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Nagbe Snubs Tenure …Resigns As Maritime Commissioner

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By: H. Richard Fallah

MONROVIA: Documents in the possession of The INDEPENDENT Newspaper suggest that Maritime Commissioner, Lenn Eugene Nagbe, has resigned his post. The resignation letter, dated Friday, January, 19, 2024.

Mr. Nagbe tendered in his resignation despite the fact that he has two additional years to serve as Commissioner General in such lucrative portfolio.

“Excellency: I tender in my resignation and offer my sincere appreciation for the opportunity you granted me to serve,” he told President George Manneh Weah, then.

Despite having two (2) years more in his tenure lifespan, the resignation of Mr. Nagbe has given the constitutional leverage to newly inducted President of Liberia, Joseph Nyuma Boakai, to nominate a new person to fill in such vacancy.

Commissioner Nagbe was appointed by former President George Manneh Weah in 2020 to lead the initiative in other to regain Liberia’s seat at the International Maritime Organization (IMO).
Liberia lost ‘Category C’ seat at the IMO in 2019 during the Administration of Dr. James Kollie.

During his tenure at the Liberia Maritime Authority (LiMA), Nagbe and team successfully lobbied with global maritime stakeholders to be elected in November 2023 on ‘Category A’, the highest decision makers of the IMO Council after 30 years.

The authority, under former Commissioner Nagbe leadership also worked with partners for the increment in number of vessels registered under the Liberia Program in 2020, and helped in maintaining revenue quotas to the Government of Liberia despite Covid-19, and also completed the headquarters of the Liberia Maritime Authority.

He, at the same time, opened Regional Offices in Sinoe and Maryland Counties to cater to the ports of Greenville and Harper.

These accomplishments, experts said, have fortified Liberia’s flag state, port state, and ISPS regimes.

Furthermore, after spending three of his five-year tenure, Commissioner Nagbe took decisive measures to enhance Liberia’s competitiveness in the maritime industry.

Some of those steps taken during his leadership included providing scholarships for many young people to pursue specialized careers in marine engineering, nautical science, and marine electrical and electronics at the Regional Maritime University in Ghana and the World Maritime University in Sweden.

Also, amongst his accomplishments at the Maritime Authority, Liberia was elected Chair of the Marine Environmental Protection Committee of the IMO, while at the same time, shipping registry experienced a historical increase of 10.7% and 12.6% in the number of vessels and gross registered tonnage, marking the highest growth in a decade.

Liberia rejoined the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authority (IALA), operationalized the FAL Convention to improve turnaround times at the Freeport of Monrovia, and prepared for the IMO Member States Audit scheme, a mandatory process to assess Liberia’s compliance with critical IMO instruments.

The LiMA boss resignation comes few weeks after he led the campaign for former President Weah’s second term bid.

Nagbe has been serving the government and people of Liberia since 1998; Police Chief Aide, Special Assistant to President Moses Blah, Minister of Postal Affairs, Minister of Transport and Minister of Information among others.

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