T. Edison Gbana Is Dead

first_imgProfessor T. Edison Gbana, who once served as Chairman on Education of the National Transitional Legislature of Liberia, has died.This sad event occurred on  Wed., July 23, 2014 at 11:45 a.m. at the home of his  daughter, Mrs. Delvina Parteh  in Paynesville, near Monrovia, following a protracted illness.  He was in his 76th year.A graduate of St. John’s Episcopal High School and Cuttington College and Divinity School (now Cuttington University), where he studied  Secondary Education, Mr. Gbana later matriculated to the State College of Iowa (now University of Northern Iowa, where he took the Master’s degree in Education. He commenced his professional career in 1960 as a classroom teacher at the Booker Washington Institute (BWI), where he also served as registrar, director of Business Education and curriculum developer.In 1976 he was appointed principal, St. Augustine Episcopal High School, Kakata; and in 1994 principal, AME Zion Academy.  He earlier served as administrative and technical assistant to the Director of the Bureau of the Budget, R.L.Professor Gbana also served during the civil crisis asChairman, NTLA Committee on Education, Co-Chair, Civil Society Movement of Liberia and president, National Association of Liberia School Principals.On December 1965 he wedded Fanny Harvey Gbana, which union was blessed with several children.T. Edison Vaanii Gbana was born on December 21, 1938 in Bendaja, Porkpaa District in upper Grand Cape Mount County, to union of Mr. Siafa Mbavai and his wife Mrs. Bindu Dazangbu Gbana.His lifelong friend and classmate was Dr. S. Jabaru Carlon, former Commissioner, Governance Commission, R.L. and former professor of Education, University of Liberia.   They began their educational sojourn in 1945 at the St. Phillips Episcopal Village School in Bendaja and on to the Episcopal Elementary School at Mbaloma, both in Grand Cape Mount County.The funeral rites of Prof. T. Edison Gbana are scheduled to begin with removal of the body from the A.B. Roberts Funeral Parlor in Gardinersville on Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, at  four o’clock p.m. and transported to Trinity Cathedral for wake keeping, beginning at six o’clock p.m.The Funeral mass is due to take place at Trinity on Sat., Aug. 16., beginning at 10 a.m.   Interment will follow immediately at the Kaizer Memorial Cemetery in Brewerville, Montserrado 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

NASSCORP Has Done It Again!

first_imgAfter erecting that beautiful, imposing structure at ELWA Junction, which now houses the Liberia Revenue Authority, the National Social Security Corporation (NASSCORP) quickly acquired the property next door and is now putting up another multistoried building, which they say is to be used for a diagnostic center to help modernize the nation’s healthcare delivery system. This new building is very near completion and NASSCORP Managing Director Dewitt von Balmoos yesterday told the Daily Observer that the diagnostic center should be in operation by mid-year.Asked how he came to think of such an important facility which is not too common around here, he joked, “Every now and then I come up with some bright ideas.”But there is more that this young, dynamic and visionary public servant and his great public corporation are doing. Now they have nearly completed their new headquarters at 24th Street. We guess that within a year they will be moving in. The building NASSCORP currently occupies is also its own, but he said it has grown too small for its operations, so they had to acquire more land, on which they have now built their new head office.And to demonstrate that NASSCORP is not just a big organization, but one with a big heart, it has shown compassion for its new 24th Street neighbors. NASSCORP has constructed a concrete road leading from its building at Tubman Boulevard leading all the way to the Atlantic beach where 24th Street ends. This has made NASSCORP’s new neighbors very happy, for during the Rains they have had to contend with a lot of water and even mud; while during the Dry, there is the swirling dust.One thing more we have recently learnt of NASSCORP. Mr. von Balmoos says they plan to build regional offices in every county, and are later this week traveling to Kakata, Margibi County to inspect their nearly completed headquarters there.We wonder how those who ran NASSCORP during the Doe, Taylor and Gyude Bryant regimes feel today? Many of them did nothing but loot the corporation, and when the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf administration took them, among others, to court, the Liberian courts gave them a carte blanche passage to freedom! They and some other looters, not only from NASSCORP but even the Finance and other Ministries, built big buildings in various parts of Monrovia, and are today boasting that they are rich. What riches when you have to bow your heads in public, self-convicted with the guilt of ill-gotten “wealth?” Jesus asks the question, “What does it profit a man—or person—if he gains the whole world and loses his soul?”We wonder further what happened to all the financial resources of the Liberia Maritime Authority (LMA) under the watch of its powerful former Commissioner, Binyah Kesselly. Yes, the LMA paved a good part of the Marshall Road, and fixed its training buildings in Marshall City. Maritime also paid for workers to keep the Monrovia beaches clean—for a while. But where else did Maritime’s millions of United States dollars go? We pray that most other public servants will emulate the pristine example of DeWitt von Balmoos, NASSCORP Managing Director. Would that we had more public servants like him, Liberia would be one of the fastest developing nations in Africa. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more