‘EU Needs Strong People Like Me’

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Liberia’s Ambassador-designate to Brussels and the European Union (EU), Sen. Isaac Nyenabo, has indicated that with the current state of affairs in Africa and the world at large, the EU needs strong people like him to further improve Liberia and Brussels’ relations.

Appearing before the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs yesterday in Monrovia, Nyenabo said based on his background in public sector management including public finance and economics, his appointment to the EU brings significant economic progress and international recognition to Liberia hardest affected by the deadly Ebola virus.

Interestingly, Nyenabo did not go through the usual x-ray like other nominees.  Instead, his colleagues declined to quiz him and rendered praises for the man who is considered “a floor fighter in the Senate.”

The Liberia Senate endorsed and showered its profound blessings on Senator Nyenabo as he prepares to take office as Liberia’s Ambassador to Brussels and the European Union (EU).

Senator Nyenabo was named ambassador in July of this year by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and was nominated Ambassador to Brussels and EU on November 17 subject to confirmation by the Liberian Senate.

President Sirleaf has already presented the nominee’s agreement (credentials) to Brussels and he has been accepted by both parties.  Accordingly, Brussels and the EU have communicated their acceptance.

At the confirmation hearing yesterday, Nyenabo’s colleagues extended their appreciation to the ambassador-designate, urging him to continue to raise the Liberian Flag high as he takes a new portfolio internationally.

The hearing was characterized by individual praises for the Grand Gedeh County lawmaker for his role played in the Senate over the last nine years. Some senators expressed explicit confidence in the ability of Nyenabo to push Liberia’s agenda.

Senators Cletus Wortoson and Fredrick Cherue lauded Nyenabo’s contributions to the state in every capacity, adding that his appointment to the post was never a mistake.

For his part, Maryland County Senator and Chairman of the Senate’s Committee on Foreign Relations, H. Dan Morais, urged Nyenabo to continue to champion the interest of Liberia in Europe, noting that the diplomatic world is now gravitating to economy diplomacy, something Liberia needs greatly to develop after years of conflict and now Ebola.

“I always wanted to be a diplomat because it is a great area to serve your country. I encourage you to keep focus, represent your country in the most preferred manner like always,” Mr. Morias, a National Patriotic Party (NPP) senator, asserted.

The hearing included Dr. Wede Brownell, who was nominated to the position of Deputy Minister for Administration, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Said hearing was also used to extol two other senators, Cletus Wortoson and Fredrick Cherue, who declined to contest for reelection in their respective counties, Grand Kru and River Gee.

Nyenabo’s Profile

Education

Lecturer: Cuttington University Graduate School of Professional Studies (Public Administration) 2013 – Present

A.M.E Zion University (Management & Public Administration) 2013 – Present

Master of Public Administration (MPA) in Public Sector Management –Summa  Cum Laude (GPA –3.80), Cuttington University Graduate School of Professional Studies, Congo Town, Monrovia, Liberia, 2010 –2012

Master of  Business Administration (MBA) – Magna Cum Laude (GPA –3.61),  in Finance, Cuttington University Graduate School of Professional Studies, Congo Town, Monrovia, Liberia, 2009 – 2011.

Master of Arts (MA) – Summa  Cum Laude (GPA –3.92),  in International Relations & Diplomacy, Ibrahim Babangida School of International Relations, University of Liberia, Capitol Hill, Monrovia, Liberia, 2008 –2010.

Certificate, 18th Annual International Anti-Money Laundering Conference (ACAMS Money Laundering) in Hollywood, Florida US,  March 18-20, 2013

Certificate, Integrated Financial Management System, World Bank Institute, Nairobi, Kenya, November 2004.

Certificate, Post-graduate Studies (Public Budgeting), Gambia Institute of Financial Management (GIFM), Banjul, The Gambia, September 1994.

Certificate, Post-graduate Studies (Supervision & Management), Nigerian Monetary Institute (NMI), Lagos, Nigeria, September 1992.

Bachelor of Business Administration (BSc.) in Management and Economics, Cuttington University College, Suakoko, Bong County, Liberia, 2007.

Secondary School Diploma, Mike Tuleh Wilson High School, Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County, Liberia, December 1984.

Experience

Senior Senator of Grand Gedeh County: The Liberian Senate, Republic of Liberia, January 2006 –present.

President Pro Tempore: The Liberian Senate, Republic of Liberia, January 2006 –March 2009

Comptroller-General: Ministry of Finance, Republic of Liberia, October 2003 –December 2005.

Member, Board of Directors: Liberia Industrial Property Management, Monrovia, 2004 –June 2005.

Administrator, Community Care, Conakry, Guinea, 2001.

Vice President, Agricultural Cooperative Development Bank (ACDB), Monrovia, Liberia, 1997.

Senior Bank Examiner, National Bank of Liberia (NBL), Monrovia, Liberia, 1996 – 1997. 

Bank Examiner, National Bank of Liberia, Monrovia, 1993 – 1996.

Junior Bank Examiner, National Bank of Liberia, Monrovia, 1990 – 1993.

Seminars & Foreign Travels

Certificate (s) in Legislative Politics (Party Coalition and Alliances), Floor Politics and budgeting from the House Assistance Democracy Commission (HDAC), Congress, 2006 and 2007.

Certificate, Public Financial Management; Legislative Control & Involvement, World Bank Fiduciary Forum, Washington D.C, USA, November –December 2005.

Review of Fiscal Policy and Implementation, World Bank and IMF, Accra, Ghana, February 2005.

Fiscal Planning and Management, IMF, Accra, Ghana, May 2004.

Financial Policy Management, Washington D.C, USA, May –April, 2004.

Project Forecast and Development, Abidjan, La Cote d’Ivoire, June 1997.

West African Clearing House, Freetown, Sierra Leone, March 1993.

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