Meet Liberia’s Nominated Health Minister
The appointment of Mr. George Kronnisanyon Werner as Liberia’s new Health and Social Welfare Minister-designate was one of two “shocks” in President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s special address to the nation Sunday.
The President’s brief address also contained another “shock”— William Gyude Moore’s appointment as Public Works Minister-designate.
The President’s announcement Sunday and Monday of changes in her government have been followed by heated discussions at various entertainment spots and on airwaves as to the competence and qualification of the new appointees, especially the Health and Social Welfare Minister-designate. Most commenters said Mr. Werner does not possess the requisite “tools” to be Minister of Health of Liberia, especially during this Ebola crisis.
Health and Social Welfare Minister-designate Werner has meanwhile provided his biography to our Health Correspondent.
Mr. Werner, who is presently the Director-General of the Civil Service Agency (CSA) pending his confirmation by the Senate, has been at the forefront of recent efforts to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the public sector, leading or supporting important initiatives on payroll cleaning; pay reform, and establishment of the new Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP), among others.