The New Dawn (Monrovia)

3 April 2012

Liberia: Senate Confirms 135

The Liberian Senate has said of the 293 nominations made by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, 175 has been confirmed. Senate Press Secretary, Jarlawah Tonpo made the disclosure over the weekend on UNMIL Radio in Monrovia.

He however failed to state whether there was any rejected nominee(s) during the process where only curriculum vitae(s) and not credential(s) were submitted.

"The Senate vetted 135 nominees since the process began in February and those people may have taken up their assignments either in the rural or urban areas of the country," Tonpo noted. Of that number, he went further, "another 158 nominees were pending, but the process will continue after the Easter break."

"The Senate takes into consideration those nominations forwarded to it by the Presidency. Those ones that are made, but not yet received by the Senate are not part of the process," he added. Meanwhile, President Sirleaf has made additional appointments, pending confirmation by the Liberian senate.

Those named are Miller Catakaw, Commissioner, Public Procurement and Concessions Commission (PPCC), replacing Boakai Sirleaf, who moved to the General Services Agency; Charles Nelson, Deputy Minister for Lands and Rails Ministry of Transport, replacing Kau Kidau Joseph, who has gone to a senior post at the Liberia Maritime Authority; Selena Polson Mappy and Imam Mohammed Paasewe, Superintendents of Bong and Grand Cape Mount counties, respectively.

Others are Catherine Khasue, who moves to the Foreign Service; Anthony Sheriff and Tenneh S. Kabadeh, Assistant Superintendent for Development, Bong and Grand Cape Mount counties, respectively as well as Teeko Tozay Yorlay, Assistant Superintendent for Development, Nimba County.

Also named are Ledgerhood Rennie, Deputy Director General for Broadcasting; Hattie Wureh-Hunder, Deputy Director General for Administration; Tepenty Young, Deputy Director General for Operations and Patrick Honnah, Deputy Director General for Rural Broadcasting, all of the Liberia Broadcasting System(LBS). The President also constituted membership of the National Civil Aviation Security Committee, with one representative each from the following ministries and agencies.

They include National Security Agency as Chairman, while the ministries of Transport, National Defense, National Security, Justice, Finance (Bureau of Customs) and State for Presidential Affairs are members.

Others are Liberia Civil Aviation Authority, Special Security Service (SSS), National Security Advisor (NSA), Liberia Airport Authority (LAA), Ministries of Postal Affairs, Foreign Affairs, Agriculture and Health and Social Welfare.

Also constituted is the Board of the Liberia Institute for Statistics and Geo-Information Services (LISGIS). Membership includes Ministry of Planning and Economic Affairs as Chairman, Evelyn S. Kandakai, Vice Chairman, Director General of LISGIS as Secretary, Ministries of Finance and Health & Social Welfare, and the Central Bank of Liberia, Members.

Others are the Rubber Planters Association of Liberia (RPAL), University of Liberia (UL), Ministry of Agriculture and Federation of Liberian Youth as well as Amelia Ward.

Also constituted is the Board of the Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS). Its composition includes the Minister of Information as Chairman, Director General of LBS as Secretary; Ministries of Justice, Transport and Planning and Economic Affairs.Other members of the LBS Board are Cyrus Badio, Fannie Cole-Weefur, Haja Fatoumata Sheriff and Weade Kobbah-Wureh.

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