Vice President Boakai Decries Wave of Stealing at the new University of Liberia Fendall Campus

Tuesday, 29th June 2010
Monrovia, Liberia - Liberia’s Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has expressed serious concern about the wave of thievery and lack of integrity that has engulfed post-war Liberia.

He made specific reference to the stealing of building materials at the new Fendall campus which is currently under construction by the Chinese.

Delivering the keynote address at the 4th Members’ Assembly of the YMCA of Liberia held at the weekend at the YMCA headquarters on Broad Street, Vice President said it was disheartening that Liberians can stoop so low as to steal from people who are helping them.
He challenged the youth of Liberia to help fight this menace which, he noted, is “is engulfing our society to a cancerous level”.

“Take a bold step to condemn this nefarious act to a nation that needs all the goodwill. Our youth must act bold to take the destiny of their country into their hands and take initiatives in reconstructing and developing their country,” Vice President Boakai said.

“The youth must understand that empowerment for leadership does not necessarily mean spending hours discussing politics, while technical and professional skills are being taken over by foreigners,” he said adding, “National leadership means trained medical doctors, nurses, engineers, electricians, skillful drivers, etc.”.

Vice President Boakai also challenged youths to learn skills required for national reconstruction and development. He said it was disheartening that the government has to import a technician from Ghana to repair the elevator at the Executive Mansion anytime it breaks down.

He also lamented the shortage of trained medical doctors in post-war Liberia, and expressed concern about the neglect of certain critical professions like mining, civil and electrical engineering, which has forced the Government to import these professionals whenever they are in demand.

“Even construction engineers are in short supply in Liberia, and we are constrained to import construction engineers from South Korea and other countries to undertake the reconstruction of the Ducor Palace Hotel and other major structures,” the Liberian Vice President further lamented.

In remarks earlier, the President of the Liberia YMCA, Mr. Jonathan Mason praised Vice President Boakai for the interest he has shown over the years for youth empowerment, and hoped other leaders of the nation would emulate his example.

The assembly was climaxed with the election of officers of the Monrovia YMCA.