The Vice President, Ambassador Joseph Nyumah Boakai, has called on journalists in the country to step up and present the true picture of unfolding development in Liberia.
Mr. Boakai made the clarion call recently at a one-day media meeting held in Monrovia.
“I have no doubt that we as a nation are moving in the right direction, though there are some turbulent situations. We are confident that there is light at the end of the tunnel. Therefore, we refused to embrace the ill-conceived notion that this country is retrogressing,” Vice President Boakai told Liberian journalists.
The statement of the Vice President, perhaps, comes from the backdrop of the numerous complaints of economic hardship in the country expressed by citizens. Majority of people in the country— especially the youth— are unemployed. Many cannot afford decent meals on a daily basis as government still spends millions of dollars every year for food importation. With these conditions, some members of opposition political parties have concluded that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s administration has failed the people of Liberia.
However, this government has constantly denied these allegations, emphasizing that there have been massive improvements aimed at restoring the image of Liberia both locally and internationally.
Speaking to journalists, Mr. Boakai continued, “We know that there remain challenges in our drive to meet some of the critical needs of our country,” he said.
He said that the cooperation of the media in Liberia was highly critical to the country’s recovery process.
“You have most likely heard that ‘when the sore is ready to heal that is the time it itches most.’ The darkest hour comes just before day light,” he asserted.
According to him, despites the gains by this government, there are others who have wrongly and selfishly dismissed their (government’s) achievements.
“At times we are faced with the unfortunate reality that our progress and achievements as a nation are measured by others using their own yardstick. Often times these assessments predict hopeless situations for our people,” he explained.
He said this was one of the reasons the media was needed to provide proper information to the public and international community so the truth about the level of development being undertaken in the country could be used to inspire hope in the lives of the people of Liberia.
The Liberian VP used the occasion to call on the press to remain critical on reporting issues.
He said that the media plays a pivotal role in the democratic process and must therefore continue to be seen as the ‘Watch dogs’ of society.