President Ellen Johnson -Sirleaf on Thursday, 13 October led membersof the Cabinet to sign the book of condolence of late former Ministerof Internal Affairs Mr. Ambullai Johnson, Jr., after his demise on 20September.
Mr. Johnson served as President Sirleaf’s first Internal AffairsMinister. He is credited by officials at the Ministry for beinginstrumental to the government’s decentralization program andrelocation of the Ministry of Internal Affairs from rented facility to governmentbuilding, among others.
Foreign Diplomats, including U.S. Ambassador Madam Christine Elder havealso signed the book of condolence at the Ministry of Internal Affairson Capitol Hill. The National Tradition Council which operates under the Ministry was led by its Traditional Chief, ZanzanKarwor atthe signing of the book of condolence on Thursday.
Chief Karwor said the Tradition Council will provide a cow to thebereaved family in appreciation for the late Johnson’s formation of the TraditionalCouncil under his tenure as Minister. Deputy Internal Affairs Minister Mr. Varney Sirleaf told journalistsafter signing the book of condolence that the late Johnson was also veryinstrumental in relocating the MIA, creating the enabling workingenvironment for employees and the popular allowance system for peoplein various counties under the ministry.
He described the deceased as an architect of the governmentdecentralization program, which is now at its de-concentration phase, anddid also want to start a county self -sufficiency program throughagriculture in which counties would produce certain products that areeasily grown there.
Government is expected to hold a funeral service today, Friday, 14 Octoberfor the fallen former Minister Johnson at the Providence Baptist Church on Broad Street, central Monrovia.
By Winston W. Parley-Editing by Jonathan Browne