Award-wining Hip Co musical artist Takun J says he has been harrassed several times since releasing his latest hit singles, “Justice” and “They Lie To Us.” Althought both songs that have been well received by the public, “I’m sometimes harassed by security officers when driving and it is getting personal. I’m not frightened, and I am determined to continue informing the public about what is going on,” he added.“Music is my life. Through music, the voice of the people can be heard,” he stated. “With music, political and social change can take place in the life of any people.”Takun J said the people are tired of the many lies that there would be better living conditions; and so they need somebody to speak out for them.“ I decided to speak for them so their voices can be heard. I’m frowned upon by the authorities because the songs speak the truth,” he said with smile.The artist, also known as the King of Hip Co, noted that his inspiration for this song, “They Lie to Us,” came in the midst of the Ebola crisis, after he observed that “people where dying at the early stages without care, while authorities corrupted the funds they receiving. “They lied to us. I am speaking not only about this government alone, but also past governments that have cheated and mistreated us.”“They Lie To Us”, the current hottest single in Liberia, reflects the people’s frustration with the powers in government, as access to opportunities and better economic conditions continue to decline for the majority of people.In 2007, after releasing the hit controversial single, “Policeman,” a song that exposed police corruption, police officers arrested and jailed Takun J twice. The song “Justice” revealed an ordeal with Montserrado District 5 Representative Edwin M. Snowe in 2014, when an minor car accident between the two turned into a physical assault allegedly penetrated by the lawmaker. Takun J says he wrote the song because all legal means pursued to obtain justice for his grievance against the lawmaker failed.“It is not government alone that is practicing corruption on the daily basis. We ourselves are doing it also. I don’t think that corruption helps anybody; and if we continue this without a change, the worst may happen to Liberia,” he warned.He disclosed that because of lack of honesty among the authorities, the ordinary citizens languish in poverty. The only good thing that Liberia can boast of now is peace, whereas the citizens sleep with hunger and misery every day. “We Liberians need to be careful in the coming election or else it will be old wine in new bottle. “My way of life is that if I wrong you, let me be punished for it; it is now time that corrupt officials are disciplined,” he warned.Takun J stressed that if nothing is done about corruption, the next generation will suffer more and these are the messages the songs are preaching.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
– but developing strategies to protect against climate changeTasked with developing policies to help Guyana mitigate the challenges of climate change, the Office of Climate Change (OCC) is not without challenges of its own, as articulated in the Parliamentary Sectoral Committee’s fifth periodic report.In the report, head of the Office of Climate Change, Janelle Christian explained that some of the constraints under which her office works include a lack of technical staff and the need for improved technology at the regional and national levels.But also, when it comes to preparing the low coastal plain region from the effects of climate change which could include overtopping of the seawall, Christian revealed that a draft Climate Change Resilient Strategy was awaiting Cabinet’s approval.Head of the Office of Climate Change, Janelle Christian“Also, the Office of Climate Change would be pursuing how to prepare farmers and the various communities for the natural disaster of flooding.” She further stated that a project financed by the Pan-American Health Organisation (PAHO) through the Ministry of Public Health would be working with various health centres around the coastal areas to ensure that they’re equipped and trained to handle any flood situation.She also spoke of a project supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and financed by Japan, which would support disaster risk reduction for crop and livestock farming in the agriculture sector.It was only a few weeks ago that the office, based in the Ministry of the Presidency, hosted a stakeholder validation workshop on the National Climate Change Policy and Action Plan.The workshop, which was hosted at Cara Lodge and saw several stakeholders in attendance, was aimed at pursuing sustainable management of forest resources, which is a major source of mitigation to the change in climate.Guyana’s climate change policy is intended to integrate the socio-economic and environmental challenges of climate change into national sustainable development planning that generates strategic actions at all levels for adaptation, mitigation and resilience.The national goals for addressing climate include the reduction of climate-related loss and damage across productive sectors, promoting community development and redirecting economic activities away from vulnerable areas. It also aims at reducing poverty, loss of livelihood and food insecurity and promoting a clean environment for all.Some of its other objectives include targeting the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions across sectors and transitioning to climate resilient infrastructure and integrated physical land use plans. It also seeks to promote holistic development planning by utilising environmentally friendly materials and adopting new technologies and early warning signs.Further, it also aims to develop and implement sustainable land management best practices to combat land degradation with focus on the hinterland and improved availability and access to climate change data and information.