The House of Parliament of Republic of Sierra Leone has on Tuesday 11th April, 2017 approved the Ombudsman and six (6) other presidential nominees for different positions in the country.
The Chairman of the Committee on Appointments and the Public Service, Hon. Leonard S. Fofanah who double as Majority Leader and Leader of Government business in presenting the nominees to the House of Parliament said the Committee on Appointments and the Public Service cognizant of its constitutional obligation of vetting and approving of appropriately qualified candidates for appointment to public offices, met on Thursday 6th April,2017 and interviewed seven Presidential nominees for appointment as follows: Ombudsman; Director General, Sierra Leone Road Authority; Deputy Director General Sierra Leone Road Authority; Executive Director, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency and Three Members of the Human Right Commission Sierra Leone.
He said that the committee maintained strict consistency with its established procedure. He informed that the nominees were interviewed on issues pertaining to their educational background to ensure that they have the relevant education and necessary backup experience to hold such important offices of State.
He furthered that more probing questions put to the nominees covered wide ranging issues relating to their track records in pertinent work situations, declared assets, tax obligations and their vision for a nationally productive tenure.
He confirmed that issues of unsuitability or otherwise was also closely looked into.
He disclosed that the committee adjudged the following presidential nominees to be suitably qualified for their proposed appointment and they were accordingly recommended to the House for Approval.
Mr. Melron C. Nicol Wilson-Ombudsman; Ing Mrs. Memuna Kumba Jalloh- Director General, Sierra Leone Road Authority; Dr. Sahr Ernest Gbembo- Deputy Director General, Sierra Leone Road Authority; Brigadier (Rtd) Daniel Yapo Sesay- Executive Director, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency; Mr. Rashid Dumbuya- Member, Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone; Rev. Dr. Usman Jesse Fornah- Member, Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone and Ms. Grace Coleridge Taylor- Member Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone.
He admonished that the third report is the unanimous decision of the committee and he therefore moved that the third report of the fifth session of the Committee on Appointments and the Public Service be adopted by the House and that the recommendations contained therein be approved.
Hon Komba E. Koedoyoma said the appointment made by President Koroma is not by mistake but by merit and he hope that all the nominees will perform well in their new offices as there millions of Sierra Leoneans that are looking for this same opportunity.
He said if they fail in representing the people of this country well as they promised the Committee on Appointment during the interview, the House of Parliament will hold them responsible and face the consequences for failing the citizens of this nation.
He added that Melron Nicol Wilson promised the committee to bring justice as Ombudsman and they are looking to see that he fill full that promise.
He said the SLRA nominees should look into the pot holes in the city and also help to connect the Kono- Kailahun road as that two districts are agricultural products district but the road condition is very poor.
He said they should use their past experiences to improve these sectors.
Hon. Rosaline J.K. Smith said in the region and Sub-regions, no Head of State has empowered women compared to President Koroma. She added that they are happy for the female nominees and hope that they will do good job than the men.
She said women sometimes fine it difficult in getting promotions in some offices but President Koroma has given equal rights to women, men and young people of this country.
All other Members of Parliament gave positive contributions to the approval of these nominees.
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