Weah Makes More Appointments as Senate Continues Confirmation Hearings

MONROVIA, Montserrado – President George Weah has made more new appointments, affecting several government ministries and agencies.

According to a release from the Executive Mansion, those appointed include former government officials under the administration of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

Among them are former Speaker of the 53rd National Legislature and running mate to Unity Party’s Joseph Boakai, Emmanuel Nuquay; former police inspector general, Gregory Coleman; former transport minister, Sam Wlue; former senator, Mobutu Nyenpan; and former deputy public works minister for technical services, Claude Langley.

Details of the appointments follow:

Ministry of Health

Wilhelmina Jallah – Minister
Joyce W. Dunbar Sherman – Deputy Minister for Prevention Services
James Forkpa – Assistant Minister for Administration

Ministry of Labor

Alexander S. Gargu- Assistant Minister for Administration

Ministry of Finance and Development Planning

Rebecca Biao McGill – Deputy Minister for Administration
Ojukun Nyenpan – Asst. Minister for Revenue & Tax Policy Archie
N. Donmo – Assistant Minister for External Resource & Debt Management

Liberia Electricity Corporation

Joseph Y. Howe – Deputy Managing Director Operations/Transmission and Distribution

Drugs Enforcement Agency

Marcus Soko – Deputy Director General for Operations

Forestry Development Authority

Joseph Tarlue – Deputy Managing Director for Operation

Tennessee Plewon III – Deputy Managing Director for Administration

Land Commission

Dr. Othello Brandy – Chairman
J. Adams Manobah – Co-Chairman
J. Joseph Burgess Sr – Commissioner for Land Administration
Kula Jackson Commissioner – Land Policy & Planning
Harry K. Sackie – Registrar of Deeds and Titles

Liberia Agency for Community Empowerment

Joseph T. Williams – Deputy Director

Ministry of Commerce & Industry

Nyema Wisner – Deputy Minister for Commerce & Trade

Robert Flight Information Region

Lasana B. Sannor – Deputy Secretary for Administrative Affairs

Liberia Broadcasting System

Boima J.V. Boima – Deputy for Rural Broadcasting

Liberia National Police

Prince Mulbah – Deputy Inspector General CSD/CID

General Services Agency

Edris A. Bility – Deputy Director/Operations

Liberia Institute of Public Administration

Manneh Teah Sr. – Deputy Director General for Administration

National Port Authority

Chris Wisner – Deputy Managing Director for Operation

National Transit Authority

Herbbie McCauley – Director Myer Beaty Deputy Director

Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism

Boakai Fofana – Deputy Minister Technical Services
Daniel Gaydu – Deputy Minister for Administration
Lance K. Gba-Gonyon – Deputy Minister for Culture & Tourism
Grace Roberts – Assistant for Tourism
David Kolleh – Assistant for Technical Services
Jurah A. Sonoe – Assistant for Administration

Ministry of Public Works

Mobutu Nyenpan – Minister
Claude Langley – Deputy Minister for Technical Affairs
J. Jefferson Chesson – Assistant Minister for Administration

Liberia Petroleum Regulatory Authority

Edward Smith – Director General
Mathew Jallah – Deputy Director General for Operations
Rufus T. Tarnue – Deputy Director General for Technical Services
Idella Cooper Shannon – Board Member
Fodee Kromah – Board Member

Ministry of Land Mines & Energy

Emmanuel O. Sherman – Deputy Minister for Operations
Carlton Miller – Deputy Minister for Planning and Development

Ministry of Defense

T. Olandrus Dickson – Deputy Minister for Administration
Ernest Vafee – Deputy Minister for Operations
Sam Collins – Assistant Minister for Public Affairs
Augustine Lamin – Assistant Minister for Operations
Rudolph Kolako – Assistant Minister for Planning, Policy & Operations
Maime Hayford Pearson – Assistant Minister for Administration

Ministry of Transport

Samuel A. Wlue – Minister
Sirleaf Tyler – Deputy Minister for Administration & Insurance
J. Darius Kollie – Deputy Minister for Land & Rail
Nuwo Scott – Assistant Minister for Insurance & Administration
Joseph Robert – Assistant Minister for Land & Rail

Ministry of Youth & Supports
Emmanuel Johnson – Assistant Minister for Youth Services
Millias Z. Sheriff – Assistant Minister for TVET

Ministry of Education
Alexander Doupu – Deputy Minister for Instructions
Henrietta M. Sackor – Assistant Minister for Science, Technology, Vocational & Special Education

National Fisheries & Aquaculture Authority

Emma Metieh Glassco – National Fisheries

National Investment Commissions
Molewuleh B. Gray – Executive Director

Ministry of Agriculture

Alvin C. Wesseh – Assistant Minister for Research & Extension Services

Superintendent

D. Dorr Cooper – Superintendent Nimba
Philip Nyenuh – Superintendent Rivergee
Ruth Sawmadal – Superintendent Rivercess
Kai Farley – Superintendent Grand Gedeh
William Tamba Kamba – Superintendent Lofa

Ministry of Justice

Fedrick F. Noah – Assistant Minister for Public Safety
Wesseh A. Wesseh – Assistant Minister for Litigation

National Housing Authority

Tugbeh C. Tugbeh – Deputy Managing Director

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Deweh Gray – Deputy Minister for Legal

Liberia Civil Aviation Authority

J. Emmanuel Nuquay – Director General

Ministry of States for Presidential Affairs

Charles Bright – Advisor to the President for Economics
Jordan Sulonteh – Director of Cabinet
Jefferson S. Kanmoh – National Security Advisor
J. Wesseh Blamoh – Deputy Minister for Administration

Ministry of Post and Telecommunication

Edward Goba – Deputy Minister for Post & Telecommunications
Solomon Boe – Assistant Minister for Post & Telecommunications

National Bureau of Concessions
Gregory Coleman – Director General

Local Aid de Camps
B/Gen. Bob Dweh Jr. – Aid de Camp
B/Gen. Abraham S. Bolor – Lofa County
B/Gen. Wilmot K. Tompoe – Grand Bassa
B/Gen. David Boyah – Rivercess
B/Gen. Tarpeh S. Loumbaye – Nimba Country
B/Gen. Abraham M. Dongobo – Bomi County
B/Gen. Sam Brownell – Monsterrado
B/Gen. Rajah Toe – River Gee
B/Gen. Boakai Sarnor – Gbarpolu County
B/Gen. Stanley G. S. Stubblefield – Margibi County
B/Gen. Theophilus T. Nah – Grand Kru Country
B/Gen. Manneh W. Manneh – Sinoe County
B/Gen. Sampson Seyeker – Bong County
B/Gen. Harry Dorsee – Maryland County
B/Gen. Blama O. Koroma – Grand Cape Mount County

President Weah had also earlier made a number appointment in local county administration. The appointments affected Nimba, River Gee, and Grand Gedeh. The River Gee and Grand Gedeh appoints are below:

River Gee County Nominations

Philip Q. Nyenuh – Superintendent
Joseph D. Bohlen – Assistant Superintendent for Development
Hon. James Siasy – Assistant Superintendent for Fiscal Affairs

Grand Gedeh County Nominations

Mrs. Betty Breeze-Doh – Assistant Superintendent for Development
Mr. Randall Nyonkpao Saydee – Assistant Superintendent for Fiscal Affairs
Mr. Roland B. Kai District – Superintendent, Konobo Statutory District
Mr. Moses Cherue – Assistant Superintendent for Development, Konobo Statutory District
Mr. Wilmot K. Flahn – District Commissioner, Putu Administrative District
Mr. Josiah G. Jaiyou – Township Commissioner, Blayee Cheddah Township
Mr. James B. Tailey – District Commissioner, Glio-Twarbo Administrative District
Elizabeth Nyanway – Township Commissioner, Tarloken Township
Eric N. Tarley – District Commissioner, Konobo Administrative District
Amos Quaye – Township Commissioner, Ziah Township

Meanwhile, the Liberian Senate is continuing its confirmation hearing for designated officials whose positions are applicable to confirmation, as provided for by law.

According to the Senate’s director of press, Jalawa Tompo, confirmation hearings for labor minister designate Moses Kollie, deputy labor minister for administration Yvette Freeman, deputy labor minister for manpower development Phil Dixon, and Welma Sampson, assistant minister for manpower development took place on Monday, February 5.

Tompo said the designate for the director for Executive Protection Service, Trokon Roberts; Henry Wollo, the appointed Executive Protection Service’s deputy director for administration and operations; internal affairs minister designate, Varney Sirleaf; and commerce minister designate, Wilson Tarpeh also appeared before the senate for confirmation hearings on Monday.

The deputy commerce minister for small business administration designate, Jemaima Wolokollie; and two other assistant ministers appointed in the ministry were expected to face confirmation on Wednesday.

Tompo encouraged members of the public to make their inputs on background information about individuals nominated by the president.

The senate earlier confirmed Foreign Minister Gbehzohngar Findley, Finance Minister Samuel Tweah, Minister of State for Presidential Affairs Nathaniel McGill, Information Minister Eugene Nagbe, and Defense Minister Daniel Ziankahn.

Among the first major cabinet appointments, Justice Minister designate Charles Gibson has yet to be confirmed, even after his confirmation hearing was held. After being announced as justice minister designate, there were several calls from the public for the president to withdraw Gibson’s nomination.

At the time of his appointment, he could not legally practice law in the country, as the Supreme Court had suspended his license due to malpractices. The license was restored days after his appointment.

Featured photo by Lloyd Massah

Gbatemah Senah

Gbatemah is a graduate of the University of Liberia and a recipient of the Jonathan P. Hicks Scholarship for Mass Communications. In 2017, Senah won three Press Union of Liberia awards: Women's Rights Reporter of the Year, Legislative Reporter of the Year, and Land Rights Reporter of the Year. In 2018, he was also recognized as the Land Rights Reporter of the Year.

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