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Ellen Names ‘Final Team’ Gwenigale, Tarpeh Take New Posts, Weeks, Others Out

first_imgPresident Ellen Sirleaf has relieved several high-profile officials of government of their posts, while reshuffling others as she announced “a team,” which she presumed will take her government to the finish line come 2017.Prominent among those relieved of their posts are embattled Minister of Public Works, Dr. Antoinette Weeks and Mr. Ambrose Nmah, Director-General, Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS).The President also reshuffled Dr. Walter T. Gwenigale, outgoing Minister of Health and Social Welfare who has been on the bang-wagon since the inception of the Unity Party led government in 2006, and Education Minister, Madam Etmonia David Tarpeh.President Sirleaf also appointed several of what she calls “potential and result-oriented individuals” including Dr. Elizabeth Davis-Russell, president of Tubman University; William Gyude Moore, Project Coordinator in the office of President Sirleaf; Mr. Christopher Sellee, Deputy Presidential Press Secretary; and many others.Minister Gwenigale and others, including junior officials of government were relieved of their posts by the Liberian President on Sunday November 16, 2014. She made the pronouncement through a state of the nation’s address from her Foreign Ministry office.William Gyude Moore replaces outgoing Public Works Minister Antoinette Weeks, while the president of Tubman University located in Harper Maryland County, Dr. Elizabeth Davis-Russell, replaces outgoing Education Minister Etmonia David Tarpeh. Civil Service Agency Director General, Mr. George Werner, who himself is embattled after it was alleged that he masterminded a massive dismissal of civil servants, replaces Minister Walter T. Gwenigale.During her pronouncement to the nation on Sunday afternoon, President Sirleaf said even as government continues to combat the Ebola virus and strive to achieve the national objective of zero-new-cases by Christmas, government needs to also attend to what will be a difficult job of recoveries. These have to do with, she said, “recovery to the health care system so that we deliver health care services all across the country and are better prepared for any epidemic of the size and scale of Ebola; recovery to the economy so that we are repositioned to produce more opportunities and afford decent and better living conditions for all our people; recovery to governance so that notwithstanding the superficial differences which haunt the body politic, we can still remain enjoined behind the common purpose of national healing and reconstruction.”The President noted that this requires a team that is adaptable, responsive, disciplined, loyal, and focused – a team that understands the prevailing challenges, and is resolved to respond by taking appropriate risk to get things done on time. “It is my job to continuously vet and ready such a team for the challenges we currently face and those that lie ahead…” adding that members of her new team “are transferred or reassigned, signifying our recognition of their capabilities and performance.”The rest, she said, “are dropped from where they served, but will be given appropriate opportunities to continue to serve the country.”“We are not short on expectation that going forward, each working day – indeed each working hour – will be spent not only on catching up and continuing with the transformational agenda of the country but also to exploring creative new approaches by which we deliver on the agenda within the limited time of our stewardship.“My hope is that this team will take us to the finish line. But make no mistake: As Captain, I will not hesitate to change anyone who fails to meet our expectations,” the President said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

SHOCK AS FINE GAEL LEADER ON DONEGAL COUNCIL VOTES TO ABOLISH IRISH WATER

first_imgCllr Doherty in Killygordon this weekFINE Gael is facing a new crisis today – as its Donegal councillors called for a stop to the introduction of water charges.The leader of the party on Donegal County Council Cllr Barry O’Neill said the introduction of water charges was “a step too far”.Cllr Frank McBrearty had an emergency motion calling for Irish Water to be abolished with 33 of the 34 councillors voting in favour of it. Fine Gael’s Bernard McGuinness abstained. Cllr O’Neill said that he had made his views on Irish Water known within his party for months and as a taxpayer and as a father, he believed water charges should not be introduced.Earlier Cllr Gary Doherty – who spent the week opposing contractors in east Donegal – said the people of this country have had enough of taxes.“I spent this week attending and supporting residents’ protests against the installation of the hated water meters,” said Cllr Doherty.“I would urge an Taoiseach and any member of the government to attend one of those protests. Because it is hard to find the words to convey the depth of feeling that there is amongst the people of Ireland against these charges. “It is nothing short of a disgrace and a crime against this Republic that our people are having water charges forced upon them.“We live in a County that never felt the effects of the celtic tiger. We didnt see the boom that inflated the pockets of the bankers and profiteers in the east who we are still bailing out through water charges, property tax, universal social charge and countless other austerity measures. The people of Donegal cannot and will not take any more.“The message that we gave Irish Water and the Government in Castlefinn and Killygordon this week was simply this “we wont take any more, enough is enough.”“Irish Water is no different to any of the banks before the collapse. It is toxic. It is not fot for purpose. In its short existence it has done nothing but indulge itself in the bonus culture and grab all philosophy that has blighted our country for decades.“Our govrnment has only one option left open to it to my mind. Stop mesing around, stop playing politics and do right by the Irish people. Abolish water charges, abolish Irish Water. “I have here a motion under Section 140 of the Local Government Act signed by ten Councillors so far. It reads ” This Council resolves to direct Council management not to comply with a demand from Irish Water to pass over the personal information of Council tenants held by Donegal County Council.”Around 200 people opposed to water charges attended today’s council meeting.SHOCK AS FINE GAEL LEADER ON DONEGAL COUNCIL VOTES TO ABOLISH IRISH WATER was last modified: November 14th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Cllr Barry O’NeillDonegal County Councilmotionvotelast_img read more