Mr. Shoniyin: “I resigned based on professional and personal consideration.”Barely 24-hour B. Elias Shoniyin, Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister resigned his post, President George Weah has “directed him to authorities of the Liberia Anti Corruption Commission (LACC) in adherence to official exit process, consistent with best practice and the laws of the land.”Although the President has accepted his resignation, and has thanked him for his 13-year “dedicated and professional service to the Liberian government,” sources informed the Daily Observer that Mr. Shoniyin’s resignation was primarily a result of “non-cooperation and disrespect to his office as deputy minister.”Shoniyin tendered in his letter of resignation on Monday, May 6, 2019, citing “professional and personal consideration” as reasons for his resigning his post, but said he remains with the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) Pro-poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development.Sources close to the Foreign Ministry confirmed the resignation of Mr. Shoniyin, following the submission of his letter to the office of President weah for “professional and personal consideration.” He has served at the ministry for 13-years. The letter read:“Dear Mr. President,It is with regret that I tender my resignation as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Liberia effective May 6, 2019, after 13 years of dedicated service to the Liberian government spanning two successive administrations. My resignation is motivated solely by personal and professional consideration.Meanwhile, I take this opportunity to thank your Excellency for the opportunity to serve on your team since your historic inauguration on January 22, 2018, and for your personal brotherly support during the period of my service in your administration.”According to Shoniyin, his time spent working as a member of President Weah’s administration was indeed a wonderful experience and an opportunity to continue making a meaningful contribution to the country.“You can have my assurances that I depart the Foreign Ministry, but not the administration as I remain committed to the Pro-poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development, and will be available whenever I am called upon,” Mr. Shoniyin said in his letter.Shoniyin, one of the Liberia’s astute diplomats, was appointed in 2006 as an assistant foreign minister; later he served as deputy minister for international cooperation and rose to the position of deputy minister of foreign affairs.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
zoomPhoto: Finnlines Finnish RoRo and passenger services operator Finnlines, part of the Grimaldi Group, revealed plans to order more environmentally-friendly ships. The new order would follow a number of initiatives launched by the company to promote environmental sustainability, including the order of three new RoRo vessels.“Further resources will be invested in a new series of modern large green RoPax vessels to be delivered in a 3-4 years time span,” Emanuele Grimaldi, President and CEO, announced.“Finnlines has made a whole series of concrete investments and actions to promote environmental sustainability and corporate social responsibility. These actions include scrubber installations on 21 ships, slow steaming, fleet changes and route optimisation, fuel monitoring, hull silicon treatments, propulsion improvement and vessel lengthening investments, developing multiple newbuilding projects aimed at reducing fleet emission/ton footprint,” Grimaldi said.“Already a decade ago, we were forerunners when we invested over EUR 1 billion into very modern fleet and as reported in spring, we have ordered three modern and green ro-ro vessels to add up further 17,500 lane metres to our services. This way we continue our efforts on further improving our operational and environmental efficiency and invest around EUR 200 million in these technologically and environmentally advanced 5,800 lane meters ro-ro vessels,” he added.Finnlines unveiled new investment plans in its financial results for the period from January to September 2018. During the nine-month period, the company’s result increased to EUR 75.3 million from EUR 67.8 million seen in the corresponding period a year earlier.What is more, revenue rose to EUR 447.9 million in the first three quarters of 2018 from EUR 404.5 million posted in the same period of 2017.The cargo volumes transported during January–September totaled approximately 575 (530 in 2017) thousand cargo units, 114 (101) thousand cars (not including passengers’ cars) and 933 (962) thousand tons of freight not possible to measure in units. In addition, some 530 (496) thousand private and commercial passengers were transported.During the third quarter, Finnlines operated on average 20 vessels in its own traffic.“We are pleased with our current progress both operationally and financially and we are on track to deliver an excellent result – once more – in 2018,” Grimaldi concluded.