Vice President Boakai Challenges Politicians

Wednesday, 30th December 2009
Monrovia, Liberia - Liberia’s Vice President Joseph N. Boakai Sr., has challenged politicians to begin to contribute to improving the lives of their people, rather than merely sit and criticize.

He said the Unity Party-led government was ready to go the extra mile to see positive transformation of the lives of citizens, but noted that it was time all Liberians including politicians take the lead in ensuring that the lives of the people are improved. Vice President Boakai made the statement recently at the close of the Lofa County 2009 Home Coming conference held in the provincial capital Voinjama December 24 and 25.

He observed that today it was difficult to see leaders who are truly committed to working for their people, and cautioned the people to be careful in selecting their leaders, adding, “We don’t want any hypocrisy. The leader must show that he loves his people. We want to see leaders who are truly committed to improving the nation’s health care delivery, the road network and educational opportunities”.

Vice President Boakai hoped the Lofa County Home Coming would become an annual affair so that the county would be developed. He challenged Lofaians to invest in their county noting, ”We can’t expect people to come and create jobs for our people”.

He also called on Liberians struggling for survival in the capital Monrovia to consider resettling in the rural areas, noting, “There is no need for everybody to stay in Monrovia. Let’s build conditions so that we can all live peaceful and happy lives”.

The Liberian Vice President called on Lofa citizens with the means to engage in a collective effort to create jobs for the citizenry, adding, ”We can set up our own company”.

The Liberian Vice President stressed the need to establish a vocational training institute to impart various vocational skills in the youth. 

Meanwhile, Vice President Boakai has commended residents of Lofa County for keeping the peace and cooperating with the government of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

Speaking in Zorzor at the weekend when he presented a brand new four-door pick-up donated to the women of Zorzor District by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, he reminded that the country was emerging from very difficult times, and that citizens should not expect everything to fall in place at once.

 He said the protracted civil conflict left the entire country in ruins, and hence that there are competing demands for roads, hospitals, educational institutions and provision of safe drinking water in all parts of the country.

“We are happy that you have not given up hope and that you are pressing on, despite the odds. Rebuilding the country is a challenge for all of us. The government cannot do it alone”.

Vice President Boakai told the women at a program held in the refurbished Zorzor Town Hall that the donation was a testimony of the government’s desire to improve the lives of its people, adding, “We have a plan to do a lot. When we took over, Liberia was indebted to the international community to the tune of US$5.2 billion. Now we owe only 1.7 billion. By June, if we behave well as a government and people, we will be without debt. Only then can we borrow and rebuild the country”.

He urged Liberians to pay their taxes, because it is only then that government can raise the needed revenue to rebuild the country.

Enroute to Monrovia, Vice President Boakai made a brief stopover at the Zorzor home of Paramount Chief Kaifala Dorley who died recently.