Vice President Joseph N. Boakai Lauds Chinese Government

Thursday, 12th April 2007
Monrovia Liberia - Liberia’s vice President Joseph N. Boakai has lauded the Chinese Government for its continued support to Liberia’s reconstruction and renewal process.

Speaking during a tour of the Samuel K. Doe Sports Complex in Paynesville which is currently under renovation Wednesday, Vice President Boakai also commended the Chinese construction firm, Hunna Construction and Engineering Group, for the professional manner in which it was carrying out the renovation work.

He said the visit was intended to demonstrate government’s gratitude to the Chinese government and Hunna Construction firm for the renovation work which he described as “splendid ” and “very impressive”.

Vice President Boakai challenged Liberians contracted by the Chinese firm to assist in the renovation to strive to learn the skills necessary to upkeep the stadium, so that they would effectively maintain it when the Chinese pull out.

The Commercial Counselor at the Chinese Embassy in Monrovia, Zhang Yi who guided Vice President Boakai on a tour of the complex, said the Vice President’s visit would further motivate the Chinese construction team.

The Chinese envoy put the cost of the renovation work at US$8.3 million, and that the renovated sports complex would be turned over to the Liberian government as an “independence anniversary gift” in July this year.

Vice President Boakai was also met upon arrival at the Sports Complex by the Charge d’Affaires at the Chinese Embassy, Gou Haodong as well as Deputy Youth and Sports Ministers Marbu Richards and Jeremiah Witherspoon.