Vice President Boakai Assures Bassa Residents of Improved Living Conditions

Monday, 23rd July 2007
Monrovia, Liberia - Liberia’s Vice President, Joseph N. Boakai has assured residents of Grand Bassa County that even in the face of financial difficulties the Unity Party-led government has the will to improve their living conditions.

He said the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf-led government empathizes with the plight of ordinary Liberians who have experienced years of civil conflict.

“I come from the same poor background that you come from; so I feel for you,” Vice President Boakai told the citizens.

He gave the assurance Sunday in Food Crop Camp, in the Liberia Agricultural Company rubber concession during a fact-finding visit to the area, ahead of the runoff for the District Number Three by-election. The runoff to fill the representative seat left vacant by the death of Edward Sundaygar, will take place Tuesday.

Vice President Boakai catalogued achievements made by the Unity Party-led government in just 18 months, including increment of civil servants salaries from 800 Liberian dollars to US$55 beginning July this year, as well as the increment of pensioners’ benefits from 25 Liberian Dollars to 1000 Liberian Dollars.

The Vice President lauded the patience exhibited by residents of the area in the face of the expansion of the Liberia Agricultural Company, noting that the area would have been in conflict had they not exercised patience. He dismissed rumors being peddled by opposition politicians that the Unity Party-led government plans to dispossess them of their land and give it to LAC.

“Don’t let anybody deceive you, LAC will not take your land. For people to tell you that this government will sell your land, it will never happen,” he assured the residents.

The Liberian Vice President further assured the residents that even though government is committed to creating job opportunities for its citizens, it cannot do this at the expense of citizens’ happiness.

In position statements presented to Vice President Boakai earlier, citizens of the area complained of lack of schools, hospitals, good roads and safe drinking water.
Vice President Boakai was accompanied on the tour by Grand Bassa County Senior Senator Gbehzongar Findley, Superintendent Julia Duncan Cassell and a host of officials of the ruling Unity Party.