By S. U. Thoronka…………………………..
Having gone through interviews last week in Committee Room Number 1 by the Parliamentary Committee on Appointments headed by Honourable Leonard Fofanah, seven Presidential nominees were yesterday unanimously approved by MPs in the Well of Parliament.
The nominees included Melron Nicol-Wilson proposed Ombudsman, who before now worked at the Special Court for Sierra Leone and Lecturer at the Peace and Conflict Studies department at Fourah Bay College, Mrs. Memuna Kumba Jalloh proposed Director General Sierra Leone Roads Authority who has spent almost twenty two years working with SLRA on leaving university, Dr. Ernest Sahr Gbembo proposed Deputy Director General SLRA who has worked as Director of Road Maintenance at SLRA, Rtd. Brigadier Daniel Yapo Sesay proposed Director Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Reverend Usman Jesse Fofanah proposed Commissioner Human Rights Commission Sierra Leone HRCSL, Rashid Dumbuya member HRCL and State Prosecutor Anti-Corruption Commission ACC and Miss Grace Coleridge-Taylor member HRCSL.
In a brief but concise admonition, Honourable Eric Komba Koedoyoma of the SLPP told the nominees that their approval was not a payback for loyalty but that the whole process was based on merit.
He cautioned them not to consider themselves as the only competent amongst a population of over seven million Sierra Leoneans but that they were lucky to have been nominated by His Excellency the President and that failure should not be an option.
Hon. Koedoyoma informed the nominees that their activities in their different work places would be monitored as and when necessary. To the Ombudsman, he implored him to improve on the gains already made by his predecessor while at the same time Hon. Koedoyoma appealed to the Director General of SLRA to connect Kono District to Kailahun District through Bunumbu and Segbwema.
He also appealed to the Drug Law Enforcement Agency Director to do all in his power to minimize or possibly eradicate the use and abuse of harmful drugs by the youth population.