Vice President Boakai Urges Lofans to Take Education Seriously

Saturday, 5th April 2008

Monrovia, Liberia - Liberia's Vice President Joseph N. Bakai is urging citizens and residents of Lofa County  to prioritize the education and training of youth.

He said without an educated and trained youth who are considered future leaders of any country, the country will have no future.

Speaking recently in Lofa County where he paid a ten-day fact-finding visit, Vice President Boakai said the Unity Party-led government places emphasis on education because without an educated citizenry, the country's future would be bleak, adding, "the country will move faster if education will is prioritized".

During the visit, Vice President Boakai inspected and dedicated several school buildings constructed by the government-run Liberia Agency for Community Empowerment with funding from the World Bank and the international NGO Concern World wide.

He also pledged government's commitment to providing other basic social services like health, safe drinking water and the construction of roads. He however added that due to the massive destruction of infrastructure during the civil conflict, citizens should not expect too much too soon.

He thanked citizens of lofa County for the support they gave the ruling party during the 2005 elections, and for the cooperation they have shown for the Unity Party-led government since its ascendancy to state power, and hoped this support would continue.

Earlier in remarks, education officers, youth, women, chiels and elders cited lack of adequate health and educational facilities as well as good roads as challanges facing them.

School authorities in all the seven districts visited said more than 80 per cent of teachers in government-run institutions are not on payroll, and urged authorities to provide these teachers with the basic incentives to encourage them to stay in their counties of origin.