The Executive Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL), Dr. Joseph Mills Jones, has again said he has no apologies for those upset with his economic inclusion and empowering of Liberians.
He made the remarks on Friday, December 18 in Ganta, Nimba County at a program marking the dedication of the Gordoden Market Building.
Governor Jones’ visit to that county was in response to a request by Nimba County Senator Prince Y. Johnson, who wanted the Governor to see the level of improvement business people are making as a result of the micro finance loan scheme initiative of the Central Bank.
“What we are trying to do is to provide resources that will enable our people to work and help themselves. We see nothing wrong with that if our people’s lives must be improved. We must take chances on our very selves. I will not apologize to anyone for helping our people,” declared Governor Jones.
He said that “if we are going to build an economy based on more equitable distribution of income, then we need to empower Liberians.”
He said building a middle class economy is crucial for the foundation of securing Liberia’s democracy, adding, “We must empower Liberians financially.”
Governor Jones believes that if Liberia must be developed, Liberians themselves must work by creating an environment that would encourage people to do the work.
He assured that the CBL remains a friend of the private sector, where jobs will come to help the government meet its goal to fight and reduce poverty in the country.
He said further that God has blessed the country with natural resources, but those who are supposed to benefit from it are not receiving it, simply because of the same division and bad leadership, which he claims are responsible for keeping Liberians in abject poverty.
“We need to think of how to unravel the morbid ideology and turn around our economy into that which the people desire. We need to think of how poverty could be reduced and the unemployed in the country empowered,’’ said Governor Jones.
He reiterated that the micro finance program of the Central Bank is an economic program, which is being use to empower local citizens and improve the country’s economy, but now others are turning it into politics.
Earlier in his remarks, Nimba County Senator Prince Y. Johnson, expressed gratitude to Governor Jones for honouring his invitation to come to Nimba.
He praised the CBL Governor for the loan initiatives, which he said is helping his people to become economically potent.
Senator Johnson then used the occasion to call on his kinsmen to unite by putting away their individual differences and together build the county.
The Nimba County Senior Senator said the county will never be king makers but rather floor members, meaning, “I did not invite Governor Jones to my county for a campaign purpose, which many believe.
“This is (my) first time accompanying somebody to Nimba, because his business satisfies me; because he is not only there as CBL Governor, but is also helping national government to fight poverty by empowering our people with loans,” Senator Johnson said.