-Pres. Weah Challenges Commissioned Officials
President George Manneh Weah Thursday commissioned three senior cabinet officials as he continues to build a government that delivers for the Liberian people.
A Foreign Ministry statement names Foreign Minister Gbehzohngar Milton Findley, Presidential Affairs, Nathanial F. McGill and the Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Samuel D. Tweah, Jr. as those commissioned by the President in the Cabinet Room of the Ministry of Foreign.
Administering the Oath of Office, President Weah congratulated the three commissioned officials on their preferments and challenged them to perform their duties with diligence and commitment in order to prove their critics wrong.
While cautioning his new cabinet members, the President added, “When you were nominated to your various positions of trust, there were some Liberians who said some of you were not competent and up to the task for the position you were being nominated to, while others said you are qualified and fit for the tasks. You, therefore, need to work harder to prove your detractors wrong or else your critics would be right.”
Speaking on behalf of his fellow honorees, Foreign Minister Findley expressed deep sense of gratitude to the Chief Executive for the confidence he has reposed in their abilities to serve in their various capacities; adding: “We will not let you down, Mr. President.”
Minister Findley further assured the Liberian leader of their commitment and pledged their unflinching loyalty and support to the Weah-led government’s pro-poor agenda, which is aimed at enunciating policies that would promote the wellbeing of the ordinary Liberian people.
The colorful event was graced by key officials of government including the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dr. Bhofal Chambers, the President Pro-tempore of the Liberian Senate, Albert Chie and the Deputy Minister of Health for Health Services and Chief Medical Officer of Liberia, Dr. Francis Kateh, among others.
Also, President Weah met with a delegation of the Health Workers Association of Liberia at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
During the meeting, he commended the Health Workers for their commitment and sacrifices to the nation and assured them of his continued support aimed at revamping the health sector. President Weah said he was appalled by the existing condition of the John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital and promised to work towards transforming the facility.
President Weah informed the Health Workers Association that his call on them was to assess challenges confronting the sector in order to forge a partnership to enhance the sector.
For their part, the Association, through its spokesperson applauded President Weah for extending an invitation to the Health Workers. They said this is the first time in the history of Liberia for a sitting president to call upon the health workers to listen to them on issues affecting the health sector in an effort to address occasioning challenges.
Amongst issues confronting the health sectors, they noted the need for effective ambulance service; adequate drugs supply in a timely manner; the welfare of the health workers; the refusal of the Ministry of Labor to grant them a Certificate of Recognition; inadequate salary for health workers; and lack of insurance as well as non-existence of decent work Act. They also appealed for specialized training for doctors and nurses.
The meeting was attended by Hon. Nathaniel Farlo McGill, Minister of State for Presidential Affairs, Minister Samuel Tweah, Minister of Finance & Development Planning, Prof. Wilson K. Tarpeh, Commerce Minister-designate, Dr. Francis Kateh, Deputy Minister of Health /Chief Medical Officer of the Republic of Liberia, and Dr. John Mulbah, Chairman, Liberia Medical and Dental Council.