“We Want to Leave Country Better Than We Met It”—Vice President Boakai

Thursday, 9th April 2009
Monrovia, Liberia - Vice President Joseph N. Boakai says the goal of the Unity Party-led Government is to leave the country better than they met it so that others who come after will build on it.
He said in this light, the Government was supportive of any effort to educate the common man about what it is doing.
Vice President Boakai made the statement earlier this week when the founder and chief executive officer of Malawala Balawala, Mr. Kekura Kamara, who is holding community meetings aimed at educating ordinary Liberians about Government’s Poverty Reduction Strategy, and Ivory Coast based Liberian Reggae Artist A.B. Swaray, who has made an album on “Lift Liberia,” paid a courtesy call on him at his Capitol Building office.
The two artists were accompanied by the assistant sales manager of Foster Clark Products Limited, Simon Pace of Malta and Mr. Ata Ghari of Monoprix Supermarket in Monrovia, who are sponsoring the artists’ efforts to educate Liberians about the Poverty Reduction Strategy, otherwise known as "Lift Liberia."
Vice President Boakai used the occasion to call on Liberians to appreciate their customs and culture.
“For too long we have gone Western. It has become pertinent to relate to our culture. For too long, Liberians have appreciated customs that are far removed from them.”
The Liberian Vice President expressed appreciation that Liberians have begun appreciating their artists. He said before the war, Liberian movies became very popular among Liberians, noting, “All over the country, people knew about Garmei and Oldman Gonda. This movie made Liberians to begin to appreciate their traditions.”
He described as important Malawala Balawala’s  decision to explain the PRS to the ordinary Liberian.
He thanked Messrs Pace and Ghari for their support to Liberian artists, and encouraged them to consider Liberia as their home, noting, “Whatever you do, the country you live in is your home”.
In remarks, Messrs Ghari and Pace said they were supporting the Liberian artists in their campaign because they were impressed with what the Government was doing to improve the livelihood of the ordinary Liberian.

Also in remarks, Mr Kekura Kamara said his group, Malawala Balawala, decided to explain the PRS or “Lift Liberia” to the common man in Liberia because his group was convinced that it would help transform Liberia.

He said the radio and newspapers alone cannot interpret the PRS, and that there was a need to reach out to residents in their communities and through songs and drama, explaining the “Lift Liberia” concept.
“The PRS needs to be explained to the people. Government is making headway in constructing schools, hospitals and business entities are now coming to invest in the country,” Mr. Kamara said.
He said his group explains the PRS concept in simple Liberian English and in all the local dialects.