Pres. Weah Suspends NBC Deputy Directors

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President George M. Weah has suspended with immediate effect the National Bureau of Concessions Deputy Director General for Administration (DDGA), Daddy Gibson (left), and the Deputy Director General for Concession (DDGC), Nathaniel Bracewell

President George Weah has with immediate effect, suspended two deputy directors of the National Bureau of Concessions (NBC) for “administrative reasons.”

The suspended officials are Daddy Gibson and Nathaniel Bracewell, deputy director-generals for administration and concessions, respectively.

According to the release, President Weah also suspended the two men for “falling short of respect for the constituted authority of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) led government.”

It can be recalled that the two suspended deputies on Wednesday, July 31, 2019, reportedly assaulted the director-general Gregory Coleman, and spewed numerous invectives at him. It was also reported that the two men allegedly invited thugs, among them, were people believed to be CDC partisans, specifically those from the party’s Youth League.

In his letter, dated August 1, 2019 to employees, Coleman said the employees were not under any obligation to report to work unless there was a guarantee of calm and stability at the NBC’s central office in Monrovia.

“It saddens me to inform you that I was physically attacked and feloniously restrained by my two deputies: Daddy Gibson, deputy director general for administration and Nathaniel Bracewell, deputy director general for concessions,” Coleman said.

He continued: “As chief executive officer of the NBC, I cannot guarantee the safety of employees under these conditions, as such; employees are advised to remain on the premises based on their personal comfort levels, as there will be no administrative action taken against anyone who feels unsafe due to the prevailing situation.”

He added that when he was allegedly attacked by his deputies, he contacted the Minister of Justice, Cllr. Frank Musa Dean, who called on the Liberia National Police (LNP) Inspector General, Patrick Sudue, to dispatch police officers to the grounds of the NBC to restore order.

Coleman previously served as Inspector-General of the LNP during the administration of former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

It has been observed that, upon ascending to the Presidency, Weah opted to include some who are not members of the CDC, including officials of the erstwhile Sirleaf administration. However a number of those remaining non-partisans who hold senior positions in the Weah administration have been and continue to be harassed by agents of the ruling party, provoking said officials to resign or, in the case of Coleman, put such harassment on official record.

Credible sources recall that the former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, B. Elias Shoniyin, resigned his post over issues of lack of cooperation and disrespect coming from other senior and junior members of the Foreign Ministry. Shoniyin bowed out in typical diplomatic fashion, citing no specifics, just “personal and professional reasons”. However, sources say that prior to his resignation, he communicated his plight to the President of Liberia, who did not respond to Shoniyin’s communication.

Milton A. Weeks, former Executive Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia, also not a partisan of the CDC, was pressured to resign his tenured post, even though he had occupied the post for only two out of a five-year tenure. Sources say he refused to commit the CBL to a sovereign guarantee for the controversial ETON Finance loan deal, which the Weah administration tried to secure in its first three months, after the President took office in January 2019.

Of all the heads of ministries, agencies or commissions from the Sirleaf administration that were retained in the Weah administration, those who have so far survived are mostly south-easterners according to a prominent legislator (name withheld) hailing from that area.

A number of those retained are listed among other new appointees — all from Southeast Liberia — in a February 19, 2019 article by Dr. Kadiker Rex Dahn, titled: “No Liberian Is More Liberian Than the Others”. In the article, he describes the trend of the Weah administration as “regional or geographical nepotism”, calling it “a deficiency in the George Weah-led Government.”

4 COMMENTS

  1. Suspension is not enough but they should be prosecuted for human violations and abused, beside recorded never to work for any public office now and in the future. More then that weah should not have suspended them base on party line but on the constitution. That is why they should go to court so that all will know that the govt after elections is for all Liberian and not the winning party. Until weah stop referring to the govt as CDC govt, people will always act in the party name and forget the rights of others. Besides there will be no development or involvement from others if he keep labelling the govt CDC and not Liberian govt. At this agar and time, it will bring the govt to a quick end before he can realize.
    May Gid save my mother land Liberia. Amen

  2. We will continue to endure harrasment and insults from President Weah’s kinsmen. How can you form a government that is 80% Southerners? Are you not shame Mr. President? The two deputies probably from the South East or from CDC should be sent to court and prosecuted. They should never return to work with the public because they acted like savages and they need rehabilitation before they can come to work with the public

  3. MR. PRESIDENT BETTER BEV LATE THAN NEVER. USE YOUR OFFICE TO DO THE LIBERIA PEOPLE BUSINESS

    RUN THE GOVERNMENT AS SUCH AND NOT AS A HOME. TREAT ISSUE AS A PRESIDENT AND NOT AND AS A PARTISAN.

    YOU NEED TO BE ON TOP OF THE GAME .THE DAY HAS COME FOR YOU TO ACT ACT WITHOUT FEAR OR FAVOR.

  4. Very sad day for Liberia. No confidence, incompetent , no respect for laws, a free fall justice system, Money buy justice, poor people suffer, CDC rule with iron hands, corrupt leaders, everyone makes their own rule, boss man accept and order to execute in party interest. Oh !
    where are we heading? Right now hell is much better than Liberia, at least in hell you know your end.

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