“I will not be deterred in working for financial inclusion and the fight against poverty in our country,” Central Bank of Liberia(CBL) Executive Governor Dr. J. Mills Jones said when he officially opened the Multi-National Credit Union office in Tubmanburg, Bomi County last Saturday.
Governor Jones said while there continue to be criticisms from some quarters relative to his financial inclusion and economic empowerment drive; he remains committed to the process.
The CBL Boss said he is open to objective criticisms and not those that are baseless.
Dr. Jones in the past and currently is continued to be criticized especially by some members of the Legislature and the political class of the country.
However economic and other pundits believe that such criticisms are emanating due to the fact that the CBL Governor is reaching out to the ordinary people through his financial inclusion program which is automatically putting him ahead of other state actors.
Speaking to market women, members of the Credit Union Community and the hundreds of citizens that had gathered to welcome him to Bomi County, Governor Jones said his administration will continue to support the financial inclusion program which had led to the establishment of numerous rural financial institutions throughout the country.
He said Bomi County was the last stop where assessment was made for the establishment of a rural Financial Institution and expressed happiness that credit union facilities had been extended to the people of the county.
Governor Jones expressed delight that much has been achieved but stressed that more needs to be done until Liberians are economically empowered.
The Central Bank Governor said the drive to alleviate poverty in the country should be the business of all well-meaning Liberian. “This effort should be that of unity and requires the collective effort of all. The message I bring to you is that we can create a vital economic future for our country,” Dr. Jones said.
For his part, Dr, Jones said, “I am grateful for the opportunity to serve at the CBL and I am committed to serving the people of Liberia”
Governor Jones who was dubbed “a friend of the Poor” at the program held at the Bomi Community College said, “We believe in equal opportunity for all as the country strives for economic transformation.”
Accompanied by an array of CBL staffers at the ceremony, Governor Jones said the Central Bank will continue to work with various economic actors in country for the enhancement of economic activities starting from the micro finance level.
He called on Liberians to unite in their drive to gain economic relevance and alleviate poverty saying, “We should do away with tribalism because such vices have no place in modern day Liberia.”
Earlier, the CBL Executive Governor and his entourage were welcomed to the county by officials of the county, mask dancers as well as officials and members of the Liberia Credit Union National Association (LCUNA).
The credit Union Community lauded the CBL and Executive Governor Jones for the enormous support given in the reactivation of credit union activities in the country following a breakdown as a result of the Liberian crisis.
LCUNA especially lauded Governor Jones for his support in the reopening of its branches in the four regions of the country.
In recent time LCUNA has refurbished and reopened its branches in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County, Ganta, Nimba County, Kakata, Margibi County, Compound Number 3 in Grand Bassa County and Tubmanburg, Bomi County.