‘Jesus’ Minister Confirmation Splits Senate


Senators are divided over the confirmation of a senior Finance Ministry nominee who responded Jesus! When asked what is fiscal policy.

Four members of the Senate Committee on Ways, Means, Finance and Development Planning Thursday protested by not signing the confirmation hearing report of the Deputy Minister-designate for administration of the Ministry of Finance and development Planning.

Senator Geraldine Doe-Sherif of Montserrado, Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence of Grand Bassa, Armah Z. Jallah of Gbarpolu and J. Gbleh-Bo Brown of Maryland Counties did not sign.

“It is my right to sign or not to and I have chosen not to sign the document on the deputy minster-designate confirmation report,” Senate Doe-sherif said.

President George Weah’s nominee Rebecca Younger McGill told Senators she earned Masters of Arts degree in Accounting and an undergraduate degree in Management with 17 years working experience.

Her main managerial experience, Rebecca said is when she served as an administrator for a church that had 500 membership and “because of my skills, the current membership is over 600”.

The deputy minister-designate appeared before the Senate committee on Ways, means and finance in February clueless in relations to the ministry’s core functions.
Ms. McGill fumbled at several intervals when making her presentation and could not explain to Senators for instance, what a fiscal or monetary policy is when asked.
However 11 of the 15-man Ways, Means and Finance Committee have judged the nominee as fit for the role.
“Following a thorough examination of the curriculum vitae of the nominee, exhaustive analysis of her testimony, which the committee has determined, will positively impact the government’s pro-poor policy, the Senate statutory committee is convinced that Ms Rebecca Y. McGill will contribute to the out put of the ministry as deputy minister of administration,” the committee said in its report.
“Wherefore and in view of the forgoing, the committee recommends to plenary session to confirm Ms. Rebecca McGill as Deputy for Administration.
Writes Titus E. Dessie