30 October 2012

Liberia: Several Ministers Face Dismissals

Photo: Abbas Dulleh/New Democrat
Sirleaf appointing her first set of cabinet officials.

The fates of several cabinet ministers now hang in the balance as President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has vowed to undertake sweeping actions ranging from transfers, reshuffle to dismissals.

The move is said to be in line with the ongoing review of the performance and output of officials in government, Presidential Press Secretary Jerolinmek Piah told journalists Monday.

Sources told this paper that a list has been passed on to the president with the names of several officials to be affected notably at the Ministry of Finance. This paper could not independently confirm the report up to press time Monday.

President Sirleaf last month signed "performance contracts" with her cabinet ministers to set specific targets and goals. Under the agreements, the ministers' works were expected to be evaluated in June and December of next year.

But Mr. Piah said the president's decision to cut short the review date of the performance and output of her officials is "geared towards enhancing effectiveness, efficiency and productivity."

The pronouncement of eminent dismissals, transfers and reshuffles of cabinet ministers, come in the wake of public dissatisfaction over the poor performance of some of her officials amidst allegations of corruption at some ministries and agencies.

The public perceptions also come amid infighting and contradictory comments amongst cabinet officials, which has attracted a barrage of negative reportage against the president's office and the government in general.

One case in point is the government's explanation of the ELWA land saga and the proposed defense ministry building as the site for the upcoming US60million ministerial complex to be built by the Chinese Government.

The contradictory explanations coming from the Ministries of Public Works and Information drew much criticisms against the government, leaving the public to think that it lacks cohesion.

" Let me assure you that the President has not and will not lose track of her responsibility to govern well and deliver the promises of the administration to the people. "

"In fact, she's even more resolved to remain focused and continuously promote the tenets of good governance as well as the maintenance of peace, security, reconciliation and national development for the people," Piah said.

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