The leadership of Salala District has invited Vice President Joseph Boakai to their constituency to honor him. The 12-person delegation from the district, which is the gateway to Bong County, paid a courtesy call on the VP at his Paynesville residence over the weekend.
The delegation, which was headed by the District’s Commissioner, included the Paramount Chief, the General Cultural Inspector of Bong County, two clan Chiefs, the District Youth leadership, the head of the Cross Border Women of Salala and the President of the Lutheran Parish Women in Salala, among others.
Recounting some of the VP’s impacts on their district, Commissioner Karmone A. Kanneh hailed VP Boakai for his past contributions towards the development of the District.
“We have come to represent the people of Salala District. In 2006, the people of Salala did invite the VP verbally and he honored it. When he came there, he spoke at the Ernest Jerome Yancy High School commencement convocation. He awarded scholarships to some of the students, some of whom have graduated from college and are back and teaching at the same institution. He also promised a generator, which he presented a few days later and it is still with the school,” Commissioner Kanneh narrated.
He said the people of Salala followed the developments in the country especially his recent visit to Lofa, where he was petitioned by Lofaians to compete in the race for the presidency come 2017.
“We heard the news from Lofa,” the General Cultural Inspector, Mr. Joseph P. K. Gwee, told the Vice President, “and we are therefore inviting you to Salala District.”
In his response, Vice President Boakai said, he was pleased to be invited by the people of Salala. He stated that it took him by surprise as he was on his way out when they told him that people had come to see him.
“For me, this is a great honor when you sit and people take upon themselves and come to see you. In our culture, we don’t have time for schedule because that is the way we move. Some time you pass to a friend’s house, you don’t meet him there; you leave a message, ‘Just tell him I was here.’ We don’t have these stringent rules. That is the way we move.”
He told them when they have set up their date, they should let him know and he will visit with them as he does with other parts of the country.
Following his remarks, his wife, Kartumu, also greeted their guests.
It may be recalled that Vice President Boakai served as Minister of Agriculture at which time he worked in Bong, Lofa and Nimba counties, overseeing a massive agricultural development program sponsored by the World Bank in the early 80’s and is well known and respected in all of the districts in the three counties.