President George Weah has reinstated Jamima Wolokollie to her position as Deputy Minister of Commerce for Small Business with immediate effect.
Min. Jamima Wolokollie
President George Manneh Weah once suspended Minister Wolokollie indefinitely.
According to a statement from the Executive Mansion at that time, the president’s decision was based on Madam Wolokollie’s insubordinate attitude towards her boss, Minister Wilson K. Tarpeh.
The Executive Mansion further said the president’s decision was based on the deputy minister’s ‘unprofessionalism’ on the job.
President Weah was quoted in the Executive Mansion statement as emphasizing the need for all deputies to accord the highest respect and courtesy to their leaders; and refrain from taking internal disputes and/or disagreements to the public space for redress.
Prior to her suspension and reinstatement, Madam Wolokollie accused Minister Tarpeh of conniving with shady foreign businesses in the country at the detriment of Liberian-owned businesses.
In her staggering claims to the media, Madam Wolokollie accused Minister Tarpeh of antagonizing her because of her stance against his shady dealings that contravened the government’s pro-poor agenda.
“I’m asking my boss for him to open the market for Liberians to be able to do rice, for Liberians to be able to do petroleum, for Liberians to be able to bring in onions, and he has refused,” she alleged. “It is very disturbing; why is Professor Tarpeh giving me problem?”
She claimed Minister Tarpeh was blocking all her efforts to prioritize the interest of Liberianization – a policy that provides exclusive trade and commerce privileges for Liberian entrepreneurs – and does not want her to succeed in her functions.