Newly appointed Transport Minister, Len Eugene Nagbe, on Monday, February 13, 2012, received a gabble of authority from his predecessor William Russell to steer the affair of the Ministry of transport.
Speaking at the turning over ceremony held at the Ministry's conference room, the transport Minister designate began his opening remarks by thanking the employees of the ministry for their patriotic services render the Liberian people, especially during the nation's difficult economic period.
Transport Minister designate, Eugene Nagbe, addressing several hundred of employees at the Ministry of Transport, said he went to the MOT not to undo what was done by his predecessor, but rather clarified that his going there is to fulfill or implement unfinished projects left behind by past administrations.
Minister Nagbe indicated that his taking over of the MOT as head was not to dismiss employees but said that he will rather work along with the employees in order to have a free and transparent transport system put in place in order to ease transportation barriers for Liberians.
He then cautioned employees at the ministry to consider the statement made by President Sirleaf that all Ministers appointed in her regime are under obligation to present to her office the annual performance report serious statement that all, including him(Eugene Nagbe), employees of the Ministry of Transport must work towards.
Mr. Nagbe said in order to ensure that the Ministry achieve such goal, he noted, there is a need that there be a strong and good working relationship between him (Eugene Nagbe) and the MOT's staffs.
As Minister of Transport, Mr. Nagbe said he will focus on what he called the effectiveness of transport system in the country, he adding that order for government to achieve its objective, he said, there is a need that a system be put in place to regulate the transport system.
Also speaking at the turning over ceremony, outgoing Minister William Russell thanked employees of the Ministry for the cooperation accorded him during his stay at the MOT.
The former Transport Minister said he was also prepared to come to the ministry to provide clarity when call upon, and pledged his commitment to the UP led government, saying, "It is our collective effort that brought the party to this level."