Jayjay Named Lands, Mines and Energy Minister; Nokeh Posts & Telecommunications


– FPA STAFF REPORT

Monrovia – The Executive Mansion in Liberia late Wednesday announced several more appointments in government as President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf continues to reconfigure her Cabinet in the aftermath of her decision to send all but one of her Cabinet members on Administrative leave recently.

Henry Fahnbulleh becomes Deputy Minister for Urban Affairs at the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

A statement from the Executive Mansion said Wednesday that the appointees will serve in acting positions pending their confirmation by the Honorable Liberian Senate on its return in January 2011.

According to an Executive Mansion release, those appointed are: Mr. Roosevelt Jayjay, Minister, Ministry of Lands, Mines & Energy and Mr. Frederick Norkeh, Minister, Ministry of Posts & Telecommunications.

Henry Fahnbulleh, who was elected Secretary General of the ruling Unity Party but had to step aside after a bitter feud with party executives was named Deputy Minister for Urban Affairs , Ministry of Internal Affairs. Mr. Sam Russ, formerly a Deputy at the Ministry of Justice becomes Deputy Minister for Operations, Ministry of Lands, Mines & Energy, Mr. Carlton Miller, Deputy Minister of Planning, Ministry of Lands, Mines & Energy; Mr. James Y. Gbarbea, Jr., Assistant Minister for Mines, Ministry of Lands, Mines & Energy, Mr. Charles Nelson, Deputy Minister for Commerce & Industry, Ministry of Commerce & Industry.

The latest appointment leaves only the Ministry of Commerce and Foreign Affairs still without new ministers. Both Banke King Akerele and Miatta Beysolow reportedly resigned during the president’s presidential leave mandate.

Meanwhile, the vaccum filled at the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications means that Tiawon Gongloe the former Minister of Labor is officially out of the government a week after the minister took the President to task over the manner in which she chose to send her Cabinet on Administrative Leave. Information Minister Cletus Sieh told Truth FM radio Wednesday that Gongloe was offer another ministerial job but that he chose not to accept and has opted instead to go into practicing law.

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