Monrovia — Although people in the opposition are usually the first to decry the government's developmental drive by accusing it of not making frantic efforts, the Liberian Senate Pro Tempore, Milton Gbehzorgah Findley has disclosed that monies borrowed by the Liberian government are being used especially to develop the country.
Addressing a press conference that signifies the end of the second sitting of the National Legislature at the Capitol Building in Monrovia over the weekend, Findley said all of the money borrowed by the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf-led government is being used to construct infrastructure in the interest of Liberians.
He said the money or government's objective for requesting for loans from friendly governments and partners is to help Liberia overcome the challenges that the government has encountered as a result of the armed conflict.
According to the Findley, whose is also a Senior Senator from Grand Bassa County, the Liberian economy could not support the country's developmental needs owing to the fact that the country's problems are huge and therefore needs the financial assistance of friendly nations and partners to support Liberia's reconstruction process.
The Senate Pro Tempore indicated that what should be of concern to the Liberian public is how the loans or borrowed monies that the government was receiving from these nations and international financial organizations on behalf of Liberians and Liberia are being used.
He said the people of Liberia should do research on the government's development projects and programs to verify if the borrowed monies were not being used in the interest of the people of Liberia before making negative comments about said monies.
The Liberian Senate Pro Tempore stressed that he is personally against borrowed monies that have been loaned to the people of Liberia landing in individual pockets.
He said when the economy of the Liberian state reaches an acceptable stage and after paying off these loans that are given to Liberia at a very low interest rate and long period of time for repayment, the people of Liberia through their government will have the opportunity to no longer borrow but to make use of the resulting economic growth to invest in the country.
Findley concluded by stressing that the government will remain committed to using monies that are borrowed in the interest of the people of Liberia through the agency of development projects across the country.
Making comments on his personal achievements as Senator of Grand Bassa County, Findley said the people of Grand Bassa, especially market women, were able to benefit from a micro credit initiative that requires little or nothing with regards to interest rate for repayment.
He said that he instituted the Market Women Loan to help empower women and their families through a market loan sponsorship project in every part of the county.
According to the Senator, students from nursery, grade schools, and universities are benefiting from his scholarship program, adding that he has achieved nearly 100% of his 2006 political platform and campaign promises made to the people of Grand Bassa County for which he was elected.