By Jariatu Bangura
Members of Parliament yesterday unanimously approved a board chairman and four other presidential nominees to serve in different institutions across the country.
The approved nominees are: Mr. Sanie Samuel Sesay, Board Chairman, Rokel Commercial Bank; Bishop Tamba A. Koroma, Board member, Anti-Corruption Commission Advisory Board; Mr. Donald E.A. Theo Harding, Board member, Anti-Corruption Commission Advisory Board; and Ms. Gertrude Olu Taylor, Board member, Anti-Corruption Commission Advisory Board.
While presenting the nominees for approval, Majority Leader and Chairman of the Appointment and Public Service Committee, Hon. Ibrahim R. Bundu, reported that the Committee strictly adhered to established procedures during deliberations, and that the nominees were interviewed on their educational background, track record in their previous work, declared assets, tax obligations and their vision for a successful national productive tenure.
He said the nominees are qualified for the position they were appointed to, thus urging his colleagues to support them carry out their respective jobs in the interest of the country’s development, and advised them to work diligently for the advancement of the country.
In his contribution, Hon. Komba E. Koedoyoma said the Chairman of Rokel Commercial Bank should be au fait with challenges the bank is facing, and deliver in the post as the country has bestowed a lot of confidence in him, in a bid to ensure the institution is back to its glorious days.
He urged members of the ACC board to be diligent in proffering serious advice on how the anti-graft Commission could minimize corruption in the country. He urged Mr. Theo Harding to continue the good work he had done in journalism, as “this time you should not only write on your paper but proffer advice to the board in the best interest of the country”.
Hon. Umar Paran Tarawally said the Rokel Commercial Bank could benefit the country if interest rates are calculated in a pro-people way to ensure citizens gain. He also mentioned lack of respect for customers by some of the bank’s staff.