ALJA: Minister Nagbe and Others Must Resign or be Dismissed

first_imgThe Association of Liberian Journalists in the Americas (ALJA) says the recent elections of the Ministers of Information Cultural Affairs and Tourism (MICAT), Eugene Nagbe, and Labor, Nato Lighe, Sr. as well as other political appointees in the Johnson-Sirleaf Administration to senior posts within the ruling Unity Party (UP), constitute a flagrant violation of the Liberian government’s Code of Conduct, according to a release signed by ALJA president Moses Sandy.The Association said the elevation of Ministers Nagbe and Neto, as well as Director Bangole, to high profile positions in the UP would pose serious conflict of interest for them in the execution of their statutory duties in government. ALJA wondered what will be the disposition of Minister Nagbe, who is the Liberian Government Chief Spokesman, and his peers when confronted with critical national matters that hinge on the interests of the government and the UP as well as opposition political parties.ALJA maintains that the elections of these government officials to positions in UP undermine the principle of good governance and universal best practices. The Association in a press release issued on July 24 called on President Sirleaf to swiftly correct the political blunder. Ministers Nagbe and Lighe were recently elected UP Secretary General and Deputy Vice Chairman respectively. The MICAT boss and the other party executives were elected at the recently held convention in Gbarnga, Bong County. During the Convention, the General Services Agency (GSA), Deputy Director for Administration, Cole Bangole, was also voted Vice Chairman for Inter-Party and NEC Affairs. ALJA called on President Sirleaf to muster the political will to request the three senior public officials to immediately resign from their elected posts within the ruling party, or be dismissed from government because their recent elections contravene Section 5.1(A) of the nation’s Code of Conduct, which regulates the activities of political appointees in government. Section 5.1(A) of the Code of Conduct states “All officials appointed by the President of the Republic of Liberia shall not: (a) engage in political activities, canvass or contest for elected offices; (b) use government facilities, equipment or resources in support of partisan or political activities; (c) serve on a campaign team of any political party, or the campaign of any independent candidate.” The Code of Conduct was legislated and passed into law in 2014. The law which seeks to control and minimize malfeasance in Liberia’s public sector, was signed by President Johnson-Sirleaf.Article 90(c) of the Liberian Constitution states, “The Legislature shall, in pursuance of the above provision, prescribe a Code of Conduct for all public officials and employees, stipulating the acts which constitute conflict of interest or are against public policy, and the penalties for violation thereof.”ALJA described as inconceivable President Sirleaf’s decision to sit by and allow her government officials to proceed with the gross violation of the law she helped create, during the UP convention in Gbarngba. The President is the principal signatory of the Code of Conduct. The Association said Minister Nagbe’s ascendency to the position of Secretary General would create a serious credibility problem for the Johnson-Sirleaf Administration during the 2017 electoral period if the situation is not promptly revisited by the President. The Association said 2017 would be a critical era in Liberia’s quest for a peaceful and stable society; and the administration must exert every effort to curtail acts such as the UP’s recent gross violation of the Code of Conduct. Meanwhile, ALJA is urging the concerned public officials and all political appointees in the Liberian government to avoid tendencies that are contrary to peaceful coexistence in Liberia. ALJA is a conglomeration of current and retired Liberian journalists residing in the Americas. The Association was founded in 1998 and it seeks to foster peace and unity among its members. ALJA is also dedicated to the advancement of press freedom through media development and training, and the principle of good Governance in Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Friday Feb 16 2018

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnListen nowLast day for Y-K Delta residents to apply for Fansler’s seatTeresa Cotsirilos, KYUK – BethelToday is the filing deadline for potential candidates who hope to replace Zach Fansler as House District 38’s State Representative. Fansler resigned after being accused of domestic violence related to alcohol.Bill would exempt utility companies from pesticide pollutionJacob Resneck, KTOO – JuneauU.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologists discovered “concerning levels” of the pesticide Penta in soils around power poles running through the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.Alaska Senate passes resolution to combat all-inclusive ivory bans and legislationDavis Hovey, KNOM – NomeSenate Joint Resolution 4 passed through the Alaska Senate unanimously today.Walker has early fundraising edge in Alaska governor’s raceAssociated PressAlaska Gov. Bill Walker holds an early fundraising edge in his bid for re-election this year.Mushers finish off Yukon Quest 2018Dan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksThe last six, of the 13 mushers who completed this year’s Yukon Quest, finished the race yesterday in Whitehorse. Despite slower times, the back of the pack mushers completed a race in which half the field didn’t make it.Alaska skiers Bjornsen and Randall to compete in four by five kilometer relayEmily Russell, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageAnchorage skier Scott Patterson again exceeded expectations at the Olympics last night. Patterson toed the line in the men’s 15 kilometer skate race alongside fellow APU teammates Erik Bjornsen and Tyler Kornfield. The Alaskan athletes were among the field of more than a hundred skiers.Ravn begins flights between Bristol Bay and AnchorageAvery Lill, KDLG – DillinghamOn Valentine’s Day, Ravn Alaska made its first regularly scheduled flight between Dillingham, King Salmon and Anchorage. Bristol Bay residents said they were excited for increased competition among airlines in the region.AK: Rising populations, threat of disease prompt renewed interest in bat researchAmmon Swenson, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageBats are a pretty low priority for most Alaskan biologists, but that could be changing due to a recent uptick in the creature’s population. Add to that a disease that’s been killing millions of bats in the lower 48, and Alaska might be taking note with the rest of the nation very soon.49 Voices: Yilli Ferati of AnchorageVictoria Petersen, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThis week we’re hearing from Yilli Ferati in Anchorage. Ferati is a bartender at Fiori D’Italia, which his family owns. He claims to have the largest whiskey collection in the state.last_img read more