Dismissed EPA Boss Clarifies; Says He doesn’t have Any Personal Issues with President Weah

Since his dismissal from national government, former Executive Director of the Environmental Protection Agency, Dr. Nathaniel Blama has clarified that whether or not he was consulted before his dismissal, the President of Liberia does not seek permission from anyone before he hires or fires an individual.

Dr. Blama who is recorded as the first government official or Liberian to have contracted the coronavirus in the country, was indefinitely suspended and subsequently dismissed from the EPA by President George Weah for administrative reasons.

Speaking to Bana FM about his activities outside of national government, Dr. Blama said his preferment by the President to serve in government was a privilege to contribute to his country and not a right, adding that he is now enjoying his life in the private sector.

The former EPA Executive Director who is also the political leader of the Liberia National Union, LINU, further noted that he was not born in national government to keep serving, adding that he previously worked in the private sector, including the United Nations before being appointed in the government and later returned to the private sector.

He clarified that he had no personal issues with President George Weah in the manner in which he was dismissed by the Liberian leader, noting that every government appointee works at the will and pleasure of the president and he decides when to hire and fire anyone in accordance with the Liberian Constitution.

Blama argued that there is no provision within the law that mandates the president to seek permission from anyone before he appoints and dismisses a presidential appointee from his government, stressing that as the president is elected by the citizens, he chooses the person to incorporate on his team to serve the Liberian people.

At the same time, the former EPA boss averred that he served his country with diligence and commitment during the heat of the coronavirus, indicating that he had several gains during his administration at the EPA through a series of meetings held with his international partners in Switzerland and other parts of the global community.

Dr. Blama said owing to his many contributions to the growth and development of the country, if he is given another opportunity by President Weah to serve the Liberian people, he will definitely serve without any regret.

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