Finance Minister Amara M. Konneh
Finance Minister Konneh Reshuffles Staff
MONROVIA, March 9 (LINA) – Finance Minister Amara M. Konneh has reshuffled some key staffers of the Finance Ministry, mainly affecting the Department of Revenue.
Also concerned are the Departments of Budget and Expenditure and Debt Management.
The major shake-up is the first of its kind since Minister Konneh took office in January of 2012.
They were executed in consultation with his principal deputies, especially those heading the affected departments.
According to the state-owned Liberia News Agency, Minister Konneh announced the changes Saturday at the Finance Ministry during a senior staff meeting.
The Minister lauded all staff of the Finance Ministry for their dedication and commitment to duty over the years, but said staff rotation was a normal management practice, used conventionally by good managers to ensure that staff acquire marketable skills at all levels.
Minister Konneh said the changes were not directed at any particular person or group, noting further that it was a bad management practice to tie employees down to one job for too long.
“People need to be given an opportunity to learn new skills on the job instead of being tied down to one job,” he told his staff.
Under the changes, Mr. Dixon Seboe, who has been acting Commissioner of Customs since 2012, is now Advisor to the Minister, while the new Acting Commissioner of Customs is Mr. Saa Saamoi, who served as Assistant Commissioner of Customs for Urban Ports prior to the reshuffle.
Mr. Jesse Korboi, former Deputy Commissioner of Customs for Operations, has been transferred to the Budget Department as Manager of the Economic Revitalization Pillar.
Mr. T. Ojuku Nyenpan, former Principal Director of the Large Tax Division in the Revenue Department, has been transferred to the Expenditure and Debt Management Department as Deputy Comptroller and Accountant-General for Reconciliation.
Mr. Sekou Sanoe, former Deputy Comptroller and Accountant-General for Reconciliation in the Department of Expenditure and Debt Management, has been transferred to the Department of Revenue as Deputy Commissioner for Operations, Division of Internal Revenue.
Mr. Robert Johnson, former Audit Manager in the Risk & Compliance Division, is now Principal Director of the Large Tax Division.
Others appointed are Daniel J. C. Hayes, Principal Director, Rural Tax; Jeremiah Sackie, Deputy Comptroller and Accountant-General for Technical Services; Stephen Johnson, Technical Focal Person, office of the Deputy Minister for Revenue; Wilma Senkpeni, Principal Director, Medium Tax Division; Mr. Sebastian Weah, Principal Director, Small Tax Division; Cecelia McGill, Senior Customs Collector, Freeport of Monrovia; Benedict Roberts, Assistant Commissioner of Customs for Urban Ports.
The outgoing Senior Customs Collector at Freeport of Monrovia, Amanda Garnett, and the outgoing Principal Director of the Rural Tax Division, Albert Browne, are slated for reassignment.