“Liberia will be Transformed,” Vice President Boakai Assures

Tuesday, 25th September 2007
New York, USA - Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has assured Liberians in the Diaspora that their country would be transformed  into a country that all  Liberians w ill be proud of in the next two years.

“The President is down-to-earth and hard working. I would like to assure you that our country is moving. We will not disappoint you,” he further assured.
Vice President Boakai made the remarks in New York Monday, when officials and a cross-section of members of the Federation of Lofa Associations in the Americas (FLAA) held an audience with him.
The meeting held at the Liberian Mission at the United Nations Plaza, was Attended by members of  the executive council and leaders of various chapters of FLAA.
He said despite the challenges the government has inherited, it is determined to restore educational and health institutions as well as infrastructure, including the construction of a road network that will reach almost every hamlet.
Vice President Boakai told Lofans that despite the devastation of their County during the war, most citizens have now returned and are engaged in farming activities, while health and educational  institutions as well as roads are being rebuilt.
Vice President Boakai thanked Liberians in the Diaspora for the assistance they rendered their relatives during the war years, adding, “the remittances you sent home made conditions better for us and the peace process”. “Even though we need you back home, your presence here has been a great relief ,” he added.
Earlier, the National Chairman of the Association, Mr. Jusu J. Hena, asked Vice President Boakai to use his influence to reconcile citizens of Lofa County, noting that the division in the county was hampering the reconstruction and post-war development efforts in he county.
He informed the Liberian Vice President that FLAA is engaged in activities aimed at meeting the educational needs of the county. He explained that the Association plans to provide educational materials, including computers, and books estimated at US$90,000 to selected schools in the county, and requested the Vice President to arrange for duty free privilege to send the materials to Liberia.
Mr. Hena regretted the devastation the war caused in the county, and urged Lofans to come together as one people and stop blaming one another for the civil war.