Liberia’s Minister of State for Presidential has described people who are reportedly using his name to exploit money in the name of giving them jobs are ‘criminals’ that tapping on his hard characters.
Minister Nathaniel McGill told this paper Monday, May 14, at his Congo Town residence, that the action is dangerous in these contemporary time and age.
“This is totally unacceptable and those that are engage in such practice is criminals and desperate to survive at the expense of his connection with President George Weah. In fact, some of them sent a SMS text to someone who is already minister that I’m seeking his resume’ so that the president can appoint them. How possible can that be when that person is already working as minister for one of the ministries,” he said.
He informed this paper that the National Security Agency and the Liberia National Police are already investigating the matter and I think someone has already being arrested but the bulks are still out there and it is his prayer that more arrest can be made in order to curtail the ugly situation.
According to him, he does not have job to give anyone, adding; it is president that can nominate or appoint in consent with the Liberian Senate.
“I don’t have job to give anyone only the president can appoint. What I can at times the president can ask for my recommendation. It is embarrassing for people to be using my name to extort money from people in the name of giving them jobs, that far from me. I enjoy the confidence of the president and the good thing is the president knows me well,” he asserted.
Commenting about his loan deal from the Liberia Bank for Development, McGill who led the Coalition for Democratic Change to its first presidential victory pointed out that he’s proud to be minister that sought loan to secure house for him and his family.
“My salary cannot afford me a house now and as minister I need home for my family and me and the best option is secure a loan from the bank to buy a house. It would have bad criminal if I had stolen money from the government, nothing is wrong with it, it is clean deal. I also want encourage Liberians and officials to make use of the bank sector in securing loan,” he added.
He narrated that President Weah has drastically cut officials of government salaries and allowances. “The highest paid minister or head of agency of government is US$7,800. We also cut 10 percent for salary cut as announced by the president during his Annual Message and the government your income tax, so, we are earning less money than past officials of government,” he concluded.