“There is nothing wrong with using Liberian resources to fight poverty in Liberia,” the Executive Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia(CBL), Dr. Joseph Mills Jones told thousands of Liberians who had gathered in Zorzor, Lofa County to honor him.
Dr. Jones told the crowd that had earlier paraded with him throughout the principal streets of Zorzor that if a true Liberian middle class is to be created, Liberians must be empowered economically.
Governor Jones who was accompanied on the trip along with his wife said, “Liberians must have the vision and will to bring about economic transformation. We must not do things the same way which has got us where we are.”
Dr. Jones informed the gathering that the CBL is now engaging residents of Zorzor, Voinjama and Foyah in a bid to include them into the Government of Liberia (GOL) financial inclusion program saying, “Economic growth with greater equity is possible in Liberia.”
Governor Jones said through the government’s financial inclusion program the CBL had engaged 47 community based organizations that have benefited from the CBL Micro-finance loans.
He further disclosed that the CBL has identified 87 groups for small skill farming in a bid to boost agricultural production and they are expected to start work as of April 2014.
Governor Jones who was earlier honored and gowned by citizens of Zorzor for his steadfastness in ensuring that Liberians are economically empowered through access to finance. He used the occasion to call on the people of Lofa and Liberia to be a united people as this can go a long way in bringing forth meaningful benefits.
The CBL Boss said when united, the people of Lofa and any other county will find value in diversity, saying, “Let’s say no to the destructive politics of tribalism.”
At ceremony held in Zorzor, traditional leaders, marketers, officials of the county, students and youth groups showered praises on Governor Jones for his initiative aimed at making villagers and other grass-rooters to have access to finance and credit.
Governor Jones and entourage upon entering Lofa County began receiving a rousing welcome from traditional dancers, elders, women groups and students.
From the St. Paul Bridge dividing Bong and Lofa Counties, Governor Jones and entourage were welcomed by the people of Beyan’s Town in Salayea District, Ganglota and other towns leading to Zorzor District.
The people of Lofa appealed to the CBL Boss for more financial intervention in their area through the establishment of financial institutions or other banking institutions.
Prominent among those who formed the welcome party were members of the Liberia Business Association (LIBA), Nimba County Association In Lofa, Members of the Citizen Solidarity Council, Students, youth groups and traditional leaders.