The New Dawn (Monrovia)

13 August 2013

Liberia: VP Boakai Disappointed

Liberia's Vice President, Ambassador Joseph Boakai has expressed disappointment in Liberians for not appreciating government's efforts to develop the country, but preaching negative messages against the regime.

Speaking Monday at his Capitol Building office in Monrovia, Boakai said that every time he turns on his radio and reads the local dallies, all he hears and reads is negative propaganda against the regime that is striving to improve the livelihood of the Liberians; something he claimed in the near future will has negative impact on the children of Liberia. He stressed that it is unfortunate and disheartened for Liberians to ignore the great progress made by the Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf led government, but only highlights the little negative side of the story.

Vice President Boakai made these comments while in conversation with some Liberian women from the civil society. He pointed out that while the government welcomes criticism from opposition and the general public, it should be done with respect for each other and in a more structured manner.

"The only message you hear on the radio is negative message and only thing read in the papers is bad mouthing the government by almost everybody; I think this government has done much in the limited period of time."

"Those of us that have traveled will see the difference, even the international community appreciates our achievements as a country and besides that Liberia is not the worse country in the world but the presentation of Liberians creates another bad picture of our country. Liberia is the only place we have as Liberians, we all should put effort together make it a better place to be", he said. According to him, Liberia has made drastic transformation that warrants appreciation. "Look at the progress of Liberia over the little period of time which is cherish-able and then bad mouthing everyone working for the government", he added.

Amb. Boakai then called on the women to engage their children and the entire youths' community to halt negative campaign against the regime or else younger generation might follow suit, which could destroy the future of the country.

For her party, the Acting Gender and Development Minister, Madam Roseline Toweh expressed thanks and appreciation to the Vice President and the entire government for the maintenance of peace and stability in the country.

"This year marks the tenth year that we as Liberians are enjoying unhindered peace and stability. Today, we are seeing development, our children are in schools and the country has earned another best image to the international community through the sweat and tireless effort of this government. We love and cherish this peace and hope that things will continue to improve for the better", she said. She noted that visitation and the presentation of the letters is a clear manifestation of appreciation of the job well done by the female led government.

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