Vice President Joseph N. Boakai Commends Lions Club

Friday, 26th January 2007
Monrovia, Liberia - Liberiaís Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has extolled the Lions Club for the humanitarian services it rendered to needy Liberians over the years.

He said even in the midst of conflict, the Lions Club was in the forefront of catering to the distressed and delivering services to the needy.

He noted that the situation would have been worse in Liberia had the Lions Club and other humanitarian groups like the Rotary Club not intervened to assist the needy.

Vice President Boakai made the commendation Friday, when the Governor of the West Africa District of the Lions Club International, accompanied by the Secretary of the district and officials of the Greater Monrovia Lions Club, paid a courtesy call on him at his Sinkor office.

The Liberian Vice President said coming out of a devastating civil war, the government has so many problems to grapple with that the need for organizations like the Lions Club and NGOs cannot be overemphasized.

He thanked the Lions Club for the pivotal role it continues to play in the rebuilding and renewal or war torn Liberia.

Briefing the Vice President earlier, the West Africa District Lions Club Governor, Dr. Nkun Jean-Marie Banze said he was in the country to assess the activities of the Liberia Lions Club, and how it can be supported.

He thanked the Government for the strides it was making in the rebuilding process.

Also speaking, the President of the Greater Monrovia Lions Club, Mr. Clemenceau Urey said the Lions Club is involved in catering to the visually impaired, the blind and the underprivileged. He said in line with its mission, the Lions Club assists the Association of the Blind and indigent homes. He said the Lions Club is currently trying to establish a dialysis and diabetes education center at the John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Monrovia.

Mr. Urey said in partnership with a U.S based charity, the Lions Club assisted 100 persons in Gbarnga to undergo eye operations, many of whom had their eye sights restored.

He said the Lions Club, in collaboration with the National Cataract Association, was involved in a similar venture in Zorzor, Lofa County in October, and that many persons had their sights restored as a result of the ensuing operations.