Vice President Boakai Urges Liberians to Unite for Development

Monday, 6th December 2010

Monrovia, Liberia - Vice President Joseph N. Boakai Sr. is urging Liberians to love one another and unite for the development of a nation that will be the envy of Africa.

He observed that Liberians who have experienced one of the worst civil conflicts on the African Continent, suffered too much as a nation to continue to harbor hatred and enmity for one another.

Vice President Boakai made the remarks Saturday in the Provincial city of Bopolu in Gbarpolu County at a ceremony marking the induction of officials of the Gbarpolu County branch of the Lofa Citizens Organization, otherwise known as ‘Diompilor’.

Vice President Boakai commended citizens of Gbarpolu County for opening their arms to citizens of Lofa County, and hoped that this relationship would be further strengthened.

He observed that if Gbarpolu and Lofa work together, they would create a power bloc that would not only be a force to reckon with in the Liberian political landscape, but contribute immensely to the development of post-war Liberia.

The Liberian Vice President who served as chief launcher at a rally that followed the installation ceremony, hailed the country’s traditional leaders for the positive role they continue to play in sustaining and maintaining the peace. He said it is as a result of the charisma and respect the traditional leaders wield that they have been able to maintain peace in their areas of influence.

Accordingly, Vice President Boakai is recommending the placement of the names of traditional chiefs and their staffers on government payroll.

The Senior Senator of Lofa County, Sumo Kupee who delivered the keynote address at the ceremony, stressed the importance of unity and reconciliation in the reconstruction and development of war battered Liberia.

He said for development to take place, Liberians must unite, love, respect and be truthful to one another, noting, “Even though we may not agree on certain issues, let us unite for the sake of Liberia”.

In remarks at the ceremony, the Junior Senator of Gbarpolu County, Daniel Naathern hoped members of Diompilor would use their influence to help Gbarpolu County transform its challenges into opportunities.
Officers installed were: Mrs. Sia Fallah, president; Mr. Musa Mulbah, Vice President and Mr. Ansumana Saah, Secretary General, among others.

During the ensuing rally, nearly LD120,000.00 was realized in cash and pledges, with Vice President Boakai making a contribution of LD37,000.00. He also pledged to provide the zinc to roof the palaver hut that the organization has promised to construct in Bopolu City.