The President said in a release on March 16, 2020, that he suspended the EPA boss for time indefinite for what he (Weah) called “Repeatedly violating prescribed health protocols and endangering public health.”
The Executive Mansion said that Blama evaded established health protocols set up at the Roberts International Airport and refused to adhere to medical advice when a team visited his home. The suspension came hours after being announced as Liberia’s first COVID-19 confirmed case, upon arriving from Green Climate Fund board meeting in Switzerland.
But exactly four months and fourteen days, President Weah had thought it prudent to reinstate his senior environmental lieutenant. A late Thursday Executive Mansion release quotes the President as saying that Dr. Blama is reinstated at the EPA with immediate effect.
Others, however, believed that the disciplinary action by the President was a bit hasty, given the life-threatening nature of Mr. Blama’s medical condition at the time and should not have compounded his situation–probably exacerbating his already traumatic condition.
President Acted in Good faith
Those who had expected the suspended EPA boss to be furious over the action of the President were disappointed when Blama, immediately upon his discharge from the treatment unit, told newsmen that the President’s decision was in good faith. He, however, stated that some of the information at the time was distorted.
Liberia has made a lot of strides under Blama’s leadership at the EPA. Through him, The Government of Liberia took major steps in attracting donor supports to address environmental and climate change challenges, improve the quality of living for Liberians, and give a boost to the economy.
His innovative leadership led to Liberia ratifying the Paris Agreement on climate change in June 2018–a feat that was described as a ‘milestone achievement’ that will help foster low-carbon climate-resilient development in the country.
“Dr. Blama’s leadership ensured that the EPA joined forces with the UNDP to facilitate the Paris Agreement ratification process in the country,” a renowned environmentalist told the Daily Observer.
He said the ratification brought the country one step closer to reaching its goals for low-carbon, climate-resilient development. Under his watch, the country also hosted the Green Climate Fund (GCF) Informal Board Meeting early this year. The meeting was aimed at sharpening the board’s vision and strategic priorities to deliver a greater impact in support of climate action in the developing countries it serves. The meeting was the first of its kind in West Africa and the second on the continent.