Fear of Ebola Causes Revenue Short Fall at Ganta Border

first_imgAuthorities at the Ganta Port of Entry in Nimba County say that the news of the Ebola Virus has drastically slowed activity (business and trade) between Liberia and Guinea, causing low revenue intake at the usually-busy border.The Chief Assessor at the Custom Collectorate, Josiah Washington, told the Daily Observer recently that prior to the spread of the Ebola news, people were moving in and out of the two neighboring countries doing a lot of business. However, upon hearing that the disease was contagious and had been ‘killing people in Guinea,’ people of both countries slowed down their activities.“The news is creating fear in people; they are hardly moving about as in the past.  As we speak, only one vehicle has crossed from Guinea to Liberia today, and this has a serious negative consequence on revenue intake at this border,” Mr. Washington said.Though he did not say how much the intake per day or month at this port of entry usually is, Mr. Washington indicated that the amount recently realized, is far below what came in before the Ebola outbreak.He had no suggestion as to what could be done to restore the generation of revenue at the border; he did say that Ebola issue is health-related and only Ministry of Health & Social Welfare can give assurance to people to do away with the fear associated with news of the deadly Virus.The spread of the news of Ebola has not only caused low revenue intake for the Custom Collectorate at the Ganta border; it has stirred fear amongst those working at the border.Speaking to reporters, the head of joint security at the port of entry, Maj. Betty Benson, said fear has gripped them as the news continues to hit them.According to Maj. Benson, they have been cautioned to use masks over their noses and wear gloves to avoid contacting the skin of others; that, she added, increases fear amongst them as their work requires interacting with people.“Our fear reduced a bit when Francis Ketteh (MD) told us not to avoid people but take preventive measures by observing hygienic methods.  But the news is so scary; we are afraid and skeptical about dealing with the few people that use this route to go in and out of Liberia,” Maj. Benson said.Also speaking, the Port Health Officer at the border, Milton Suah said they are only at the border because it is a duty area where they are assigned, but not much work is going on because people are not moving in and out as compared to the past.Mr. Suah intoned that movement of people has come to a standstill as a result of the news of Ebola outbreak.A source told the Daily Observer that workers no longer use the latrine built at the border, but use the bush to defecate because they do not want to contract the Ebola Virus.News about Ebola began spreading in Liberia in March this year when suspected cases were discovered in Guinea.After a few days it was reported in Liberia that suspected cases had been reported from Lofa County. Specimens of about seven persons had been taken to France, and out of the seven, two had proved positive.Since then, spread of the news of the dreaded disease has increased, with the Ministry of Health & Social Welfare cautioning people to avoid eating Bats and bush-meat, which are presumed to have the virus.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Barrolle Suffers another Defeat

first_imgThe Kanyan Pepper boys of Mighty Barrolle on Saturday suffered another defeat in the Cellcom National League when they fell to LPRC Oilers 1-0 at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.Barrolle started the match on slow motion by making less attempts on goal with just a shot on target.Frustration was seen on the faces of Barrolle fans, including national team head coach James Debbah.LPRC dominated the first half, getting close to the goal with several attempts but could not find the back of the net.Barrolle returned in the second half with more purposeful attacks but striker Julius Wotoe missed two clear chances to put his side ahead of the game.Oilers later stole the show after striker Manie Yancy scored a 74th minute volley to secure the three points.Midfielder George Solo of Oilers was sent off in the 84th minute, reducing his side’s numerical strength to 10 men.Oilers now have three points out of two matches, while Barrolle are yet to collect a point from their first two matches. Barrolle in week-1 of the new season lost 1-0 to Monrovia Club Breweries when Benjamin Sackor scored the lone goal in the match.The team is yet to sign on a single player since the start of the campaign.On Friday, FC Fassel maintained their winning form to reclaim the top spot after beating MC Breweries 1-0.The result puts FC Fassel top of the league table with equal points and goals with Champions BYC.FC Fassel in its first match demolished ELWA United 5-1 through a brace from James Watala and a goal each from Fassedu Logan, Sam Kollie, and Terrence Tisdell. On Thursday, ELWA United secured their first win of the season by punishing Watanga FC 1-0.In the midweek fixture, LFA Champions, Barrack Young Controllers BYC-1 got their second win when they defeated Jubilee FC 4-0 at the Blue field, their home ground.The Go Blue boys got an early goal in the ninth minute when Morris Claudius netted in a low cross from left-back James Kpoto.The team continued its attack to increase their lead, but the chance of getting a goal was thrown away by striker Mark Paye.The Church Boys of Jubilee fought in their attempt to get their first goal in the 25th minute but Captain Kanmanue Folee missed the opportunity.BYC took control of the half by creating several chances, but struggled to get a goal through striker Paye who was caught in offside position on several occasions. The team later tallied the goals to two in the 45th minute through Bility Abdullah, due to a misplaced pass from Jubilee’s defenders.Jubilee later got a penalty opportunity to have reduced the deficit during the first half, after defender Kpoto of BYC committed a foul in the 18 yards box, but the opportunity was wasted by Alvin Polo who kicked the ball above the bar.Jubilee’s hope of getting a consolation goal from the break was buried when Bility Abdullah registered his name on the score sheet for the second time with an assist from Van-Dave Harmon.BYC closed things up by getting her fourth goal of the match when Dukuly Randy found the back of the net from Claudius Morris’s left volley.The Go Blue boys got their first win of the season by narrowly defeating LPRC Oilers 1-0 from Sylvanus Morris. Jubilee is now positioned in 7th place with three points from their first match against Invisible Eleven that they won 2-1.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more