Vice President Boakai Meets Liberian Community in California

Saturday, 22nd September 2007
San Diego, California - Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has lauded Liberians in the diaspora for the concern they have shown for the welfare of their people and their contributions to the Liberian economy over the years.

He said when the Western Union money transfer was started in Monrovia, Liberians from all parts of he world transferred an estimated US$22 million in just nine months. This, he noted, excluded monies transferred through other money transfer agencies and monies going to the Ivory Coast and Ghana where there were large populations of Liberian refugees.

"This meant a lot. Otherwise, much worse could have happened," Vice President Boakai observed, adding, "We want to commend you for that".

Vice President Boakai made the commendation Friday in San Diego, when the Liberian American Community of Southern California paid a courtesy call on him.

The Liberian Vice President said these are some of the reasons for which the government is grateful and has been talking to authorities in America to be patient with our people".

"Even if they are to leave as some of them have decided, we want that departure to be in dignity," he added.

Vice President Boakai informed the Liberians that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is committed, as evidenced by the strides the government is making to restore the good image of the country.

Earlier, in a position statement, the group urged the government to consider appointing a consul general to represent the community's interest in the state.

The statement read by the former president of the community, Mr. David Beyan, said there are more than 4,000 Liberians residing in Southern California alone.