Gov. Jones Denies Wasting Gov’t Money Empowering Liberians

first_imgThe Executive Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL), Dr. J. Mills Jones, has told his critics that he is not wasting Liberian government money by empowering Liberians in the informal business sector to improve their lives.On a three-day tour to the south eastern counties of Sinoe and Grand Gedeh, stopping first in Greenville City where he dedicated CBL’s fourth rural financial institution, he said the quest for financial inclusion of every Liberian bank under his stewardship is to provide loans to empower Liberian businesses.Speaking to hundreds at separate meetings in the two counties, the CBL boss denied claims that he is wasting government resources on Liberians, adding, “The money belongs to the citizens and therefore they need to get access to it.”He told them that for too long Liberians have been poor and it is about time that something is done about it. “We must do something for ourselves and get out of the valley of poverty and this can only be done through hard work,” Gov. Jones told his audiences.Poverty has been the plight of a majority of Liberians for so long that “we cannot see it anymore because we are so used to it. We must change this and if we have to move our country forward, you young people must learn the new tricks because as the saying goes, ‘you cannot teach old dog new tricks.”Gov. Jones said if Liberians continue to do things the same way, and things are not changing, then Liberians should do things the other way around for prompt transformation and results.Some Liberians are claiming that he is wasting the Liberian people’s money by giving out micro loans to empower Liberians. “Whose money am I wasting? The Liberian people own the money and building a strong private sector is not a waste of money,” asserted Gov. Jones.There is a need for Liberians in other parts of the country to have access to small money to build their lives and Monrovia is not Liberia, he said, adding, Liberians have to change the way they do things.He insisted that counties cannot develop without the involvement of every citizen and called on Liberians to put their differences aside and contribute their quota to the development of their counties. In a statement read on behalf of the group, Friends of J. Mills Jones, Secretary General Jerry Barshell called on Gov. Jones to continue the micro-loan scheme because poor parents who could not afford to pay their children’s school fees can now do so through the micro-loan scheme.Responding, Governor Jones thanked the citizens for turning out to welcome him and his entourage and urged those who are benefiting from the micro-loans to pay back the loans on time.Commenting on the Central Bank’s micro-loan scheme, he said that the idea is to help Liberians get out of poverty. “You say in your motto, ‘Where we go you shall go with us,’ but let me say that we are moving to fight poverty and provide economic empowerment for our people,” said Governor Jones amid thunderous applause.Governor Jones’ trip to Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County was based on an invitation from Friends of Dr. J. Mills Jones (FJMJ) organized under the motto “Where You Go, We Shall Go With You.”While in Zwedru, residents pleaded with him and the CBL staff to establish another bank under the micro-loan scheme in the county to enhance their banking services.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Zimbabwe Warriors in Camp against Liberia

first_imgAriel Sibanda of Zimbabwe WarriorsThe first batch of players of the Zimbabwe national soccer team, Warriors trooped to camp Tuesday night (May 30) at the Yadah Hotel exclusive VVIP Suites in the Waterfalls area of Harare.The team begins preparations for the 2019 Nations Cup qualifier against Liberia at the National Sports Stadium on June 11.The Caps United duo of inform midfielder Ronald ‘Rooney’ Chitiyo, who made the Caf Champions League Team of the Week for the second round group matches after a starring role for the Green Machines against Algerian side USM Alger, was part of the group that went to camp.His teammate, defensive midfielder Devon Chafa, FC Platinum goalkeeper Petros Mhari and Ngezi Platinum wingback Qadr Amini and central defender Partson Jaure were also part of the group.Caps United defender Dennis Dauda, who needs treatment after suffering injury in that match against USM Alger, also checked in.Zifa President Philip Chiyangwa had earlier spent the better part of Tuesday inspecting the suits, where the Warriors will stay during their camp, having a taste of the food that they will consume and also looking at the state of the pitch which has been offered for some of the team’s training sessions.The Zifa boss spent virtually all his working day—from morning to late afternoon—in the company of Prophetic Healing and Deliverance Ministries leader Prophet Walter Magaya who provided the accommodation, food and training around to the Warriors free of charge.“Everything has gone according to plan today (yesterday) and the Zifa President took a leadership role in all this, he was here from first thing in the morning and right until around 4pm, in the company of Prophet Walter Magaya, inspecting the accommodation facilities, the dinning places and the training ground,” Warriors acting team manager Wellington Mpandare said.“The Zifa boss was impressed with the state of the VVIP suits where the boys will be staying for their camp and he was also happy that the secluded environment provides the perfect place for the players to camp and concentrate on preparing for the big game.“He was taken on the tour of the facilities by the prophet and you know that the Zifa boss is a man who believes in elegance and when he tells you that he has been impressed with what he has seen then it means a lot.“We need to thank the prophet for opening his facility for a national cause, at no charge at all, and this is what is needed on their own given that it costs a lot just to prepare and host such a huge match.“Remember the association also has to foot the bill for the air tickets for the players, the bill for the referees, among others and it’s good that someone who has a passion for our football has come to the aid of our football leaders so that they won’t have to run the huge costs of paying for the team’s accommodation and food as we prepare for this big game.” (Zimbabwe Chronicle).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more