President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf yesterday announced the appointment of Mrs. Seklau Wiles as the new Minister of Agriculture, replacing Dr. Moses Zinnah, who was not reassigned. Dr. Zinnah’s replacement was announced Wednesday night, May 17, via an Executive Mansion press release, which did not state what prompted the President’s decision.
Dr. Zinnah was the third Minister of Agriculture of the Sirleaf administration since 2006. The first was Dr. Chris Toe, followed by Dr. Florence Chenoweth.
Minister-designate Wiles, prior to her appointment yesterday, served as Deputy Minister for Technical Services at MOA. Before that position, she also served there as Deputy Minister for Administration.
The President also made several appointments at the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) and reconstituted the Board of Trustees of the Grand Bassa Community College (GBCC).
Others appointed at the MIA (Local Government) includes Mark Kolleh, Commissioner, Borlorla Township, Margibi County.
The reconstituted GBCC Board of Trustees include Dr. Joseph T. Isaac – Chairman; Rev. Dr. Samuel B. Reeves, Jr., Pastor, Providence Baptist Church: Co-chairman; Jerolinmek Piah, Press Secretary to the President of Liberia: member; and J. Levi Demmah, Superintendent, Grand Bassa County: member.
Other members are Hans Barchue, Deputy Speaker and District #1, Representative, Grand Bassa County; Jonathan L. Kaipay, Senator, Grand Bassa County; Dr. Michael Slawon, Director-General, National Commission on Higher Education; and the Minister of Education (ex-officio).
The rest are Pastor J. Peter Gorwor, Co-chairman of the Media Association of Grand Bassa County and manager of Radio Dukpah, Buchanan; Ruth Gibson Caesar, Co-chairperson, Mano River Women’s Peace Network (WOPNET); Wisseh-Weah Bestman, Government Liaison Manager, Equatorial Oil Palm (EPO); Eric Swen, External Affairs Superintendent, ArcelorMittal-Liberia (AML); Ms. Laurentine H. Bass, Procurement and Payable Associate, Exxon Mobil Liberia; Prof. Nathaniel G. Gbessagee, Ph.D, President and CEO, Grand Bassa Community College, secretary; and Emmanuel Bravy Daykeay.
An Executive Mansion press release said the appointments are subject to confirmation at the Senate, where applicable.