Good Things Happening In Liberia – Veep Boakai

Good Things Happening In Liberia – Veep Boakai

Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has called on Liberians to present a true and positive image of their Country to the outside world saying though there are challenges in touching the personal lives of people, Liberia is steadily moving towards development and economic growth.

Vice President Boakai said there are many good things that are happening in the nation including projects, infrastructural developments and other systems that are being put into place, but wonders why Liberians cannot speak positively about their Country, a release from the Office of the Vice President said.

Vice President Boakai was speaking Monday on Capitol Hill when women representing a cross section of the Civil Society Organizations presented the Vice President a letter from President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf requesting him to spearhead the planning and execution of appropriate programs to mark the 10th anniversary of the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in Accra.

The women were escorted to the Office of the Vice President by the Minister of State without Portfolio, Commany Wisseh and the Deputy Minister of Gender for Research and Technical Services, Annette M. Kiawu.

Speaking during the ceremony, Vice President Boakai said, the portraying everything as negative is causing serious problems for the nation and called on the women to help remove the negative perception that is being created especially on the airwaves about the country.

He said he fully understands a nation that has been engulfed in a series of conflicts spanning over many years and that young people born as of 1979 saw the rice riots, the 1980 coup, the 1983 Nimba raid, the 1985 Quionkpa attack, the 1989 civil war that lasted up to 1997 something that is a factor in the way they currently see their country.

The Vice President called for positive action to combat the wave of negative information currently dominating the airwaves, and stressed that children in the Liberian Society would be affected, if they continue to listen to negative information on a daily basis.

He said the perception about Liberia out there is different from the way things are in Liberia.
Women representing civil society organizations responding to the Vice President’s concerns recommended the teaching of programs that will infuse nationalism and patriotism in the schools as well as in the family.

In a letter dated August 8, 2013 and presented by women from a cross section of civil society organizations, President Sirleaf said "I wish to greet you very warmly and to remind you that August 18 will be the 10th anniversary of the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in Accra, Ghana by Liberians with the support of the West Africa Regional Organization, Ecowas and the International Community and that inspite of the challenges imposed by the results of difficult years of conflict; we have had a decade of sustained peace, President Sirleaf wrote.

The theme for the year is "Ten years of the CPA: Consolidating Peace, promoting reconciliation and ensuring development.

President Sirleaf specifically requested Vice President Boakai to reflect on this theme in all that will be planned and executed throughout the year and beyond.

Accordingly, a special Anniversary Program will be held at the Centennial Pavilion on August 19, 2013, a release from the Office of the Vice President quotes the President’s letter and this anniversary program will be preceded by services from the Liberia Council of Churches and the National Muslim Council on Friday the 16th and Sunday the 18th respectively, a release from the Vice President’s Office concluded.

Meanwhile, Vice President Boakai over the weekend told the BBC that Liberia is a lot better. He was responding to reporter’s question ten years after the signing of the CPA in Accra, in Paynesville.