Ellen Makes Additional Appointments, Nominations
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has made additional appointments and nominations in Government affecting the Ministries of State for Presidential Affairs, Foreign Affairs, Commerce and Industry, Labor and Internal Affairs. Other government parastatals include the National Commission on Higher Education, Liberia Refining Company, Central Bank of Liberia and the University of Liberia.
According to an Executive Mansion release, these appointments are subject to confirmation by the Honorable Liberian Senate, where applicable. Those appointed include: Ministry of State for Presidential Affairs-Mr. Jordan Solunteh, Director General of the Cabinet,
National Commission on Higher Education-Dr. Momo Rogers, Deputy Director General,
Ministry of Foreign Affairs-Mr. Elias Shoniyin, Deputy Minister of the Foreign Affairs, Mr. Thomas Kaydor, Deputy Minister for International Cooperation, Ministry of Commerce & Industry-Mr. Franz Sawyer, Deputy Minister for Administration, Mr. Andrew G. Paygar-Flangiah, Sr., Deputy Minister for Small Business Administration and Mr. Pewee Reed, Assistant Minister for Bureau of Small Business Administration.
Others are Ministry of Labor-Ms. Moriah Kou Yeakula, Assistant Minister for Administration, Mr. Emmett M. Crayton, Assistant Minister for Trade Union, Ms. Marion N. Wreh, Assistant Minister for Standards, Liberia Petroleum Refining Company-Mr. Edwin Sarvice, Deputy Managing Director for Operations (replacing Mr. Aaron Wheagar who is being retired after having served the Company for more than 20 years), Central Bank of Liberia-
Mr. Milton Weeks, Member, Board of Governors (replacing Mr. David Vinton), Ms. Melisa Emeh, Member, Board of Governors (replacing Ms. Mildred Reeves), Ministry of Internal Affairs-Mr. Allen Kromah, Assistant Minister for Research, Development & Planning
The President has established a Tourism Exploratory Committee which will assist in the formation of a Tourism Agency which will evolve into an autonomous agency after separation from the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism. Tourism Exploratory Committee, Dr. Dawn Barnes–Chair, Ms. Barku Tubman–Member, Mr. Jacqueline Capehart–Member
Additionally, the President, based upon recommendation from the Chief Justice, also constituted an independent committee of experts from the civil society to start the process of nominating a member of the Independent National Human Rights Commission: Mr. James Yarsiah–Chairman, Ms. Roseline Toweh–Co-chairperson, Mr. Roosevelt Woods–Secretary, Ms. T. Thompson Adebayor–Member, Mr. Varney Jersey–Member, Ms. Finda Salay–Member and Attorney Jura A. Lynch– Member.
Meanwhile, a release issued said, all assistant ministers’ posts at the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection will continue with full compensation until the end of the fiscal year when the new changes at the Ministry will be implemented.
Mr. Rameses Kumbuyah nomination for the post of Deputy Minister for Administration has been withdrawn as he has been asked to retain his current position as Deputy Minister for Administration at the Ministry of Education. Dr. Nancy Freeman has been nominated for the post of Deputy Minister for Administration at the Ministry of Youth and Sports.
Finally, Mr. Norris Tweah has been appointed Vice President for University Relations at the University of Liberia.