is 0.7m below Main Sea Level (MSL) in the Freeport of Monrovia.

      Quotes:
      “Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.” – George Bernard Shaw
      “Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.” ― Aldous Huxley,
      “Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious Stupidity.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
      “The highest form of ignorance is when you reject something you don’t know anything about.” – Wayne Dyer
      “There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.” – Soren Kierkegaard
      “I am not ashamed to confess I am ignorant of what I do not know. “ – Cicero

      • Dear Mr. Massaquoi,

        I had promised Uncle Hney to abstain from commentaries on this blog some days back but given your vicious intellectual attacks against my person, I am compelled to clear the air on many of your misconceptions and disdain about me. I am only doing it because you are one of our respectable and resourceful human capital in Liberia with whom I may likely interact sooner or later.

        Allow me to just provide short replies to your questions:
        1. Our first feasibility study, which lasted for two weeks in Monrovia and 3 days in Buchanan, was conducted end January 2005. The only reason we had to physically be present then was because we could not get updated data on our port facilities anywhere on the web. When we got there, we were turned over to the LPRC Petroleum Consultant (sorry I am going to withhold names) and the caretaker of the Bong Mines Port then. You probably know those people, contact them and refute or confirm our claim. By the way, the project was on LPG. It was incorporated sometimes mid-2006, and so you can verify with the NIC and the Ministry of Lands and Mines to ascertain the fact. The data I provided here, which are contained in the project hereof, were obtained from those individuals.
        2. Freeport of Liberia, sorry for the lapsus. It was a mistake. Thank you for the correction.
        3. Yes, there was a port in Liberia called the Bong Mines Port but currently, there isn’t a port in Liberia with such name. Thank you for the correction here again. However, if this appellation is not appropriate, please correct it with your colleagues and on every documentation off and online.
        4. Here again, it was a lapsus. I meant to say storage facilities and I was really referring to the abandoned LPG storage facilities some kilometers away from the Bong Mines Port.
        5. Here Sir, your comments were infantile and doltish. You should have known that this conversation had been ongoing. I was simply using an irony of situation. Please do not allow hatred and despise to blind you in making futile comments.

        Know that I am not a technician Sir and so I am not going to delve on the figures you have just provided. However, I would like you to verify the information I provided above and prove me wrong.

        In no way have I ever boasted here of possessing knowledge. If it were so, I couldn’t have been supporting someone else. I could have been in the race myself. I recognize and know my weakness; intellectually, financially and experience wise. My comments here are out of great frustration, frustration to see my country crawl at more than 172 years old, to make decisions that still hamper its developmental processes, to continually embark on perilous and fruitless adventures to the detriment of its citizenry.

        Sir, your insults were misguided and inappropriate. If you can refute the information I provided, contained in a project incorporated at the NIC, and then you use yourself as a source without any reference, how credible can I also use the pieces of information you have just provided?
        I respect your experience, Sir. Let’s formalize things in Liberia and stop the vain self-titling and chest-thumping. I could have loved to read a written work then. I was embarrassed when I could not provide tangible written documents but chest-thumping information to my commissioner.

        I stand with a complete overhaul of our system to compete with neighboring countries and the world at large. We once led the rest of Africa. We need to regain this position. It must start with us.
        You must have been young then when the war began. It means you did not have the time to normally climb the echelon of professional ladder with consequential financial benefits to guarantee a relaxed and enjoyable retirement. We want to put an end to this uncertainty; I stand for that! Consultants earn substantial sums in the country in live. I would love it to be likewise with you.

        My respect Sir!

        • innovative/creative Dear Mr. Dolo,

          Sorry! It was not my intention to insult you, but to learn, and provide fact-based information to the best of my knowledge about an organization I worked for most of my life as a professional engineer in Liberia. I am not a politician, a partisan (any political party), a boastful individual, not currently working for the NPA or the Government of Liberia, and I don’t live in Liberia.

          I sincerely believe you love “Mama Liberia”, and like many Liberians (young and old), you are indeed frustrated, and I understand and can relate to that. I also have been (and still) frustrated – as a professional engineer/consultant who also loves “Mama Liberia” – for invariably different reasons, and I thank you sincerely for your concerns and wishes for our motherland.

          I used my name as a source and referred to the NPA (in particular) where I worked from 1978 – 1991, and from 2008-2011 (“Port Sector Reform Program” development and implementation that transformed the Freeport of Monrovia and modernized it to International Standards, amongst other things). I only did that (not to boast) to further introduce myself to you as the then NPA “Infrastructure Focal Point”.

          Mr. Dolo, there are, and have been, only four seaports in Liberia – The Freeport of Monrovia, the Port of Buchanan, the Port of Greenville, and the Port of Harper.

          My respect to you as well Mr. Dolo, I appreciate your honesty, your concerns about Liberia and Liberians, and forgive me if you felt insulted in any shape or form by me. My candid advice: Be positive!, propose innovative and creative solutions. Liberia needs you and other young people more than ever God’s speed.

          • innovative/creative Dear Mr. Dolo,
            hum!!!!!!!!! ️ !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
            ☹☹☹☹

            Okay, I accept it again. What can I do? You are my big brother and so I should accept to be spanked sometimes!

            However, it was a pleasure meeting you here Mr. Massaquoi.

  2. In my Criminal Justice class, my former professor recommended a book entitled “Blaming the Victim”, authored by the late William Ryan. It’s a good book to read. In fact, any apologist, (whether he or she is aligned with ANC or CoP,) can do a download and read. Some people can’t get it….!

    But there’s a catch. Although the “apologists” play the blame game profusely, we have to give them a credit sometimes. For instance, the victim blamers or apologists maintain the view that because progress is imperative, it would be ideal if Weah hires competent Liberians outside of his partisan bracket. Yes, that makes an awful lot of sense. However, is there any proof? Or is it a hear-say? Ah, we would like to give credit to where credit is due, but we have to be careful because the apologists and victim blamers have the tendency to mislead.

    We don’t want to dwell on the issue of Ma Ellen’s massive failure. We know that she is no longer reclining in the leadership cockpit. Sure, the current president has the responsibility to do something. Give him a break! We urge the Liberian people, especially the CoP people and all apologists to calm down because they don’t have the right medication for the country.

    Warning:
    A promise to hire 100,000 untrained and trained Liberians in three months is a hoax. Very preposterous. That’s ugly manipulative politics.

  3. “Blaming the Victim”, oh how I would love to read this book!

    In high school, we named our class FLOTU (Future Leaders of the Universe). As the name indicates, this class was really a collection of future leaders who now serve in great positions in and out of Liberia, some business tycoons in different countries around the world at the detriment of Mama Liberia.
    The peculiarity of this class was that we were all brilliant. Sometimes the entire class but 2 or 3 would be on the honor roll list (To be an honor roll student, you needed 85%). The competition in this class was such that to answer a teacher’s question, one must ensure that the response to be given can be supported with logical explanation, or else you are ridiculed by everyone. And so, no one could dare raise his hand to answer a question if he could not provide any logic of what he is about to say.
    But again, if no one is in the class to provide answer to the teacher’s question, he would order the entire class to take pieces of papers and get ready for quiz. The quiz would be to provide answers to the question which had just been asked.

    I learnt a lot of lessons from this class. But one key lesson I still retain is to NEVER show my face up somewhere if I cannot provide solution/s and answer/s to a query or problematic.

    Who is the victim we are trying to blame here? The current government is the victim here?
    Even my daughter knows this administration cannot provide any answers to the least of Liberia’s many problems. Weah himself knows it. Why was he so itchy and sometimes very abrasive to take them on?

    Though at a slow pace, since 2005, all indicators in Liberia had been in ascending order until the outbreak of the Ebola virus disease. Immediately after the disease was curbed, the same trend had been observed until end 2017.
    To date, all indicators are in descending order, the worst in the subregion. Why then were we so “abou” to take on this power, my people?
    I thought we had a brighter idea to improve the lives of Liberians. What has suddenly happened?
    We promised fixes for problems the guy knew very well, is he now the victim for something he knew and for which he promised to fix? Mon Dieu!

    Dear internauts, we (Cummings and apologists) really and truly know the problems in Liberia. We won’t cry out “victim”. We will provide true and sustainable fixes to our broken economy, revamp the educational system, upgrade agriculture, protect our borders and improve the livelihood of our fellow countrymen.
    Yes, we can provide 100,000 jobs in the first 3 months of our mandate. We will formalize most sectors currently considered sell-pay sectors to guarantee security and respect for the works of our brave women and men, yes, we can.
    Yes, we can bring our professional women and men back home and provide them good jobs with descent salaries to uplift our crumbling economy, yes, we can.

    Come 2023,
    We will truly pledge allegiance to the Flag of Liberia
    And for the Republic for which it stands,
    One Nation, Indivisible, with Liberty and Justice, for All

    Peace!

  4. Oh what a class it was! Learning is done through trial and error. If a student raises his or her hand and does not give the correct answer, only the teacher has the right to make a decision. Why should students ridicule one another if a wrong answer is given? Certainly, there were geniuses in that class. I am glad my poor-self was not anywhere near there. Even if I found out today where the school is, I will close my eyes before I pass by.

    In a real life situation, some things can be responded to based on how they have been presented. If a person or a leader is constantly blamed for all kinds of reasons, that person or leader is a victim. For instance, Weah is constantly blamed because some politicians and apologists feel that no progress is being made. Is there a denial or disagreement here?

    There are many ways in which a proposal can be looked at. For instance, If I suggest something and no one agrees with me, I will not argue. I will understand that people have a right to agree or disagree. I will not accuse anyone who disagrees with me as being dumb. No I won’t do that!

    The Liberian economy is not doing too well. It’s a known fact. Most patriotic Liberians do not like to see things as they are. But there seems to be a minority of Liberians who are hoping and praying that things should continue to be as they are until 2023. Why? Because if the economy improves before 2023, they’ll have no message.

  5. Point of correction to consider in reading what I wrote: THE ANSWER SHOULD BE LOGICAL.
    Of course, not all answers were correct, that’s why I used the word “logic”
    We can make scientific guess based on what we know (premise). The answer may be naïve but must contain some logic.

    I wish you were young and living in normal day Liberia then, you would have done everything to attend that school. It was an outstanding school indeed.

    Our hope is to see our economy vibrant. We want to be a part of it. To see our economy vibrant, our government must be ambitious. What are we doing with a budget of half a billion dollars if nearly all neighboring countries have minimum annual budget of 10 billion? It makes our economy nonchalant. Who would like to burn their hard-earned cash in such economy?

    No, we are not hoping for it to remain as it is until 2023. We have great message that will resonate with the people. What they can achieve in 6 years, we can achieve in just a year. You can give them 12 years; they will never provide jobs for 100,000 Liberians. Give us just one year, we can provide direct and indirect jobs to half a million Liberians.

    Yes, we can! Give us a try come 2023.

  6. Wow! I really enjoyed reading from Hney and Dolo. Sometimes, it’s just good to just read, absorb and learn. What an inspirational conversations between the two of you! These conversations are reminiscent of my own life in high school back in the days in Bong Mines. Interestingly, all most every high school graduating class thinks in this direction.

    As Student Council President during my days in high school, I was always surrounded by very smart, intelligent and dedicated student leaders with a vision for the future of our Nation and the world around us. Particularly, my Student Council Foreign Minister had this instinct of a world leader and an idea of how we can unite the whole of Africa under what he called, “The United States of Africa.”

    In any case, thanks so much for sharing. I’m elated by your conversations and the memories you shared. Eventually, Liberia will rise.

  7. Leewaye,
    Your optimism about Liberia’s future is positive.

    Dolo and I are patriots. However, we’ve got different visions. Dolo feels that the leadership of one CoP person, namely Alexander Cummings, will pull Liberia out of its economic and political situation. Personally, I respect his opinion, but I disagree with him from East to West without regret.

    My position is simple. He is opposed to me from North to South. We are at different poles!
    I don’t want to see a repeat of mistakes in Liberia anymore. So, we need to see a number of competent Liberians in the presidential contest next time. The contestants, including Weah, need to be properly vetted. We don’t need to be wrapped up emotionally in order to elect a president. That’s why I oppose Cummings. Cummings and his followers want to go emotionally. It’s wrong!

    You’re right. We will get there by God’s omnipotent grace. Liberia will get better.

  8. Uncle Hney,

    We do not really have different views on the future of Liberia, but on INDIVIDUALS.

    Brother Leewaye, be a witness to my comment today and hold me accountable for it always and forever:
    I am not an “ONLY CUMMINGS OR NOBODY ELSE”.
    I would love to see other Liberians come out, show interest in leadership and get into the political arena. We will vet such people and choose the best and feasible platform.

    During the 2017 elections, that’s exactly what I did. I did not know the guy called Cummings. They were at least 13. I took each of them per week and thoroughly examined what they were proposing and background checks on their moral and financial assets.
    From my scrutiny, I shortlisted 4 serious and great candidates (sorry for not calling names). Of this number and given our recent history, I opted for an untemperamental person with no affiliation to any warring faction whatsoever. The latter criterium was instrumental on my list since Liberia needs true reconciliation before embarking on sustainable development.

    It is against this background I support Cummings without let up. Come 2023, I will be out there campaigning for him. I would be happy to see other people like him, which would be healthy for our democracy. But my mind is made up for the person I want to see at the helm of leadership in my country.
    Maybe because I studied what he also studied but everything about his platform resonates with me. I have done 2 feasibility studies in Liberia. Things he has said are things I can ascertain, and which are feasible.

    Uncle Hney, a major impediment to Liberia’s development now is the ideal human resources. Get 2 imposing, bright minded individuals of probity into each government agency across the country, not only in Monrovia, and see what happens.

    You want me to support someone who doesn’t open up to my question (the electorate). He has always shied away from open and public debate.
    You want me to support someone who has no platform at all; for the 6 years, what he planned to achieve, how he planned to achieve them, the short- and long-term benefits for the laymen, businesses and the country.
    You want me to support arrogance and pride; egomania.
    You want me to support someone who will maintain the status quo; poor people living in a land with immense natural resources benefiting foreign governments and people.

    When the time comes (2023), you will be proud to visit Liberia and encourage tourism thereto.

    Good night my dear Uncle Hney!

  9. I am unable to respond to you at this time because I am stuck in the traffic. I will say this though….we’ve got different views on how Liberia can be improved. In the US, the Republicans and Democrats show patriotism, but they have different views.

  10. Okay. But come for what?
    Please note that I would love to visit or live in Liberia. However, there are bundles of issues involved. I was there last year for three months.

    So let’s keep our fingers crossed. God willing, it will happen.
    Hang in there!

    • Good morning my dear Uncle Hney,

      You insinuated that you couldn’t have attended my school because we mocked each other. I was only trying to say you could have loved to attend it were you living in my community then.

  11. Such vibrant intellectual exchange between my two favorite uncles gives me the strength and to go about my daily activities with a light spring in my steps.

    Yes, they are at both ends of the spectrum, but let no one make any mistake, their love for Mama Liberia is beyond reproach and that is their drive, their focus.

    It is a phenomenal privilege to see such brilliant minds in action. As I go to my Leadership class this Morning in Paynesville, I will attempt to keep in my mind that you can disagree with a person 100% and still be friends with him and most importantly, CORDIALITY AND CIVILITY SHOULD REIGN SUPREME

    These two exhibit an excellent example for us all to emulate .

    Yes, we can!!!!!!

    Peace

  12. Okay, thanks very much for the enlightenment, comrade Dolo. I was dubious about what you meant.

    The Return Of Joe Moses:

    As always, it is a pleasure to chart with you. I certainly hope that your dad and mom and sister are doing well. It’s 8:30 a.m. my time and (1:30p.m.) your time. I am still in bed. Grateful because God has done it again!

    A day went by without me hearing from you. I corresponded with your dad the day before yesterday. Very nice man he is.

    Yeah. Dolo is astute. But he is my Jr. brother. Guess what Joe Jr.? I have been to the home- town of the former Ivorian president. There’s a hundred thirty-three million-dollar Cathedral, most likely the largest in Africa or probably at the Vatican. ( My guess). . That’s where I will take Dolo and counsel him on how to calm down. He can continue to work for Cummings, but Dolo has to calm down. I am sure while in the Temple of God, the young man will listen.

    Joe Jr., don’t stay away from the media space as you did yesterday. I was wondering why you hadn’t been heard from since a couple of days ago. Welcome back young fella. I should be going to work in an hour.

    Enjoy your leadership class. As always,
    Peace.

  13. Uncle Hney,

    Read and understood! I don’t need to be counselled at the Basilica in Yamousoukro. Your message has sunk in.
    I promise to calm down until 2023.

    Joe, you will hardly hear from me until I visit Liberia. I will surely find you, brother.

  14. Uncle Hney,

    Yes, Moses Sr. did inform me that you and him communicated and he was excited and now he wants my laptop all the time to communicate and be a part of the discussion.

    The leadership class went well. We discussed on how to disagree and not be disagreeable. I used you and Uncle Dolo (no names were mentioned) as an example of my lecture this afternoon. It went well. The class is geared towards teaching young adults their civic duty and responsibilities under the law, that each of us has a role to play in society and to be actively engage in politics and get to know how it effects each of us.

    Uncle Dolo, I always want to hear from you. You are always welcome and it will be a pleasure to see and get to you better. I have a pending trip in the middle of March and I hope you can come before I leave . I will be out for about 23 days.

    Peace

  15. Yeah,
    Give your dad the opportunity to use your laptop, Joe Jr. He will not mess it up. He will be very careful with it unlike someone that I heard about recently……..😃

    The brief story I heard goes like this. A young man borrowed his dad’s car and pretended it was his. While driving with a few friends (a guy and two young ladies on board) he veered off the main road on which he drove. The young man did a slight damage to his dad’s car. According to eye witnesses, the driver (meaning the fellow who borrowed his dad’s car) was smiling at his front seat passenger….a girl) when the accident occurred.

    Now, immediately after the accident, the young driver began whimpering. His front seat passenger (a girl) asked …..”are you okay”? Said the young driver, “my dad will punish me”. The giri (who could be his girlfriend) asked again,….” is this car yours or your dad’s”? There was total silence. The young driver became mute! At the end, the young driver’s sister arrived on the scene of the accident. The sister cried out loud…”oh brother, did you damage our dad’s car”? Again, there was total silence! Eventually, the front seat passenger requested to go home. Fortunately, a Keke came by and she took off. The young driver, his friends and sister departed from the scene of the accident and went to their respective homes.

    My professional advice to whom it may concern: If the cap fits, wear it!

    When you borrow someone’s car, especially your dad’s car, don’t tell your friends that the car is yours. If you happen to have a girl on board…. let’s say….. you’re on a date, look straight up as you drive. Don’t look sideways. Be on the lookout for pedestrians. Yes, smile and chart with your front seat passenger, (who most likely is a girl or your girlfriend). But don’t lose track of the road.

    A word to the wise…🖐️

    As always,
    Peace

  16. Uncle H:

    Sorry for the late response. After Church Service on Sunday, I had to travel to the city of Kakata for a Leadership Meeting.

    Your assortment as to what you think may or may not have occurred with my dad’s car is far from the truth. I am sure that you are dying to know what actually occurred. Well, not today, sir.

    Here is what I will tell you. I am now the proud owner of a 2012 Toyota Camry. Purchased with my own hard earned cash.

    Please, Sir, the next time you find yourself in Liberia, I would like to arrange for you to be a Speaker at my young Leaders meeting. I am sure we will benefit immeasurably from your experiences.

    thank you, Sir.

    Peace

  17. Joe,

    Your Uncle is great, but he will not be objective oooooooooooh!
    He will advise you to accept some ills in society just because it can never change whereas it can change if you have the willpower.
    He will make you to accept the status quo and live with it or hustle to travel to the USA to lead a better life.

    You need someone to mold your minds to making Liberia an Eldorado!
    You need someone to tell you to strive for excellence because excellence attracts attention!
    You need someone to tell you that Liberia can change if and only if Liberians make the right choice to vote in someone with the required skills.

    Joe, though he holds those values, I am sorry, but I doubt your Uncle can inspire positivism, hard work and divinity. I think he can better do them in some environments, but I doubt he holds them as universal values.

    No more war in Liberia and on this blog, peace!

  18. Uncle Dolo,

    Always a pleasure to hear from you. I trust that all is well with you and your family. I am very well, thank you.

    I think at times you judge Uncle Hney very unfairly. He loves Mama Liberia as much as you and I do. By saying all that you are saying about him, you are suggesting that he is not a Patriot. He is.

    I am extending the same invitation to you, uncle Dolo. Anytime you find yourself on this side of town, Please find the time to come and speak at our young leaders meeting. We would definitely love to hear from you.

    About a week ago, I used you and Uncle Hney as examples on how to disagree with a person and not be disagreeable. Civility.

    Peace

  19. I am sorry if you were not happy with my comments Joe.
    I was only trying to prick Uncle Hney this morning.

    Have a great day Joe.

  20. Uncle Dolo,

    You have me laughing with your comments this morning. you made my day. Thank you.

    At times, it is good to prick him.

    Be safe, Sir. My invitation still stands.

    Peace

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