Liberia

President appoints new Health and Education Ministers


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President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has named two new Cabinet ministers in a wide-ranging series of changes to her government and public service.

The President named Dr. Bernice Dahn as the new Minister of Health and George Werner as the new Minister of Education.

The presidential statement says “As Government works to achieve its goals over the remaining years of the administration, there is need for strategic changes in the administration.

In doing so, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has given due recognition and thanks to many who have been with and stood by the Government but who now require new challenges worthy of their skills. This means opportunity for others who would bring more dynamism and urgency to Government’s determination for more timely and effective implementation of these programs.

She therefore ask for all Liberians continued trust and confidence to help as Government tackle the next challenges and embark on the difficult road for Post-Ebola Economic Recovery.”

The full list of changes as published on the Executive Mansion website can be found here.

Dr. Bernice Dahn has an MD from the A.M. Dogliotti College of Medicine, University of Liberia and a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from the T. J. Faulkner College of Science & Technology, University. She has a Master’s of Public Health from the School of Public Health & Community Medicine at the University of Washington.

Dr Dahn was previously Deputy Minister for Health Services and the Chief Medical Officer.

George Werner was previously the Director-General of the Civil Service Agency and Chair of the Government of Liberia’s Inter-ministerial Scholarships Committee. Last year Werner was nominated by the President as Health Minister but the Senate rejected the appointment in November.

Mr. Werner has a BA degree in Arts (General Education with Religious Studies) from Marist College (Africa) and a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice. He has taught in a number of schools including in Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, and the United States.

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