The Coalition of Civil Society Activists in Liberia (CCSAL) is calling on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to re-nominate Mr. George K. Werner as Health and Social Welfare Minister-designate.
Mr. Werner’s nomination was recently rejected by the Liberian Senate. The Senate Committee on Health had stated last November that the Health Minister-designate “lacks the requisite qualities,” for the post.
However, CCSAL Chairman, Mr. Amos Kanneh, is urging the Liberian Senate to confirm Mr. Werner when the President resubmits his name.
Kenneh stated that the re-nomination of Mr. Werner, who he believes is qualified and competent for the post, is what the nation needs to reform the health sector.
“Mr. Werner is coming with a wealth of experience from the Civil Service Agency (CSA), where reform initiatives are the hallmarks of the day. The CSA is there to help streamline government and make it sizable and functional for the benefit of all of its citizens,” Kanneh said.
According to Kanneh, Mr. Werner, who is presently the Director-General of the CSA, has carried out a number of reforms initiatives for the Liberian government.
Mr. Werner has been at the forefront of recent efforts to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the public sector, leading or supporting important initiatives on payroll cleaning; pay reform, and establishment of the new Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP).
Kanneh stated that before he became CSA DG, Werner was for two years Senior Technical Advisor to the DG of the CSA, while at the same time chairing the Liberian Government’s Inter-ministerial Scholarships Committee.
Mr. Werner is both an Educator and a Clinician. He has taught high schools in Liberia, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, and the United States. He has also taught Penology and Social Deviance and Social Policy at the Catholic-owned Mother Pattern College of Health Sciences.
He has worked as a Clinical Therapist focusing on juvenile sexual abuse and behavioral health treatment for Resources for Human Development, Inc., and Universal Health Services, Inc., both in the USA.
He earned the Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice, in May 2009. He also holds a Bachelors of Arts (General Education with Religious Studies) from Marist College (Africa), now integrated into the Catholic University of East Africa, Nairobi, Kenya. He also studied Medical Ethics (for one semester) at the St. Joseph University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and English Didactics (for one year) at the University of South Africa (UNISA), Pretoria, South Africa.