Professor Kelfala Kallon, new Bank Governor
The Parliament of Sierra Leone on Tuesday 2nd October 2018, approved President Bio’s appointee Professor Kelfala Kallon as the country’s new central bank governor.
His approval was made by MPs after debating – with some dissenting voices, the Twelfth Report of the Committee on Appointments and the Public Service, which is chaired by the Leader of Government Business – Hon. Sidie M. Tunis.
Twelve other presidential appointees were also approved by parliamentarian as follows:
Mr. Smart K. Senesie-Chairman, Sierra Leone Road Maintenance Fund Board Administration
Ms. Michaela Kadijatu Conteh-Chairman, Board of Directors, National Minerals Agency Board
Mr. Brima Mohamed Baluwa Koroma-Executive Chairman, Petroleum Regulatory Agency
Dr. James Vibbi-Executive Chairman, Produce Monitoring Board, Ministry of Trade and Industry
Mr. Joseph Samba Kelfala-Chairman, Board of Directors, Sierra Leone Roads Authority Board
Abdul Sheku Kargbo-Executive Director, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency
Mr. Sahr Nyama-Chairman, Board of Directors, National Youth Service Board
Mr. Arthur N. Yaskey-Commissioner, Sierra Leone Insurance Commission
Sheik Mustapha Bawoh-Chairman, Board of Directors, Sierra Leone Road Safety Authority Board
Ms. Anna Betty Moussa-Deputy High Commissioner, Federal Republic of Nigeria
Col. Rtd. Saa Anthony Sinah-Deputy Commissioner, Sierra Leone Commission on Small Arms and
Rtd, Brig. Gen. Tamba R. Allieu-Commissioner, Sierra Leone National Commission of Small Arms
Congratulating the nominees after their approval, the Speaker of Parliament – Hon. Dr. Abass Bundu said the nominees are qualified for the positions they had been nominated by the President.
He called on them not to disappoint the President or Parliament, given the onerous responsibilities of their new assignments.
Seconding the motion approving the presidential appointees, Deputy Leader of Government Business – Hon. Sahr Mathew Nyuma described them as qualified.
He called on them to discharge their duties effectively, so as to positively affect the lives of ordinary Sierra Leoneans under the government’s New Direction agenda.
However, Hon. Abdul Kargbo of APC disassociated himself from the approval of the Bank Governor. He said that his nomination is in violation of certain provisions in the Bank of Sierra Leone Act of 2011, which makes provision for the tenure of office of the Bank Governor whose appointment could not be overturned save by anyone, except a resolution passed by Parliament.