Ellen Sounds Dismissal Caveat

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf addressing the Nation in Monrovia on the National Plan to Combat Ebola
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf addressing the Nation in Monrovia on the National Plan to Combat Ebola last year

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has challenged public officials to either perform their duties and responsibilities in the interest of the state or quit public service.

She said during the last three years of her administration, she will leave no stone unturned to ensure that her government realizes its goals, adding, “as such any public official, irrespective of who it may be, will be dismissed from public service if he or she fails to perform to expectation.”

According to the Liberia News Agency, President Sirleaf proffered the challenge Thursday (Jan 15) at a program marking the induction into office of Justice Minister Benedict F. Sannoh at the Ministry of Justice in Monrovia.

In remarks at the ceremony, the Liberian leader commended officials and staff of the ministry as well as all security apparatus in the country for their performance over the years.

President Sirleaf noted that the success or failure of the government depends on all Liberians; hence, that it is incumbent on all public officials to perform to the best of their abilities.

She lauded Liberian security for the able manner in which they discharged their duties and responsibilities over the years, despite budgetary constraints.

President Sirleaf also commended all security apparatus for the cooperation they accorded the Justice Ministry in the performance of their duties and responsibilities which, she noted, has led to successful operations over the years, and appealed to them to continue the good work.

The Liberian leader promised to continue to provide financial support to the security apparatus to enhance their operations, but cautioned the Ministry of Justice to formulate a workable plan to ensure that funds and logistics provided them are properly utilized.


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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