President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, has disclosed that the Civil Service Agency (CSA) will be responsible for the recruitment of a principal for the Booker Washington Institute (BWI) in Kakata, Margibi through a rigorous, competitive and transparent vetting process.
An Executive Mansion release says President Sirleaf, who is the Chair Ex-officio of the Board of Governors of BWI, made the disclosure when the president of the BWI Alumni Association, Mr. Jonathan Paye-Layleh, paid her a visit at the weekend to discuss the future of the institute as the tenure of the interim administration at the school ends this month.
President Sirleaf said opening the appointment process to the public for Liberian technocrats to apply and be properly vetted is not only in line with the government’s policy of transparency, it also ensures that whoever that emerges successful is one of the best to administer the affairs of Liberia’s premier technical and vocational institute.
She stated that once the Civil Service Agency has completed the vetting process and a shortlist is submitted to her for action, an independent committee will in turn be appointed to further screen the applicants so that a name is finally submitted to her from the shortlist for onward nomination to the BWI Board for appointment.
President Sirleaf restated her commitment to making BWI a center of excellence so that the institute’s products can play key roles in filling the vacuum in the market of middle level technicians.
Earlier, BWI Alumni Association President Jonathan Paye-Layleh thanked the Liberian President for making the training of middle-level technicians a matter of national priority and for her support to the school.
He pledged that the Alumni Association stands ready to work with anyone who becomes successful and is finally appointed to the position of principal of BWI.
It can be recalled that two years ago, President Sirleaf appointed Mr. Alexander Massey to serve as an interim principal of BWI until a principal is formally appointed.- Press Release