-Sen. Teahjay Describes Protesters’ Quest
By Jackson C. Clay, Jr.
Sinoe County Senator, J. Milton Teahjay has termed as ‘completely unfair’ calls made by the September 24, 2018 #BringBackOurMoney# protesters to the international community to withhold all supports to the country.
It can be recalled some aggrieved Liberians petitioned the international community on Monday to hold back every support to Liberia until proper account in the alleged missing container of over 15billion Liberian dollars banknotes is made available.
Addressing a news conference Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at his Capitol Building office in Monrovia, Senator Teahjay told journalists that he disagrees with the call to impose economic sanction on the country in just eight months.
“It is completely unfair to call for economic sanction on an eight-month-old government because it would cause a lot of economic problem within the country. I completely disagree with this call and I’m going to write all of those international partners they have written to ignore this call by the protesters,” Sen. Teahjay said.
Sen. Teahjay stated that economic sanction has the propensity to stifle development and the nutritional needs of the ordinary people in the country, stop the creation of jobs and as well as create economic paralyses.
The Sinoe County Senator indicated that he is baffle as to why the protesters would choose to request the international community to place an economic sanction on an eight-month-old government.
“George Weah has only been in power for eight months, he has never requested the printing of money, now if you have concern about speculations about money was printed in excess of what was supposed to be done, you should request an investigation and we all will stand by you,” Senator Teahjay said.
He stated that it was too far on the part of the protesters to have made such a call, thus, urging the protesters to give the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) led government a chance to properly settle down, voicing that he wants the record to show that he completely disagrees with this call.
Senate Teahjay asserted that it would be very premature to make such a call and as such, he would write all of the international partners those protesters have petitioned to ignore such call.
At the same time, he said at no point in time did the legislature mandate the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) to print additional banknotes as being speculated in the public.
He disclosed that as member of the Liberian Senate Committee on Banking and Currency, they instructed the CBL to go furnish the legislature with the total amount needed before printing additional banknotes, something he said the CBL did not do.