President Sirleaf Makes New Appointments In Government

The Perspective
Atlanta, Georgia
November 17, 2014


Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

My fellow Liberians:

Even as we continue to combat the Ebola virus and strive to achieve our national objective of zero-new-cases by Christmas, we must also attend to what will be a difficult job of recovery –recovery to the health care system so that we deliver health care services all across the country and are better prepared for any epidemic of the size and scale of Ebola; recovery to the economy so that we are repositioned to produce more opportunities and afford decent and better living conditions for all our people; recovery to governance so that notwithstanding the superficial differences which haunt the body politic, we can still remain enjoined behind the common purpose of national healing and reconstruction.

This requires a team that is adaptable, responsive, disciplined, loyal, and focused – a team that is understanding of the prevailing challenges, and [is] resolved to respond by taking appropriate risks to get things done on time. It is my job to continuously vet and ready such a team for the challenges we currently face and those that lie ahead.

And so today, I announce a number of changes to the Executive Branch of the Government. A few are transferred or reassigned, signifying our recognition of their capabilities and performance. Others are dropped from where they served, but will be given appropriate opportunities to continue to serve the country. I am deeply grateful for the services and contribution of all of those we who have served or continue to serve.

We are not short on expectation that going forward, each working day – indeed each working hour – will be spent not only on catching up and continuing with the transformational agenda of the country but also to exploring creative new approaches by which we deliver on the agenda within the limited time of our stewardship.

My hope is that this team will take us to the finish line. But make no mistake: As Captain, I will not hesitate to change anyone who fails to meet our expectations.

With these remarks, I am pleased to make the following initial appointments, others to follow at a subsequent time:

Ministry of Public Works
Mr. William Gyude Moore - Minister
Mr. Roland Giddings - Deputy Minister for Administration


Ministry of Education
Dr. Elizabeth Davis-Russell – Minister
Dr. Nancy Freeman – Deputy Minister for Administration
Mr. Anthony Nimely – Deputy Minister for Planning, Research and Development

National Investment Commission
Mrs. Etmonia David Tarpeh – Chairperson

Ministry of Health
Mr. George Werner – Minister

Ministry of Gender, Children & Social Protection
Mrs. Julia Duncan-Cassell – Minister
Mr. Peter Roberts - Deputy Minister for Administration
Mrs. Sienne Abdul-Baki - Deputy Minister for Gender
Mrs. Mardia Martin Wiles - Deputy Minister for Policy, Planning & Technical Services
Mrs. Lydia Sherman - Deputy Minister for Children and Social Protection

Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Dr. Wede Brownell – Deputy Minister for Administration
Ms. Albratha Doe – Assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs

Ministry of Transport
Mr. Bushuben M. Keita - Deputy Minister for Administration Ministry of Commerce & Industry
Mr. Cyril Allen, Jr. – Deputy Minister for Commerce
Mr. Mohammed Turay – Assistant Minister for Industry

National AIDS Commission
Ms. Candace Eastman – Commissioner (replacing Ms. Wessehdi Sio-Njoh)


Ministry of Youth & Sports
Mr. Ramses Kumbuyah - Deputy Minister for Administration (replacing Ms. Jacqueline Capehart)

Ministry of Lands, Mines & Energy
Mr. Zack Sharpe – Deputy Minister for Administration

Ministry of Information
Mr. Andrew Tehmeh - Deputy Minister for Administration (to replace Norris Tweah who moves on to the University of Liberia)

Ministry of Internal Affairs
Ms. Gbemie Horace Kollie - Deputy Minister for Operations (replacing Mr. Ranney Jackson)

Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications
Ms. Margretta Smith-General - Assistant Minister for Administration (replacing Mr. James Cooper)

Liberia Broadcasting System
Mr. Ledgerhood Rennie – Director General
Mr. Patrick Honnah – Deputy Director General for Broadcasting
Mr. Christopher Sellee – Deputy Director General for Rural Comms
The special word on the change in the Ministry of Health. Dr. Gwenigale will continue to serve as Advisor until his planned retirement in February.

Source: Liberian Government

There are no permanent friends or foes...only shifting alliances and interests.

Mr. Cyril Allen, Jr. – Deputy Minister for Commerce
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This president continue to put her friends in place of positions, no matter their productivities level.
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However it seems unnecessary that one should have to to identify as a particular condition or subscribe to an organisation simply to be heard. The vast majority of end users will drawing no such organisation, either through stigma, or most likely because it is simply too much effort. Neither will a large number of them report their concerns and views to the organisation that they are receiving care from, through a lack of faith in an organisation that may have already failed them, but also because they feel vulnerable in raising a complaint against an organisation that they are reliant on for their health and well-being.There is then, a great need for a fully independent, and trusted, organisation, that anyone can approach for advice, and support in their dealings with health and care services. An organisation that will support individuals, and protect them through enforcing their rights and standards. An organisation that is effective in influencing the provision of care both locally and nationally.The measure of that trust, will be that the most vulnerable feel safe in approaching and dealing with this organisation – it will not be enough for it to be technically independent, it must be seen and trusted to be independent by those most in need. Regrettably, no organisation that is funded by a provider or commissioner, or accountable to the same – or to any body that it is likely to be criticising, will be seen to be independent by the end user. And wiohtut a perception of independence, the vulnerable end user will not use such an organisation. Remember, when we are placing our lives and well-being is in the hands of others, it is very, very difficult to feel safe speaking out against them, and an independent champion for the needs of the end user is required.HealthWatch has the potential to be that champion for the end user. Its potential to improve services across the board is immense. It can inform individuals of what is available, support them in their dealings with providers, influence providers and commissioners, and protect the vulnerable through inspection and reporting as the people's regulator'.In order for such an organisation to truly be the champion of the rights of the end user, it must, by statute, stand on a par with the National commissioning board, Monitor, and the CQC. Since it will, most certainly, be seeking to influence and hold to account all of these bodies.For HealthWatch to be properly accountable itself, then the individual local organisations must be accountable to a wide constituency of end users, and the national body must be accountable to the local bodies. Only through this bottom up approach will be national body have legitimacy. If national HealthWatch is accountable in this way, it will be truly provide the voice of the end user. In addition, if it has this legitimacy from the bottom up, it may rightfully seek to set the standards that local HealthWatches must attain in order to serve their populace. HealthWatch England itself, should in addition, be accountable directly to Parliament.HealthWatch is one of the most powerful innovations of the bill, by giving a voice to the end user of health and social care; by granting them the ability to speak out about problems with services before they become another mid-Staffs; by providing a method through which they can point out system failings, and suggest improvements – and so often the end user can see how the system can be improved, and save a great deal of money in the process – through all of these changes, granted by one simple change – enabling the end user to speak up a great deal can be done to improve the lot of us all. The level of public engagement in the Listing Exercise, the volume with which we have all spoken out, indicates the strength of feeling that we, the public, have regarding the NHS and social care. If nothing else, this must underline the importance of a body such as HealthWatch, enabling the public voice to continue to be heard at every level throughout system, from the ward, to the social services manager, from GP commissioning consortia and providers' boards (where HealthWatch must have a place), to the National commissioning board and Monitor. At each of these points the consumer's voice must be heard in order to influence services for the better.Only through creating a strong independent and trusted voice for the consumer through HealthWatch can our health and care services reach their true potential, and deliver the integrated supportive care that all of us, whether consumer, provider, commissioner, or legislator desire.Nicholas Kennedy (Chairman of City of London Local Involvement Network)
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