Vice President Challenges Lofans to Unite

Thursday, 3rd February 2011

Monrovia, Liberia - Liberia’s Vice President Joseph N. Boakai is challenging citizens of Lofa County to use this year’s July 26 Independence Celebration in the county to prepare a blueprint for the development of the county.

He said the Independence Day celebration should also serve as an opportunity for the county to showcase its rich cultural heritage, adding, “I am asking all to get involved in the planning and implementation of the anniversary celebration so that we can make Lofa proud”.  He also challenged authorities in the county’s six districts to submit projects to be implemented for the July 26 celebration. 

Vice President made the call during a week-long visit to Lofa County which ended on Tuesday, February 1. During the visit which took him to Foya, Kolahun, Voinjama, Zorzor and Salayea Cities, as well as all the major towns in Foya District, Vice President Boakai also urged Lofans to put aside their differences and unite for the development of their county.

He observed that Lofa County is the only county in Liberia that is blessed with six ethnic groups that consider each other as relatives, adding, “No other county has such diverse ethnic groups.” He then urged Lofans to utilize their diversity to bring development and progress to their county. “Do not let any development like last year’s violence in Konia and Voinjama divert your attention from your development agenda,” he cautioned Lofans.       

The Liberian Vice President said the county boasts of the largest iron reserve in the country, and assured that when opened, the Wologisi Mountain will create jobs and accelerate the development of the county. He further assured that Government was committed to paving the road from Gbarnga to Mendicorma in the near future.

The Liberian Vice President commended Lofans for maintaining the lead as the most productive agriculturists in the country and hoped they would continue to take agriculture seriously.

Vice President Boakai said the independence celebration in Lofa County was also an opportunity to track business people who may want to invest in the county.

The Lofa independence celebration, he noted, is the most important independence celebration in post-war Liberia because it is coming at the end of the first term of Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s presidency, and accordingly urged Lofans to make good use of it.

During his visit to the county, Vice President Boakai inspected the new Presidential Palace in Voinjama which is under construction as one of the July 26, 2011 Independence Day projects in the county.

Meanwhile, Vice President Boakai has paid homage to the Women in Peace Network (WIPNET) for the crucial role they played in the search for peace in Liberia.

“We will never forget what the women of WIPNET did in Liberia. They prayed in the rain and sun for peace to return to Liberia,” the Vice President noted.
 
Vice President Boakai was accompanied on the tour by Second Lady Kartumu Boakai, Lofa County Superintendent Galakpai Kortimai, his Chief of Office Staff, Mr. Samuel Stevquoah and his Senior Policy Adviser, Mr. Sando Wayne, among other dignitaries.