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Former Public Procurement and Concession Commission (PPCC) Executive Director James Dorbor Jallah says his options are open at the moment regarding the next role he is moving onto.

In an email to this writer on Monday, 7 January, Mr. Jalleh says he has left the PPCC as Executive Director and CEO after completing a four – year tenure of service to the country, Liberia.

“This is just to let you know that I have left the Public Procurement & Concessions Commission as Executive Director and CEO after completing a four-year tenure of service to our country, Liberia. Regarding the next role I am moving onto, my options are open at the moment,” Mr. Jallah says in the email.

“I wanted you to know that I really appreciate the opportunity to have worked with you in my role as a senior government official; and to thank you for all the support I received from you and your agency without which the successes we achieved together might not have been possible. I look forward to another opportunity to work with you when I assume my next role,” he continues.

Additionally, Mr. Jallah expresses gratitude to President George Manneh Weah for the opportunity of serving Liberia in the final year of his contract.

He also expresses gratitude to former President Ellen Johnson – Sirleaf for the opportunity he had in her regime to serve Liberia in the first three years of his contract [four – year contract] that entered President Weah’s first year.

“I also want to express my heartfelt gratitude to President George Manneh Weah for the opportunity of serving our country in the final year of my contract and to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for the opportunity of serving our country in the first three years of my contract. It has been my distinguished honor and pleasure to have had the opportunity of serving our country during these two administrations,” he concludes.

Last week President Weah said he did not think that Mr. Dorbor Jallah is the only citizen that has the knowledge to lead the PPCC, following the expiration of Mr. Jallah’s tenure.

“Well … what I want to do is my own vision; He worked in a government for 12 years in the same position and it is expired. I don’t think he is the only citizen that … [has] the knowledge of the PPCC,” Mr. Weah said Friday, 4 January.

Mr. Weah’s comments came in reaction to suggestions from some members of the public that Mr. Jallah should be given another opportunity to remain in the position and help the administration to ensure that government agencies and ministries respect PPCC laws.

The PPCC regulates and monitors all forms of public procurement and concession practices here, and some agencies at times face problems when they encounter a strict -forward PPCC boss who demands that the rules be respected.

Former President Sirleaf appointed Mr. Jallah to the position in 2014, and he has held the job throughout the first 11 months of Mr. Weah’s administration.
Mr. Weah says there are lot of qualified Liberians, and before Mr. Jallah came into the position, there were lot of people that assumed that same position as PPCC Executive Director.

By Winston W. Parley

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