Liberia: ‘The Senate Has No Opinion On Nominees’ – Sen. Teahjay
MONROVIA – Senator J. Milton Teahjay has vowed to go-ahead with confirmation proceedings for officials nominated recently by President George at various Ministries and agencies. The Senator’s decision is in the wake of public outcry about one of the nominees.
Senator Teahjay of Sinoe County chairs the Senate Committee Autonomous Agencies and Commissions.
In an interview with Legislative reporters, he urged the public to provide any evidence that could help the committee go about the confirmation proceedings of the nominees.
“We don’t want anyone to think we will do this behind closed door. In the Senate, we do not form an opinion before hearing from a nominee. We want to encourage all our citizens with doubt to come forth. We will not do any confirmation in secret, it will be open on Friday. We haven’t formed any opinion on any nominee,” he said.
He added: “We do not a situation where a confirmation will be subjected to public condemnation because it was done without the input of the public. We want the public to send in everything they have on any nominee.”
Teahjay told journalists that the National Election Commission will be given first priority in this process of nomination. “NEC is at higher standard compared to the LACC, the GC. We will listen to your suggestions – trust me. We want to do a confirmation that will satisfy the public.”
The appointment of Cllr. A. Ndubusi Nwabudike as the new Chairman of the National Elections Commission, replacing Cllr. Jerome Korkoyah has raised a few eyebrows with many once again raising concerns about the nomination of the Nigerian-born to his third position in three years by President George Manneh Weah.
Cllr. Nwabudike is the current head of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission and previously served as head of the Governance Commission, in a position he was never confirmed by the Senate.
Now tasked of overseeing two crucial elections, the upcoming Senatorial Mid-Term elections this year and the 2023 Presidential and legislative elections, Cllr. Nwabudike, speaking in an exclusive interview with FrontPageAfrica Sunday, pleaded with Liberians to give him a chance and judge him by his handling of the upcoming Senatorial elections.
“Let’s do the 2020 by-elections and let them judge me by that,” the nominee said Sunday. “If they feel that I didn’t deliver to them, the true wishes of the people, let them make sure that I don’t get to 2023. I mean, God set it like that. Please, they have a litmus test. Give me just a few months to deliver. What I deliver to you. If you’re not sure that it represents the true wishes of our people, then don’t let me go to 2023.”
It can be recalled that recently President George M. Weah nominated Cllr. Ndubusi Nwabudika as Chairman, Davidetta Brown-Lasannah- Co-Chair, Cllr. Emmerstine Morgan-Awar- Commissioner, Floyd Sayor- Commissioner, Barsee Kpankpa-Commissioner and Josephine Kou Gaye –Commissioner of the National Elections Commission pending confirmation actions by the Liberian Senate.