Although retired from public service, Mr. John Bestman, former Minister of Finance during the Charles Taylor administration, is not tired. He has redirected his energy and resources to the country’s fishing industry.
Bestman saw the need to fetch his retirement benefits from fisheries by obtaining two large fishing boats in Marshall City, Margibi County.
The 78-year-old, who spoke to the Daily Observer over the weekend, invited Tibelrosa S. Tarponweh, current lawmaker of the county’s electoral District 1, the superintendent Jerry Varnie to a dedication ceremony of the boats in an effort to draw the county’s leadership and the national government’s attention to challenges the fishery sector faces.
“I know that fishing is the principal source of income in Marshall; therefore, I could not disconnect myself from improving the sector in my retirement,” Bestman said.
He said dedicating the boats, which cost about US$3,500 and US$4,500 respectively, is a blessing and an opportunity to provide jobs for some of the locals.
“We have abundant resources with a small population to match them, but evil minds have changed the story from prosperity to complete backwardness,” he said, adding that Marshall has a rich and vast land but the residents lack the capacity to invest in it.
Despite Mr. Bestman’s establishment, he has encouraged other investors to come and tap into the resources of Marshall, so as to change the living condition of the inhabitants.
Representative Tilbelrosa Tarponweh said that the interest of his people is about friendship. As such, he strives to bring relief to the residents’ current “deplorable living conditions.”
Superintendent Jerry Varnie, who thanked Mr. Bestman for the investment, also expressed the hope that Margibi under his administration will experience a great deal of development.