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Ledgerhood Denies Resignation Report

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MONROVIA: The Minister of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism (MICAT), Ledgerhood J. Rennie, has denied this paper’s Monday, October 10, 2022 publication, which had, as its lead Headline: “Ledgerhood To Resign?…As Gov’t Cut-Off PR Funds.”

Minister Rennie, in a statement issued in Monrovia on Monday, October 10, 2022, said “I have read with utter shock and bewilderment the front page story of The Independent Newspaper, suggesting that I am contemplating resigning my post as Minister of Information. The paper quoted what it called “credible sources” within the Ministry.”

He added that “I wish to first distance myself from the publication as I have harbored no such intention. I remain very committed to serving my country, an opportunity which is bestowed through the appointment and subsequent commissioning by His Excellency Dr. George M Weah, President of the Republic of Liberia.”

According the Minister Rennie’s statement, “While I have been away in the US, access to me through many media of communications was still available to the publisher of the Independent Newspaper. But, it was unfortunately never utilized.”

“I therefore owe it to the public, as a senior official, to make the necessary clarification in order to uphold their trust, while executing my duties and role as Minister,” the Minister further stated.

The Ministry of Information, Culture Affairs and Tourism was established by law on May 11, 1972 and statutorily charged with the responsibility of developing and disseminating factual information about Liberia at home and abroad. The Ministry is also tasked with promoting national cultural and tourism values through various cultural groups and tourism centers.

MICAT objectives for the (FY2022) is to “disseminate GoL Information services; Regulate media houses; Advocate support for increased GoL assistance to community radio stations; and Promote, support, regulate and enhance the cultural and tourism programs locally and internationally.

Interestingly too, the National Budget of MICAT (FY2021) says “No information provided by spending entity,” (MICAT) on its activities.

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