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Mr. Aihtsham Rashid.The head of the globally acclaimed Philanthropist and Charitable Organization based in the UK, The Akhirah Team, Aihtsham Rashid with another delegate from his team, will visit Liberia to assist some of the most needy communities.Rashid, who is the Chairman of the Akhirah Team, will be in Liberia as guest of another charitable organization, Vision for Liberia. They will together, from Friday, April 12-18, 2019, assess the needs of over 20 facilities, including orphanages, schools, mosques and clinics in six of Liberia’s 15 counties.During the Akhirah Team’s visit, they will assess orphanages, vulnerable schools and clinics in Montserrado, Margibi, Bong, Bomi, Grand Cape Mount and Grand Bassa counties. Vision for Liberia has already attended to many of the facilities that the Akhiran Team will visit.As part of the team’s itinerary, they will meet with key stakeholders to include the ministers of Gender, Health and educational stakeholders.Mr. Rashid told reporters that his reasons for taking an interest in working with vulnerable children and families in Liberia is inspired by the legacy of President George Weah, who he said reminds him of his football playing days, and the way Weah has inspired and helped the world’s population through sports and his many humanitarian works.“I followed his career for many years, and saw you at the FA Cup Final 1999-200; (Chelsea Vs Aston Villa); and who can forget that goal you scored for AC Milan where you practically ran the whole length of the pitch. How you used football as a way to bring happiness to millions of people and to promote education for the children; inspired me the most,’’ Mr. Rashid said of President Weah.The Akhirah Team has worked in some of the most difficult environments around the world providing aid and helping the vulnerable populations.The Team has projects in The Gambia, Indonesia, Bangladesh, and has provided basic social services and food to the homeless in the United Kingdom.A dispatch said Mr. Rashid and team are coming to undertake life impacting projects that would meet the basic needs of the most vulnerable members of the population such as the orphans. There will also be feeding program for each of the visiting centers.Approximately 100,000 children in Liberia are orphans, and many more less fortunate children live in rural communities.Most of the vulnerability exists due to the 14 years of civil crisis, and the emergence of the deadly disease outbreak, the Ebola virus, that resulted in the deaths of many adults, and left many children as orphans.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Skeldon Estate takeoverGovernment is facing severe criticism over its secretive deal with a Trinidadian company for a possible takeover of the lucrative Skeldon Estate, which belongs to the State and is currently under the management of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo).Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo strongly criticised the Government for entering into this deal without any consultations with stakeholders beforehand.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoAgriculture Minister Noel HolderThe US$200 million Skeldon Sugar Factory“They claim that this is without prejudice to privatisation. But if you have a secret Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with someone to assess the entity, then you are already giving one person an advantage over any person who may be interested if you decide to privatise. So they are busy working these quiet deals and one day we may wake up and find that one of the prized estates in Guyana is gone to a group that knows nothing about sugar or is on middle land without any public valuation of the land, no public tendering but has acquired a deal by the Government,” he told media operatives on Wednesday. The Skeldon Sugar Factory, which is located on the Estate, alone is worth US$200 million, so the total value of the Estate would amount to billions.Jagdeo contended that this was one of the many actions of the Government which he considered “totally reprehensible”.“You do not speak with the parliamentary Opposition. You know, just recently, they called us in December, after everything else and told us they want to talk to us about it, but the secret MoU was already signed, now the story is in the news,” he outlined.Guyana Times broke the story on Tuesday that Trinidadian company D Rampersad and Company Limited (DRCL) was likely to rake in major benefits from the Guyana Government, including favourable tax incentives for the development of an integrated sugarcane processing facility at the Skeldon Sugar Estate, after the MoU was inked in December for the undertaking of a feasibility study.The MoU was signed without full disclosure to the Guyanese public and without any public notice or public tender. The company has no experience with any agricultural enterprise, and provides engineering services to the automotive and oil industries in T&T.Notably, however, as witness to the signing was Noel Rupie Shewjattan, the owner of Auto Fashion Store on Garnett Street, Campbellville, Georgetown. Auto Fashion Store also has no experience in the agricultural sector.Government denialContacted on the matter, however, Agriculture Minister Noel Holder contends that there is no secret arrangement.“There was a meeting when we met with the Opposition and the unions …to try to get them on board for the way forward for GuySuCo. At that meeting, the question of the MoU came up and it was provided to the Opposition to look at. The Opposition is well aware of it because it was given to them by the Government. So I don’t know what is the secret deal, they have the MoU,” Holder explained.The Minister conceded that the company was currently assessing the Skeldon Estate lands to determine if it would be favourable for it to make a proposal to Government for the diversification of the estate, including the production of ethanol.“There is no commitment on either side, (they will) come down here to take a look and if (they) want to make a suggestion to us, then fine, we’ll take a look at it…They are just coming to look, the best I can call it is a familiarisation, They will look to see what Skeldon has to see if it make sense for them to even do a feasibility study,” Holder explained.Massive concessionsHowever, the MoU seen by Guyana Times outlines that the company will be conducting a feasibility study, which is proposed to commence on April 3.DRCL is slated to benefit tremendously if its project proposal is approved by the current coalition Administration. From the size of DRCL’s operations in Trinidad, it appears doubtful it would be able to finance a project of the magnitude proposed.According to the MoU, some expectations in the event a definitive agreement is entered into would include access to key infrastructure, favourable combination of tax incentives, and land for sugarcane cultivation and infrastructure.The company is also set to receive reasonable approval cycles, guarantees on minimum product take-off by the Government with respect to electric power and fuel ethanol, guaranteed pricing formulae and power export provisions.This means that while the company will convert sugar cane into ethanol and electricity from bagasse, the Government will assume the responsibility of purchasing the products at some yet undisclosed price. For ethanol to be used as fuel by motor vehicles, their engines would have to be modified. It was not disclosed if the Guyana Government or DRCL would bear the cost of the engine modification.The integrated sugarcane processing facility will include developing an integrated sugar-to-ethanol and electric power project. While sugar will not be produced, the Skeldon factory will still have to process the sugar cane all the way to the molasses stage, but the diffuser for extracting the sugar will become redundant.Basically, the feasibility study will examine the cultivation and harvesting of sugar cane and sugarcane processing.It will also look at the production of fuel-grade ethanol, and the production of bulk rum for local, regional and international markets.The feasibility study will also focus on power production from bagasse, production of high-test molasses, the construction of a liquid bulk terminal and the development of a solar power generation facility. The findings of the feasibility study will provide critical information and set the platform to make a definitive project proposal to the Government of Guyana.The Agriculture Minister said the Guyana Office for Investment (GO-Invest) would deal with the matter if the company makes such a proposal.