Following weeks of delay and reported intensive closed-door lobbying, the plenary of the Senate at its 19th day sitting yesterday received a report from its Committee on Health, Gender, Children, and Social Protection recommending the confirmation of Health Minister-designate Dr. Wilhemina Jallah.
The Health Minister-designate had made two appearances before the Senate committee. At both appearances she refused to comment on the issue relating to the death during surgical operations of a female Prelate, Desiree Fahnbulleh, at her clinic. She had informed the lawmakers that her inability to address the issue was due to legal advice from her lawyer, as the matter is already in court.
But during her last appearance, Dr. Jallah clarified that the death of Pastor Fahnbulleh was not intentional and that in fact, she had, like all medical practitioners, taken that very important oath to save lives, which she asserted she has done over a period of more than 30 years.
Also recommended for confirmation by the Committee on Information, Broadcasting, Culture & Tourism was another controversial nominee, Eugene Fahngon, for the position of Deputy Minister for Public Affairs, Ministry of Information. Mr. Fahngon during his confirmation hearing had described the process as a mere formality, a statement many Senators did not take lightly.
The committee on Agriculture also reported to plenary that the Minister of Agriculture-designate Mogana S. Flomo, Jr. during confirmation hearing and based on his educational background and experiences, deserves the plenary blessing.
In total, according to the agenda of yesterday, plenary received over 35 nominees’ recommendations for confirmation, which was eventually taken in executive session.