21 October 2013

Liberia: Rob Sirleaf Shines Liberia

Amidst reports of her son, Robert Sirleaf, becoming one of Africa's recent millionaires, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has dispelled rumors saying Robert Sirleaf, rather helped to project a positive image of the country. She made the comments when a local radio station, Radio Monrovia held an exclusive interview with her last week.

Robert Sirleaf, was the Chairman of the National Oil company of Liberia-NOCAL for over a year. He resigned last month due to what he called a successful end of duty. But critics said it was due to mounting pressures from both locally and internationally on his mother.

She said, her son rather made Liberia to glitter internationally, especially on the oil sector reform. She also rejected reports that Robert is a millionaire.

She said, Robert Sirleaf grew up in the United States where he went to school and acquired a high level of professionalism. Not only that, but also he has good connections.

She said, that he worked over the years at some top notch financial institutions which did not only gave him a wealth of experience, but also exposed him to the business world.

"Rob understands the language," referring to business language.

The Unity Party flag-bearer said that Mr. Sirleaf was the highest black person at Wachovia bank, Charlotte-USA before the entire entity went down due to the global financial crisis.

"So he made money including huge bonuses while he was there; today he has his house paid for in the United States of America. He has his car in the USA and he has money invested in the US Treasury bonds and bills because over the years he made good money, but to say he is a billionaire, that is far from the truth," she said.

It can be recalled that some media outlets reported that Robert Sirleaf was a millionaire. In less than an hour, the story was not removed from the sites. That, president Sirleaf said, was glad as those who reported such story immediately got calls from a few people who were either forced or coerced to take off. That there her son would have issued legal law action against the entities

"To tell you the truth, I do not even know how much money Rob has because he won't disclose that to me, but I do know that he has enough to be able to take care himself. Every time when I get broke, I will call him and say; so, so and so; he will say alright mom, please give me a week or so and I will see what I can do", the President indicated.

"He is not a millionaire, he is not even a multi-millionaire. To tell you the truth, if Robert had that kind of money I would know. And the way the newspapers have been writing about him, I said to somebody, I wish he had that kind of money by that time, we would have own all the radio stations and the newspapers in the country, then they won't have to say anything bad anymore about us", Madam Johnson said as she giggled.

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