By Amin Kef (Ranger)
For personalities who were, with berated breath, expectantly waiting for the announcement of the next batch of Presidential Appointees, some having sleepless nights, especially those who were fortunate to serve in the erstwhile five years of the SLPP’s hold on State Governance, not too certain whether they will survive or not, the cat was finally let out of the bag on Saturday, 15th July, 2023, when the second set of appointees was disclosed by the Office of the President in a Public Notice which revealed the retention of some Ministers and Deputy Ministers in the same Ministries, with some transferred to other Ministries as well as new appointments made. In certain Government Departments and Agencies new appointments were also seen.
They include as Ministers: Dr. Austin H. Demby-Minister of Health, Amara Kallon- Minister of Public Administration and Political Affairs, Jiwoh Abdulai-Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Mohamed Orman Bangura-Minister of Youth Affairs, Mohamed R. Swaray-Minister of Employment, Labour and Social Security, Major-General (Rtd.) David T.O.Taluva- Minister of Internal Affairs, Dr. Henry M. Kpaka-Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Chernor Bah-Minister of Information and Civic Education, Alhaji Kanja Sesay-Minister of Energy, Amb Alhaji Fanday Turay- Minister of Transport and Aviation, Amb. Tamba Lamina- Minister of Local Government and Community Affairs, Dr. Sao-Kpato Hannah Max-Kyne-Minister of Water Resources and Sanitation, Princess Dugba-Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Nabeela F. Tunis-Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Dr. Turad Senesie-Minister of Lands, Housing and Country Planning,Ms. Kenyeh Ballay-Minister of Planning and Economic Development, Melrose Karminty-Minister of Social Welfare, Dr. Isata Mahoi-Minister of Gender and Children’s Affairs, Dr. Denis Sandy-Minister of Works and Public Assets, Augusta James Teima-Minister of Sports, Ms. Haja Salimatu Bah-Minister of Communication, Technology and Innovation, Adekunle King-Minister of the Western Region, Abu Abu Abdulai Koroma-Resident Minister, North, Mohamed E. K. Alie- Resident Minister, South, Amb Umaru B Wurie-Resident Minister, North West-Gbessay Jusu Ngobeh, Resident Minister, East.
Deputy Ministers appointed are: Col (Rtd.) Muana Brima Massaquoi- Deputy Minister of Defence, Alpha Sesay-Deputy Minister of Justice, Dr. Charles Senesie -Deputy Minister of Health I, Dr. Jalikatu Mustapha- Deputy Minister of Health 2, Philip Tetema Tondoneh- Deputy Minister of Public Administration and Political Affairs, Patrick M. Gibrilla-Deputy Minister of Youth Affairs, Mohamed Lansana Dumbuya-Deputy Minister of Employment, Labour and Social Security, Dr. Theresa T. Dick-Deputy Minister (1) of Agriculture and Food Security, Sahr Hemore -Deputy Minister (2) of Agriculture and Food Security, Dr. Eldred Tunde Taylor- Deputy Minister of Energy, Yusuf Keketoma Sandi-Deputy Minister of Information and Civic Education,Rex Bhonapha-Deputy Minister of Transport and Aviation, Alfred Jamiru- Deputy Minister of Local Government and Community Affairs, Ing Francis A Kallon-Deputy Minister of Water Resources and Sanitation and Haja Isata Abdulai Kamara as Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Kadiatu G.A. Kamara-Deputy Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Ms. Phylis Карu -Deputy Minister of Lands, Housing and Country Planning, Rev. Dr. Jonathan Titus-Williams -Deputy Minister of Planning and Economic Development, Hindowa Buakai Bindi Deputy Minister of Gender and Children’s Affairs, Queen Fofana Deputy Minister of Works and Public Assets, Ibrahim Sannoh Deputy Minister of Communication, Technology and Innovation
Other appointments include: Hon. Alhaji Dr. Alpha Bakarr Sahid Kanu- Presidential Spokesman, Solomon Jamiru- Press Secretary, Kandeh Yumkella, Chairman, Presidential Initiative for Climate Change, Renewable Energy and Food Security, Amb. Michael Imran Kanu, -Ambassador and Permanent Representative for Sierra Leone to the United Nations, Amb. Amara Sowa, Deputy- Permanent Representative for Sierra Leone to the United Nations, Brigadier-General (Rtd.) Kellie Conteh-National Security Adviser, Ernest Ndomahina-Commissioner, National Commission for Social Action, Lamina P. Vamboi-State Chief of Protocol, Abdul Kpakra-Executive Officer 1, Office of the President, Karmoh K. Conteh, Executive officer 2, Office of the President.
In a tweet on Saturday, President Julius Maada Bio extended a warm welcome to all his appointees and urged them to view their roles as a national call to service. Emphasizing the importance of their responsibilities, President Bio highlighted the need for dedication and a collective effort to build a safe, secure, and prosperous future for Sierra Leone under his new administration.
President Bio’s tweet underscored the significance of the task at hand, urging his appointees to approach their positions with a strong sense of duty and responsibility. With a focus on unity and hard work, the President aims to foster a secure and prosperous environment for the nation.
As Sierra Leone moves forward, President Bio’s administration is committed to tackling the challenges ahead and striving for a brighter future. By emphasizing the importance of dedication and collective efforts, President Bio aims to build a nation that is safe, secure, and prosperous for all its citizens.