Vice President Boakai Welcomes Nigerian Investments

Friday, 30th July 2010
Monrovia, Liberia - Vice President Joseph N. Boakai says Liberians are appreciative of the critical interventions Nigeria made in Liberia during its dark days and hence that investors from Nigeria would always be welcomed in Liberia.

Vice President Boakai recalled the lead role Nigeria played the West African Peace Monitoring Group (ECOMOG) operation in Liberia in 1990, as well as the ECOMIL operation that preceded the deployment of the 15,000 strong United Nations Peace keeping force in Liberia in 2003.

Speaking at his Capitol Building office on Friday, July 30 when a delegation from the Chicason Group of Companies of Nigeria, accompanied by a member of the Nigerian National Assembly, Senator Osita Tzunaso, paid a courtesy call on him, Vice President Boakai also observed that Nigerian airlines were the first to come to Liberia after the civil conflict subsided.

Vice President Boakai also cited the recent Memorandum of Understanding reached by the Liberian and Nigerian Governments, under which Nigeria has deployed doctors and teachers in Liberia at the expense of the Nigerian Government.

“We need more of your presence here. You have always made interventions here that are very critical to our survival as a nation.
We owe the stability we now enjoy partly to your intervention,” the Liberian Vice President observed.

 “We are very happy to see you. Consider Liberia your second home. We feel that when you invest here, you are investing at home,” he added.

He then went on to outline the many investment opportunities in post-war Liberia’s  agriculture and other sectors, adding, “Despite the war, Liberia has resources that were not tampered with”.

Vice President Boakai said he was impressed with the way Africans are now thinking about investing in their continent, noting that this will bring Africans closer together.

In response, the head of the delegation, Senator Tzunaso said the eight-member delegation comprises professionals in various fields of discipline, including geophysicists as well as experts in mining and oil.

He said Chief Okafor who has investments in many parts of West Africa, considers Liberia, where he has been doing business since 1979, a second home.
Also in remarks, the Chief Executive Officer of the Chikason Group of Companies, Chief Dr. C.A Okafor said he was interested in investing in the communication, mining and oil sectors of Liberia.

“I consider Liberia my second home. We are here to see how we can help our brothers and sisters in Liberia; how we can help to add value to the Liberian economy,” Chief Okafor said.

He emphasized that his company is not here merely to take away, but to invest with the aim of assisting, adding, “We are one family”.

The Nigerian delegation was accompanied to Vice President Boakai’s office by the Senate President Pro-Tempore, Honorable Cletus Wotorson as well as Senators Abel Massaley of Grand Cape Mount County and Gbehzongar Findley of Grand Bassa County.