Controversial Nimba Ebola Funds Distribution Backfires

first_imgThe controversial distribution of US$ 100,000 Ebola Funds allotted from the Nimba County Development Funds to fight Ebola has backfired, with Gbi and Dorlu Administration District Commissioner David Toe saying he had not received a cent from the Administration of Nimba County, headed by Supt. Fong Zuagele.Commissioner David Toe on Radio Kehgheamahn Breakfast show on 6th October, 2014 said his district’s share of money to enable them to carry on awareness is yet to be delivered.All efforts to get his share have proven futile and the only reason given him is the allotted share for his district was spent on other Ebola issues in Karnplay.At the time of the distribution of the said funds, he said, he was on an awareness trip in his district distributing buckets and other preventive materials to the citizens.“At the time the stakeholders were meeting in Sanniquellie, I was on a trip distributing buckets and I didn’t hear the story, but when I got the info and went to Sanniquellie, the County Inspector, Reginald Mehn, told me that my share of the money was used to bury Ebola victim in Karnplay,” he said.“All the money I have been using for Ebola in my district came from my pocket; I have not received any money from the county as it was announced,” Commissioner Toe stated.Nimba leadership has been at loggerheads over how the US$ 100,000 allotted to fight Ebola in Nimba was used.The Nimba Lawmakers of the 53rd National Legislature had repeatedly said that the money was intended to purchase PPE and sufficient  medical drugs for all health centers in Nimba, but instead,  the county leadership headed by Supt. Fong Zuagele divided portions of the money among the 17 administration commissioners, city mayors,  and media, while the some of the money was used to procure motorcycles for the awareness campaign in the county.The diversion of the funds from the expectation of the caucus brought great dissatisfaction among them, something they considered as disrespect.This crisis and other issues led the Lower House of Parliament to summon Superintendent Fong Zuagele and Development Superintendent Teeko Yorlay for an inquest. As a result; the plenary imposed a “vote of no confidence” in the two county officials.However, in counter reaction to Commissioner David Toe’s  claim on the same media 6th October 2014, Nimba County Inspector Reginald Mehn said the Commissioner was left out, because he was at the special county council sitting to endorse the usage of the money so what was allotted for them was diverted to other area of need, precisely in Gbehlay Geh/Karnplay). It appears as though Gbi and Dorlu were not the only districts left out; Kparblee was another district believed not to  have received any share of the Ebola Fund, Mr. Toe said. Gbi and Dorlu is one of the remotest districts in Nimba,  located at the southern part of Nimba bordering Sinoe, Rivercess, and Grand Bassa counties. But this district had been complaining bitterly of marginalization from the county administration from developments and other  opportunities.  This has led them to seek legislation to join Rivercess County.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgCELTIC FC are getting behind a fundraising initiative to enable baby Caolan Melaugh to travel to the USA for further treatment as he battles an aggressive form of cancer.Celtic FC have historic connections to Donegal and a huge link between the clubs exist. The news of the club getting behind Caolan’s fundraising drive was announced on the club’s website.They posted the following message on their online account earlier tonight and the post has gone viral on social media outlets.The website also conducted an interview with Caolan’s father Gerard who is a well-known soccer player with Curragh Athletic.EVERY Celtic supporter remembers their first trip to Paradise. But for the Melaugh family, the chance to make the trip to Celtic Park will mean much more than simply seeing the Bhoys in action.The Donegal family have recently felt the support of their local community and the worldwide Celtic family who have rallied behind their infant son Caolan.At just 10-weeks-old, Caolan was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of cancer, Stage 4 high-risk Neuroblastoma.This diagnosis started Caolan on an 18-month journey of intense chemotherapy which will hopefully remove the disease from his body.While he is five months into this arduous course, this is only the start of a battle as Neuroblastoma carries with it an 80% chance of relapse.Caolan’s father, Gerard Melaugh, explained that the family are now fully focused on supporting his son with fundraising efforts now well underway to take Caolan to the United States where additional treatment can be sought to help him. Gerard told the official Celtic website: “Caolan was diagnosed in February when he was 10-weeks-old and obviously it was big shock at the beginning, but so far he’s responded better than we could have hoped.“We are staying positive and our plan just now is to get through these 18 months of chemotherapy and from there go to America where we can get help.“This is a new form of treatment that can help prevent a relapse because that is the main threat. It is not so much the cancer just now but really to stop it coming back and this treatment could be the big help that we’re looking for.“That’s why we’re raising the funds, that’s why we’ve got the £250,000 target and that’s why we need to get him to America.” Despite such a huge target, Gerard explained how the family have been humbled by the support offered from friends, family and the community at large.Countless events have been held in Donegal with local businesses hosting fundraising days that have so far helped everyone reach a first fundraising landmark of £50,000.But aside from the financial backing they have received, Gerard explained how he and his wife Stacey have found emotional support from the family of Oscar Knox, who like the Melaughs, found comfort in the generosity shown to help their son, who sadly passed away last year.Gerard added: “We’re trying not to look too far ahead because everything can change quickly but, praise God, if we can get through this first 18 months, then there’s the five-year mark if you are cancer-free and there are check-ups every couple of months.“The response we’ve had from the local community has been amazing and in this short space of time we’re around the £50,000-mark already and there’s still a lot of fundraising events coming up.“What we’re trying to do is similar to Oscar Knox and I’ve been in contact with his mother, Leona. Since Caolan was diagnosed, she’s been helpful with giving us information and people to contact too. That’s the big thing because we didn’t know what to expect and they’ve been so helpful to us. It’s been overwhelming.“Sometimes, it is hard to think that people can be this generous. Even local businesses have given us an unbelievable response and I’ve been shocked by it all, to be honest.”With many more hurdles still to overcome, the Melaughs admit that they are keen to build on the momentum that has been generated already by the fundraising campaign.And, having already committed to raising Caolan as a Celtic supporter, Gerard says that bringing him to Paradise is a dream he is eager to realise.He said: “I’ve always followed Celtic from such a young age and I used to go over for the games.“The atmosphere is just amazing and I actually took Caolan out last week to get him his first ever Celtic top.“Without doubt he’ll be coming over to his first Celtic game, that’s the plan.”For more information,go to www.caolanmelaughfund.comFacebook: @cmelaughfundCELTIC FC GET BEHIND FUNDRAISING DRIVE FOR BRAVE LITTLE BHOY CAOLAN was last modified: June 24th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Baby Caolan Melaughcancerceltic fcDiagnosisFeaturesfundraisingnewsUSAlast_img read more


first_imgFour Masters GAA: The Club wishes to thank all members for their application for a ticket for the Donegal/Tyrone game. Unfortunately a number of members were unsuccessful in receiving a ticket for this match as the Club only received 142 tickets while 247 applications were made to the Club for a ticket.Four Masters GAA Lotto: There was no winner of the annual lotto for week 45. John Hanna, C/O Hanna Hats, won €50 and Paddy and Mary Gildea, Upper Main Street, won €50 each. The numbers drawn were 3, 18, 23, 24. Next weeks total now stands at €2000. The next draw will take place on Monday 27th May.Camogie Match: Four Masters 5/6thClass girls will play Mac Cumhaill’s on Wednesday at Tirchonaill Park. Throw in 7pm. Best of luck to the girls! James McAllister Memorial Hurling and Camogie Cup: This fantastic annual memorial competition will take place at Tirchonaill Park at 3pm Saturday 25th May. This is a competition between al hurlers and camog’s in memory of James McAllister, who was a great and dedicated member of Four Masters GAA. Please come along and support.Four Masters Ladies: The Under 16b Four Masters Ladies faced Carndonagh in Convoy on Monday 20th May in the Semi-Final, coming away with a great win. Final score Four Masters 1-13 Carndonagh 1-04. Well done girls this is a fantastic win. The final between Four Masters and Milford will be played on Friday. Time and venue to be confirmed.Donegal GAA Jersey Day: The County will be awash with green and gold on Friday the 24th of May as schools and businesses from tip to toe of the county are asked to don their Donegal jersey for a day in support of the 2013 Donegal GAA Senior Football Team Training Fund. Please show your support by wearing the County colours!Donegal G.A.A Bucket Collection: There will be a Fundraising Initiative on Saturday 25thMay, collectors from Four Masters GAA will be out on the Diamond, Donegal Town from 10am – 6pm. All money raised will be going to support the Donegal G.A.A. training fund. Please give what you can. No amount is too little. Your support is greatly appreciated. Hurling: A great display of hurling took place on Sunday morning, 19th May, at Tirchonaill Park as Four Masters Under 10’s competed with Setanta and Aodh Rua, in the Club’s first Under 10 Hurling blitz of the season. The Under 8’s will be in Ballyshannon on Sunday 26thMay in their second outing this season.Under 10’s: The Four Masters Under 10 footballers will compete in their first official blitz this Saturday in Tirchonaill Park at 12 noon when they meet Killybegs and Dungloe. The very best of luck to all players. GAA: FOUR MASTERS GAA CLUB NEWS was last modified: May 20th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAA: FOUR MASTERS GAA CLUB NEWSlast_img read more