Parliament yesterday approved twelve cabinet ministers whose appointment had earlier been cleared by the House Committee on Appointments for Public Service.
The 12 had earlier gone through the screening process by the committee after they were appointed by the President to serve in his second term administration as full cabinet ministers or deputies.
The twelve appointees who the Committee ushered at the plenary of the House include:
1. Hon. Marie Jalloh: Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security
2. Momodu Alieu Pat Sowe: Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources
3. Charles Rogers: Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources
4. Moijueh Kaikai: Minister of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs
5. Alhaji F.B.L Mansaray: Minister of State; Ministry of Finance and Economic Development
6. Mustapha Bai Attila: Deputy Minister of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs
7. Alieu Kamara: Resident Minister, North
8. Musa Tarawally: Minister of Lands, Country Planning and the Environment
9. Finda Diana Konomanyi: Minister of Local Government and Rural Development
10. Momodu Maligi: Minister of Water Resources
11. Muctarr Conteh: Resident Minister, South
12. Theo Nicol: Deputy Minister of Information and Communication
During the parliamentary sitting for the approval of the twelve appointees, Members of Parliament took turns to, commend the ministers on their appointment and encouraged them to bring innovative ideas that would lift the country from the doldrums of poverty.
Minority Leader of the House, Hon. Dr. Bernadette Lahai told the ministers prior to their approval that Sierra Leoneans are expecting much from them in the respective offices they have been appointed to.
She said that as MPs, they are willing to work with the ministers in a bid to achieve the aims and aspirations of the people.
The Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Sheku B.B. Dumbuya warned the ministers to use their offices to bring development for the country. He maintained that ministers should work effectively with their deputies, and not to see them as inferiors or archrivals. He further encouraged the approved ministers to practice the open door policy, especially when Parliamentarians go to exercise their representational functions.
Speaker of the House, Nathaniel Abel Stronge wished the Ministers well in their endeavors, following their endorsement by the House.
By Poindexter Sama