Former Labor Minister Tiawan Gongloe says that the act of nepotism in Government is corruption, which may damage the developmental plan of the nation. Cllr. Tiawan said that nepotism is favoritism shown by somebody in power to relatives and friends especially in appointing them to higher position which according to him is currently taking place in the Unity Party (UP) led government of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.  

He pointed out that the recent appointment of one of President Sirleaf son Mr. Robert Sirleaf in a key position as Chairman of the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) as an act of nepotism in society, describing it as a conflict of interests by the President.

The former Labor Minister indicated that since the appointment of Mr. Robert Sirleaf as chairman of NOCAL, there have been mixed reactions for such position given him by his mother, which the public believes that Mr. Sirleaf does not have the qualification and experience to hold such a high position at this time.

According to him, the appointments of individuals in government should base on qualification and experiences but not conflict of interests for someone that may not even work in the interest of the citizens.

The former Labor Minister spoke to reporters Thursday, stating that “based on the good leadership ability of President Sirleaf, Liberia will be transform from its present stage of nepotism and favoritism among its citizens.”

It can be recalled that during the celebration of the Declaration of Human Rights Day on December 9, 2011, held at the G.W. Gibson High School on Capitol Bye-Pass in Monrovia, Cllr. Gongloe emphasized   on nepotism in President Sirleaf’s government when he served as guest speaker on the occasion.