The Creation of Jobs is a Challenge, Says Vice President Boakai

Tuesday, 26th June 2007
Monrovia, Liberia - Liberian Vice President Joseph N. Boakai says one of the greatest challenges facing the Unity Party-led government is the creation of jobs to reduce the high unemployment rate in
the country.

He said creating jobs would help government grapple with and alleviate poverty which he noted, afflicts an estimated 85 per cent of Liberiaís post-war population.

Vice President Boakai made the remarks Tuesday, when a four-man delegation from the Lagos based Oando Supply and Trading Company, accompanied by Liberian businessman Mr. Milton Weeks and Mr. Robert Ellis of the Liberia Petroleum Refining Corporation,paid a courtesy call on him at his 12th Street office.

Vice President Boakai said the Liberian government would welcome with open hands any well-meaning African business, especially from Nigeria which made enormous sacrifices to help restore peace to Liberia.

ďOn more than one occasion, Nigeria played a vanguard role in helping to restore peace to Liberia,Ē Vice President Boakai emphasized.

Briefing the Vice President earlier, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Oando, Mr. Dimeji Edwards said they were in the country to sign a contract with the Liberia Petroleum Refining Corporation (LPRC) for the supply of petroleum products to Liberia.

He said initially, Oando will supply US$45 million worth of petroleum products to Liberia.

Mr. Edwards said Oando is the largest oil and gas marketing company in Nigeria, with branches in Ghana and Togo.