Liberia: Minister McGill Challenges Sen. Dillon to Prove Corruption Allegation against Him; Vows to Resign if Proven
MONROVIA – The Minister of State for Presidential Affairs, Mr. Nathaniel McGill, has sent an open challenge to his critics and vowed to resign if anyone including Montserrado County Senator Abraham Darius Dillon prove allegations of corruption made against him.
Minister McGill has on many occasions been accused of acquiring overnight wealth. He acquired a US$200,000 house in less than six months after his appointment as Minister of State for Presidential Affairs.
McGill: “The issues of corruption are just perception, and vague allegations. People need to prove these allegations. I work for telecom for more than five years, earning US$2,500 monthly. My check went to Ecobank. I made money, I had a house, and I wasn’t living in one room, I was renting like any other Liberian would do or have done.
“This is a simple challenge to Dillon to prove any allegation of corruption. If anyone proves it I will resign. I want the bank to publish my bank account prior to January 2018. I will give letter of authorization to go to UBA and we both write our letters of resignation. If I cannot prove that I had more than US$20k before I was appointed to this government, I will resign and if I prove it you will resign.
“This is an open challenge to Dillon. I begged people for money to help people. People have the tendency of tarnishing people’s reputation on allegation of corruption that cannot be proven. People in Liberia lie too much.”
Minister McGill who appeared on the Sky FM 50/50 Radio Morning Magazine program with host T-Max did not deny buying a house from a loan he received from one of the local banks in the country but also said he owned a house before entering government.
However, Senator Dillon one of the ardent critics of the CDC government has played down the challenge from the minister on grounds that like the Minister of State, many CDCians have promised to resign because of him and have not had the courage to do so after proving them wrong.
Mr. Mulbah Morlu chairman of the Coalition for Democratic Change is on record of promising to resign his position as chairman of the party had the CDC loss to the Collaborating Political Parties’ candidate Darius Dillon in Montserrado County.
On Facebook, Dillon wrote: “All the CDC gang members that said they would resign because of me have failed to do so. None of them has summoned the faintest courage to resign! Nat McGill is the latest to talk about “resigning” because of me. And they expect me to take them seriously? Let me go do the people’s job yaa. Haha!!”
Minister McGill admittedly told T-Max that the Weah-led government is yet to fulfil its promise of job creation in both the private and public sectors. He, however, added that the government is on course to achieving that before 2023 when President Weah shall be completing his first term.
He said, job creation is in two context which include private and public sectors and this is where his government has been heavily criticized by the opposition.
He said, the CDC government has created more jobs in the public sector by maintaining people in their positions in government and bringing on others.
He said the lack of jobs in the private sector is due to the numerous protests organized by the opposition which scare away investors.
“Job creation is in two contexts – public and private sectors – this is where our critics have criticized our government for not attracting investment as was done by the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf government. When our government took over 2018, we were faced by challenges which include the L$16 million protest which threatened stability, scarring away investors
“This is a simple challenge to Dillon to prove any allegation of corruption. If anyone proves it I will resign. I want the bank to publish my bank account prior to January 2018. I will give letter of authorization to go to UBA and we both write our letters of resignation. If I cannot prove that I had more than US$20k before I was appointed to this government, I will resign and if I prove it you will resign.”
“Before we took over, Mrs. Sirleaf had attracted China Union US$4 billon, but they left in 2014 as a result of Ebola they left the country. Western Cluster came to Liberia and left, BRE left. In the public sector we kept people and also brought people. We created more jobs in the public sector by bringing on board new people.”
On the issue of harmonization, he termed it as the best policy decision made by the Weah administration because, according to him, the government could not maintain the salary structure they met in place.
“Harmonization is one of the most important policy-decision made by our government. We absorbed over 20 thousand health workers who were funded by the WHO,” he said.
Minister McGill has assured Liberians of government’s efforts to restore a friendly investment environment and some of the fruit of those efforts is the return of China union to Liberia. “China Union is coming back because we have created confidence in the system.
“We are on the road to prosperity in terms of proving more jobs. We have series of different companies that are coming. Another area we are making significant progress is the small business enterprises.”
CDC ticket for 2023
The 2023 general and presidential election is two years away but debate about the CDC ticket has been a topic of discussion, especially with speculation about the sour relationship existing between President George Weah and his Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor who represents that National Patriotic party (NPP).
On the 50/50 morning show McGill said, the decision to choose a running mate is strictly the prerogative of the President and that the CDC has a ticket that won in 2017 and nothing has change about maintaining that ticket.
“The decision to choose a vice running mate is the prerogative of the president, the President has a team for now and he respects his vice President. I don’t worry about people, I worry about myself, my own strategy. We are worried about what have we done for the Liberians.
“We will beat Boakai or anyone who come against us. We beat him for the first time we can beat him again. Base on the performance of the President the Liberian people will elect Weah for the second term.”
Asked about the victory of Senator Dillon against the CDC in 2020 December 8, 2020 senatorial elections he said, “Dillon victory wasn’t shocking to the ruling party. Liberian people voted Dillon and for us respect that view of the people even though there are some stupid people who say we rigged the election in 2017.”