Veep Boakai Says Ellen's Vision is to Bring Dignity to Liberians

Thursday, 20th September 2007
San Diego, California - San Diego, California, September 20, 2007-Liberia's Vice President Joseph N. Boakai says the election of Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as the Johnson Sirleaf as Africa's first elected female head of state is a "blessing to motherhood because she has come to rescue the country from its dark path".

"She is doing a fantastic job tryinG to bring the country back to its pre-war condition," Vice President Boakai Wednedsday told philanthropists in San Diego, California, otherwise referred to as the Foundation for Women (FFW) "Circle of Giving members". He was speaking at a reception held in his honor by he Foundation for Women at the La Jolla Country Club in San Diego.

"Madam Sirleaf has said that the most important thing to her is not her election, but that she wants to be able to realize those objectives she set for herself, so that women all over world can know that they too can make a difference," Vice President Boakai emphasized.

He thanked the Foundation for Women and its Circle of Giving Members who constitute the cream of San Diego society, for their support, noting, "What you are doing is helping Madam Sirleaf realize her objectives in life".

He told acheering audience that their contributions are transforming the lives of many people, not just women in post-war Liberia, adding, "because when the grassroots are empowered, they can help to give srength to the economy".

Vice President Boakai then went on to give a graphic description of the situation in Liberia, citing the lack of reliable electricity, pipe-borne water, school buildings and health centers which were either looted or damaged during the war, as well as lack of roads, high unemployment and high illiteracy rate. These problems, the Vice President noted, including the need to restructure the security and give life skills to former combatants, are challenges President Johnson Sieleaf has to grapple with.

Addressing the audience, mostly women who numbered more than 100, the Executive Director and Founder of the Foundation for Women, Madam Deborah Lindholm said she extended her humanitarian program to Liberia specifically to assist Africa's first elected female President in the person of Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

Earlier, Wednesday, Vice President Boakai and entourage were guests at a meeting of the San Diego Rotary Club, attended by some 150 "very prominent" San Diego business people, where the same messages were conveyed.

Also, in continuation of his visit Wednesday, the Liberian Vice President attended a forum on "Issues, procedures and strategies for Land Dispute Resolution", hosted by Attorney Bruce Beach, an expert on Eminent Domain, along with two attorneys from the Best, Best and Kreiger Law firm in Downtown San Diego.  

In the evening, the Vice President and party were taken on a boat ride on the Pacific Ocean on board the Abracdabra.

The Vice President continues his visit Thursday with series of meetings at the La Jolla Sunrise Rotary Club and later the San Diego Rptary Club 33, where he is expected to deliver a major speech.