Ellen Backtracks On Dismissal Of LIPA Officials

Though she initially booted them out of government, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has directed that the three officials of the Liberia Institute of Public Administration (LIPA) recently dismissed be “temporarily reinstated pending the fulfillment of certain conditions”, the Executive Mansion said Saturday.

These include the Deputy Director General for Administration & Management, Mr. P. EmMersyn Harris; Deputy Director General for Training & Development, Mr. Richard S. Panton; and Deputy Director General for Research & Consultancy, Atty. Harris F. Tarnue.

The Liberian President’s directive is the result of an investigation she ordered based on documentation submitted to her by the three LIPA officials protesting their dismissal for “unilaterally increasing their salaries in the absence of the Head of the Institute.”

The sequence of events and the facts uncovered from the investigation did not uphold the stated reason for the dismissals.

However, in light of the ongoing reform of Government agencies by the Civil Service Agency (CSA), the three LIPA officials will be required to compete with other candidates in the professional recruitment exercise to be conducted by the CSA in order to retain their respective positions if they successfully complete the process.


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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