The former chief executive officer of the Public Procurement Concession Commissions (PPCC), James Dorbor Jallah, has denied that he was forced to resign or was sacked by President George Weah.
Mr. Jallah in a statement over the weekend clarified that his departure from the PPCC was due to the expiration of his tenure as head of the integrity institution.
“I left because my tenure was over,” he said.
“I want you (staff at PPCC) to know that I really appreciate the opportunity to have worked with you in my role as a senior government official and for the support I received which, without it, the success PPCC achieved during my tenure could not have been possible,” he said.
Mr. Jallah served three years of his four-year tenure under former President Sirleaf and one year under President Weah.
According to the PPCC ‘Amended Act of September 16, 2010 Section 7 titled Tenure of Office (1), states that “The Chairperson of the Commission shall be appointed by the President with the consent of the Senate for a term of four (4) years and shall be eligible for reappointment for one additional term of four (4) years.”
Section 7 (2) provides that “To ensure continuity, the President subject to confirmation by the Liberian Senate, shall appoint six (6) additional persons for terms as follows: (a) Three (3) persons shall be appointed for an initial term of three (3) years; (b) Three (3) persons shall be appointed for an initial term of two (2) years.
The section also provides that thereafter, all subsequent appointments shall be for a fixed period of four years; while Section 7 (c) says Commissioners so appointed shall be eligible for re-appointment.”
Meanwhile, Jallah said he still maintains regular contact with the President via email and phone calls.
“I also want to express my heartfelt gratitude to President George Manneh Weah and former President Sirleaf for the opportunity to serve my country,” he said.
In a related development, an Executive Mansion press release said President Weah praised the former PPCC Executive Director for his invaluable contributions to Liberia’s post-conflict development and transformation.
President Weah said Mr. Jallah is a well-meaning Liberian whose remarkable contributions are well noted.
The press release, issued on Friday, January 4, 2019, said the president made the statement when he when he cut ribbons for the opening of the Bishop Michael Francis Road in Paynesville.
“You are aware that Professor James Dorbor Jallah is my good friend who has made tremendous contributions in government at the PPCC,” the President said, responding to a reporter’s question on rumors that the PPCC CEO was sacked.
“He can continue to make contributions to society either at the PPCC or other sectors. But it is important to keep it open so that others who are interested can also apply to ensure a competitive process,” the president said.