17 July 2014

Liberia: Simeon Freeman of MPC Rejects President's Appointment

Monrovia — The Political Leader of the Movement for Progress Change (MPC) Simeon Freemen has rejected his appointment to the board of the Grand Bassa Community College by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

Speaking during a press conference barely 24 hours after the appointment by the President Freeman said the purpose of public job is to influence the lives of people and help them realize their aspirations but not about him gaining personally.

"It is not about me getting a car, it's not about me getting money, it's about being of service, so anything that defeats the goal of me being of service, then I am unwilling to be contained by a position," he said on Wednesday. "These are backdrop that I am not going to accept an appointment as a board member at the Grand Bassa Community College."

President Sirleaf on Tuesday made several appointments in government, with the political leader of the MPC being among those who benefited from the President's appointment. In an Executive Mansion release, Freeman was named a member of the board of the Bassa Community College.

But Freeman thanked President Sirleaf for the appointment at the Bassa community College yet added that his acceptance of the position could be a hindrance to the flow of cash at the college.

Freeman added: "I received a lot of calls that I have been appointed to the board of the Grand Bassa Community College. We want to thank Ellen for the appointment and we really do appreciate the appointment."

He continues: "There are few issues, one, the Grand Bassa Community college has had huge financial challenges and that was under the Chairmanship of senator Findley the pro-tempore. I'm not sure if my acceptance to the board membership as critical as I am will release the flow of funds to the Grand Bassa Community College."

The MPC Political leader said that he has a strong desire to serve his people, but not on the terms of President Sirleaf. Freeman added: "The Grand Bassa Community college is patterned on some of the things we spoke against, the University of Liberia and all other Universities are basically Academic focus and art."

He continued: "So you have a lot of young people doing sociology, political science, Public Administration at the bachelors level and they are not being employed and at the associate level you also have people doing the same thing. So I don't think my presence on the board of the community college will change the curriculum."

Mr. Freeman said, if the President is sincere, she should give him the opportunity to handle bigger challenges the country is faced with. The MPC political leader recommended to be the chairman of the committee that will investigate the Nimba crisis.

"I want to test the sincerity of Ellen as per this appointment, the people of Liberia have bigger challenges to which people like Simeon Freeman can contribute," Freeman added. Freeman continued: "I want to form part of the committee that will investigate the crisis in Nimba and in three months I will give a report, I want to be chair of that committee."

Freeman said, when given the authority he can assist the government in dropping the U.S rate to sixty in two months. "If this government is serious I can work on a simple mechanism and drop this rate to sixty in two months, if you work with me, I can do that I can give you clear approaches," Freeman added. Freeman said, with his education and experience he can best help the government in reducing the money it spends on recurrent expenditure.

"We spent 80% of our national budget just on government bureaucracy, I can assure you that we can reduce recurrent expenditure to fifty-percent within three months we can save 200 million dollars and spend it on the people of Liberia, those are things that I want to be a service to my people," Freeman added.

Continued Freeman: "I am a very assertive person, so I don't take position to sit and talk. I want a position where you say I give full authority to do this within two months; you have an access of two hundred million dollars because I'm going to have a clear policy on vehicles, travels and on the issue of capital flight if those issues are done, I Simeon Freeman with the capacity I have will better serve and be a help to our country."

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