Vice President Boakai Advises Political Aspirants; Harps on UP’s Achievements

Thursday, 15th April 2010

Monrovia, Liberia - Liberia’s Vice President Joseph N. Boakai is cautioning persons aspiring to high political offices to build constituencies in their counties of origin.

He said it is not enough to gain popularity in the capital Monrovia, because he noted, any party that an individual aligns with would want to win the support of his or her home constituency.

Speaking at the weekend in Foya, Lofa County during a meeting with members of the ruling Unity party, Vice President Boakai said one builds a constituency as a result of one’s contributions to the development of one’s district or county.

The Liberian Vice President who single-handedly constructed a seven-mile road linking his Village Warsonga to the district headquarters of Foya, negotiated the installation of the looted oil palm mill in Foya District, encouraged the LOIC to open an office in Foya and arranged for the installation of electricity in Foya, among others, encouraged politicians to make contributions that would make them to be remembered even after their demise.

He commended Foya District branch Unity partisans for the loyalty they have demonstrated over the years, and urged them to continue supporting the party. He further called on them to be proud of the achievements of the party and remain loyal partisans, even if they did not have government jobs.

“We should thank God for giving us the peace of mind to be able to resettle in our home and the development taking place,” Vice President Boakai told the UP partisans,  adding, “I don’t see any other party that would have achieved this in so short a time”.

Vice President Boakai reiterated government’s commitment to create opportunities for its citizens. He added that the government is creating the environment for a better livelihood in the country, and cited the US$800 million Sime Darby investment which will span Bomi, Bong, Grand Cape Mount and Gbarpolu Counties.

He also called attention to the Mittal Steel, China Union,  Equatorial Biofeul and other investments that will soon get off the ground.

The Liberian Vice President also told the UP partisans not to be deterred by the statements of detractors, but instead be proud of the strides the party is making in the educational, health and infrastructure sectors.

“If your child used to walk five miles to go to school, this has been reduced because schools have been constructed all over the country.

Also, teachers’ salaries which were not paid in eight months are now being paid every month. There have also been increments in the salaries of teachers, pensioners and civil servants in general. The nation’s debt which stood at an estimated US$5.2 billion, has now been reduced to US$1.7 billion, and even this may be wiped out by July this year,” Vice President Boakai reminded.

He also made reference to the freedom of speech that is taking root in the country, noting, “we don’t want to take the country back to the dark days”.

Earlier in remarks, the UP stalwarts who included Commissioner William Kamba, Paramount Chief Momo Taylor, the Chairman of the Foya branch and youth chairman, called for empowerment of partisans and the provision of logistics to ensure a landslide victory for the party in the 2011 elections.

They complained that many partisans are disappointed that promises made to them are not being fulfilled. Paramount Chief Momo Taylor stressed the need for a permanent office for the party in the district.