Grand Bassa Citizens Get Assurances

Saturday, 28th April 2007

Monrovia, Liberia - Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has assured citizens of Grand Bassa County of the Unity Party-led government’s commitment to improve their lives.

He said in line with government’s poverty alleviation strategy, plans have been finalized for reconstruction of roads in the County including the Monrovia-Buchanan highway because he noted, roads are critical for the renewal and development process.

He emphasized that without good roads there can be no good schools, hospitals, agriculture programs or other meaningful activities.

Vice President Boakai made the remarks Thursday evening during a meeting with the county leadership and civil society groups  at the Fair Ground in Buchanan. The local leaderships of the Federation of Road Transport Unions of Liberia (FRTUL), Liberia Marketing Association, Genuine Transport Union and the local business association attended the meeting.

“This government came to power to improve the lives of our people, and we are serious about that,” Vice President Boakai said.  “We attach seriousness to development because this government will have no meaning if we did the same old things other governments before us did,” the Vice President added.

He told the civil society leaders that government would ensure that the US$30 million provided by Black American billionaire Robert L. Johnson to empower Liberian businesses reaches citizens in all parts of the country.

He said government would also ensure that marketers in the county gain access to the micro-credit loan being provided marketers by the U.S based Foundation for Women.

The Liberian Vice President then challenged citizens to help government in its strive to improve their lives by helping to maintain the peace and engaging in meaningful ventures.

Earlier in remarks, Grand Bassa Superintended Julia Duncan Cassell and the civil society leaders called for the merger of the two transport unions for a more effective transport system, the renovation of the Buchanan market and the extension of loans to businesses in the county.

On Friday morning, Vice President Boakai toured facilities of the Buchanan market and the FRTUL to get first information of their activities.