Senate Confirms 3 at Ministry of Finance

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Senate temporarily seated in the Joint Chamber to deliberate.

The cabinet continues to grow at a snail’s pace, and yesterday the Liberian Senate held an impromptu special sitting during which recommendations for the confirmation of three Deputy Ministers at the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning were recommended.

In its recommendation read during yesterday’s sitting in the Joint Chamber of the Legislature (while Senate chamber is currently undergoing some works), the Ways, Means, Finance, and Budget informed Senate plenary that R. Samora P. Z. Wolokolie, Deputy Minister-designate for Fiscal Affairs; Tanneh G. Brunson, Deputy for Budget and Development Planning; and Janga Kowo, Comptroller General-designate during the confirmation that they were qualified and deserve to occupy the positions for which they were nominated.

“Following thorough examinations of the curriculum vitaes of the nominees, exhaustive analysis of their various testimonies and answers to questions posed to them by committee members, and given their service records with other institutions of the Liberian government and the policy visions which the committee has determined will positively impact the government’s pro-poor policy through the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning, the statutory committee on Ways, Means, Finance, and Budget is convinced that the nominees have the requisite educational background and working experience to effectively serve the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning in the various capacities….the committee without any reservations recommend to the plenary of the Liberian Senate to unanimously confirm Mr. Samora P. Z. Wolokolie, Deputy Minister-Designate for Fiscal Affairs; Tanneh G. Brunson, Deputy Minister-designate for Budget and Development Planning, and Janga A. Kowo, Comptroller General,” the committee’s report concluded.

According to an authoritative source in the leadership of the Senate, three nominees were reportedly confirmed during an executive session held in the conference room of Senate President Pro Tempore Albert Chie.

The reported confirmation of the three MFDP officials comes a week after the Senate on  short notice confirmed former Pro Tempore Gbehzohngar Findley as Minister of Foreign Affairs; Samuel D. Tweh, Minister of Finance and Development Planning; and Nathaniel McGill, Minister of State for Presidential Affairs.

Reports on confirmation hearings conducted earlier for the Defense Minister-designate, Chief of Staff-designate of the Armed Forces of Liberia, and the Minister of Justice-designate, are expected during sittings of this week.

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