Despite losing the 2017 Presidential run-off to Senator George Weah of the CDC, Vice President Joseph Nyuma Boakai fulfilled his promise to citizens of Voinjama when he donated several items including a fire service truck, medical supplies, and sporting materials.
According to him, the donation was part of his promise made to the citizens to protect lives and property since the city had no fire service truck to respond to fire incidents in Voinjama in surrounding communities.
The donation came from the City of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota (USA), which has sister-city relations with Voinjama. “This donation came from friends in Brooklyn Park City in the USA as a sign of sealing a sisterly relationship between the two cities and efforts through his work to save lives and properties,” VP Boakai said.
He explained that improving the living conditions of his citizens remains critical on his agenda and he will continue to work to promote Lofa County and the country at large.
“This donation is for our people because they are entitled to these basic services that will respond rapidly to fire cases,” he said.
Vice President Boakai, in collaboration with the Liberia National Fire Service, also provided effective training for firefighters in Voinjama on the proper usage of the fire truck.
In response, Lofa County Fire Detachment Commander, Captain J. Guwor Kollie lauded the Vice President for his endless contributions to the rebuilding process of the county.
He disclosed that there have been more than four cases of fire incidents which were beyond the control of the fire detachment, resulting in several deaths and the destruction of properties.
“Due to the absence of fire service trucks in Voinjama District, our citizens lose their lives and their properties are destroyed by the donation we did not have any fire truck,” Captain Kollie said.
He added, “To save some homes during past fire incidents, firefighters used buckets to get water to get the job done.”
He stated that Vice President Boakai’s donation (of the fire truck) has brought joy to the citizens and it will make firefighters more effective to battle fire incidents in the district.
Discussing the maintenance of the fire truck, Captain Kollie noted, however, that there are no funds to enable the detachment to maintain the truck in case of any future breakdown or damage.
He meanwhile expressed appreciation to the VP for fulfilling his promise to his people at a time when he was not successful at the polls, but his action showed that he has great love for the people.
As part of his four days’ tour, VP Boakai made a brief stopover in Kolahun and Foya where he was also greeted by tearful supporters who promised to work with him for the good of the county and the country.
He also made several other donations including medical supplies for hospitals in Voinjama and Kolahun, along with sporting materials to the youth.