|Jerome M. Golafaie, Co –Founder of the Liberian Community of Metro Boston
VICE PRESIDENT JOSEPH N. BOAKAI
“MY IMPRESSION OF A CANDIDATE WITH THE RIGHT TEMPERAMENT AND EXPERIENCE TO LEAD LIBERIA”
I recently traveled to Liberia and was privileged to meet with the Vice President. During our meeting, we discussed various issues affecting Liberians in the Diaspora and those at home. Some of our discussions centered around one of his signature plans of constructing roads and bridges through-out Liberia. He promised that if elected, he will invest heavily on roads development with the aim of connecting all counties of the country with paved highways. Other issues discussed included his support for dual citizenship, and his desire to improve Liberia’s educational system, infrastructure, agriculture and agro- based industries.
Vice President Boakai has served as a dedicated, loyal, and respectable steward to the current administration. In prior administration, he held other positions as Minister of Agriculture and Managing Director of the Liberian Produce and Marketing Corporation (LPMC). The Vice President believes that over the past 11 years, he has professionally exercised his role as Vice President. Constitutionally, it requires him to preside over meeting of the House of the Senate; and to vote whenever he is called to break a tie. More importantly, his role has been to assist the president when called upon to assist carry out her development agenda for the country. VP Boakai is a man of trust, honor and love for country. During the Ebola crisis, I remembered him in the United States rallying financial support for the nation.
Despite the many challenges faced by our beloved country, there is no doubt that we have enjoyed relative peace, freedom of speech and of the press, no political prisoners, and economic freedom. With these conditions, many people have been involved in conducting businesses and engaging in massive construction than ever before. The administration has embarked on the construction of new roads, new government buildings, several schools and hospitals, bridges, a new RIA Airport terminal and runway being constructed, reopening of the Mount Coffee Hydro Electric Dam, new water and sanitation systems etc. However, the major benefit that the 12 years of peace has brought has been the growth witnessed in the private sector as the country financial system has introduced banks with ATM machines, introduction of rural payment systems to allow workers from having to travel to Monrovia to receive paychecks and undertake banking. The government is also expanding the ports of Buchanan and Greenville to allow them to receive larger cargo and passenger vessels. However, despite all of this progress, there are still several challenges and there is no candidate who understands how to address them than vice President Joseph Boakai. The role of president will enable him to adapt his own development agenda and pursue new direction for the country. Thus, I have no doubt that a VP Boakai administration will not only continue on the positive path of the Sirleaf administration but also make improvement in areas like health and education; as these two areas are rights of the citizens that need much attention as well as the expansion of development to the rural areas.
I find VP Boakai to possess the right temperament and experience for the position of president. He is leveled headed, focused and dedicated to the country as he has remained at home throughout the civil war years working to assist Liberia rebound. He wasn’t associated with the civil war or any of the warlords and most importantly, he has had a clean record of transparency and honesty over these many years of public service. Hence, although there has been much talk and finger pointing about corruption in the current government, the Vice President’s personal record has remained unblemished.
Therefore, I am asking that you please not sit on the sidelines but come out and support the cause of maintaining the democracy that we have enjoyed over the past 11 years and build on and improve the progress realized so far.
IN THIS EFFORT, I WISH TO EXTEND THIS SPECIAL INVITATION
REQUESTING YOUR PRENSENCE
AT A MEETING THAT I WILL BE HOSTING ON
SEPTEMBER 17, 2017
VENUE: TWELFTH (12) BAPTIST CHURCH,
150 WARREN STREET, ROXBURY MA. 02119
By Jerome M. Golafaie
Co –Founder of the Liberian Community of Metro Boston