President Sirleaf and Vice President Boakai Meet Cross-Section of Liberians in Accra

Thursday, 8th March 2007
Monrovia, Liberia - Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf says her Government will continue to consult with other nations in a bid to mend relationships disrupted by the country's protracted civil conflict in Liberia.

She recommitted herself to putting Liberia on the right course and allowing democracy to take root in the war-torn country, despite the many challenges the Unity Party-led Government was facing.

President Johnson Sirleaf gave the assurance Tuesday when she addressed a cross-section of Liberians at the Liberian Embassy in Accra following her participation in the 50th  Independence Anniversary celebrations of Ghana.

The Liberian Chief Executive, flanked by Vice President Joseph N. Boakai and Foreign Minister George Wallace, reiterated that peace and stability, agriculture and infrastructural development, including the construction of schools and medical centers are at the top of her government’s agenda.

She informed the Liberians that her government has made significant progress in relieving the country of some of its debts, but that she still has a long way to go due to the many problems inherited by her government.

Speaking further, President Johnson Sirleaf pointed out that every Liberian must commit him or herself to the great task of nation building, adding, “Find out what you can do because it is only Liberians that can rebuild Liberia”.

Meanwhile, Vice President Joseph N. Boakai Tuesday represented the Government of Liberia at a banquet hosted by the Ghanaian Government as part of celebrations marking that country’s 50th independence anniversary.

Vice President Boakai was accompanied by Second Lady Mrs. Kartumu Boakai.

During the banquet, President Olusegun Obansanjo of Nigeria was decorated with Ghana’s highest honors.

In the citation read by Ghana’s Foreign Minister, the government of Ghana recounted President Obasanjo’s many contributions to the sustenance of peace in West Africa, including his role in the Liberian peace process which “saw the election of Africa’s first female president”.

Vice President Boakai on Wednesday also participated in another program held at the Independence Square in Accra under the patronage of the Duke of Kent of Great Britain to commemorate Ghana’s 50 independence anniversary.