The House of Parliament has approved Miss Miatta Kargbo as Minister of Health and Sanitation amidst strings of felicitations from Members in the Well of Parliament past Friday.
Ms. Miatta Kargbo, a Sigma Six Black Belt, during her approval past week was regarded as one of the youngest, if not the youngest woman Minister among President Koroma’s ministerial appointments so far.
Explaining to the Appointments Committee what a Sigma Six Black Belt Manager means, Ms. Kargbo said that a certified Six Sigma Black Belt signifies a specific methodology that corporate companies and multinationals use to improve processes and systems within corporate America.
She went further that Six Sigma Black Belt Managers do strategic process improvements within companies to improve them. She said “in the private sector, this is highly acclaimed because companies use Six Sigma Black Belt Managers to do processing improvement, clean up, cut cost, cut the wastages within an organisation, do strategic plans, do strategic improvements and create great reforms within the corporation.”
Questioned bythe Committee on how her Six Sigma Black Beltknowledge was going to help in her new assignment, she said, “It would help greatly because one of my priorities is to strengthen the structures and systems within that Ministry so that we could have coordinated programmes to foster effective coordination and to cut leakages to enhance effectiveness and efficiency. My knowledge as a Six Sigma Black Belt is going to help a whole lot in that area”, she noted.
Meanwhile, Miss Kargbo was approved along 12 other Ministers and Deputies, they include:
1. Alhaji Minkailu Mansaray: Minister of Mines and Mineral Resources
2. Dr. Minkailu Bah: Minister of Education, Science and Technology
3. Mr. Joseph B. Dauda: Minister of Internal Affairs
4. Alhaji Usman Boie Kamara: Minister of Trade and Industry
5. Dr. Joseph Sam Sesay: Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, and Food Security
6. Mr. Alimamy P. Koroma: Minister of Works, Housing and Infrastructure
7. Mr. Mamoud Tarawally: Deputy Minister of Education, Science and Technology
8. Mr. Ibrahim Mansaray: Deputy Minister of Transport and Aviation
9. Alhaji Alpha B.S Kanu: Minister of Information and Communications
10. Mrs. Ebun A. Jusu: Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
11. Mr. Abdul I. Koroma: Deputy Minister of Mines and Mineral Resources
12. Mr. Randolph F. Bayoh: Deputy Minister of Water Resources.
In his contribution to the debate pending their approval, Hon. Foday R. Yokie from Bo expresseddeep satisfaction on the integrity of the Committee’s judgment on the presidential nominees. He therefore called on his colleagues to approve them, and admonished the nominees to work with Members of Parliament regardless of political colour for the overall advancement and development of the country.
He lauded the President’s effort in appointing youths as deputies, and hoped that those between 30-35 will be appointed as full cabinet ministers.
The ministers and deputies who have been ratified by Parliament are expected to take an oath to be administered by the President as set out in the Third Schedule of the 1991 Constitution before they can begin to execute their official functions.
By Poindexter Sama