The reason some of us opposed a third-term for the Unity Party-led government under President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf was the rampant corruption and flagrant disregard for accountability and transparency. This new administration under the leadership of President George Weah is set on the foundation of a “pro-poor agenda”, we expect officials of this government to live up to and act that. A few days ago, media reports surfaced about Minister of State McGill taking a US$200,000 loan from the Liberia Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI) to buy/build a house. To me, this action on the part of the minister is an insult to the Liberian masses. The average Liberian lives on less than US$1.00 a day.
McGill’s loan to acquire a mansion, sends a bad message to everyone and solidifies the notion that the only quick way to get rich is working for government. This action on the part of the Minister of state undermines the “Pro-poor Agenda” and is a direct assault on our common people who continue to hunger for a better standard of living. Why didn’t the Minister get this loan when he was aprivate citizen? I listen to many of his supporters saying, the man can get the loan cause he has a job that pays him a maximum US$7000 a month. Let me make it clear that the job you are talking about cannot be a guarantee for any serious financial institution to bank on as a collateral for such a loan. How does the LBDI know that McGill is going to keep the job? He serves at the will and pleasure of the President of Liberia who can fire him at anytime and this action is one reason to fire him.
Public officials must be pacesetters, especially those who serve in this government. The Coalition for Democratic Change must not turn into a coalition of financial vampires whose sole intent is to get rich quick at the expense of the Liberian people. Let it be known to McGill and other officials of this government whose sole purpose for taking up public position is to acquire wealth at the expense of the ordinary Liberian, we will fight you tooth and nail. Our people have suffered for too long to be used as fools. This action on the part of the Minister of State makes a even more compelling case for asset declaration. We call on every official of this government from the President to assistant ministers and directors to declare their assets to the public. Let us know how much you were worth before you took this job.