Several Civil Society Groups appear to have dissociated themselves from today’s planned demonstration by the Economic Freedom Fighters of Liberia (EFFL), as the former called for calm to await the outcome of the government’s investigation into the missing 15 billion Liberian Dollar bank notes.
Among the group dissociating from the planned demonstration are the Center for the Exchange of Intellectual Opinion (CEIO) and the Liberian Business Association (LIBA).
CEIO told a press conference over the weekend that it would not be a part of the planned demonstration by the EFFL with its protest slogan #Bring Back Our Money#.
LIBA on the other hand calls on the general business community to remain calm, while urgin the government to reinforce measures to secure the alleged mission containers.
“We call on the public to exercise restraint as government deploys appropriate action to resolve the crisis,” LIBA president James M. Strother told journalists here Friday.
Addresing a news conference over the weekend at LIBA office on the AB Tolbert Road, Paynesville Strother said LIBA has been following with keen interest the unfortunate development in the country concerning the missing 16 billion Liberian Dollars from the Freeport of Monrovia, and the Roberts International Airport (RIA).
According to Strother, the Association recognizes the numerous impact the situation has on the country economy, and the business community including the security of potential foreign investment in the country.
The LIBA boss urges government to work in collaboration with relevant parties to quickly strengthen its enforcement measures geared toward adequately addressing the growing concerns while maintaining confidence in the business community.
LIBA calls on the general business community here to remain steadfast, reassuring its continuous support to the Liberian economy.
LIBA says it hopes that the prevailing situation will be resolved amicably and timely.
The Association adds that it remains committed to boosting the growth of the economy and the developmental agenda of the government.
LIBA’s statement comes in the wake of a protest being planned the EFFL. EFFL says its protest is in search of the missing money.–Edited by Winston W. Parley