Two members of the Board of Governors of the Central Bank of Liberia, (CBL), Mr. David Vinton and Madam Mildred Reeves have been retired following years of service.
Presenting certificates to the two honorees last Friday in Monrovia, CBL Executive Governor and Chairman of the Board of Governors, Dr. Joseph Mills Jones began by paying homage to the late Nelson Mandela whose first year in eternity was celebrated on the same day.
Dr. Jones said, “I will start my remarks by recording that today is the first anniversary of the passing of one of Africa’s distinguished personalities, Nelson Mandela, a great man. He was great not because he was a President but because of his character and as a leader who stood for something.”
Governor Jones further noted that Mandela was prepared to sacrifice his freedom even his life so that others could be free. “That is leadership. He got to the head of the line not by manipulation, not by being vindictive, not by selfish desire. He got at the head of the line by example and by living the creed of good leadership,” Governor Jones said.
Governor Jones told the dignitaries that gathered at the ceremony that he introduced his remarks by remembering the life of Mandela and his role as a leader because the CBL was celebrating two individuals who in their own rights have exemplified the mark of leadership during their tenure on the Board of Governors of the Central Bank of Liberia.
The CBL Boss who acknowledged the accomplishment of the two individuals, Mr. David Vinton and Madam Mildred Reeves from their academic sojourn to their impeccable professional careers which were added responsibilities they exhibited while on the CBL Board.
Governor Jones said, “Because both individuals were prepared, we worked together as a team and we made great accomplishment. They were not square pegs placed in round holes,” Dr. Jones added.
The CBL Board Chairman further told his audience that as the CBL bids farewell to these two individuals, the bank is now a transformed institution.
He said the board including the two honorees worked patriotically with allegiance to the people of Liberia.
Governor Jones said the goal of his administration at the Central Bank is to place the Liberian Economy in the hands of Liberians and not to make them by-standers. He further said transformation requires bold vision that results in a great leap forward.
“As chairman of the Board of Governors, we remain committed to economic transformation and we are committed to Liberia because Liberia is home and home is where the heart is,” Dr. Jones intimated.
Also speaking at the ceremony the two honorees expressed gratitude to President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf for her preferment to have had them serve on the CBL Board and contribute their quota to the economic transformation of the country.
Climaxing remarks at the ceremony, the Secretary General of the Motor cyclist Union, Robert Sammy, lauded the CBL Board coming down to the grass-root level to do business with his union. He expressed the hope that with the departure of the two board members, the CBL board will continue to have the interest of the indigenous business people at heart.
The two honorees, Mr. Vinton and Madam Reeves who are no strangers to the country’s economic development served the CBL Board for two and one term respectively.