Vice President Boakai Hails the Lions' Club

Sunday, 24th August 2008
Monrovia, Liberia - Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has hailed the Lions' Club for the immeasurable assistance it rendered the needy during the country's civil conflict.

He observed that even when some skirmishes were taking place, the Lions' Club "was out there, reaching out to the people and sharing to bring back life to the communities".

Vice President Boakai made the commendation Saturday, when the District Governor of the Lions' Club of West Africa, William Aliku, accompanied by past and current officials of the Lions' Club of Liberia, paid a courtesy call on him at his Capitol Building Office.

He observed that even when they themselves, like other Liberians, were going through the same hardships imposed by the war, Lions used their personal resources to bring smiles to the needy.

He observed that the innovative idea of trying to mobilize support for and and working with Anglophone West Africa, will go a long way in  giving meaning to Lionism in the sub-region.

Briefing Vice President Boakai earlier, Mr, Aliku said he was in Liberia as part of a tour of Lions Clubs in the 15 West African countries.

He said he chose Liberia as the first leg of his tour because, he said, out of all West African Anglophone Clubs, "Liberia has demonstrated special dedication and effort in showing what they are able to do.

"Having witnessed their willingness and capacity, I want to help them benefit more from the district, so that in return Liberia can contribute more to the district," he added.

Mr. Aliku further observed that Anglophone Clubs have in the past experienced some difficulty in being heard and seen at the district level, and that as a result he has made special commitment to help promote Anglophone and other non-Francophone clubs.

He said to help advance this agenda, he has constituted two commissions aimed at coordinating Anglophone clubs "not only to be heard, but also propose solutions to their problems, access available funds and overcome the language barrier".