9 March 2016

Liberia: 2017 Hopeful Cummings Among Latest Liberian Govt. Appointees

Monrovia — Mr. Alexander Cummings, one of several Liberians being touted as potential candidates in the 2017 presidential elections was named Tuesday by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf to the Board of Directors of the Booker Washington Institute

The appointments which affects Ministries Foreign Affairs, Internal Affairs, Youth and Sports, Booker Washington Institute, Harbel College and the John F. Kennedy Medical Center. The appointments are subject to confirmation by the Liberian Senate where applicable.

President Sirleaf has also dissolved the Board of Directors of the Liberian National Red Cross Society with immediate effect. The President has also halted the activities/operations of the current Management Team of the entity. According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf took the decisions on Tuesday following a careful review of events unfold-ing at the Liberian National Red Cross Society. The Liberian Leader has further cited all members of the dissolved Board of Directors as well as members of the Management Team on Thursday to a meeting on March 10, 2016 in order to look deeper into the current situation at the Liberian National Red Cross Society.

FrontPageAfrica recently reported that an audit by international auditing firm Moore Ste-phens indicated that officials of the Liberian National Red Cross misapplied over US$1.8 mil-lion donated to fight the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia

The report was followed by the indefinite suspension of the Secretary General of the LNRCS, Mr. Fayah S. Tamba, along with his head of program, Precious C. Dennis for allegedly embezzling most of the one million United States dollars (USD 1,000,000) donated to the society by the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) to fight the Ebola Virus Disease in Liberia.

The Moore Stephens' audit also indicted several top officials of the Red Cross for embezzle-ment while others were accused for receiving kickbacks through a fraudulent bidding scheme for the procurement of anti-Ebola materials in the amount of US$1,000,000.

Those appointed are: Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Mr. Dehpue, Zuo Deputy Minister for International Cooperation & Economic Integration; Cllr. Deweh Gray, Deputy Minister for Legal Affairs; Ministry of Internal Affairs: Mr. Ennish L. Fahnbulleh, Asst. Superintendent for Development, Grand Cape Mount County; Mr. Jumah Gull, Superintendent, Suehn-Mecca District, Bomi County

Ministry of Youth and Sports: Mr. Lance Gbargoyon, Deputy Minister for Youth Development: Ms. Kula Fofana, Assistant Minister for Youth Services; Board of Directors- Booker Washington Institute, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Finance &Development Planning, Ministry of Youth & Sports, An alumnus, BWI Alumni Association, National Social Security &Welfare Corporation, Firestone Plantation Company, Representative, Margibi County Administration, Mr. Kenneth Y. Best - Institutional Historian, H. E. Upjit Singh Sachdeva (Jeety) - Prominent Businessman, Mr. Bill Morris - Prominent Businessman, Mr. Cherif Abdallah - Prominent Businessman, Mr. Ezzat Eid - Prominent Businessman, Mr. Alexander Cummings - Eminent Liberian, The Principal & CEO of the Institute - Secretary; Harbel College Board of Trustees: Mr. David S. Menyongar Chair, Ms. Regina Benson (Community Member), Mr. B. McCarthy Weh, II (Community Member), Msgr Dr. Gabriel B. Jubwe (Community Member), Dr. Michael Slawon (National Commission on Higher Education); Hon. Jim W. Tornonlah (County Authority), Hon. Edward Karfiah (County Authority), Wil Bako Freeman, Cllr. Winleta Anynn Henries (Firestone Plantation Company), John F. Kennedy Memorial Center Board of Directors, Statutory Members, Ministry of Health, Chair, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Justice Ministry of Education, Chief Medical Officer of the Center, The Dean of the Medical School, University of Liberia, The President of the Liberia Nurses Association, The President Liberia Medical and Dental Association; Non-Permanent Members, Ms. Eliza Thomas, Ms. Nadu Cooper, Mr. Joash T. Hodges, The Liberia Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Oscar Bloh (Civil Society)


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