University of Liberia students majoring in Sociology recently donated assorted food items valued at US$850 to over 600 less fortunate and disabled people in Monrovia and its environs.The students converged at street corners in Central Monrovia and Old Road Junction, opposite Nigeria House in Congo Town, and distributed food items to the disabled people usually seen begging around those communities, in most instances on the street corners and among moving vehicles. The items included rice, onions, tomatoes, salt, magi cubes.Onisemus O. Nurse, who headed the students at the Old Road Junction, told reporters that the gesture was all about demonstrating what they have learned in class during the semester instructing them to identify with the less fortunate when the means is available.He said the students were motivated by their course instructor, Mrs. Saydah Taylor, who always told them to emulate good examples in society.“If society must get better, there is a need for every well-meaning citizen or student to provide some assistance to those referred to as ‘the societal deprived,’” Student Nurse said.Mrs. Taylor, who herself assisted the students during the distribution exercise, also called on every Liberian student not to wait only for government to provide for the needs of every citizen, but to take the initiative and help those who are in need.Mrs. Taylor then called on Liberians, who she said often sit idle and blame government for every problem the nation is faced with.She encouraged students reading Sociology to form part of the government’s efforts to minimize the challenges the country is going through such as the ‘uncontrollable’ prices of goods and services.Mrs. Taylor added: “If we say government is for the people, by the people and of the people, students can make the change from a social change prospective.”“Against this backdrop, our students were able to formulate the idea of feeding the vulnerable for at least a day.”The beneficiaries thanked the students for the good will gesture, saying it was timely and prayed that God would continue to bless the students as they strive to help the poverty-stricken and disabled in the community.Meanwhile, ‘Mother’ Evelyn Brooks, who supervises the old folks’ housed in the facility need, at least until the end of their studies.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The state House and Senate are trying to work out their differences over a bill that would draw money from the Power Cost Equalization Endowment Fund.Download AudioSenator Lyman Hoffman. Hoffman drafted the bill that would limit the ways that money from the PCE is drawn from.(Photo by Skip Gray/Gavel Alaska)The $900 million fund subsidizes the high cost of electricity in rural areas. Because the state government has a $4 billion deficit, some lawmakers have suggested drawing money from the fund to pay for other state costs.Bethel Democratic Senator Lyman Hoffman crafted a bill that would limit the draw from the PCE fund to years when the fund earnings are more than what’s needed for the power cost equalization program. This program costs about 40 million per year.The Senate unanimously passed the measure, Senate Bill 196.But the House made changes to the bill. These changes made it less likely that excess fund earnings would be redirected back into the fund.Those changes concern Hoffman. When it was time for the Senate to decide Wednesday whether it would agree with the House’s changes, Hoffman spoke up.“They changed the formula on how the excessive earnings will be distributed and I believe that that formula will potentially put the fund in jeopardy and want to go back and revisit the differences between what the Senate has done, which is a more sound approach to the fund,” Hoffman said.As a result, there will be a conference committee to rewrite the bill so that both houses can agree to it.Hoffman will be the Senate chairman of the committee, which will also have Eagle River Republican Senator Anna MacKinnon and Fairbanks Republican Senator Click Bishop. The House members will be chairman Dillingham Democrat Bryce Edgmon, Eagle River Republican Dan Saddler and Fairbanks Democrat Scott Kawasaki.The Legislature formed the conference committee on what was an otherwise quiet day in the Capitol.