President Suspends Ministers For Going Late To Work

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf appearing to be in an angry mood
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf appearing to be in an angry mood

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Tuesday (August 13) suspended for one month without pay three officials of the Labor Ministry for allegedly showing up late for work.
She also extended similar punishment to the Superintendent of Rivergee County for reported breach of procurement laws.
The following is a press release issued by the Office of the President. “President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has suspended, effective immediately, the following officials of the Ministry of Labor who were absent from work when she visited their offices at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, August 13.
“Suspended for one month without pay are: Deputy Minister for Administration, Attorney J. Cole Bangalu; Assistant Minister for Research and Statistics, Mr. Richard Ngafuan; and Assistant Minister for Regional Labor Affairs, Mr. Prince Korvah.”
The President often pay surprised and unannounced visits to government agencies to see for herself work habits of officials. The Ministries of Finance and Public Works are among government agencies the president has paid these surprise visits in the past.
On the other hand, the Liberian leader commended officials of the Ministries of Lands, Mines and Energy, and Agriculture, and the General Services Agency for being at work when she visited their respective places of work.
In a related development, and based upon the recommendation of the Minister of Internal Affairs, the Superintendent of River Gee County, Mr. Daniel Johnson, has been suspended, effective immediately, for one month without pay for violation of Government’s procurement and financial rules.

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Author: D K Sengbeh

Danicius Kaihenneh Sengbeh (author of Sengbeh's Weblog) is a respected and renowned Liberian journalist, poet and writer with with journalism experience since 2001, of working both as a mainstream journalist and a communication/media consultant in Liberia. He is Secretary General of the Press Union of Liberia (elected Dec 2013). He was Assistant Secretary General of the Union Dec 2011 to Dec 2013. He is also Editor-In-Chief of The Informer Newspaper—one of Liberia’s credible dailies. Before joining the Informer, Danicius had served as reporter, chief reporter, sub-editor and News Editor at The Independent Newspaper between 2002 and 2006. Before then, he was reporter at the defunct Patriot Newspaper and Kiss FM 2001-2002. Danicius is a UN Media Fellow and Liberia’s first UN Medal Award-winning journalist for his contribution to journalism and for being the second Liberian journalist in 15 years to qualify for and successfully attended the United Nations’ Reham Al-Farra Memorial Journalist Fellowship Program in New York and Geneva, Switzerland in 2012. He earned a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Mass Communication and Sociology from the University of Liberia and a Diploma in Journalism from the International School of Journalism. He holds several awards and recognitions both in and outside of journalism, and carries dozens of certificates in journalism and communication from studies in Ghana, China, United States and Switzerland, among others. He volunteers as Chair of the Information and Communication Committee of his local Bardnersville community. He can be quickly reached via (+231) 886586531/777586531/777464018/ dakasen1978@yahoo.com

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