President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is soon expected to make a number of crucial appointments to fill a number of high profile vacancies in government. Among them are executive positions at the Central Bank of Liberia, Ministry of Finance and Development Planning Minister (MFDP), and the Liberia Maritime Authority.On the heels of former CBL Gov. J. Mills Jones’ departure from office, it is no secret that Finance and Development Planning Minister Konneh is transitioning to a new job at the World Bank, to be based out of Nairobi, Kenya. Meanwhile, Binyah C. Kesselly has also tendered his resignation from Maritime. With barely 22 months to the end of the Sirleaf administration, analysts do not believe she will install “place-holders” to fill the three positions that are so strategic to the economy. Some suggest, however, that the President, in a bid to maintain solid control of her administration and finish strong, should play it safe by appointing those she feels she can count on. While her cards are still close to her chest, the President’s selection pool could be incredibly wide or incredibly small. In the “small pool”, there are highly competent deputies in each of the three institutions who are capable of taking the helm and finishing the job. Among these, the one selected might be helped significantly by political clout. Then again, some of the administration’s ‘silent heroes’ being wooed to international organizations may well cripple the government at a crucial time when the President’s legacy is at stake and the integrity and productivity of her team matter most. While international jobs have always proved more attractive, they become especially more desirable as the political climate intensifies nearing the 2017 elections cycle. Some officials may have it in mind to steer clear of government appointments, anticipating one last rush for public resources to fund various political ambitions. Their rationale, to get out of the kitchen now before they start smelling like tainted fish. In the “wide pool”, however, there is no telling from whence the next CBL Executive Governor, for example, would come. It is random but noteworthy that neither the CBL nor the Maritime Authority has had a woman at the helm, and this might still be a shining possibility. Currently, Charles Sirleaf, the second son of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, serves as Acting CBL Governor, an independent selection made by the CBL Board of Governors. The President did mention, however, that Charles would not be a candidate for the actual position.Section 10(1) of the CBL Act states, “The Executive Governor and the Deputy Governor shall be appointed by the President for a term of five (5) years each from among individuals of standing or experience in financial and economic matters, subject to confirmation by the Liberian Senate, on such terms and conditions as may be specified by the Board of Governors.”Section 7 of the Act creating the Liberia Maritime Authority apportions the power of appointment and of the commissioner and deputy commissioners to the Board of Directors, which shall recommend for the President’s approval a commissioner, who shall be the Chief Executive Officer and who shall have general managing direction of the Authority, superintendence of ships registered under the laws of Liberia, and responsibility for the enforcement and administration of the provisions of the Liberia Maritime Law and Regulations or any other maritime related laws. Two other critical government functionaries are on the radar for appointments, the Daily Obsever has also learned. They are the Ministry of Justice (MOJ), and the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
1 The north London club have seen their top players linked with moves away Mauricio Pochettino wants Tottenham to be the hunters not the hunted when it comes to attracting the world’s top talents.Kyle Walker is the latest Spurs player to be attracting interest after Dele Alli, Danny Rose, Toby Alderweireld, Eric Dier and Christian Eriksen have all been linked with moves away.Tottenham have been forced to sell their star names in recent years and they still cannot compete financially with the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea.But Pochettino, whose side sit second in the Premier League, wants Spurs to become a club that players want to join rather than leave. “We want to move the club to the last level,” Pochettino said.“At the moment if we are capable of moving the club in the next few years to the last level you will see maybe the rumours will stop because when you compare Tottenham to – I don’t know I want to be very respectful – to Manchester United or this type of club, you do not see the same sort of rumours as down here.“Why? I think you know and we know, it is not a moment to talk but that is the situation. The real situation is we are working so hard.“I try to explain to you that there is a lot of pride, because he (Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy) is the first who is creating a massive club for us and the fans because he is thinking to move in the next few years the club into the last level.“And then of course in our signings we are creating a new team that in the new stadium and with the new facilities Tottenham will be one of the best teams in the world.”Walker, who is reportedly keen on a move to Manchester City, is in the squad to face West Ham on Friday night and has trained as normal with the first team this week.Pochettino picked Kieran Trippier ahead of Walker for last weekend’s north London derby against Arsenal and remained tight-lipped about the defender’s future.“All 21 players are focused to help achieve the things we want to achieve,” Pochettino said.“I am so calm. The players are calm. They know what happens inside.“It’s important that the fans know that the players are calm and we will see at the end of the season whether the rumours are true or not.”Asked about Walker’s absence against Arsenal and Chelsea, Pochettino said: “For me every game is big. Crystal Palace was big. Swansea was a big game.”He continued: “When you have players that deserve to play and play, then all players feel an important part of the team.“The rotation between Danny Rose and Ben Davies, or Kyle and Trippier, you can see their performances.“It’s because we have good players in the squad that it affects their team-mates and makes them better.”Spurs have the chance to crank up the pressure on Chelsea this weekend – they can reduce the gap at the top to one point, before the Blues face Middlesbrough on Monday.They must first, however, beat West Ham at the London Stadium, where the Hammers have struggled for form this term.Tottenham confirmed last week they will move to Wembley next season while their own new stadium is completed, and Pochettino said he might even ask Slaven Bilic for some advice.“Yes it will be a great opportunity,” Pochettino said.“Before the game, after the game. Always is an opportunity to listen, to learn. He maybe can advise us on different things. You need to adapt to different things in a new stadium.”Danny Rose is still not ready to return after three months out with a knee injury but the full-back is expected to resume full training next week.