Vice President Attends Summit on Food Security in Abuja, Nigeria

Friday, 8th December 2006
Monrovia, Liberia - Liberiaís Vice President Joseph N. Boakai Thursday participated in the planting of trees by African heads of State on the grounds of the International Conference Center in Abuja, Nigeria.

The tree planting exercise was part of this yearís Summit on Food Security which convened from December 4 to 7 in Abuja, Nigeria.

Vice President Boakai represented President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at the summit which brought together representatives of 40 African nations, including four presidents, several vice presidents and prime ministers as well as agriculture ministers.

This yearís Summit on Food Security was climaxed by the launching of the Great Green Wall, an initiative proposed by Nigerian President Olusegun Obassango in 2005 to combat desertification and ensure food security.

The Great Green Wall is also intended to mitigate climate change, reduce rural-urban migration and eradicate extreme poverty and hunger.

Speaking at the launching ceremony, President Obasanjo said that the Great Green Wall will also avert environmental degradation and make the environment hospitable to mankind.

Meanwhile, Vice President Boakai Thursday toured the new Liberian Embassy complex now under construction in the Nigerian political capital Abuja.

The Vice President who was guided on the tour by the First Secretary at the Liberian Embassy in Nigeria, Mr. Varney Johnson, said it was important for Liberia to have its own embassy building in Nigeria.

The Vice President and party returned home Friday.