– Huge crowd welcomes Dr. Jones and entourage to Cape Mount, where he officially received a symbolic key to the county
The standard bearer of the Movement for Economic Empowerment (MOVEE), Dr. J. Mills Jones, has urged the Liberian electorate to look beyond party or ethnic lines when choosing leaders for the country. He said Liberians must come together and take bold steps towards a new Liberia, and must commit themselves to the building of a new political paradigm that would develop the country through buoyant economic measures and empowerment.
Speaking to thousands of partisans during a campaign tour of Grand Cape Mount County, from Gbah Foboi, Sinje, Tahn, Weaju and up to Mano River, Jones said the economic empowerment of an individual has great implications to ensure a stable macro-economic environment which, in turn, will enhance and assure better income distribution. He said in the midst of economic challenges, regaining Liberia’s place in the history of nations is still possible, a vision that forms a critical part of the party’s motto, which states that “Poverty is not our (Liberians) destiny.”
Dr. Jones, described throughout the country as ‘Poverty Doctor’ for the financial inclusion policy he implemented to benefit many poor people throughout the country while serving as Executive Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia, encouraged Liberian electorates to look to the future with hope. He said Liberians must wake up and “look beyond party lines for a leader that you can trust, a leader who has the heart to set the pace for the country’s transformation.” He said the world will not take Liberia serious if people continue to request for change through continuity and called on the young people to wake up to the reality that leadership is not all about money or popularity.
He assured Cape Mountaineers that they would not be forgotten in a Jones-led Liberia. He said under his presidency, Liberians would become prime actors in the growth of the economy, with health, education and agriculture receiving massive boosts never before experienced in the country’s history. He reaffirmed his commitment to marketers and the business community by promising to continue his micro-finance and stimulus initiatives as means to creating a middle-income nation.
According to Jones, a MOVEE leadership will take steps to improve the skills of teachers and progressively increase their salaries, and will utilize technology for distance learning programs so that teachers do not have to leave their counties to attend training institutes to improve their skills. “We will provide them incentives to encourage teachers to go to or remain in rural areas. We will work to create a conducive atmosphere for learning; and when time and resources are used to train teachers, they will be hired and paid according to their qualifications,” he added. Jones said it is time to use the country’s resources wisely by minimizing corruption and wasteful spending. He called on the citizens of the county to vote for the right leader, who will change their living standard, “because for too long Liberians have been yearning for change,” which he believes must come with the economic empowerment of the people.
Earlier, Kiason Kiadii, Commissioner of Garwula District in his welcome statement at the Sinje Town Hall, said the people were excited to receive Dr. Jones, describing his visit as a sign of hope. Varney Kamara, the youth leader of Gbah Foboi, recounted the numerous support Dr. Jones has provided to students in the country. Kamara noted that the MOVEE presidential candidate is the highest contributor to the scholarship fund drive to enter the University of Liberia, which he said has impacted the lives of hundreds of students from Cape Mount County.
As a sign of support to Dr. Jones, Elder Morris Boima presented him a symbolic key which he symbolically used to unlock the county for the people’s support. Elder Boima said Dr. Jones’ poverty eradication initiatives during his tenure as Central Bank Governor greatly changed the lives of ordinary people, who are now contributing to the country’s economy. He said the micro-loan scheme implemented under Jones’ administration reduced the level of hardship in the country. Elder Boima intimated that Dr. Jones’ main focus is on rural women, who he provides loans for their businesses.
Receiving the symbolic key, the MOVEE political leader challenged perceptions from some quarters that the county is owned by certain political parties, individuals or politicians, and vowed that he is not focusing on names, but is rather actively engaging the people to elect him as Liberia’s next president – promising to be a fighter that will work with the people to change things for the better.
The MOVEE political leader was accompanied by his wife, Madam Esther Boston Jones; the party’s national chairman, Mr. D. Maxwell Saah Kemayah, Sr.; deputy Islamic grand mufti of Liberia, Sheik Abdullah Kromah, Thomas Fahn, Sando Grant – MOVEE aspirants for Grand Cape Mount County Districts #1, 2, and 3 respectively; and supporters from across the region.