Opposition lawmaker questions output of presidential nominees


By Samuel J. Kargbo

Opposition lawmaker, Hon. Segepoh Solomon Thomas, has questioned the output of some presidential nominees approved by Parliament to serve in various public offices, as things continue to spiral down the in the country.

The legal practitioner-cum-Member of Parliament made the observation last week when Parliamentary again ratified all six presidential nominees, including the chair of the newly established National Commission for Children.

Without specifically referring to the latest set of presidential nominees aroved by Parliament, the Bonthe MP scoffed at the fact that his colleagues continue to approve individuals he referred to as ‘so-called qualified and experienced’ presidential nominees, even as they continue to underperform in their respective public institutions.

“Corruption is now a sing-song in our country and even our non-educated sisters and brothers have even ventured to say that the educated people are the cause of the downfall of development in our country; instead we rely on foreign consultants and it is a big challenge for us as a nation,’’ he said, while admonishing the approved nominees to perform remarkably in their post and not betray the trust and confidence reposed in them by both the president and Parliamentarians who represent the people.

The young lawmaker opined that that while most of presidential nominees might have had clean records prior to their appointment, many seem to have been entrapped in the vice of corrupt once they are approved by Parliament and assume office.

However, he encouraged the nominees to be objective, work in the interest of the people, eschew the trappings of corruption, and to be minded that they are not representing a particular party but the public.

It could be noted that the present Parliament has virtually approved all presidential nominees in the new dispensation, although many have gone on to be dismissed for ineptitude, and corruption related offences.

It remains to be seen therefore, whether Hon. Thomas’ colleagues will pay heed to his observation and begin to rigidly scrutinise subsequent presidential nominees, just so that the country will be served by its best sons and daughters.