Group of '77 Holds Graduation Exercises

Friday, 20th July 2007

Monrovia, Liberia - Liberia’s Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has lauded the positive changes that have taken place at the Group of ’77 since the inception of the Kartumu Y. Boakai-led administration.

He observed that before now, all who ventured into the premises of the Group of ’77 were welcomed by flies, saying that when he first visited the Group of ’77 in 2005, he could hardly stand the stench.

Speaking Friday at the first official graduation and closing exercises of the Group of ’77 School System, Vice President Boakai said the transformation taking place at the institution demonstrates that “it is not man’s situation that determines his future, but his determination to change his situation for the better”.

He said the positive changes taking place at the group of ’77 are visible, not only from the physical outlook of the compound, but also the physical appearance of the children at the disabled home.

Vice President Boakai pledged the Unity Party-led government’s commitment to providing opportunities to all Liberians, including the disabled and the elderly, but called for the cooperation of all Liberians as government endeavors to improve their lot.

In remarks at the occasion, Second Lady Kartumu Y. Boakai who is also Executive Director of the Group of ’77 said her administration’s focus has been to erase the dependency syndrome of inmates at the Group of ’77.

She said the disabled at the Group have been trained to sew clothes, make envelopes and call cards, among others. Gowns worn by the 13 graduates of the Kindergarten class, were made at the Group, she added.