Delivering his farewell remarks on Thursday, October 22, 2020 at a program held at the Information Ministry on Capitol Hill, Monrovia, ex-Information Minister recognized the immense roles played by the media in helping to protect the democracy the Liberian people currently enjoy. He stated that he will surely miss staffers of the ministry, because according to him, they were his strong foundation during his regime as minister of MICAT. In the same vein, he urged the MICAT staffers to work closely and collaboratively with their new boss in order to help move the agenda of the government forward.
The former MICAT boss also urged the new Minister of Information Ledgerhood J. Rennie to take over from where he stopped, especially with his strong foundation he inherited, but was also quick to mention that he does not doubt the professionalism that Rennie will deliver. On the national level, he also urged all Liberians to ensure they all preserve the country’s democracy, despite their political differences. But Nagbe, on the other hand, branded the oppositionas disingenuous, who according to him, fear democracy. Nevertheless, Nagbe pointed out that the government remains steadfast and will work to ensure that they move the country forward.
On the media landscape, the former information minister wants “unprofessional and political journalists and media institutions” through the Press Union of Liberia(PUL) to be thrown out of the sector. At the same time, the ex-information minister recommitted the government plans to ensuring that whatever the situation is they will leave no stone unturned in ensuring that they found out the truth relative to the deaths of those who died mysteriously in the country. “Give the investigation a chance, let us not politicize just everything, but if you are not interested, give way because we are under constitutional mandate to work for our people,” Nagbe, who now heads the Liberia Maritime Authority(LiMA), asserted. Regarding the ensuing much publicized Special Senatorial Election, which is slated for December 8, 2020, the top government official admonished them to prepare for the election and stop spending time only on planning protest. He described the current court saga as a “delay tactics” to impede the smooth democratic process of the country.
Meanwhile, in his acceptance speech, Minister Rennie thanked his predecessor for the work done and noted that the day has long been ordained by God for him “ I am not gbelleh, if you fire two shots at me, I will fire back,” he told the gathering. On the other hand, Minister Rennie pointed out that it is time to bring sanity to the discourse in the society, adding that changing the direction on how people disagree is key to the country.
Highlighting some of his plans for the ministry, the former Director General of the Liberia Broadcasting System(LBS) underscored the need to support and promote the culture and tourism sector. Moreover, he stressed that it is paramount to improve on the internal communications in government in order to avoid missed messages in the country. To the staffers, the new information minister assured them that he will create the enabling environment to work, but they should be willing and prepared to work and be effective. “No more excuses, let’s not cheat the government when we are getting pay but are not working. It is time to print the positive image of the country but the betterment of the society,” Rennie intoned. “Be fair, professional and objectives and not be political and subjective or sensational,” he warned media houses.
He accentuated that there is a need for standards to be upheld at all times, saying gone at the days to protect other media colleagues when they all should be professional. Meanwhile, the program was graced by key government officials and the media. It was characterized by culture performances, songs and many other activities.