Vice President Boakai Urges Liberians and Sierra Leoneans to Strengthen Ties

Wednesday, 28th March 2007

Monrovia, Liberia - Liberia’s Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has challenged citizens of Liberia and Sierra Leone to take advantage of every opportunity to strengthen the ties between their two countries.

He said Liberia and Sierra Leone in the West Africa sub-region, have a lot in common, and hoped the two countries would build on this relationship.

Vice President Boakai was speaking Wednesday when a delegation from the Sierra Leone YMCA, headed by its National Chairman Mr, Siaka Charles, paid a courtesy call on him at his Sinkor office.

He said the youth population in both Liberia and Sierra Leone is large, and hence that the two countries have a lot of challenges, especially when it comes to youth empowerment, youth leadership and involving the youth in national programs.

Vice President Boakai welcomed the meeting of minds between YMCA Sierra Leone and YMCA Liberia to work together as a team.

He used the occasion to commend the fine leadership qualities exhibited by the Secretary-General of YMCA Liberia, Peter Karmei since he assumed the mantle of authority at the Association in the 1990s.

Vice President Boakai also extolled the role the YMCA continues to play in youth development in Liberia.

In remarks, the Chairman of YMCA Sierra Leone, Mr. Siaka Charles said they were in Liberia in continuation of initiatives to bring the YMCAs of the two countries closer together.

Also speaking at the meeting, the Secretary-General of YMCA Liberia, Peter Karmei described the meeting between officials of the YMCAs of Liberia and Sierra Leone as historic.

He said YMCA Liberia officials have also paid some visitations to Sierra Leone to “bridge the gap” between the peoples of the two countries through the YMCA.

The Sierra Leone delegation which arrived in the country Monday, returns home tomorrow.