Parliament approved another six presidential nominees to serve as Board chairman and Board members for various state enterprises yesterday. Presenting the nominees to MPs, the deputy majority leader Hon S.B.B. Dumbuya of APC, who proposed the motion, said the nominees were interviewed on Monday 21 July and they adhered to their standard procedures. Mr Bassie B. Bangura was approved as Chairman National Standards Council. Mr Bangura is an educationist presently lecturing at Milton Margai College of Education and Technology. He served as Secretary of State Education and later Development under the NPRC military rule. Mr Ibrahim L.M. Sesay is to serve as member National Standards Council. He too is a highly trained civil servant and presently works as the National Coordinator of Science and Technology in the ministry of Education.
Mr Joseph Mendy is to serve as Board member National Tourist Board whilst Mr Sylvester Franklyn Tucker to serve as Board member National Power Authority. Mr Tucker is an accomplished engineer and was a serving member on the last Board. The Managing Director of the Sierra Leone Brewery Limited, Dr John O. Mbonu, was also approved to serve as Board member, National Power Authority. He told the appointment committee that NPA has three core values: Production, transmission and distribution, for which he shall ensure they are met. Arguably the most intriguing appointment is P.C. Charles B. Caulker, who will serve as member of the Public Service Commission. He is a veteran civil servant and was a member of parliament in the previous government. He was the committee chairman of the transparency committee that investigated the first Anti-Corruption Commissioner, Val Collier. His committee questioned Mr Collier on allegations of corrupt practices for which they adjudged him to be so. In an ironic turn of events, Val Collier was last week approved as the head of the Public Service Commission where P.C. Caulker has been appointed to serve. Seconding the motion, Hon Eric Jumu of SLPP cautioned those that will be serving in the public service to pay attention to the area of conditions of service, as he said, “People receive what they pay for and when people are paid low, much is not expected from them.”