|Smoke Peace Pipe -Boakai Urges Kinsmen|
|Published on July 29, 2011||Email To Friend Print Version
Liberian Vice President Joseph N. Boakai is calling on Lofans to smoke the peace pipe and unite as a people, if they are to attain their development goals.
He observed that international partners can only intervene and provide them micro-credit loans and render them other assistance, if they are seen to be united and peaceful, adding, “It is easy to help people who are united.”
Vice President Boakai made the call on Tuesday, July 26th in Voinjama, when the Kissi Community in that city gowned him and other officials of the Liberian Government hailing from Lofa County.
Other officials gowned were Second Lady Kartumu Y. Boakai, Defense Minister J. Brownie Smukai, Jr., Finance Minister Augustine Ngafuan and Superintendent Galakpai Kortimai. Lofa County Senior Senator Sumo Kupee who was absent at the ceremony, was also gowned in absentia.
Vice President Boakai observed that it was not feasible for all Liberians to migrate to the capital Monrovia, as this would only bring suffering and hardship for them.
He said it is in this light that the government has embarked on the construction of schools, hospitals, markets, and road networks and creating other opportunities so that Liberians can stay anywhere and lead prosperous lives.
He hailed the traditional ties subsisting among all the six ethnic groups in Lofa County, and hoped they would continue to live in peace and respect each other. “Lofa is a county of Uncles and Nephews, and we wan t to see these traditional ties respected,” he emphasized.
He commended all Lofans for supporting and cooperating with the Unity Party-led government over the past six years, noting, “It is because of you that I can boast in Monrovia”, and assured them that the highway linking Gbarnga in Bong County to Lofa County as far as the border town of Mendicorma in Foya District, would be paved in the not distant future. “Our job is to make life better for you,” he added.
He then urged his kinsmen to work hard and take initiatives so that people can appreciate them and help them further.
Also making remarks after the gowning ceremony, Finance Minister Augustine Ngafuan assured Lofans that he and other high profile Government officials hailing from Lofa County would do their utmost to make Vice President Boakai and all Lofans proud, and hoped the traditional relations subsisting among the tribes of Lofa County would be upheld.
Also making remarks, Defense Minister Samukai urged his kinsmen to send their children to school, so that the future Lofa County will also boast of people of their caliber in government and international organizations.
He reminded parents that if they send their children to school, they would in future be sources of support to them.
Minister Samukai urged all Lofians to work hard and support President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Vice President Boakai in their second term bid, assuring that if the President is elected for a second term, more development would come to Lofa County, adding, “The road you see today is just the beginning.”
Superintendent Kortimai also thanked the Kissi Community for the cooperation they have accorded his administration, and hoped the cordial working ties between them and his administration would continue.