Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono with Liberia’s Foreign Minister Gbehzohngar M. Findley in TokyoThe Government of Japan has announced US$2.7 million worth of Food Assistance to the Government and people of Liberia with the aim to address Liberia’s food security situation, a release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said.According to the release, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono made the disclosure at his office in Tokyo when he held a bilateral meeting with Liberia’s Foreign Minister Gbehzohngar M. Findley.Minister Kono told his counterpart that his government is intensifying efforts aimed at elevating Liberia-Japan bilateral relations.As part of the efforts, Minister Kono said the Government of Japan will provide US$2.7 million worth of rice to Liberia to be sold at a minimum cost in an effort to alleviate hunger in the country.He added that the proceeds from the rice would be used to tackle the CDC-led Government’s Pro-poor developmental initiatives.Minister Kono said that the Japanese Embassy accredited to Liberia will work closely with the Liberian government to promote Japanese investments in the country.Kono informed Minister Findley that the Government of Japan looks forward to seeing President George Weah paying a state visit to Japan next year.In response, Minister Findley applauded the Government and people of Japan for the level of collaboration, and supports Liberia has received so far from that Asian country.“Your Ambassador to Liberia is working very hard with our technical team to deliver the message of the food aid to our people. We also want to thank the Government and people of Japan for the level of collaboration we have received thus far,” Minister Findley told his Japanese counterpart.Findley also recounted the numerous humanitarian assistance of Japan to Liberia during the Ebola crisis in 2014 and 2015 as well as the many infrastructural works that are being carried out in the country by the Japanese, specifically the Somalia Drive Phase two Road Project which, according to him, will soon commence following the signing of an agreement between Liberia and Japan.The Liberian envoy used the occasion to thank the Government of Japan, through Minister Kono for considering Liberia’s new proposals recently submitted to his Government, including the 282 Housing Units that are supposed to be built in Casstown, Grand Kru County.Minister Findley then reiterated Liberia’s call for Japanese bilateral assistance in the areas of Housing facilities, which he added, will improve living conditions for rural Liberians.He also pleaded with the Japanese to construct the Omega Market in Paynesville which, according to Findley, would provide decent environment where marketeers will sit and conduct their business activities.Minister Findley used the occasion to call on the Japanese specialized companies to invest in potential sectors of the country’s economy, including agriculture, fisheries, and mining.“With that partnership, it becomes what we refer to as development with growth geared towards improving the lives of our people and, at the same time, improving our economy and relations between Liberia and Japan,” he added.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Initially, the play-off was set for December 2 and 6 but Football Kenya Federation (FKF) have announced that they have pushed it by a week ‘after consultations with KPL’.“The long and short of it is that the council advised Thika to take part in the play-off. They did not direct or force them to do so. Thika will now decide whether or not they will play. Apparently, the Joint Executive Committee didn’t make much agreement over the play-off and the council had to make the call,” the source told Capital Sport.Reached for comment, Thika United Chief Executive Officer George Maina said they were yet to receive any formal communication over the same and are still waiting so as to make an official decision.“It is the first time I am hearing this because no one has sent us a letter yet. Once we receive an official communication, then I will be in a position to say anything. As per now, we can’t make a substantive comment on that,” Maina said.FKF had made the play-off directive between the 16th placed team in the Kenyan Premier League and the third placed team in the National Super League after the promotion of the top two second tier teams and relegation of bottom two top tier teams.Thika broke camp immediately after their final game against Bandari which they won 1-0 to guarantee their 16th spot finish and head coach Nicholas Muyoti has told Capital Sport they are yet to resume training.“We were still waiting for communication from the bosses and we have not been in training. Once we are told the way forward we will comply,” the coach said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Thika United head coach Nicholas Muyoti watches on the touchline during his side’s Kenyan Premier League clash against Gor Mahia at the Thika Sub-County Stadium on September 17, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 30- The Kenyan Premier League Governing Council has thrown the ball into Thika United’s court in the tussle over the promotion and relegation play-off against Ushuru FC set for December 10 and 13.The Governing Council had a meeting on Thursday and according to a source privy to the meeting, Thika will now be left to decide whether or not they will get to the pitch on Saturday.