On Wednesday, February 2, 2012, the Liberian Senate kicked off the confirmation proceedings of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s nominees. Recently, President Johnson-Sirleaf nominated several individuals, most of whom served in her first administration, to serve in her new administration.
Subsequently, the President forwarded the names of her nominees to the Liberian Senate for consideration where applicable.
The confirmation of Presidential nominees is in line with the Liberian Constitution- the organic law of the land. The confirmation proceedings, which are open to the public, are intended to painstakingly scrutinize the nominees in a bid to ascertain as to whether they (nominees) are qualified or not.
Those, who have so far appeared before the Liberian Senate for confirmation proceedings, include: Finance Minister-designate, Amara Konneh, Agriculture Minister-designate, Dr. Florence Chenoweth, Internal Affairs Minister-designate, Blamo Nelson, Public Works Minister-designate, Samual Kofi Woods and Lands, Mines and Energy Minister-designate, Patrick Sendolo.
As part of the ongoing confirmation proceedings, several of the President’s nominees are also expected to face confirmation proceedings today, Friday, February 4, 2012. They include: Foreign Minister-designate, Augustine Ngafuan, Information, Culture and Tourism Minister-designate, Lewis Browne, Defense Minister-designate Brownie Samukai and Transport Minister-designate, Eugene Nagbe.
We wholeheartedly extol the Liberian Senate for the way it is conducting the confirmation proceedings thus far.
We think the Liberian Senate is proceedings well in the execution of this herculean task. Nonetheless, we challenge the Upper House to confirm the nominees on the basis of merits and nothing else.
We further think that confirming the nominees on the basis of merits is the honorable thing to do, as doing so will avoid some of the mistakes of the immediate past regime when some public servants were confirmed without properly scrutinizing them. Already, findings from public opinion suggest that several of the nominees must be confirmed because they are qualified. The findings named Information, Culture and Tourism Minister-designate, Lewis Browne, Defense Minister-designate Brownie Samukai, Finance Minister-designate, Amara Konneh, Agriculture Minister-designate, Dr. Florence Chenoweth, Internal Affairs Minister-designate, Blamo Nelson, Public Works Minister-designate, Samuel Kofi Woods among others.
With this, it is our considerate position that all those the pubic say are qualified be confirmed by the Liberian Senate.