The NEWS (Monrovia)

27 August 2014

Liberia: Ellen Acts Against 'Recalcitrant' Officials

As a follow-up to her directive regarding restrictions on travel of government officials, including their return within a week for those who were out of the country, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has instituted several measures that take effect immediately.

According to an Executive Mansion release, the Liberian leader has directed that all officials occupying ministerial level positions or equivalent (senior and junior), Managing Directors, Deputy/Assistant Directors or equivalent, Commissioners, etc. who violated the orders are hereby relieved of their positions.

All public servants not occupying ministerial level positions but are holding important public offices will be removed from the payroll until their return.

It should be noted, however, that special authorization was granted to a few with doctor evidence of urgent and specialized medical treatment; while the same applies to very few who were directed by President Sirleaf to undertake specific critical assignments.

They include the following individuals: Cllr. Seward Cooper, Chairman, National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL), Madam Yusador Gray, Auditor General, General Auditing Commission (GAC), Richelieu A. Williams, Executive Director, Liberia Aviation Authority (LAA), Cllr. James Verdier, Executive Director, Liberia Anti-corruption Commission (LACC), Cyvette Gibson, Dr. Amos Sawyer, head, Governance Commission and Mrs. Rosetta Jackollie.

In another development, the Liberian leader has directed that all government officials who are recognized by the National Elections Commission (NEC) as provincial candidates during the upcoming senatorial elections are also relieved of their positions immediately upon the release of NEC's final candidate listing.

President Sirleaf commends and appreciates all government officials and senior level public servants who observed the orders and returned to join the fight against deadly Ebola virus disease.

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