Vice President Boakai Returns From US

Saturday, 9th June 2007
Monrovia, Liberia - Liberia’s Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has challenged Liberians to join forces with the government in moving the country forward.

He said President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and other officials of the Unity Party-led government were working hard to restore dignity and pride to the war battered country, but needed the full support of all Liberians in this endeavor.

Vice President Boakai made the remarks Friday shortly upon return to the country following a two week visit to the United States of America.

While in the United States, Vice President Boakai addressed the 16th Annual Convention of the Association of Grand Gedeans in the Americas in Des Moines, Iowa, as well as a forum organized by the Union of Liberian Associations in the Americas in Minnesota.

In Minnesota, the Vice President also met with a cross-section of Liberians, including members of the ruling Unity Party.

The trip also took the Vice President to California where he underwent a medical check and met with Liberians resident there.

The Liberian Vice President also visited Providence, Rhode Island, where he held several meetings with members of the State Assembly, the Governor, the Mayor, Brown University administrators and a cross-section of Liberians.

He described the meetings as hectic but fruitful, saying, “A lot of good things were said”.

Vice President Boakai deplored the attitude of some Liberians who, he said, “look more for what is on the payroll than employment”.