Strike Looms at CARI -As Youth Group Demands Probe

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BONG – Several young people under the banner “Concerned Youths of Suakoko District” are calling on the Liberian National Police Bong Detachment, to update the public on recent investigation launched in the alleged looting of the Central Agriculture Research Institute (CARI), saying that they also want a speedy investigation into the matter that will lead to court trial of those found culpable to the matter; The ANALYST’s Patrick Tokpah reports.

A Press statement issued in Bong County also demands that the salaries and benefits of one Arthur S. Wennah, Jr.  be paid to him immediately.

The call by the Concerned Youths of Suakoko District comes in the wake of an allege seizure of a two month salaries and benefits of Mr. Wennah, a research Scientist at the Central Agriculture Research Institute, who unearthed the information of the looting.

The youth group believes that ceasing whistle blower’s salary and benefits undermines the integrity of the institute, a reason for which they are threatening an indefinite strike action against the administration of Madam Paulette Findley, if Wennah’s salaries and benefits are not paid to him immediately.

The strike action threatened, according to the chairman of the group, Rufus Kpannah, will commence upon the arrival of President George Weah on the compound of CARI.

Two other heads of the association, Samuel Wakeh and Jerrymie Tokpateh said the strike will commence with a peaceful parade from Suakoko City to CARI.

It was reported recently that some employees of the research entity including David Tokpah and Sam Lewis were among others placed behind bars in connection to the sale of a 50 KVA Generator and tie wires amongst other items belonging to CARI.

In their press statement, “Concerned Youths of Suakoko District” said they have observed with sadness that those believed to be connected to the alleged criminal act are still in the employ of the institute.

President Weah is expected to tour major facilities in Bong County, including the Gbarnga Broad street Project and the Central Agriculture Research Institute, CARI this month.

When contacted, the media consultants to CARI, Mr. Papa Morris directed our Bong County Correspondent to go the administration of the entity to discuss the issue that has to do with Mr. Wenneh’s salary.  But all effort made by this paper to contact the Administration proves fruitless.

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