By Morrison O.G. Sayon
Public Works Minister and former head of the President’s Program Delivery Unit (PDU) at the Ministry of State, Mr. Gyude Moore has formally turned over the affairs of the PDU to its newly appointed head, Dr. Clarence Moniba. Mr. Moore was recently named and confirmed as the Minister of Public Works.
Dr. Moniba, a son of Liberia’s former Vice President, Harry Moniba, recently returned from the United States of America with a Doctorate in Rhetoric and Professional Communication. He earlier worked as Country Program Manager of High Level Panel on Fragile States and earlier Operations Manager for High Level Panel Post-2015 (United Nations) before his return to the United States.
Dr. Moniba earlier worked at Liberia’s Embassy in Washington, D.C., USA as well as Liberia’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York, USA.
Dr. Moniba thanked President Sirleaf for affording him the opportunity to serve the Liberian people and pledged to support the President meet the infrastructural goals of the government.
“I know that it is our responsibility to trouble-shoot the scrupulous implementation of the government’s infrastructural agenda for the good of the nation and its people. I am certainly committed to this objective and will seek improve the workings of the PDU,” Dr. Moniba pledged.
He praised Mr. Moore for laying a solid foundation upon which he and his team will help the President meet her promise to the people and named roads, power, and ports as key projects that must be tracked properly to ensure maximum delivery.
Also speaking, Public Works Minister and former head of the PDU, Gyude Moore expressed satisfaction with the performance of the PDU under his leadership and pointed out that the PDU under his leadership was different from the past and is hopeful that the PDU under Dr. Moniba will be even better.
He recalled that two former heads of the PDU including himself had taken up cabinet positions in the area of infrastructure program, adding that the unit is critical to the government’s desire to deliver services to the Liberian people.
“This concept of the President’s Program Delivery Unit was advanced by former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, who ran similar unit during his reign as Prime Minister. Blair’s African Governance Initiative (AGI) laid the foundation and helped the unit in its beginning,” Min. Moore said.
Minister Moore pledged to always be of help to the PDU and re-emphasized his confidence in the ability of Dr. Moniba to effectively run the affairs of the unit. “President Sirleaf can be assured that you will deliver because you were here with us before and your performance was remarkable and very helpful,” Minister Moore reiterated.