Dozens of Additional Appointments In Government

By: Martin C. Benson & J. Wesley Washington


The Inquirer
Monrovia, Liberia

Distributed by

The Perspective
Atlanta, Georgia

Posted October 22, 2003

The Executive Branch of the National Transitional Government(NTGL), has continued to take shape as the relevant stakeholders make nominations to fill their respective slots as allotted by the recently signed Accra peace accord.

Mr. Sekou Damate Conneh in an exclusive interview with our reporter on Monday in Tubmanburg made 25 additional nominees including Charles Bennie, Commissioner of Customs & Excise, Ministry of Finance; George Taweh Kiadii, Deputy Director-General for Broadcasting, Liberia Broadcasting System(LBS); Edwin K.Gaylah, Deputy Managing Director for Operations, Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC); Paul Thomas, Deputy Managing Director for Operations, Forestry Development Authority (FDA), and Morris Liberty, Assistant Minister for Operations, National Security Agency.

Also named by the LURD boss are: Jurial Sannah, Assistant Minister of Defense for Public Affairs; Edward Sali, Deputy Minister for Sectoral and Regional Planning, Ministry of Agriculture, and Joseph Nyumah, Assistant Minister of Land Transport for Operation, Ministry of Transport.
Others are Armah Sannoh, Deputy Minister for Urban Affairs, Ministry of Internal Affairs; Dwanah Kamara, Assistant Minister for Administration, Ministry of Internal Affairs; Philip Manyeah, Assistant Minister for Operation, Ministry of Internal Affairs; Alhaji Sekou Fofana, Port Manager, National Port Authority (NPA); Michael Nayou, Deputy Minister; Cllr. Jenkins K. Z. B. Scott, Deputy Minister for Legal Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Lasana Sesay, Inspector General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Soriba Kamara, Assistant Minister for International Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Besides Chairman also named Mr. Henry K. Marvie, Deputy Minister for Administration, Ministry of Health and Social Welfare; for the Ministry of Agriculture, Mr. Conneh named Wallace Boah, Assistant Minister for Livestock, Fishery; Sekou Kanneh, Assistant Minister for Administration, Ministry of Commerce and Abraham Kromah, Inspector General.

Mr. Ansu Dolley was named Assistant Minister for Civil Aviation, Ministry of Transport; Sheikh Kaitamba, Assistant Minister for Labor Standard, Abass Kanneh, Assistant Minister for Trade Union Affairs, Ministry of Labor.

Mr. Peter L. Solo was nominated as Director of the Cabinet, while Mr. Christopher Bowah was named Assistant Minister of State for Presidential Affairs.

Sam Mohamed Kromah was named Managing Director, Liberia Industrial Free Zone Authority(LIFZA), Abraham Brown, Deputy Executive Director, LRRRC, and Samson Gwein, Deputy Managing Director for Operations, RIA (Roberts International Airport).

In a related development, this paper has reliably learnt that in accordance with the Joint Technical Committee meetings held by political parties and civil society organizations, the group’s nominations have been forwarded to the office of NTGL Chairman Gyude Bryant.

According to our sources, the nominations made by civil society organizations include for the Liberia National Police(LNP), Losay Kendor, Director; Edwin S. Gbusseh, Deputy Director for Training; Comfort Howe-Flomo, Asst. Director for Operations, and Edwin Mennoh, Asst. Director, Deputy Commandant for Planning, Research and Curriculum Development.

Our sources disclosed that for the Ministry of National Security are: Margarette B. Broh, Deputy Minister for Administration; Anthony K. Souh, Assistant Minister, Economic for Crime.
For the National Bureau of Investigation(NBI) our source revealed that Anthony D. Kromah has been nominated as Director.

For the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization(BIN), according to our source are: Ernest J. Torborh, Deputy Commissioner for Administration; Atty. Abraham Fahnbulleh, Deputy Commissioner for Naturalization, and Philip P. Norrington, Asst. Commissioner for Naturalization.
There has been some friction between Civil Society and the Liberian National Law Enforcement Association(LINLEA) on the nomination to fill slots within the security apparatus.

The LINLEA prexy, Cecil Griffiths noted that since law enforcement should not be politicized, they suggest that everyone should apply and they would jointly vet and select to fill the law enforcement positions. They in that submitted a list in its entirety to the Chairman of Civil Society, Saah Philip Joe.
Nominated according to our source at the National Lotteries is Digor A. Fahnbulleh, Deputy Director for Administration; Emmanuel A. Tulay, Deputy for Research and Training, Rubber Development Unit.

At the Ministry of Gender and Development, Dr. Evelyn Kandakai has been nominated as Minister though other reports said she has been retained at the Education Ministry where Dr. Thomas G. Koon, according to our source, has been nominated as Minister with James A. A. Morris as Deputy Minister for Instruction, and Joshua F. Sammy as Deputy Minister for Administration.
At the National Housing and Savings Bank, Richard Foko was nominated as Vice president for Operations, while two persons have been nominated for the position of General Manager of the Domestic Airport Authority. They are John G. S. Davies, and James Sellu Lomoi.

At the John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital, Moses Zayee has been nominated as Deputy Administrator, while at the National Archives, Shadrach Maimba Kanneh has been nominated as Deputy for Operations.

For the National Oil Company, according to our source, Augustine J. Zaizay has been nominated as Vice president for Administration, and Jacob Sandikie, as Vice president for Technical Affairs.

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