Parliament yesterday approved four presidential nominees as ministers and two as commissioners.
The four nominees were Dr Moses Moisia Kapu for Marine and Mineral Resources, Alfred Paolo Conteh for Defence, Haja Musu Kandeh for Social Welfare Gender and Children’s Affairs and Hindolo Sumanguru Tryre for Tourism and Culture.
The other two nominees, Saidu Kontor Sesay and Charles S. Rogers Commissioner and deputy of the National Commission for Social Action (NacSa), were presented by Hon Ibrahim Sorie of the APC on behalf of the leader of the House.
Presenting them to the House, Hon Ibrahim Sorie said the nominees were interviewed on October 29 and November 1, 2007 and were adjudged to be fit for the various positions.
The Marine Resources Minister, according to Hon Ibrahim Sorie, was a university lecturer and an associate professor in Nigeria and the United States of America with enormous wealth of experience. From 1978-1985, he said, the nominee served as senior lecturer in the Biological Sciences at the Amadu Bello University, Nigeria, from 1987-1989 he served as head of department and associate professor at the University of Sokoto, Nigeria, and from 1989- 1991 visiting Professor at the University of Illinois, USA. In 1991-2001, the nominee became senior service Fellow visiting Scientist U.S.A, Federal Department of Health and Human Service, Public Health Service, Industry for Toxic Substances and Disease Control Center and Prevention.
The Minister of Social Welfare Gender and Children’s Affairs, Haja Musu Kandeh, was the next to be presented by Hon Ibrahim Sorie .
The minister, he said, was a professional teacher and principal of high standing who became principal of the Mathora Girls’ Secondary School.
The other minister, Alfred Paolo Conteh, Defence Minister who served in the Sierra Leone Army from 1976-1992 during the course of which he rose to the rank of Major and Commanding Officer of the Military Police. In 1986, Hon Ibrahim Sorie, said the minister went abroad in 1986 on study leave to pursue legal studies and in 1990 obtained his LLB (Hons) from the University of London and LLM from the university of East London in 2006.
Prior to his nomination, the minister was employed as court liaison officer, prosecution secretary in the department for works and pension for the investigation service in London.
The Tourism and Culture Minister, Hindolo Sumanguru Tryre served as minister in the following capacities in 1992-1995 as Information and Broadcasting Minister, 1995-6, Transport and Communications Minister under the NPRC government.
The commissioner and deputy for NaCSA were also introduced.
MP after MP praised the nominees and wished them well in their respective offices.