I read in our local tabloids recently that our recent past Central Bank Governor, Dr James David Rogers was proffering solutions to our current economic problems in the country, taking into cognizance the constant increase in the prices of our basic food stuffs in the country.
JD Rogers in actual fact happens to be one of those many SLPP stalwarts who saw the political axe of the current APC led government being dropped on their backs, mainly because of their association with the SLPP.
Though, some of us see nothing bad with people belonging to diverse political parties, because, that is what democracy dictates, but people belonging to different political parties, and all moving perhaps with similar goals could be likened to seeing development for country.
When President Koroma took over as our president, he promised to rule the country in a much more Sierra Leonean way and that he was going to be a president for the country and not for a Political party. That besides, his election into the office of President was as a result of the fact that, people, including the international community needed a change and that, the chances of President Koroma bringing that change were outstanding.
So it came out as a surprise to many but APC supporters that, the manner in which people perceived as SLPP sympathizers, were dismissed from positions of trust by the current political dispensation. And one such person was JD Rogers. Interestingly his deputy was never removed from office and as you are reading this piece, he still serves as the Deputy Bank Governor. This too is Sierra Leonean politics.
However, even as I at times tend to be annoyed with the way our current President did his sackings when he was elected into office, I am also not happy with the way certain public officials, especially civil servants were meddling in party politics during the days of the SLPP and perhaps, this accounted for the removal from office of our recent past Bank Governor, JD Rogers. The role that was played by some civil servants in the then political campaigning, especially on the side of the SLPP, was nothing to write home about at the time.
Civil Servants must be seen above party politics. But perhaps it was very very difficult for some of them to have gone by the dictates of their job. Politics must be left for the politicians.
But back to the issue of my former bank governor I read that he has the answers to our current economic problems and he attempted to highlight some of these many solutions. I am not an economist, nor a bank worker, so it would be difficult for me to comprehend what he had proffered as solutions. It is no secret that the current trend in our economy has to do with the way things are happening from the global perspective. But it is again true that, despite these problems, there are certain things that our government ought to do, rather than self defeating itself by constantly accepting that, ‘this is global’, as normally said by either Kothor IB Kargbo, or Alpha Kanu.
As a responsible government, mechanisms must be put in place to ameliorate our current economic sufferings. Forget this ‘global’ word and work for the good of the country. Whether ‘global’ or not, people voted this government to deliver and failure to deliver will mean otherwise.
But why is it now that JD Rogers is offering his economic solutions? Where had he been all this while, because our current suffering in reality began under the SLPP led government? And it is true that JD Rogers had been very instrumental in taking the country’s economy where it is at the moment. Whilst campaigning for the presidency, the SLPP candidate at the time, Solomon Berewa was accused to have used millions, if not billions of Leone from our national coffers and while all that was allegedly happening, JD Rogers wades in the centre since he was our Central Bank Governor.
Also, the fact that JD Rogers was disgracefully and forcefully removed from office means, he is not for any reason needed by the current political players, led by President Koroma , and so, his recent moves and utterances send signals that, perhaps, he is seeking political appointment from the current government.
I was listening to David Tam Baryoh the other day during his ‘monologue’ Programme at Citizen Radio and I was amazed to learn that, he had access to documentary evidence that may end up indicting our recent past Bank Governor. Remember, JD Rogers had wanted to challenge the government over the manner in which he was removed from office but it was like the APC, perhaps, through David Tam Baryoh, intimidated Rogers with the findings of the Transition Report, thus, preventing him[Rogers] from embarking on what he had wanted to or did they reach an agreement?
Again, I will definitely appreciate it if JD Rogers just continues with his private consultancy job, rather than talking politics now and then. Whether he has the solutions to our existing problems or not, he must keep a low profile and forget politics for now.
One can understand the dilemma in which he [Rogers] finds himself for now. He used to live a life full of opulence. And from all indications, it is like, Rogers is yet to believe that, he is no longer the Bank Governor. By the way, when did Rogers realize that ‘there is a dichotomy between economic and welfare gain’? I don’t for any reason care whether, during his regime as Bank Governor the country’s reserve rose from $35 million in 2003 to about $152million in 2007. The point is, Rogers and his SLPP brothers killed the economy of this country.
This is why some of us have over the past weeks or months been challenging the current government in making known what is contained in that Transition Report. This is because, when such findings are made public, then big guns would be made to keep mute .We are, as a matter of fact not happy with the way the SLPP was running this country and we will never be happy if even Ernest Koroma and his APC men dream of doing likewise. We will reject that, definitely.
The catch 22 scenarios in which people like JD Rogers and even John Benjamin find themselves must be put into context and then handled appropriately by the institutions set to do so. The ACC must be seen functional. The Transition Report must be made open to the public domain.
I have asked our president the other day to tell this nation what it would have looked like if everybody was APC since I was not impressed with the way he [president] made some of his political appointments. But that is not indicative of the fact that, even when they [SLPP] were in office they did wrong and even likewise. But since Kabbah failed to unify the country, I had expected President Koroma to do that, but we wait to see how it will look like 36 months from now.
Good ideas indeed Mr. Ex-Bank Governor but just as a texter said over UN radio, it is too late for you to come up with such suggestions and solutions for we all know that you played an active role in the demise of our country’s economy. By John Baimba Sesay