Members of the NASCOL who need the support of the Government of Liberia.NASCOL Pleads with government to provide shelter, healthcare, and foodArthur K. Masalley, 71, founder of the National Senior Citizens Organization of Liberia (NASCOL) has urged the government particularly President George Manneh Weah not to neglect Liberia’s senior citizens (old people).He said in an interview yesterday that his organization has carried out an assessment of the plights of ‘old people’ and has realized that their dire conditions need government’s urgent attention.“While we want to commend President Weah and Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor for the mandate given them by the Liberian people, we want to inform them the old people deserve their support,” he said.He said the previous government, through the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, provided some assistance until the sector was transferred to the Minister of Gender, Children, & Social Protection.Masalley said while there are three vulnerable groups in the country (children, women, and older citizens), it is regrettable that the older-citizens sector has been replaced with the youth.“This has been done because the youth can cause noise while the older people keep to themselves, unable to make their voices heard,” he said.Mr. Masalley says the government should provide shelter, food and healthcare for old people.The NASCOL founder noted while aging is a natural process for anyone living, the George Weah government should not forget that old people also deserve the government’s support.Masalley regretted that in all communities across the country, some old people are branded as witches and are left to face the harsh realities of life.“When a young woman or man is facing difficulties, they run to a prophet or a med
Fatal accidentMore than one month has passed since 57-year-old pedal cyclist Ramlackhan (only name given), succumbed to his injuries at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) after being struck down by an intoxicated Guyana Defence Force (GDF) rank but charges are yet to be laid against the military official.Deputy Police Commissioner and Traffic Chief, Linden Isles told Guyana Times on Saturday that “a complete file” on this matter was sent to the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and that the police are awaiting advice.Initially, advice was sought about driving under the influence since Ramlackhan was unconscious, however, the pedal cyclist succumbed without regaining consciousness and this caused the investigation to take a different route.“It was a serious accident that turned into a fatal accident. So at that time [and until now], he was released in the custody of the Army. Now the investigation is continuing because it was a serious accident initially and so we now have to investigate a fatal accident,” the Traffic Chief had told this publication.At that time, he had also stated that the DUI charge, as well as others that may be laid against the army rank, will be done altogether.“After the man would have passed away, there are certain systems that have to be followed,” he had further stated.On May 25 last, Ramlackhan was struck down along the Vryheid’s Lust Railway Embankment Road, East Coast Demerara (ECD), by motorcar PRR 7815 allegedly being driven by the soldier. The severely injured man is said to hail from Lot 346 Martyrs Ville, Mon Repos, ECD.At the time of the accident, Ramlackhan was towing another friend, who is reportedly from Sixth Street, Success, ECD. His friend suffered minor injuries.Reports are that on the day in question, the duo was riding along the roadway when they were hit off the bicycle by the vehicle being driven by the GDF rank, who was reportedly under the influence of alcohol.Ramlackhan was picked up and taken to the GPHC, where he was admitted a patient.A breathalyser test was conducted on the driver of the vehicle, and it was discovered that his alcohol intake was above the legal limit. While Ramlackhan was in a coma at the GPHC, the soldier, who was allegedly driving the car involved in the accident, was released into the custody of the Army.