Vice President Boakai Joins Rehab Community Residents in Clean-up Campaign

Saturday, 6th June 2009
Monrovia, Liberia - Liberian Vice President Joseph N. Boakai on June 6 led residents of the Rehab Community in Paynesville to clean their environment in line with a presidential proclamation making the first Saturday of every month clean-up day.

Vice President Boakai was seen personally using the rake to clean dirt, and giving instructions  to community residents to dig gutters to prevent waterways from clogging.

In a chat with journalists after the campaign which lasted nearly three hours, the Liberian Vice President said he was encouraged that Liberians have begun to see the exercise as a means of improving the image of their country..

“It is dawning on our residents that most of the sicknesses we contract –malaria, dysentery, diarrhea and typhoid-are due to dirty environment,” he observed.

In response to a reporter’s question, he said it was important for leaders to inspire citizens and foreign residents to participate in actions that will bring change to the nation for the better, adding,  “Every leader should bring to his position some motivation through action. The leader  is supposed to inspire people positively.”

Vice President Boakai apologized to the citizenry for their inability to move freely every first Saturday as a result of traffic regulation, but urged them not to see this as infringing on their rights.

A Rehab community leader, Mr. Anthony G. McGill, said they turned out for the campaign because they appreciate the Vice President,  noting, “His presence is felt here. He is a motivator.”

A community mobilizer, Cecilia Wuor, added that everyone in the VP's community was happy to contribute to the clean-up exercise. She further added said the community needed a palaver hut, hand pumps and public toilets.