Nimba County Assistant Superintendent for Development, Teeko T. Yorlay, has been relieved of his post with immediate effect, and told to seek employment elsewhere.
According to a release from the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the dismissal of Mr. Yorlay fully meets the approval of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
The release further states that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is expected to appoint an assistant superintendent for development very soon.
The reason for the dismissal of the young Nimba County Assistant Superintendent for Development has not been disclosed. However, there has been a quarrel between the county administration and the Nimba Legislative Caucus in recent days.
The quarrel resulted into a vote of no confidence in the two Superintendents, the head Superintendent Fong Zuagele and Mr. Yorlay, the Development Superintendent.
The caucus raised contentions that the US$100,000 given the county was improperly used that there was no tangible result to show, which the caucus, under the leadership of Senator Thomas Grupee, wanted account for.
Amidst this controversy, the caucus alleged that the two superintendents disrespected them, which Nimba County District #9 Representative, Matinokay Tingban took to the lower House. This resulted in a vote of no confidence in the two county officials.
Upon reaching the decision in the lower House, Mr. Yorlay came out to emphatically state that he had done no wrong to appeal, and therefore will not apologize to anyone for doing the right thing.
In recent times, elders in Nimba County and some youths assembled in Saclepea to plan for the impending visit of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, but the meeting was overshadowed by solicitation of signatures to forward to the President during her visit to dismiss the two youthful Superintendents.
Besides the questionable use of the Ebola fund, Mr. Yorlay and the Nimba Legislative Caucus have also had controversy over scrap that is intended for the county. Moreover, there was also controversy over the building of a stadium in Nimba, leaving a split between Mr. Yorlay and some caucus members on the one hand, and Senator Prince Johnson and others on the other.
When contacted yesterday evening, Mr. Yorlay thanked President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for selecting him to play the roles he played in government and said she happily appointed him to serve and was getting him out.
“Just as I was happy ascending to the position, I am also happy to leave and I thank her Excellency, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, very much for the time afforded me to serve,” he asserted.
A young man, he was assisted by the President to acquire higher education, attaining the Master’s degree from the Ibrahim Banbangida Institute of International Relations at the University of Liberia.
Furthermore, Mr. Yorlay said he served in various positions at various ministries and agencies of government, including the Ministries of Finance and Internal Affairs, National AIDS Commission, amongst others, and as a young man in his early 30s, he is proud and grateful to have had such experiences.
He said he remains grateful to the President for the decision but failed to comment much on the controversies between him and the Nimba Legislative Caucus.
Mr. Yorlay said while it may take him time to get a new job, he is confident that it will come, stressing, “I have gained more experiences in various positions which qualify me to have job at any time. Therefore, I do not want to comment on the role of those legislators because they remain our leaders whether sacked or not.”
The dismissal of Assistant Superintendent Teeko Yorlay throws a signal to members of the Nimba Legislative Caucus and their supporters who wanted the two Superintendents to be dismissed.
Now that Teeko is out, the next target for the caucus is Superintendent Fong Zuagele, who may be worried by the recent action and thinking of what next to do.