Vice President Joseph Boakai Challenges Liberians in Diaspora

Saturday, 23rd May 2009
Staten Island, New York (U.S.A.) - Vice President Joseph Boakai has challenged Liberians living in the Diasporas to demonstrate more love for their country by contributing in concrete ways to the economic and infrastructural development of Liberia.  He said that Liberia stands ready to benefit from the tremendous experience and knowledge its citizens have attained since they were scattered around the globe as a result of the civil crisis.  He challenged them to help establish micro-loan and other empowerment programs to benefit their brothers and sisters back home.
 
Speaking on May 23 when he addressed the 9th convention of the Federation of Lofa Associations in the Americas, currently in process in Staten Island, New York, V.P. Boakai called on Liberians living abroad to help strengthen the educational sector, noting that the cycle of violence is imminent if children fail to get proper education.  He reminded Liberians in the Diasporas that there was nowhere like home and encouraged them to advance concrete suggestions to help grow the economy and create job opportunities.  

Hon. Boakai also said that national reconciliation, reconstruction and healing have gained momentum as Liberians work together with international partners to reshape and redirect the economy.  He assured Liberians in the Diasporas that the Government of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf remains committed to ensuring that all concessions and contracts entered into are in the interest of the country and that Liberians are the direct beneficiaries of their countryís resources.
 
He declared that this was a new dawn in Liberia, telling the audience that the days when people squandered the country's resources with impunity were over. He urged all Liberians to join hands to rebuild the country, disregarding all divisions and forging ahead with development through unity.  Hon Boakai also spoke of the significant gains the Government has made in the area of infrastructural development, road construction, and the creation of a conducive environment for investment.