Everything Is a Priority in Liberia Says Vice President Boakai

Wednesday, 4th March 2009

Monrovia, Liberia - Liberia’s Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has emphasized the need to build the capacity of the nation’s manpower to enhance the rebuilding process and development of  post-war Liberia.

He especially called for the empowerment of women and the youth who were the worst affected by the civil war.

Vice President Boakai made the call on March 4 when the Chief Executive Officer of the Netherlands based 2 United Foundation, Mr. Jean Risse, accompanied by the Founder of the United States based Foundation for Women, Madam Deborah Lindholm, paid a courtesy call on him at his Capitol Building office.

Vice President pointed out because Liberia is a country just coming out of a devastating war, “every thing from road reconstruction, provision of electricity, health, education and the provision of safe drinking water for the citizenry, is a priority."

He explained that the recent caterpillar invasion in Bong and other counties, which contaminated drinking water sources, demonstrated the need for pipe-borne water for rural inhabitants.

“Water is a great need. Clean water for rural communities is the beginning of health,” the Liberian Vice President emphasized. He said the country was still looking for an investor who is willing to reconstruct the damaged hydro power plant that supplied electricity to Monrovia before the war.

Briefing the Vice President, Mr. Risse said he was in the country to “help the people of Liberia get their life back.” He said he would collaborate with the U.S. based Foundation for Women to provide micro-credit to small size businesses. Mr. Risse said he also plans to engage in infrastructure development, especially the provision of electricity.

Mr. Risse, who arrived on February 20, will leave the country March 15 after holding discussions with officials of the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy and the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation.