Liberia’s Vice President, Joseph Nyumah Boakai, has lauded the outgoing United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Resident Representative, Mr. Aeneas Chapinga Chuma, for what he termed as “touching the lives of the people in the country by making them realize and solve problems very critical to the country.”
VP Boakai made the statement over the weekend following a farewell dinner in honor of Mr. Chuma, held at the Monrovia City Hall.
The program brought together members of the Diplomatic Corp and top Liberian government officials, including, Dr. Amos Sawyer, various UN Agencies, Education Minister Etmonia Tarpeh, LNP General Director Chris Massaquoi and others
Speaking on behalf of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and the people of Liberia, VP Boakai thanked Mr.Chuma for his great support given to the people of Liberia at large after just over a year of service to the country.
“I want to thank the UN Family for considering all of our people’s needs, we are grateful because you have helped our people realize what partnership is all about.”
He thanked the UN staff and other partners that worked with Mr.Chuma by making his mission in Liberia successful. He congratulated him on his new assignment and offered a toast.
In response to the toast Mr. Chuma thanked the Liberian Government for the kind gesture of providing him with a comfortable working environment while in the country.
The outgoing Resident Representative made remarks saying he wanted media involvement in all the UN’s activities with the Government of Liberia for better exposure.
Concerning issues of foreign investment in the country, Mr.Chuma said, “We need to work with our colleagues in the media to discuss issues. That is why it is critical for President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and her partners to organize dialogue with media house owners to find better ways to promote investment.”
On the topic of youth employment Mr. Chuma said, “The Government of Liberia must see the need to prioritize employment and microloans for its people.”
He expressed gratitude to the Government and the people of Liberia for the partnership and said he looked forward to making more contribution to the Government of Liberia.
In November 2012, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon appointed Mr. Chuma as Deputy Special Representative for Consolidation of Democratic Governance of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).
During the assignment, Mr.Chuma also served as United Nations Resident Coordinator, Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative.