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A member of the ruling Governing Council of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), Chief Cyril Allen, has urged President George M. Weah to reshuffle the cabinet to enhance service delivery and drive economic growth.
Allen, who is also a member of the Governing Council of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) and the former Chairman of the National Patriotic Party (which is part of the ruling Coalition), said the President needs to bring on board ‘educated and experienced Liberians, including others from the other side of the aisle — meaning, the opposition — to tackle the ‘Grey line.’
Chief Allen made his observation and suggestion on Friday, February 22, when he appeared on a morning show of the Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS). He said the CDC-led government is a government of Liberia — not only of the Coalition — and therefore the changes should be designed to efficiently confront the challenges to make the government and the country successful.
The assertions of the CDC’s governing council member appeared to confirm undercurrents of a pending reshuffle of the cabinet. According to reports, the reshuffle is expected to bring in just few new people, while other Junior Ministers and Cabinet Ministers would switch portfolios with their colleagues.
The reports further said only four ministries or government agencies will be left unaffected by the reshuffle, though those ministries or agencies were not named; neither did Chief Allen say which agencies or ministries will be affected.
The reshuffle is also expected to take place against the backdrop of alarming ‘lack of effective and efficient’ service delivery among some Junior and Senior Cabinet Ministers as well as to wrestle the allegations of corruption.
Meanwhile, an executive member of the CDC who begged not to be named, said the reshuffle is triggered by international pressure and that the ‘reshuffling’ is slated for February.
“The President will announce a number of changes to the cabinet because the cabinet of the nation should have an appropriate mix of experience and capability as well as gender and generational mix; that it should have members who are committed to serve and to serve selflessly,” the CDC council member told the Daily Observer on Friday via mobile phone.
He added: “This move is going to ensure that we have better alignment and coordination on matters that are critical to the economy, uproot corruption and enhance better service delivery.”