Bong County electoral district # 2 Representative Prince Moye, has commended President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for appointing Cuttington University ex-president, Dr. Henrique Tokpa, Minister of Internal Affairs-designate, pending confirmation by the Liberian Senate.
Representative Moye said the appointment by the President indicates that she has not forgotten the people of Bong County, and the preferment means a lot to the people of the county and is no mistake because Dr. Tokpa has all it takes to serve as Minister of Internal Affairs.
“He is not just an academician, but he also understands every part of the fifteen sub-divisions of this country.” The Bong County lawmaker made the assertion over the weekend when he said Dr. Tokpa is no novice to working in government as he had previously served at the Ministry of Education before becoming president of Cuttington University.
He expressed optimism the new Minister of Internal Affairs-designate will work in the interest of all Liberians, especially those in rural parts where attention is needed most and that Dr. Tokpa is fully prepared to meet the challenge left behind by his predecessor Morris Dukuly.
Dr. Tokpa is a former senatorial candidate of Bong County, who filed a complaint to the National Elections Commission, challenging the poll results against incumbent Senator Jewel Howard Taylor.
But the NEC upheld the result so he subsequently appealed to the Supreme Court of Liberia, which called for re-run of the disputed elections in three polling places in lower Bong County. However, he later back off from the re-run, citing that he just wanted to prove a point.
Dr. Tokpa told a news conference in Gbarnga, Bong County that he made the decision based on consultations and pieces of advice from his supporters and national stakeholders, and said money allocated for the re-run should instead, be directed to completing the Bong County Technical College.
By Lewis S. Teh-Edited by Jonathan Browne