The Civil Society Network of Liberia (CSO) has commended the Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL), Dr. J. Mills Jones for his reaffirmation to support the financial capacity of “middle class” Liberians through his financial loan scheme.
According to CSO-Network, the initiative is laudable and worth supporting as it is designed to alleviate poverty, especially among the thousands of less fortunate Liberians across the country.
“Our research conducted revealed that the CBL Governor has established loan schemes in seven of the fifteen (15) counties and has tremendously helped to better the living conditions of our people in those areas,” a release said.
“The recent visits of Dr. Jones to Bomi and Nimba counties where scores of Liberians gave him a rousing welcome demonstrate that Liberians are appreciative of his support to improving their livelihood.
“We will also like to use this medium to call on detractors of the CBL governor’s loan scheme to stop politicizing the initiative and give him their support as Governor Jones strives to better the economy of the nation,” the release indicated.
The CSO-Network sees these baseless criticisms against Dr. Jones in the name of presidency as reckless and against the true spirit of peace, unity and the development of the country and its suffering masses.
“We also want to call on some lawmakers opting for the CBL to be audited to drop their argument which we see as being in the wrong direction and not in the interest of the ordinary citizens of the country,” the release added.
“Our argument with the lawmakers is based on part X (2) of the act authorizing the establishment of the CBL, approved on March 18, 1999 and published October 20, 1999 which stated that the accounts of the CBL shall be audited at least once every year, by a reputable and professional externalinternal auditors by the board of governors.”
In our minds, this has been done as evidence by the recent audit conducted by the international auditing firm Price Waterhouse and such audit report has been submitted to the Executive, copies of which was sent to the National Legislature, so there is no need for a GAC audit. Let us quickly sign this as a warning to individuals who are wrongfully criticizing this distinguished and patriotic kinsman of ours in the name of wanting to contest the presidency come 2017, to desist and rally their support to him in bettering the livelihood of our poverty-stricken population, the network said.
“The time for politics is far, the release said, “let us work with Governor Jones as he strives to build a middle income society when he said to the people of Nimba County, ‘It’s time to look for the Liberian man and woman that believe in Liberia, those who stand up for Liberia and those who say count on me for what I have done in the interest of Liberia. This is not about empty promise neither destroying excellence so that mediocrity can rise.”
CSO-Network is also calling on Governor Jones not to be distracted by those unfounded information from his detractors and continue to empower “our less fortunate citizens that can put more Liberians to work in the midst of the high unemployment in the country.”