Vice President Boakai Commends Marketers for Sustaining the People

Thursday, 12th February 2009

Monrovia, Liberia - Liberia’s Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has commended marketers for braving the odds to sustain the Liberian people over the years.

“What has sustained the people is what you marketers do and not necessarily what store owners do,” Vice President Boakai observed.

The Liberian Vice President observed that during crises when stores are closed, it is the marketers who brave all conditions and supply the market with food.

Vice President Boakai made the commendation on February 10 when stakeholders of the Liberia Marketing Association (LMA) presented him a joint position statement on issues affecting the Association.

In their statement dated February 9, 2009, the stakeholders called for amendment of the Act creating the Liberia Marketing Association, and completion of the bye-laws and Constitution of the LMA now being revisited.  

The stakeholders also resolved not to have any new interim administration. They also resolved that the current administration remains in office until the act creating the Association is amended and the bye-laws and Constitution revisited to lead them to convention and elections.

They observed that the issue of ownership by Mr. James Gbaye and others would be resolved when the Act is amended.

In the statement, the stakeholders cited the numerous achievements of the Musu Sloan interim administration, including the ability to reconcile employees and marketers; the revamping of the LMA central office with modern equipment; good financial policy and a good solid waste program.

Vice President Boakai commended the current administration of the LMA for its peaceful nature and thanked the stakeholders for contributing to this peace. “It was through your arrangement that the current LMA leadership was put in place, and it will be on the basis of your decision that it will phase out," Vice President Boakai added.