Sen. Lawrence Wants Eton, EBOMAF Loan Agreements Cancelled

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Grand Bassa County Senator and Liberty Party political leader, Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence

The chairperson of the Senate Committee on Rules, Order and Administration, Senator Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence, is craving the indulgence of the Liberian Senate for the cancellation of the Liberian Government’s financing agreements between Eton Finance PTE Ltd, and the EBOMAF SA.

The Grand Bassa County ranking Senator noted in a communication to Senate plenary that such cancellation is for the safety and avoidance of embarrassment for the country and future governments.

“It is important to note that unless the two agreements are canceled, they stand to be legal and binding on Liberia,” she said.

On May 7, 2018, President George Manneh Weah submitted to the Legislature for ratification a loan financing agreement between Eton Finance PTE Ltd and the Government of Liberia in the amount of Five Hundred Thirty-Six Million, Four Hundred Thousand United States Dollars (536,400,000.00) for financing the coastal corridor connections of county capitals.

Besides the construction of the corridor’s roads, the agreement also dictated that a vocational training center would be constructed in Greenville, Sinoe County, and mini soccer stadiums in other county capitals, with a construction period of 48 months from the day of commencement after the Agreement is ratified by the Legislature and approved by the President of Liberia.

Senator Lawrence also recalled that on May 31, 2018, President Weah again submitted to the Legislature a loan financing agreement between EBOMAF SA and the Government of Liberia in the amount of Four Hundred Twenty Million, Eight Hundred Ten Thousand United States Dollars (520,810,000.00).

According to the ratified Agreement, the loan was for the financing of the design, construction and supervision of road corridors in Monrovia (Somalia Drive-Kesselly Boulevard to Sinkor), and north-eastern Liberia (Tappita-Zwedru-Greenville), with a duration period of 36 months after the Agreement is ratified by the Legislature and approved by the President of Liberia.

However, Senator Lawrence lamented that since the ratification of the two loan agreements by the Legislature and approved by the President in June 2018, nearly 30 months ago, “Nothing has been heard of the commencement of any of the projects named supra, though Liberia has a commitment to repay loans in the periods specified in the two loan agreements.”

“In view of the above, Mr. President Pro-Tempore and colleagues, I wish to crave your indulgence in the cancellation of the loan Financing Agreement between Eton Finance PTE Ltd and the Government of Liberia on the one hand, and the loan Financing Agreement between EBOMAF SA and the Republic of Liberia on the other hand for the safety and avoidance of future embarrassment for our country and future governments. It is important to note that unless the two agreements are cancelled, they stand to be legal and binding on Liberia,” the Grand Bassa County lawmaker’s communication concluded.

In their votes following a brief debate, the Senators during their 6th day of sitting yesterday agreed that the letter be sent to the Committees on Judiciary, Public Works, and Ways, Means and Finance to report back to plenary in two weeks.

17 COMMENTS

  1. Nyonblee, you must be running mad to believe you can distract the public from your criminal and disgraceful mentality and conduct of selling the Liberty Party to Musa Bility.

    After you and that that other Operational Funds NOCAL Destroyer Darius Dillon have disgraced yourselves the both of you foolishly believe by ranting about this “agreement“ and pretending about this bill and that “bill“ , you corrupt hypocrites can alter the fact that even your so called supporters have seen through your disgusting hypocrisy and me me me mentality.

    • All your defense of corrupt George Weah means nothing because Liberians don’t give a shit about your lies and GW failed promises. They want jobs, and income to support their family and your man GW is too incompetent to deliver on his promises. Weah is a failed president by any quantifiable measure. Stop wasting your time because after Weah is kicked out of office in 2023, you will be one of those asses with many regrets because your lies and hyperbole will haunt you forever. You’re pathological liar, typical Liberian bullshit.

  2. But why didn’t the senators do their due diligence before ratifying the loan agreement??Common sense tells us that before you buy anything in a bag, you must open it and look at what’s inside, otherwise you might end up with a pig in a bag! The ratification of the Eton, EBOMAF Loan Agreements, without inspecting (due diligence) it, was like buying a pig in a bag! But what did these senators expect when they bought a pig in bag??? A bag full of money (US$536,400,000.00)??? I have to suppress the laughter here.

  3. That explains the hypocrisy and lies from this thief Nyonblee Karngar who when at LPRC as public relations officer, she spread nothing but lies to conceal the massive corruption and thievery which were carried out by her boss Harry A. Greaves Jr.

    After she has exposed herself of been a gold digging so called politician upon her sale of the Liberty Party to corrupt Musa Bility, she wants to distract the public with such a moribund crap to further insult her supporters as her zombies.

      • Elijah A. Barnard, I do not think using my name given to me at natality (or anyone’s name given to him or her at natality) may be of any essential relevance here, even if not compared to or with mine (or another’s) views, divergent opinions, claims, rejoinders, replies, counters, answers or rebuttals.

        To my mind, what are of fundamental essence or tremendous vitality are the facts, the issues, the arguments, the constitutional or sociological significance, the background, etc. etc. of a given discussion!

        For of course some, or many, may not even have interest in the context, motive, or intent, of the one emitting his or her views, divergent opinions, claims, rejoinders, replies, counters, answers or rebuttals.

  4. True Nationalist or Whatever you call yourself, Granted that senator Karngar is what you call her. What’s your take on the matters concerning theses two loans? The senator is not the subject of the news, the loans are. This is what we do here, we leave important masters and waste energies, times, and resources on personalities. Could you please tell us what you think about those loans and stop wasting our precious time on reading what you feel or think about the senator?

    • Rogers are you serious that one should leave the senator out when the senator says she is criticizing corruption at no other time but when she madam senator is been blasted by her supporters and her critics as a corrupt and deceitful hypocrite? Are you serious? Get serious good friend.

      Do you and your so called senator think the Liberian people or readers here are children not to be able to differentiate good faith criticism from a hypocritical ploy by a corrupt Nyonblee who has disgraced herself? Only fools would bother with the trash Nyonblee is saying here instead of blasting her for her massive but extremely absurd deception.

      • CULLED FROM FRONTPAGEAFRICAONLINE
        Liberia: Senator Darius Dillon the game is up

        Alfred P. B. Kiadii Last updated Jan 29, 2021

        Darius Dillon took to Facebook to double down on his support for Musa Bility, the new chairperson of the Liberty Party. Despite claiming to be the self-styled ‘light’ at the legislature who is all for propriety in public service, Dillon enthusiastically defended his friend as he gyrated between throwing in biblical exegesis to suit his absurd special pleading while supplying arrogant defense to shut down dissent. His latest action, if it is any meter to measure his sincerity, shows he gives his friends a free pass on corruption while scolding the regime. Dillon is getting politically dangerous. All his self-righteous bluster about getting rid of graft, abuse, and waste in public service is buried under an abhorrent contempt for scrutiny of himself and people who are in his circle.

        But that’s vintage Dillon. Condemn lawmakers for using expensive cars and take one as soon as he becomes a senator. Scream to high heaven that the Liberian economy is in the ‘toilet’ but accept a whopping 18,000 US for extra sitting fee and agricultural break. Shout that the regime is corrupt but genuflects on his knees to Albert Chie for handouts. Argue that the CDC officials are arrogant and do the same when his support for his friend is questioned. Claim to be ‘the light’ by using high-sounding slogans and displaying empty spectacles, but repeat the same attitude of those you lampooned. I know the CDC regime is a mess, but Darius Dillon is not the solution.

        I have never thought that the social degenerate Darius Dillon had any progressive bone in him, not least because of his phony credentials. Nobody who bastardized education, aligned himself with Robert Sirleaf, wined and dined by Ellen while masquerading as an opposition figure, forged his documents to attend a training for Liberian legislative staff with undergraduate credentials can proudly hold the progressive mantle. Nobody who cuts his teeth in the Masonic Craft, who has outrageous social taste, tossed an educational opportunity out the window and dropped out of school simply because he never had the Spartan discipline to face academic rigors can claim progressive proclivities. It is against this background that I don’t take serious Dillon laying claim to being a breath of fresh air at the legislature. He spewing out rhetorical flourishes complete with grandstanding is just a stratagem to get a seat in the dining hall of avarice and plunder.

        But we must analyze the emergence of Dillon as a political force in the homeland through the prism of the constraints and limitations of the current conjuncture—a period when mediocrity is the distinguishing feature of the country. First, one can credit his rise to political stardom to the degeneration of the CDC regime. Second, the desperation of the popular masses for any alternative because of the nightmarish conditions the CDC immersed them in. It is because of these social realities that the people were willing to accept anybody from the mainstream opposition who pretends to be a genuine alternative against the political farce. It is in this context of the failure of the regime and the absence of a genuine alternative that Dillon preyed on the fascination and gullibility of the people to propel himself to power. His wishy-washy and nebulous points — shallow on all fronts, lacking nuance, and completely elementary—find a resonance with the desperate people. Hence Dillon became the stopgap to slow down the hemorrhaging.

        Since he became senator, Dillon has been promoting himself as the anti-corruption tsar—performing actions awash with political theatre and pathetic posturing—the preserve of liberal opportunists who cannot deal with structural issues that paralyze society. He fancies himself a pious character among the rotten forces at the legislature. So he declares his assets, which raises suspicion about illegal accumulation and shows how the legislature is a scandalous drain on the resources of the country. You are a mental case if you see nothing inappropriate with Dillon’s account jumping from 3.50 cents to over 24k per annum in a country where the average citizens struggle to buy a cup of rice. I did not overestimate Dillon. Neither did I have illusions in him. I know too well a man whose godfather is T. C. Gould, who served as chief of Office Staff for one of the marauding scoundrels in Edwin Snowe–politics can never be emancipatory.

        All that we know, but his latest menacing gambit to defend the swindler Musa H. Bility with pugnacious arrogance is on a whole new level of deception and unacceptability and has reached a seminal moment. Something tells me Dillon is full of himself and inflates his intelligence. Where does he think he is going with this toxic defense of Bility? Like the catholic priests before the Reformation who doled out pardons to sinners, he has appointed himself the chief moral arbiter, offering pardons and arguing that reprobate characters who have plundered national resources and achieved global notoriety for corruption have undergone a Damascene conversion. However, the difference here is that those priests of yore can claim to have ecclesiastical credentials, but the only discernible skill of Dillon is that he served as an office boy.

        The charlatan Musa Bility is having no Paul moment. He is corrupt like Weah. Terrible like McGill and belongs to jail like Samuel Tweah. The idea that everyone in the opposition is righteous and the CDC forces are the only corrupt elements in our society is at worse sacrilegious and at best the height of folly. Musa Bility exploited his connections with the erstwhile UP government to plunder and accumulate. He also took it to the international arena by transferring 600,000 USD FIFA gave to the Liberia Football Association to help in the fight against EBOLA. Over the pile of dead bodies from EBOLA, Musa transferred all the money into the account of his wife to purchase a house in the USA.

        Musa Bility will go down in history as a man who battered Liberia’s image in the global footballing fraternity and who used his connections in the erstwhile regime to advance corruption, plunder, abuse, and suck the republic dry of vitality. He belongs to that section of society that uses the state as a terrain for indecent accumulation and has no national consciousness. We will also remember him as a con artist who left the LFA empty of decency, respect, and character. People like him, including his despicable defenders, belong in the ninth circle of Dante’s nine circles of hell, as was beautifully described in the ‘The Devine Comedy.’

        Meanwhile, just as the nonsense argument nobody is perfect belongs in the trashcan, that is how the from Saul to Paul argument belongs to the historical dustbin. Dillon must clean his backside with that argument rather than polluting public discourse with it. What Dillon does not want to say is that he and Nyonblee Karnga have allied with members of the wretched cabal of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf—Amara Konneh, James Kollie, Sebastian Muah. These are the forces that bankrolled his two election campaigns, including Nyonblee’s. They are using Musa Bility as a Trojan horse to enter the Liberty Party, which they would use as the front to reinvent themselves politically after a political car crash relationship with the CDC regime.

        2023 is around the corner. Ellen Johnson is deftly shuffling her cards. Her agenda is to use intrigues to maintain her stranglehold on the commanding heights of the economy: she plays Boakai against Cummings, tosses Amara to the Liberty Party, tells Weah to accept opposition wins of certain seats in 2020 to have a pretext to rig the process in 2023. This old lady, a slave to personal interest, is a ruining nightmare for Liberia. But Dillon has no problem with her and her rogues, including Musa Bility, once they would use their stolen wealth to fund his political activities. He is ready to play games. That says much about Dillon and his claim to have broken with the prevailing political orthodoxy in the country.

        The greater point worth stressing is that the degeneration of the CDC regime and the bankruptcy of the CPP revealed there is something rotten at the heart of the political system in Liberia. The rot in these two political formations, which is becoming more lucid and metastasizing leaves one to conclude that the CPP and CDC formations are unfit for purpose. Every political formation promotes a policy prospectus that suits its social base. What is the policy prospectus that the CPP is pushing to ease the suffering of the oppressed masses in Liberia? The CDC and CPP are aligned to economic structural adjustments and are righteous believers in the neoliberal prescriptions. Boakai, Urey, Cummings, Nyonblee, and Weah agree on everything from the World Bank to the IMF to the WTO. Thus this poses a curious but farsighted question. What alternative is there to the CDC/CPP duopoly?

        Just as it is insanely naïve to promote a politician for political power based on his footballing record, it is equally ridiculous to argue that we must give an old man political power because he comes from humble beginnings or because he is a Coca-Cola man. Who in Liberia does not come from humble beginnings in a society where poverty is endemic? If business savvy is the gauge to conclude one is a good leader, then Trump would score A. The selling point of a candidate in 2023 cannot be about humble beginnings. It is about one’s idea for transformation, struggle credentials, and whether such person can ignite radical transformation and got the passion. Only the emergence of a left-wing third force in Liberia can stop the national bleeding. Together, we must refuse to allow rotten stenographers of the two formations (CDC and CPP) in the media to circumscribe the debate about the 2023 electoral process to only the CDC and CPP—two grotesque sides of the same coin. The hidden agenda of most of these media institutions is to gaslight the working masses and popular forces into voting against their material interests. Our task is to struggle against that and present a progressive alternative to the people.

    • Spot on Mr. Rogers instead of challenging the honorable lady’s message the in these pages rather attack her person. Very shameful indeed.

  5. Rogers or whomever you are actually, FOR ME, CONTEXT, MOTIVE, AND INTENT, OVERRIDE ALL! AND NOT NECESSARILY “THE MATTER“!

    NOT TO EVEN TALK ABOUT “MY TAKE“. IF THERE MAY BE ANY AVAILABLE.

    Was Nyonblee blind or insane when she happily ratified those “agreements“?

    And as far as we are concerned after Nyonblee has been a beneficiary from the very “agreements“, she NOW wants to distract her supporters from HER EXPOSED BETRAYAL IN HER’S AND NOCAL OPERATIONAL FUNDS DILLON’S SALE OF THE LIBERTY PARTY TO MUSA BILITY, Nyonblee’s MOTIVE viz what she is ranting is about MONEY! AND her INTENT is TO DECEIVE AND USE THE LIBERTY PARTY to perpetuate her greed for MONEY AND POLITICAL VANITY.

    And I am not only well informed about the mentality of politicians. But also, I have long known her NYONBLEE’S corrupt nature and character from her days at the LPRC. Did you not see NOCAL OPERATIONAL FUNDS DILLON’S PRETENSES ABOUT PROFERRING BILLS ONLY AFTER HE WAS SLAMMED BY HIS SUPPORTERS?

    In other words, would you listen to Donald Trump if he came on this site to tell you that “inciting a mob to carry out an insurrection“ is an act he Donald John Trump hates?

    Or would you want to discuss the value of human life with Osama Bin Laden or the white American police officer who cruelly and wickedly killed George Floyd by handcuffing him Floyd and kneeling on his neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds until Floyd died?

    Or would you listen to Amos Sawyer stating that in Liberia it is wrong illegitimate, and illegal, to highjack the presidency upon the death of the president while the Vice President is available and capably competent to become president as constitutionally required and authorized?

    When people have proven to be corrupt, you do not listen to their criticism about corruption, etc. All one needs to do is vehemently condemn such hypocrites forthwith, and tell them to get out of the way, since of course they are inter alia insulting the intelligence of anyone who decides to have a “take“ on their criticism.

    Was Nyonblee blind or insane when she happily signed those agreements? No she was not blind nor insane. But according to her warped mentality, her motive for money and her intent to use the Liberty Party as her market at the expense of the people, are her goals.

  6. Senators Nyonblee Kangar-Lawrence and Abraham Darius Dillion, the Late Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine, prior to his death, spent his financial and moral resources to build and strengthen Liberty Party (LP), his beloved party. Cllr. Brumskine, gave everything he could to leave you, Yonblee Kangar-Lawrence, and Abraham Darius Dillion the Liberty Party (LP) that he remains proud of, and a party (LP) that could win power and the leadership in Liberia.

    Pray tell the world and those that fought to make the Liberty Party (LP), a party of integrity, is this all you, Senators Lawrence and Dillion, could do? Why did you and Dillion, sell Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine’s precious and cherished Liberty (LP), the reported party of integrity, to Mrs. Ellen Hohnson Sirleaf and Musa Hassan Bility?

    Do you both not know that Musa Hassan Bility, is a committed and well-known criminal?

    Come 2023, Mrs. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and the Sirleaf family, come what may, will regroup and compel you, Nyonblee Karngar Lawrence, and Abraham Darius Dillion, to nominate Amara Mohammed Konneh and Robert Avin Sirleaf to run as the presidential and vice-presidential candidates on the ticket of the Liberty (LP).

    You, Senators Lawrence and Dillion, have sold your souls for thirty (30) pieces of Silver!

    Indeed, the Late Cllr. Brumskine and the Brumskine family will take you both as DECEIVERS!

  7. A non-partisan position presupposes that construction of the coast to coast road projects is crucial to Liberia getting out of underdevelopment, and unending pervasive poverty of our vast majority rural populations. Therefore, a reasonable expectation was for the Bassa County Senator to summon officials from MPW, MOI, MOFP, etc., and find out causes for delay instead of abruptly calling for cancellation of funding loans.

    Liberia needs these particular infrastructural developments as urgently as a person suffering from asthma needs an inhaler. Anyway, with overall compensation package of about USD $15,000 monthly since 2008, Senator Lawrence has had no fears of going hungry. Life is a windfall in the Legislature. She and her colleagues get filthy rich at the expense of dying poor people they claim to represent – abominable abuse of entrusted power, undoubtedly.

    Our country has forever been shamefully backward and poor in spite of plentiful natural resources. Even by the realities of January 29, 1980 (four decades ago) Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea were already in the fragile states’ category. The three MRU states not only “lacked the capacity, will, or legitimacy to provide basic services or enforce the rule of law, but also were exposed to violence, poverty, economic instabilities, and uncertainties…” Our legislators must now concentrate on the economy, not 2023 election, by cutting down on waste (including unrealistic compensation packages), and help towards creating new sources of revenue to efficiently and effectively carry out the people’s business. The noose is around their necks. Nonsense!

  8. My post is missing. What’s daily observer up to? Do we only have to write what pleases The Daily Observer? I’ll call that “Bad Journalism”. Hey! Follow me on FPA.

  9. Thanks! To the Hon. Lady, Yongblee Karnga-Lawrence. I’ve been under the impressions that the Efon, EBOMEF attempted loan agreements had long been cancelled. If those agreements had gone through, they would have dragged Liberia further into poverty. Cancel those contracts and make that cancellation decisions official/legal. Sadly, Liberia have already paid “US$12,000,000” as advance so called legal fees to crooked lawyers and their co-conspirators. What have they got to LOSE? *In the maintime, Liberia is out U.S$ 12Mils.

  10. My question to all Liberians is: Do you want us to repay loans that we never received? I agree with the senator that those documents be cancelled, PERIOD.

  11. “Alexander Wright“ if you are one of those a corrupt thief, a rude and violent individual like Yonblee Karngar Lawrence who poured boiling water on the head of another senator while in session, and killed her husband and that young student she Yonblee told people were having an affair with her husband, can fool, count the Liberian people out of such group .

    Do you have to be told that corrupt, violent, and wicked, Yonblee only decided to rant about such nonsense as a ploy for public consumption to remove public scrutiny from her person after been disgraced and stripped to the marrow as one who is soley in the senate to receive her over 24 THOUSAND US DOLLARS EVERY YEAR in a nation where the voters and the other poor people who are the majority cannot afford to buy a cup of rice?

    Or you like Dillon who is happily receiving the same 24 THOUSAND US DOLLARS EVERY YEAR while telling his supporters receiving such amount is wrong, but he happily receives it and more he calls operational fund.

    Scrutinize your conscience, before asking such a naive question.

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