Boakai States Top Agenda

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Platform Includes Roads Network, Agriculture, Youth Development, Women’s Empowerment

Unity Party standard bearer Joseph N. Boakai says the priorities on his agenda are sustained road networks, an agriculture driven economy, youth development and women’s empowerment.

Addressing foreign and Liberian journalists recently in Foya City, Lofa County during a media stakeout that followed a mini-rally and campaign program in his honor, Ambassador Boakai stated that he will tackle the critical issue of improving and maintaining road networks in the country, a formidable challenge  past administrations have had limited success with.

Asserting that all roads in the country must be maintained and new ones, or feeder roads, must be rehabilitated to connect deprived and isolated communities to the rest of the country to buttress the economy, an explanation of how he intends to achieve this major plank of his platform has yet to be explained.

“I want to candidly state that improved roads bring about socioeconomic development, growth and progress to all sectors of our country,” Mr. Boakai further stressed.

Turning to agriculture, another enormous challenge to make the nation food independent that has not been met,  the UP flag bearer pledged massive mechanized farming programs through the provision of modern machinery, sustained extension services and technical assistance to all rural farmers in the country.

“We should encourage our farmers to cultivate the spirit of agribusiness and train them to engage in entrepreneurship that will one way or the other empower them financially to the extent that our farmers will be able to pay our children’s education bills,” Mr. Boakai proposed.

Commenting on youth development, the UP first partisan highlighted the creation of viable vocational and technical training institutions and support to existing ones to provide the requisite marketable skills for employment of youth in the public and private sectors of the country.

The weak primary and secondary school system of Liberia, Mr. Boakai stressed, could be strengthened by the hiring of trained professional teachers, provision of relevant textbooks and attractive salaries for education personnel throughout the country.  Liberia’s education system needs a total overhaul through the upgrading of teacher training institutions in rural and urban areas of the country, added Boakai.

Touching on what is embedded in the UP platform for the empowerment of women, Mr. Boakai said Liberian women have over the years demonstrated fortitude and determination and that their socioeconomic enhancement must be centered on financial assistance and basic education. Sustained infrastructural development of market facilities for women is critical to improving the overall livelihood of small market women throughout the country, he said. “I believe our women, who are ninety percent custodians of all domestic work, should be empowered. To extend that support to our women, especially market women, cannot be overemphasized in our country,” he said.

Mr. Boakai urged Liberians at home and abroad to demonstrate that they love, cherish and support their country in its drive to develop a vibrant and progressive nation.

3 COMMENTS

  1. In this story we read about the VP’s Election Political Platform – strategies to address Roads Network, Agriculture, Youth Development, and Women’s Empowerment – which showed few of the major things he would like to accomplish were he elected president. If these and others on his final to – do list are written down stipulating how they will be paid for; voters, who don’t want to buy a pig in the pen, may rest assured that he means business. Because the truth is that our country’s backwardness, pervasive poverty, and the lack of national cohesion come partly from serious trust issues.

    (The voting public is now like smarter young females telling their male suitors,”Oh, Yes, John/ Flomo, I know you love me, and I love you too, baby. But I’m a ‘born again Christian’ now, so no sex until we marry”).

    Put another away, the people, for good reasons, distrust the legislature which makes the laws; distrust the imperial presidency which approves the laws; distrust the Supreme Court which interprets the law; and distrust the policing agencies which enforce the laws. And conversely these institutions don’t have any regard for the opinions of the people; although it is in them, the latter, power is supposedly invested. News flash, no society can effectively function without trustworthy relationships among its essential components.

    No wonder, then, in our country mutual suspicions abound dangerously driving selfishness: group – think, group – speak, group – entitlement, and group self – preservation to the detriment of reconciliation, and national unity.

    Probably, VP Boakai is aptly responding to the August 14, 2017 editorial of the respectable and widely read theperspective.org, which headlined the very pertinent question: “Unity Party Campaign ‘Dream Team’: Where Is The Platform?” And, rightfully, under the toxic climate of societal mistrust, costed political platforms ought to be some sort of elections’ social contract between the governed and governors. It is about time Liberians change for lasting peace; not “relative peace”, whatever that means.

    Let the election platforms of our parties be prepared and presented for public understanding; some evidence with which to make and hold the next regime respectively responsible and accountable. It is not complicated, and only those who won’t perform are leery about contracts.

    Needless to say, voters shouldn’t be revisited with the unbelievable experience of a president winning elections based on a specific platform, and then neglecting its planks to commission some Vision writing exercise about Agenda for Transformation (AfT) that will be achieved when JJ Robert returns to the Republic in his full presidential regalia: The downtrodden Liberian poor are sick and tired of snake – oil sales people selling their fake goods on the platforms of political parties. Thanks UP.

  2. How will he pay for all those road networks he promising?

    Why did he and Ellen construct all the roads in 12 years?

    What makes him think that the other candidates don’t want to build roads, engage in agriculture, empower the youth and make gender equality a priority?

    He not the only candidate who wants to do all of those.

    The problem for him is he has had 12 years to work with his boss (the president) to accomplish at least some of the things he’s promising now.

    Nothing to measure how well he will do for the next 6 years judging from what he hasn’t done in the past favorable 12 years. He and Ellen has received a lot of foreign assistance totalling billions of dollars but nothing worthwhile to show for it.

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