Harwene Tyee, Former Telecom Executive, Dies

first_img-Former Deputy, Actg. Managing Director, Telecom; Member, BWI Class of ‘59The death is announced of Mr. Harwene Tyee, former Deputy Managing Director of the Liberia Telecommunication (LIBTELCO), and a member of the Class of 1959 of the Booker Washington Institute (BWI).This sad event occurred on Wednesday, November 14, 2018, at his Fanti Town, Matadi, Monrovia residence. He was 77. Born in Bortiken, Potupo District, then in Maryland, now River Gee County, on February 14, 1941, to the union of Mr. Tyee Tarty and his wife, Madam Jarju Tyee.Harwene commenced his education in Pleebo, where he completed the eighth grade before entering the Booker Washington Agricultural and Industrial Institute. He was one of the 18 Marylanders that arrived on the BWI campus in February 1956 to do their technical and vocational training. He then joined four other BWI classmates to enter Cuttington College and Divinity School (now Cuttington University) in February 1960, where he studied Science. Leaving Cuttington before graduation, Harwene, like his BWI classmate Winston Gibson of Harper, Cape Palmas, traveled to the United States and studied Electronics and Communications. Both Harwene and Winston went on to become telecommunication engineers, trained in the USA. Harwene obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Technology from the New York Institute of Technology in 1980. After receiving numerous Certificates in telecommunication from the United States Telecommunication Training Institute (USTI), Harwene traveled to the United Kingdom and entered Bail Brock College, where he received another Diploma in Telecommunication.In 1980, he was appointed by the TRT Corporation of New York City as technical supervisor, responsible for the installation and repair and modernization of all telecom equipment.Returning to Liberia in 1982, Harwene was employed at the Liberia Telecommunication Corporation and later served as manager of the Transmission Department.In 1991, he was appointed deputy managing director for Rural Telecommunication Services. In 1992, he completed a booklet outlining the requirements for the various cities, towns and villages. The Booklet was submitted to the LTC Board.In 1994-1995, he served as LTC Acting Managing Director, during which time he resolved the corporation’s personnel and technical problems, and revised the salary scale. In 1995, he was appointed deputy managing director for Administration and Rural Telecommunication.In 2006 to 2007, he helped create the Liberia Telecommunication Authority (LTA), which became the sole authority to regulate Liberia, issuing telecom operations licenses, frequency assignments and spectrum management.Mr. Tyee was later appointed by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to the LTA Board, but later removed for unexplained reasons.Harwene Tyee was among 15 members of the BWI Class of ’59 who, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of their graduation from BWI in 1959, built a monument on the BWI campus in memory of the celebrated Liberian artist and sculptor, R. Vanjah Richards, who first taught the Class arts and crafts in 1956. And though no one in the class majored in art or sculpture, they went on to many other professions, including Engineering, entrepreneurial undertakings, Journalism and Law, yet the Class decided, with the cooperation and support of then BWI Principal Mulbah Jackolie, to erect a magnificent monument on campus in Vanjah Richards’ memory. The aim of erecting the monument was three-fold — first, to restore the dignity of Mr. Richards and his family.Mr. Richards was beheaded, along with many others at his home in Clay Ashland, Montserrado County in June, 1990, by forces loyal to President Samuel K. Doe. The second objective of the monument was to engage the BWI administration to reintroduce arts and crafts in the BWI curriculum, and later, to develop at BWI the R. Vanjah Richards School of Art, Sculpture and the Performing Arts.The R. Vanjah Richards Monument is said to be the most historically rich among the many monuments on the BWI campus. Every Liberian needs to go and see that monument.Mr. Harwene Tyee leaves to mourn his loss his widow, Mrs. Gbarlee Tyee, 15 children, nine grandchildren, two great grand, three brothers, Reverend Pijili Tarty Tyee, Nyu Tyee and Nimley Tyee; two sisters, Ceaty Tyee and Lucy Tyee; many other relatives.According to a family spokesman, on Friday, December 14, 2018, the body will be removed from the Samuel Stryker Funeral Home and taken to the Trinity Lutheran Church in New Martadi Fanti Town, for a night of wake keeping. On very early Saturday, December 15, the body will be taken to his home town in Bortiken, Potupo District, River Gee County, where the funeral service will take place at the Bortiken Lutheran Church, beginning at two o’clock p.m. followed by interment.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Labour Department promises fast-tracked unionisation for NMWU – Union President

first_imgSome of the workers protesting at Aurora Gold MineAurora Gold Mine workers…says it was not invited to upcoming meetingThe National Mine Workers’ Union is the unofficial representative of workers from the Aurora Gold Mine (AGM) and after many calls for unionisation from employees, the Labour Department has promised a fast-tracked process to guarantee this.President of the National Mine Workers’ Union, Sherwyn Downer told Guyana Times on Saturday that the union is pleased with this accomplishment, judging from the fact that the Guyana Goldfields Inc demonstrated resistance in the beginning.Over 200 workers had downed their tools and initiated strike actions last Tuesday, after calls mounted for them to be officially represented by a union and other improved working conditions and wages.Downer stated that after meeting with officials from the Labour Department, they were able to ensure that none of the workers lost their jobs and an expedited application procedure.The Union representative clarified that while reports surfaced that they were invited to the upcoming meeting on Monday with the workers and Government officials to iron out pertinent issues, this is fallacious.“The company announced that they have agreed to dialogue with the Ministry and the workers’ representative. The officials are going in there on Monday. Now, we have not been invited. It is not fitting well with my members and the workers are now demanding that I come into the delegation on Monday. They have said that they are willing to [go] back on strike again because they are demanding my presence. Meeting out there is not enough,” Downer said.Downer stated that the Department of Labour has announced intentions of conducting a poll to determine if the NMWU is capable of representing the employees. This has created unrest among them since it points to the existence of another Union body.“This morning (Saturday), the Minister is quoted as saying that they have to conduct a poll. Now a poll means that you have more than one union contesting. In this case, there is no other union there. So to say that you’re going in there to conduct a poll, it is raising eyebrows and the workers themselves is asking now ‘where is this other union coming from’ because they’re indicating that it is more than one union,” he asserted.According to him, a survey is needed to ensure that they can garner 40 per cent or more of the workers’ support and he is confident that this can be achieved.“Using the words ‘poll’ and ‘survey’ is two different things. A survey will determine if we have more than 40 per cent at Aurora and we have more than that.”One of the workers contacted this publication, stating that clarity is needed on these issues. He stated that by not inviting their representative and conducting a ‘poll’, it is seen as a means to “smuggle” another union to represent them.During the strike, the workers had claimed that they were threatened with having their Wi-Fi cut off which is vital to ensure communication from their Cuyuni-Mazaruni location to the coast. They are demanding better wages, better quality food and laundry services, out of town allowance, missing NIS contributions among others.On Friday the Canadian company indicated that persons are returning to work on a phased approach and it is anticipated that full production will resume shortly. Three days without production has resulted in an estimated 22,500 ounces of unprocessed ore.President of the National Mine Workers’ Union, Sherwyn Downerlast_img read more

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