Vice President Boakai Clarifies

Wednesday, 17th October 2007
Monrovia, Liberia - The Office of the Vice President wishes to clarify that the statement attributed to the Vice President by media institutions and rights groups that "the Unity Party was not elected to provide jobs" was taken out of context.

The Vice President’s true utterances when he spoke last Saturday at the first cycle graduation of students from the Unity Party sponsored Computer Skills Training Program were: “The Unity Party was not elected JUST TO create jobs for its citizens, but rather to set up a reform agenda aimed at transforming all sectors of the Liberian society…”.

He added that the UP-led government was committed to creating an enabling environment where the private sector would thrive so that jobs would be created for Liberians.

In that statement, Vice President Joseph N. Boakai in fact expressed concern about the high unemployment rate which he put at 75 percent, and said ensuring that jobs are created is a key agenda item of the President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf government.

The release from the Vice President’s Office pointed out that since he became Vice President of his country, Dr. Boakai has always stressed job creation as the best way of reducing the high crime rate in the country, and has challenged Liberians to endeavor to engage in ventures that would help create jobs for their countrymen.

The release encouraged media institutions and advocacy groups to double-check their stories before rushing to present inaccurate and incomplete information to the public.