Deputy Chief of Staff Amara Konneh Takes Sabbatical Leave

Friday, 8th June 2007
Mrs. Elva M. Richardson, Special Assistant to President presents a gift on behalf of the Ministry of State to Mr. Amara Konneh.
Mrs. Elva M. Richardson, Special Assistant to President presents a gift on behalf of the Ministry of State to Mr. Amara Konneh.
Photo Credit: James Garresen, II/Executive Mansion
Monrovia, Liberia - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has praised the Deputy Chief of Staff for Public Affairs and Information Technology, Mr. Amara Konneh, for his contribution to the process of change and renewal in Liberia.

The President described as real commitment the decision by Mr. Konneh and others in the Diaspora to return home and contribute to national development. Recalling the process that led to her election as President, the Liberian leader observed that there are some who prefer sitting on the sidelines to watch events unfold only to join in the bandwagon later. There are others on the other hand, based on their conviction and believe in a principle work to he a part of the process of change. Mr. Konneh’s decision to serve, the President said, is a conviction that goes beyond her. It was a conviction for country to be a part of changing Liberia.

According to an Executive Mansion release, President Johnson Sirleaf made the remarks on Friday when personnel of the Ministry of State hosted a cocktail to bid the Deputy Chief of Staff for Public Affairs farewell as he takes a sabbatical leave of absence. The President expressed the hope that following his studies Mr. Konneh will return home with a broader perspective to serve his country and people.

Mr. Konneh, who left the country on Friday to pursue graduate studies at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in the United States, thanked the President for the opportunity to serve and contribute to national development. Mr. Konneh also thanked his staff and all those who contributed to the success of his Division. He assured President Johnson that he would return following his studies.  

While at Harvard, Mr. Konneh will be studying Public Policy and Management in the Edward S. Mason Program in a one year Lucius N. Littauer Masters’ Degree program, expected to commence next month.

The Outdoing Deputy Chief of Staff for Public Affairs and Information Technology was appointed to the post in March 2006. During his tenure, he played a paramount role in President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s public relations team. He is credited with the setting up of the Executive Mansion website (www.emansion.gov.lr), which has registered a startling nearly 2-million hits since its official launch two months ago.

Meanwhile, the Public Affairs and Technology Department has implemented a Local Area Network (LAN), providing access to all computer users within the Ministry of State and the Office of the President to log on, using assigned user names, and user-chosen passwords.

The measure, the Department said, will enhance information security, productivity, and efficiency at the Ministry and the Office of the President.  Among other benefits, employees will enhance information security—security of files and the integrity of data will be enhanced, with different users having different access levels to various files and resources on the network.  

  • File Sharing—Specific users on the network will be able to quickly access designated files from other computers (without having to leave their desks or having to use a flash drive).
  • Print Sharing—The need to have a printer at every desk will be eliminated, enabling one or more printers to share one.
  • Data Backup— Information will be backed up from a central location and will be restored in case of system failure.