By Lansana Fofanah………………..
Parliament yesterday approved nine Presidential nominees to serve in various Ministerial and Ambassadorial positions.
They include Sylvia Olayinka Blyden ,the Minister of Social Welfare, Gender & Children’s Affairs , Honorable Alimamy P. Koroma (Petito) Ambassador to the Peoples Republic of China, Captain (Rtd.) Abdul Rahman Kamara, Deputy Minister of Defence , Mr. Monfred Momoh Sesay Justice of the Court of Appeal, Bai Mahmoud Bangura, Minister of Youth Affairs, Ms Nanette Thomas ,Minister of Political and Public Affairs, Mr. Ahmed Khanou Minister of Sports, Mr. Sidi Yayah Tunis, Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Mr. Mahmoud Tarawally Deputy Minister of Lands, Country Planning and the Environment.
The approval of Dr. Christiana Thorpe, the proposed Deputy Minister of Education 1 is still pending as she was absent from Parliament yesterday. The Speaker of the House, Hon. S.B.B Dumbuya said she was presently in South Africa on official duties.
Presenting them before the Well of Parliament, the Majority Leader, Honourable Ibrahim Bundu said that the nominees were interviewed based on their backgrounds, track records, and wide range of issues that have to do with their various positions.
Honorable Ibrahim Bundu said that during the interview process, letters were received from concerned citizens concerning some nominees about their eligibility to hold positions, noting that the Parliamentary Committee on Appointments addressed all issues before the public in other to clear the doubt in the minds of the public.
Honorable Ibrahim Bundu said that he had no doubt in the capability of those nominees to serve in their various capacities.
Honorable Komba Koedoyoma of the SLPP noted that he and his colleagues on the interview panel were pleased to announce that all interviewees successfully passed the test.
Hon. Koedoyoma said that before the latest cabinet reshuffle, there were already unpleasant things happening in those Ministries and therefore admonished the new Ministers and Deputies to live up to the expectations of the public, and they should not see this as a payback time.
Honorable Alhaji Ibrahim Ben Kargbo of Constituency 030 said that he was confident that all appointees will live up to the challenges ahead of them.
Honorable IB Kargbo said that after watching the whole interview process on television, he was bemused as most of the nominees struggled to defend their Curriculum Vitae. “If you are not a Paramount Chief, don’t state it that you are a Paramount Chief because it will lead to embarrassing situations,” he stated.