26 August 2008

Liberia: Ellen Signs Anti-Corruption Act, Commissions Several Officials

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has signed into law an Act establishing the Anti-Corruption Commission.

In remarks at the signing ceremony, the President welcomed the measure, noting that it will help government's efforts to fight corruption, a factor she said is critical to the realization of some of the major objectives of Government's Poverty Reduction Strategy.

The President made the statement Thursday at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, when she signed into law several legislations adopted recently by the National Legislature.

The legislations include an 'Act To Establish The Liberian Anti-Corruption Commission'; 'An Act To Repeal The National Law of 1956, The Coast Guard Act of 1959, And The Liberian Navy Act Of 1986 And To Establish The New National Defense Act' as well as 'An Act To Establish The Liberian National Red Cross Society' submitted by the National Legislature.

Present at the signing ceremony were Montserrado County Representative Kettehkumehn Murray, Maryland County Senator Gloria Scott, Bomi County Representative Haja Sayon, Grand Bassa County Senator Gbezongar Findley, Gbarpolu County Senator Daniel Naatehn, Nimba County Representative Nohn Kidau and Montserrado County Representative Richard Holder.

In another development, President Johnson Sirleaf has commissioned a number of government officials recently confirmed by the Liberian Senate.

According to an Executive Mansion release, those commissioned at a ceremony held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs included Augustine Ngafuan, Minister of Finance; Hon. O. Natty B. Davies, Minister of State Without Portfolio; Hon. Jackson E. Doe, Minister of Transport and Amara Konneh, Minister of Planning and Economic Affairs.

Others commissioned include, George Wallace, Advisor to the President on Foreign Affairs; Counselor Estrada Bernard, Legal and Security Advisor to the President and Johnny McClain, Liberia's Ambassador to Senegal.

In another development, the President has donated some assorted items Cleaning Volunteers of the Unity Party. . The items include 25 wheelbarrows, 25 shovels, 100 rain boots, 140 t-shirts and a pick-up truck.

They were presented Thursday by the President's charity 'Measuagon' on the grounds of the Executive Mansion are geared towards aiding the group in its clean-up exercise in the Paynesville and Bushrod Island communities.

Receiving the items, the Inspector General of the City of Paynesville, Mr. William Akoi, commended the Liberian leader for the gesture and called on others to follow suit.

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