Vice President Boakai Challenges Youths to Take Initiatives

Friday, 29th July 2011

Monrovia, Liberia - Vice President Joseph N.Boakai, Sr., has called on Liberian youths to take initiatives that would create employment for them.

He said Government’s role is to create the conducive environment to enable citizens and other residents engage in productive activities without molestation or hindrance, noting that it was not practicable for government to provide employment for all.

Vice President Boakai made the call on Thursday, July 28 in Foya Town in Lofa County, following a tour of a swamp rice project undertaken by the Foya Youth United for Development.

The 90 acre swamp rice project is being implemented by 200 youths of Foya District with support from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization FAO.

The Liberian Vice President said he was impressed that youths could undertake such self-help initiative, and urged  youths throughout Liberia to emulate the fine example of the Foya Youth United for Development, to ensure self-sufficiency in food in the post-war country.

“We want to put an end to rice importation, but this can only work when people engage in self-help initiatives like this,” Vice President Boakai noted.
On the same day, Vice President Boakai toured the Foya Library and thanked Vision in Action for providing books for the library, and Defense Minister J. Brownie Smukai, Jr., a citizen of Foya District, for providing computers and a printer for the library.

Earlier, Vice President Boakai dedicated several projects in Kolahun and Foya Districts as part of programs marking this year’s July 26th Independence Day Anniversary Celebration.

Projects dedicated were the Taninahun Elementary Public School in Kolahun District constructed by Plan International with support from Plan Japan, the Kpandiloe  Elementary School in Foya District also constructed by Plan Liberia upon the request of  Vice President Boakai and the newly constructed Mendicorma Border Post on the border with Sierra Leone.

Vice President Boakai, accompanied by an array of Government officials including Unity Party Chairman Counselor Varney Sherman, Gender and Development Minister Varbah Gayflor, Grand Bassa County Superintendent Julia Duncan-Cassell and Second Lady Kartumu Y. Boakai, also dedicated the Foya Dundu Mechanized Swamp Rice Project which contains a dam and canal, a Government of Liberia and United Nations FAO joint program on food security and nutrition, and the Foya Cattle Grazing Ranch run by the Foya Farmers’ Cooperative .

Vice President Boakai thanked the citizens for partnering with the Government and international donors in undertaking the development projects.