Sources say Acting LMA president Samullah unilaterally nominated the association’s former president, Lusu Sloan Crawford (pictured), to contest the Montserrado Senatorial seat. Fearing recurring of defeatContrary to reports that either Deputy Labor Minister Attorney Phil Dixon and media executive Bernard ‘DJ Blue’ Benson would be one of the favorites on the ticket of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), the Daily Observer has gathered that the governing party is seeking a suitable individual to emerge from the Liberia Marketing Association (LMA) as a CDC candidate.According to unimpeachable sources, a secret meeting was held with over 40 superintendents of branches of markets from across Montserrado County, including the interim president and vice president of the LMA, Madam Elizabeth Samullah, and Cecelia Weah respectively.The discussion reportedly took place on Saturday, April 20, 2019 at the headquarters of the CDC in Congo Town, Monrovia.Sources said CDC Chairman Mulbah Morlu, who chaired the secret meeting, had on his agenda the nomination of an LMA representative to the ticket of the CDC with hopes of contesting the pending senatorial by-election, and also to expectedly get a popular vote to compensate for the loss in the Montserrado County District #13 by-election.It can be recalled that the CDC candidate, John Weah was convincingly defeated by independent candidate, Edward Flomo, alias Color Green, during the District #13 by-election. CDC’s first defeat in an election in Montserrado County was a blow to the ruling party, especially coming in less than 11 months under their rule.“We want a nomination from the LMA, because we want this seat no matter what, so that we cannot lose the senatorial seat. We want to win the senatorial election,” the source quoted Mr. Morlu as telling partisans at the meeting.The pending senatorial by-election was the result of the death of Senator Geraldine Doe-Sherif.But sources say Acting LMA president Samullah unilaterally nominated the association’s former president Lusu Sloan Crawford. Further, according to sources, some of the superintendents are supporting the nomination of Madam Nancy Yorlah, who is popularly known as Ma Nancy.“She nominated Madam Sloan, who said she would think over the nomination but, for some of us, we want Ma Nancy,” the source said, quoting her colleagues.The source said that support for both candidates, Sloan and Yorlah, is relatively 50/50, but an executive member of the CDC, (name withheld), said the defeat of the CDC in the county, the coalition’s stronghold, has indicated that without the face of President George Weah on the party’s ticket, the CDC cannot win an election.Another executive member, (name withheld), said statistics from the ‘war room’ of the Coalition revealed that the ruling party will lose again if another seemingly unpopular candidate such as Attorney Phil Dixon is on the ticket.“The party needs a candidate who has a constituency,” the executive member said. Political analysts have however argued that, if the CDC continuously allows itself to lose seats in Montserrado County, the implications will not portend well for the party and such may indicate signs of being an unwanted party.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
US-based energy, oil and gas expert Edwin CallenderAs Guyana continues to prepare for a booming oil and gas industry, the Government is being urged to develop its infrastructure.Energy Consultant from the Callender Law Firm in Houston, Texas, Edwin Callender, underscored the importance of infrastructure planning during an Oil and Gas Business Training Conference on Thursday at the Pegasus Hotel, Georgetown.He explained that in preparing Guyana for the oil and gas sector, the country needs to be able to participate in infrastructural planning to ensure that catastrophes do not arise in the near future.“You have to consider the environmental impacts and the power plants and hydro power. Of course, everyone knows Guyana means land of many waters and so that should not be abandoned because it is a renewable source of energy and it is very clean.”According to Callender, there is already too much congestion on the major roadways and this will only get worse if the Government does not plan to address it from now.“People coming down the East Bank, the East Coast, the traffic jams are really terrible. If you had additional industry put into this same general area because people live here what is going to happen? It would be really, really terrible…so a lot of thought has to be put into it the industrial park, the pipe lines where they are going to go, the liquid hydro-carbon storage, processing and handling facilities and where those are going to go.”The Energy Consultant stated that another key factor that must not be overlooked is the development and the modernization of the national grid.He pointed out that, although focus is being placed on the benefits will reap from a booming oil and gas sector, the management and improvement of the grid is essential in stabilizing the advancements in the infrastructural development of the country.“These are all the things that should be considered and need to be considered and dealt with in a consorted, strategic way. A piecemeal approach to this business is not going to cut it. There has to be some kind of central strategic unit either in the Government, or chartered by the Government, that does that planning and, of course, comprised of Guyanese experts dealing with all of these matters.”This two-day conference is being hosted by the Callender Law Firm for the second time in two years. Plans are on-going to ensure that this oil and gas and energy business training conference is done on an annual basis.Meanwhile, Guyana is now home to the world’s largest new deep-water oil discovery, with principle explorer ExxonMobil pushing for the development of the oil reserves and production scheduled to begin in 2020.