Deputy Minister Tonpoe said while serving in the position of Deputy Minister for Press and Public Affairs at MICAT, he will serve as a bridge between the Executive Branch of the Liberian Government and the Legislative Branch owing to his vast experience in legislative politics as well as be a linkage between government and the student and religious communities, among others. Tonpoe, the immediate past Director of Press and Public Affairs at the Liberian Senate, was speaking Thursday, July 8, 2021 at MICAT at ceremony marking his induction as Deputy Minister for Press and Public Affairs.
“Because of my deep roots in the legislature, mainly in the Senate, in this role, I will serve as a bridge between the Executive and the Legislature. Because of my deep roots and varying roles in the Press Union of Liberia, I will serve as a bridge between the government and the Media. Because of my work and role in the Federation of Liberian youths and the Liberia National Students Union, I will serve as a bridge between the government and the Civil Society, including the young people of Liberia, and the student community, and as a devoted member of the Liberia Assembly of God Church, and my strong tie to the Late Shilk Kefumah Konneh and who has introduced me to the Muslim Community, I will engage the Religious Community.
And I will be visible to engage the Liberian people,” said Tonpoe. Minister Tonpoe also bragged that he comes to the position with a deep understanding that people need to cooperate with each other and work together to achieve an objective, and as such, he will talk to relevant people before talking or writing. “I will interact with people on policy issues politely, listen well and talk less with facts; and I will from time to time liaise with the Minister and the brilliant team to coordinate public programs,” he added. In remarks, Information Minister, Mr. Legerhood Julius Rennie, asserted that the inclusion of Mr. Tonpoe is an addition of professional expertise to the Ministry.
Amid public concern about the appointment of the former Senate press director, who is regarded as quiet and diplomatic person to a position that seems to need a tough talking tongue, Minister pointed out that the position is not about having the loudest voice; rather it comes with the professional task of promoting government’s image. “Everyone has his own star. There is this perception that perception that you supposed to have the loudest voice; you supposed to be insulting. This is not true. This position is simply meant to promote government’s image. This is not an adversarial role. It's to promote the policy programs and development objectives of the government through truth telling,” he told the gathering. “So Mr. Minister as you have come to join us here, you must engender those values that will bring public confidence to the workings of government. Do not follow the normal Liberian thing,” Minister Rennie among other things, indicated.