Major overhaul recommended for NMFU

first_imgFollowing a forensic audit conducted at the National Frequency Management Unit (NFMU), it was recommended that a series of revamp measures be undertaken to enhance the functioning of the Unit.Among the recommendations put forward by independent auditing firm, Ram and McRae Consulting, were revamping of the organisational structure, enhance the technical capabilities, ensure that current organisational objectives are met and prepare for the passage and operationalising of the Telecommunications Act.The report, which was released on Friday by the Finance Ministry, said in addition to appointing a Board of Directors, the NFMU needs to establish a proper reporting line with the subject Minister; that is, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo.“It is therefore recommended that pending the passing of the Telecommunications Act, the Prime Minister and the appointed Board should establish clear lines of authority, communications and reporting with and within the Unit,” the auditor stated.On the issue of the Telecommunications Act, Ram and McRae urged that the Unit prepare for the passage and operationalising of the new legislation since when enacted, the NFMU will be absorbed in the new Agency and subject to that authority.This will require new regulations and orders to ensure that the functions are performed and to maximise revenue collection, the report stated. In addition, it outlined that as the telecoms sector is on the verge of being liberalised and modernised, next generation mobile networks will need more spectrum, which would result in increased revenue. On this note, the Unit is advised to reduce and regularise the number of unlicensed spectrum users.This now brings the issue of outstanding debts and debt management. Ram and McRae said during the review, it was revealed that a number of issues were unearthed primarily in the areas of managing revenue and receivables, and illegally meeting expenditures of other agencies and projects.The accounting department should implement standard procedures for the invoicing of users and the following up and collection of receivables. These procedures should include the specific timeframes for letters, telephone calls and suspension of licences for hard-core defaulters.Furthermore, it was observed that the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) of the NFMU’s Accounts Department saw invoices being prepared a minimum of six weeks prior to the anniversary data. However, a number of licences were not invoiced in accordance with the SOPs. Also, with regard to payment tracking, the SOPs highlights that accounting staff should execute phone calls to the licensee two weeks before the anniversary date, on the anniversary date and two week after the anniversary date to ensure payments are received but these responsibilities were not properly conducted, the auditors posited.According to the accounting firm, in the case of a corporation sole, which the NFMU falls under, responsibility for ensuring the existence and operation of an adequate system of controls rests with the Managing Director. This represents a significant weakness on the management and oversight of the NFMU since it can facilitate the overriding of controls by the Managing Director.Moreover, Ram and McRae went on to talk about the “close connection” between the NFMU, which is charged with the responsibility for allocating frequencies, and the Guyana Broadcasting Authority (GBA), the agency responsible for issuing radio, television and cable licences.The report went on to detail that during the years 2012 to 2015, the NFMU met payments on behalf of the GNBA amounting to $28,877,267. These payments included directors fees, employees salaries, and fees for the GNBA’s Monitoring Committee and other operating expenses. In December 2014, the GNBA reimbursed the NFMU for the entire sum advanced as such no further action was required.However, Ram and McRae outlined that while the head of the NFMU is a member of the GBA, given the corporate sole status of the NFMU the GBA has no formal role in that body. “Ram & McRae also strongly disagrees with the current status as a Corporation Sole,” the auditor remarked.Additionally, the auditing firm recommended that the NFMU establish relationships with institutions or authorities outside of Guyana in the area of radio frequency spectrum management and develop technical standards and engineering support facilities necessary or appropriate in relation to the functions.“Implementation of the recommendations contained in this report should enhance the functioning of the Unit,” the firm stated.Prime MinisterMoses NagamootooChristopher Ramlast_img read more

Mukangula late strike lifts Thika over Wazito

first_imgThe first half was devoid of chances as the two teams sized each other in midfield. Wazito came close to opening the scoring in the 14th minute, but Thika’s Collins Okumu made a superb goal-line clearance to thwart Piston Mutamba’s effort after the lanky forward had lifted the ball over the keeper.Three minutes later, Thika had their first chance when Dennis Odhiambo’s long ball landed behind the defense, but a chasing Eugene Mukangula had a weak connection with the keeper off his line to easily pick the ball.Two minutes later the visitors tried the same move to plant the ball behind the defense but Hansel Ochieng’s control inside the box from a Michael Mutinda pass was poor, the keeper coming off to pick the ball.Emmanuel Tienan had a great chance with 10 minutes left before halftime when Kennedy Ayacko’s freekick from the right landed on his path unmarked at the edge of the six yard box but his header was wid.Five minutes to the break the hosts thought they should have had a stone wall penalty after Mutamba was hacked into the box but the ref waved play on much to the chagrin of the players and technical bench officials.The pace picked up an inch in the second half and six minutes in but Samson Ndegwa saw his shot from the right one on one with the keeper saved and from the resultant corner, Mutamba headed wide.The hosts had another great opportunity with a free kick in the 57th minute from a good goal scoring range but Mutamba’s curling effort was fisted away by keeper Eliud Emase.On the other Thika had a chance from similar circumstances and Mukangula’s effort evaded the target by a few inches with keeper Peter Odhiambo left rooted to his spot.Wazito continued pressuring for a goal and they almost got it in the 65th minute when Marvin Onyango’s shot from range deflected off Dennis Odhiambo, but the ball came against the crossbar with the keeper beaten.Thika were soaking in the pressure and they had an opportunity 15 minutes from time when Shami Kibwana’s shot from range attracted a full stretched save from Odhiambo.They picked the all important goal in the 88th minute when Mukangula headed home from Shami Kibwana’s cross after his initial effort was saved by the keeper.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Thika United forward Eugene Mukangula vies for the ball against Wazito FC’s Mark Odhiambo during a Kenyan Premier League clash at the Camp Toyoyo on May 6, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, May 6- Eugene Mukangula struck two minutes from time as Thika United picked a massive result beating Wazito FC 1-0 at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on Sunday afternoon to ease their relegation fears barely five days after their head coach Nicholas Muyoti resigned.Goalkeeper trainer Joseph Rutto picked up on interim basis and he inspired the side as they won only their second match this season.last_img read more


first_imgRAPHOE NOTESRaphoeRaphoe Family Resource CentreWelcome The Family Resource Centre would like to welcome Sinead Mc Daid to the project as Youth Support Worker through the Tús Programme. Sinead joins our hard working Youth Team in supporting the Afterschool Programme, Youth Café, Young Girl’s Group, and the Young Boy’s Group. We look forward to working with Sinead over the next twelve months. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Donegal Local Development Company Limited for its continued support.‘Connecting With Young Men’ TrainingThe Family Resource Centre and the Men’s Health Forum in Ireland (MHFI) are hosting a free one day workshop on engaging with young men on Monday 30th November 2015. The workshop has been developed by MHFI, a new Unit within the highly successful ‘Engage’ National Men’s Health Training Programme. It has been funded by the HSE’s National Office for Suicide Prevention.From March 2011 to October 2012, the Men’s Health Forum in Ireland coordinated an all-island action learning project which sought to identify a range of possible means to promote positive mental health among young men. The final report made 12 key proposals with number 10 outlining the need to develop a training programme for frontline staff on how to effectively engage with young men. The Workshop content/format is based upon follow-up research which MHFI conducted to identify the training needs of a wide variety of organisations, how the training might be delivered and the content of the package.The Workshop will focus on the WHY and HOW to build relationships with young men and the objectives are to demonstrate why it is important to work with young men as a specific group; help participants reflect on their own value base, experience, attitudes towards, and expectations of young men; explore the world of young men, the issues that they face, and the opportunities that exist to engage with them; consider the practicalities of what works; increase the confidence of participants in relation to working with young men.The workshop will be of interest to a broad range of service providers and practitioners who wish to connect in more meaningful ways with young men. To book a place please contact Tony on 074-9145796 or on 087-3641503.Little Smiles with Big Dreams Little Smiles with Big Dreams is a parent and toddler group that meets every Wednesday morning at 10:30am – 12 noon in the Family Resource Centre.  Anyone who is in care of a child whether an aunt / uncle/ child-minder or grandparent is welcome.  The kiddies can get involved in messy play, free play, story time and music time where the adult can enjoy a cuppa tea and meet other adults.  Parent and Toddler Groups are a great way to enhance your little one’s confidence and meet others of their age.Raphoe Walking GroupThe Walking Group meets every Thursday morning at 10.30am.  All abilities are catered for. And an important element of the group is coming in afterwards to have a chat and a cuppa! New members are always welcome so please feel free to join us on Thursday mornings!Springboard Family Support ProjectSpringboard Family Support Project are seeking to recruit a Childcare Worker (Maternity Cover January to July 2016). The post will cover our Parent and Toddler Group and Afterschools Club. Location: Springboard Family Support Project, Castlegrove, Raphoe, Co. Donegal. Ph.: 074 – 9173918The Successful Candidate will have:Relevant qualification in Childcare. Minimum Fetac Level 5.Minimum of one year’s experience in a preschool and afterschool setting.Be hardworking and flexible. Must be willing to work as part of a team and also work on their own initiative.A sound working knowledge of the National Childcare Regulations and the Siolta and Aistear Curriculum.Child Protection TrainingFirst Aid Qualification is desirableHours of work: Part Time Position. 17.5hrs. Application Process: Application by email to include CV along with a covering letter outlining how skills and experience match the job description and requirements of the post. Enquiries, Job Description and Person Specification can be obtained from Theresa by emailing: springbrdraph@eircom.netCompleted Applications to be emailed to The Project Manager at: Lagan Community Health Forum & Lagan Primary Care TeamLagan Community Health Forum & Lagan Primary Care Team invite you a Conference on “TheImpact of Alcohol & other Drug Usage on the Individual, Family and Community in An Grianan Hotel, Burt on Thursday 26th November from 10am to 1.30pm. Registration at 9am. Lunch provided. Guest Speakers include: Sinead O’Gorman, Accident & Emergency; Brian O’Donnell, Donegal Co. Council Road Safety Officer; Evelyn Smyth, Director for Women and Children’s Services; Donegal Youth Council; Ciara Doyle, Hidden Harm. There will also be a personal perspective. If you wish to attend please email Pauline at or telephone 074-9148551 by 4pm on Friday 20th November.“Get Men Talking” Free Cancer SeminarThe Marie Keating Foundation is hosting a free “Get Men Talking” Seminar in Gallagher’s Hotel, Letterkenny on Tuesday 24th November from 6-8.30pm. The Seminar will include: An overview on male cancers; A survivor’s story; a talk on life after cancer and a session on Mindfulness. Speakers include: Mr. Kevin Moran, Consultant Urologist; Dr. Janice Richmond, Advanced Nurse Practitioner in Oncology; a survivor, and Patricia Swann, Complementary Therapist. The seminar is free and open to men who have an interest in health or who are affected by cancer. The seminar is proudly supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Astellas Oncology. Registration is essential by logging onto or telephoning 01-6283726 or by emailing Raphoe Boxing ClubEveryone at the local boxing club would like to say a sincere thanks to Marcus Roulston (Browns Restaurants) our major sponsor, to all the generous business people of the town and surrounding area’s for all their financial support and to everyone who turned out to support our recent major boxing tournament in Deele College Sports Pavilion as it was a great success and a great fundraiser for the local club. To all the boxers, referees and judges, to all the ladies in the canteen, to Aileen McCullagh who looked after the tuck shop, to the ticket sellers, Damien McDevitt and Gerard Crawford of Deele College Sports Pavilion and to anyone who played any small part on the night it is greatly appreciated by everyone at the local boxing club, and a special thanks to all the boxers and officials who travelled from England to take part in the tournament.Annual DanceThe Annual Dance will be held in Carnone Hall on Friday 27th November. Dancing from 9pm until late. Supper provided. Everyone welcome.Slimming World RaphoeRaphoe Slimming World has moved to a new venue. We will now meet every Tuesday night in theCathedral Hall, Raphoe at 7.30pm. Now is your chance for a fresh start. How would you like to be a half stone or a stone lighter by Christmas? Come along and join our warm friendly group. For further information contact Geraldine on 086-3348048.Please note that items for the Raphoe Notes should be placed in the box provided in the Post Office on or before 12 noon on Fridays. Items can also be emailed to or handed in to the Family Resource Centre, The Volt House. Items should be submitted at least one week in advance of publication of local press.DD LOCAL: RAPHOE WELCOMES SINEAD TO FAMILY RESOURCE CENTRE was last modified: November 13th, 2015 by StephenShare 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:Raphoe noteslast_img read more