Vice President Boakai Lauds Council of Churches

Thursday, 6th September 2007
Monrovia, Liberia - Liberiaís Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has lauded the Liberia Council Churches (LCC) for the crucial role it played in restoring peace and sanity to Liberia.

He said the LCC was a major player during the emergency phase and partnered with the government and international NGOs to bring relief to the war affected and to arbitrate in the war.

Vice President Boakai made the commendation Wednesday, when a delegation from the National Council of Churches of the United States of America, accompanied by the Secretary General of the Liberia Council of Churches, Mr. Benjamin Lartey, paid a courtesy call on him at his Sinkor office.

He said the combined efforts of the LCC and the international community got the country where it is today.

Vice President Boakai stressed the need to transit from emergency to reconstruction and development, and hoped NGOs would consider working in this direction.

He said following years of civil conflict, there was a need to train farmers, many of whom, he noted, have forgotten how to grow cash crops like cocoa.

He challenged Liberians to be productive and to stop complaining about lack of jobs when they can create jobs for themselves, especially in the agriculture sector.

The Liberian Vice President assured governmentís commitment to rehabilitating roads to remove obstacles to agriculture and other development activities.

Briefing the Vice President earlier, LCC Secretary General Benjamin Lartey said the delegation was in the country to work with the church and community organizations in the areas of agriculture, training of farmers and helping to create the environment for empowerment.