MONROVIA, Montserrado â€“ President George Weah has made 29 new appointments in government. The appointments according to the executive mansion take effect as of Friday, when the names of the newly appointed officials were released.
Those appointed include Dean Julius Sawolo Nelson as president of the University of Liberia; Edwin Juah, assistant minister for European Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Esiaka Sheriff, assistant minister for research, planning, and development at the Ministry of Agriculture; and George Gontor and William Thompson, II, deputy minister for energy, and assistant minister for energy, respectively.
|Ministry of Foreign Affairs
|Asst. Minister for European Affairs
|Ministry of Internal Affairs
|Asst. Minister for Research, Planning & Development
|Ministry of Mines and Energy
|Deputy Minister for Energy
|Ministry of Agriculture
|William T. Thompson II
|Assist. Minister for Energy
|Ministry of National Defense
|Deputy Minister for Operations
|Ministry of Post & Telecom.
|Deputy Minister for Operations
|Ministry of Public Works
|Assit. Minister for Rural Development
|Civil Law Court
|J. Kennedy Peabody
|Resident Judge, 6th Judicial Circuit Court
|Liberia Embassy in Washington DC
|Al Jerome Chede
|Minister Counselor for Press
|Liberia Ant-Corruption Comm.
|Kanio Bai Gbala
|Civil Service Agency
|Deputy Director General for Adm.
|Rural Renewable Energy
|Joseph T. Williams
|Liberia Agency for Comm. Emp.
|Mariama M. Koon
|Deputy Executive Director
|Liberia Medicine & Health Products Regulatory Authority
|Keturah Chupee Smith
|Center for National Documents and Record Agency ( CNDRA)
|National Food Assistance Agency
|C. Neileh Daitauoh
|National Housing Authority
|Depurt Managing Director for Oper.
|Mittal Operating Company
|Board Member (Govâ€™t representative)
|Liberia Electricity Corporation
|National Oil Company of Liberia
|Richard B. Devine
|Liberia Petroleum Refinery Company
|University of Liberia
|Julius Sawolo Nelson
Earlier, Weah appointed Edwin Harris as Director-General of the Financial Intelligence Unit to replace outgoing Director-General Alex Cuffy, whose tenure expired two months ago.
Harrisâ€™ appointment is still pending confirmation from the senate, as it is required by law.
According to the Executive Mansion, Harris holds a Masterâ€™s degree in Public Administration from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A. and brings more than eight years of progressive work experience in the regulatory agency, anti-corruption, and anti-money laundering consultancy.
â€œHe has skills and broad knowledge in policy formulation, research and other anti-corruption strategies from the public and private sectors. He also has vast knowledge and understanding of the Patriot Act, European Union Directives, U.K. Bribery Act and other international protocols on anti-money laundering and countering terrorist financing,â€ the executive mansion said in a release.
The release also revealed that the president is confident that the new Financial Intelligence Unit director generalâ€™s institutional knowledge as lead consultant of the unit between 2012 and 2014, coupled with his education and â€œimpeccable experience,â€ will play a vital role in advancing the principles of the institution.
Featured photo by Gbatemah Senah