Senate Confirms Deputy Transport Nominee

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The Senate has confirmed Deputy Transport Minister, Madam Juanita T. Bropleh, well placed sources at the Senate’s chamber told the Daily Observer yesterday.
Madam Bropleh was recently nominated by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to the position of Deputy for Land and Rail Transport pending confirmation by the Senate.
According to our sources, Madam Bropleh was confirmed last Thursday in an executive (closed door) session held at the Capitol Building.
The Senate’s prompt action was the result of recommendations from the Committee on Transport.
Despite controversy over her academic credentials that caught public attention, lawmakers said they are convinced that Madam Bropleh’s testimonies to the Senate Committee on Transport were based on facts.
During Mrs. Bropleh’s confirmation hearing, Nimba County Senator Thomas Grupee questioned the presidential appointee for being in possession of a letter of ‘Attestation’ from the University of Liberia (UL) instead of a copy of her degree which, according to Madam Bropleh, was acquired in 1981, nearly a decade before the eruption of the country’s bloody civil crisis.
The letter prompted suspicion among lawmakers, sparking public debate over the credibility of the information provided.
Our sources hinted: “The Deputy Transport boss’ credential was properly explained to plenary with supporting documents to prove that Madam Bropleh is a 1981 graduate of the UL.”
The Senate Committee recommended confirmation, adding that the nominee has performed well in many capacities at several institutions prior to her appointment to the position by the President.
She presented a letter dated June 26, 2008, under the caption Letter of Confirmation/Recommendation in which it is stated that Madam Bropleh graduated from the Department of Accounting, College of Business and Public Administration with a B.B.A. degree in Accounting on December 15, 1981.
She graduated along with current Sinoe County Representative, Matthew G. Zarzar and other prominent people in society. Her commencement convocation was held on Wednesday, December 16, 1981, on the Fendall Campus of UL.
Prior to her nomination, Madam Bropleh served as a tax administrator on the fiscal management team for the Ministry of Finance assigned to the Department of Revenues, now the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA).
She has also served as Special Assistant to the Minister of Gender and Development.
Meanwhile, her confirmation endorsement by the Senate has been transmitted to President Sirleaf, the nominating party, in fulfillment of the constitutional obligation.

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