Minister Sirleaf Warns Superintendents Against Abandoning Posts

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Min. Sirleaf said for several months, the ministry has observed that many county superintendents are constantly in Monrovia, without submitting any written excuse to the offices of the minister or his deputies.

Urges them to respect their respective caucuses

 Internal Affairs Minister Varney Sirleaf has warned all superintendents to desist from abandoning their posts and to seek permission before taking a trip anywhere outside of their assigned perimeters.

Minister Sirleaf’s warning was contained in a statement he delivered recently at the opening of a three-day conference on National Boundary Dispute Resolution and Local Governance Orientation, held in Ganta, Nimba County.

He said for several months, the ministry has observed that many county superintendents are constantly in Monrovia, without submitting any written excuse to the offices of the minister or his deputies.

“All county officials are encouraged to remain in their areas of assignment, because your absence has the propensity to create problems for the running of the county,” he said.

Minster Sirleaf stressed that county superintendents are always in the habit of traveling from their assigned counties to attend workshops without notifying authorities of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA).

The participants, including chiefs, superintendents and other core of officers

“All other county officials, including the city mayor, traveling from their areas of assignment must inform their superintendents prior to leaving their posts for any personal matter,” the minister warned.

He called on superintendents to respect their lawmakers as they play an active part in the running of the counties.

“I encourage all of you to give due courtesy to the county legislative caucus and individual lawmakers,” he said.

With support from The Carter Center, Government of Sweden, and United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Ministry of Internal Affairs organized the conference for superintendents and traditional leaders, to address boundary disputes among counties and build the capacities of newly-appointed local leaders.

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