NACSUL termed President Weah’s decision as in the right direction and in the interest of national development.
Speaking to a team of journalists on May 5, 2022, the President of NACSUL, Amos B.S. Kanneh, recalled that since the death of Minister Mabutu Vlah Nyepan over a year ago, Coker-Collins has continued to act in the position—a situation he said has been corrected by President Weah.
President Kanneh noted that the appointment of Coker-Collins as minister-proper has the proclivity of speeding up the activities of the ministry, as she now has the mantle of authority to independently run the day-to-day operations of the ministry, as compared to when she was acting in the capacity.
He argued that the operation of a government ministry or agency is strangulated to some extent when there is an acting head, because some of the decisions or transactions do not allow an acting boss to institute such mandate.
President Kanneh said the appointment of Coker-Collins as Minister proper will serve as motivation for the female minister to do more, especially in the area of road connectivity, which has become one of President Weah’s most successful pillars of development.
According to the NACSUL boss, as an ardent follower of her workings, he has regarded her as one of the dedicated individuals who wants to see the success of the Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD), evident by her successful completion of a number of projects started by her predecessor and initiating more, even though with less available resources.
He said he has no doubt that Coker-Collins will elevate the standard of the ministry among other government ministries and agencies.
Recounting some of her achievements, President Kanneh said under the watch of Acting Minister Ruth Coker-Collins, major road corridors have taken shape, including Johnsonville road in Paynesville, the Du River Bridge in Harbel, the second phase of the Japan Freeway and the Airfield—Lakpazee road. He noted that the ELWA-Coca Cola road, Sanniquellie—Loguatuo road, Saclepea—Tappita road, Ganta—Yekepa road, Gbarnga—Salayea Road, ELWA—Robertsfield Highway road, Gbarnga—Manikoma road, Fish Town—Karloken road, Karloken—Harper road, Harper—Cavalla Custom road and other major road corridors are well on course. According to him, for the first in history Barclayville, Grand Kru County, has seen road pavement.
He described Ruth Coker-Collins as young and energetic, with a wealth of technical experience and qualification.
Meanwhile, NACSUL has pleaded with the Liberian Senate n Senate not to delay Coker-Collins’ confirmation and encouraged the August Body to speedily confirm her in the interest of national development.