By: H. Richard Fallah
TUBMANBURG: Presidential Hopeful and former Vice President, Joseph Nyuma Boakai, has expressed indignation (anger) and contempt over what he calls the unfavorable manner and form in which the people of Bomi are being treated, relative to the exploitation of the county’s natural wealth including gold, diamond, among others by concessionaires.
Speaking on Tuesday, September 12, 2023, in Tubmanburg, Bomi County, at a crowded football pitch, Mr. Boakai wondered why the County remains backward, development-wise?
The UP Standard-bearer said he could not imagine that Bomi is grossly underdeveloped while its citizens are awash by poverty when there are several concessionaires that are operating there.
He promised the people of Bomi County that if he is elected as President, his government will not only protect the natural resources of the county, but also ensure that concessionaires there live up to their corporate-social responsibilities.
JNB: “I am embarrassed, look at the way the county is; noting is working for you, with all of the concession companies, there is no improvement in the lives of the people, but I can assure you, that I will protect your resources as President of this country.”
The Unity Party Standard-bearer further noted that his leadership will ensure that the people of Bomi become more productive in a better Liberia.
“We will make Bomi productive again, if we don`t do it, God himself will hold us,” JNB told the surging crowd of his supporters.
He, at the same time, challenged the young people to make the necessary changes in national leadership by voting him for the Presidency; as they go to the polls on October 10, this year.
Boakia maintained that it is time for Liberia to move forward by giving educational opportunities to young people.
“Our young people need to have a future. We want to see change in the government for the people; and this is no time to play, if we miss this opportunity, we are done,” Amb. Boakai noted.
According to him, he has the knowledge, contacts, and friendships to lead Liberia and improve the lives of the vast majority of ordinary People.
He called on Liberians particularly the young people to correct the mistakes of the past by voting into office President Weah in 2017.
JNB noted that the young people of Liberia deserve a better future, and if he and his team are elected, the citizens and other international partners, will see a new Liberia.
“This is no time to play; it’s time to build Liberia,” he said.
The former vice President started his western campaign tour on Monday, September 11, 2023, with his first stop in Bomi County, where he visited towns including Janneh, Clay, Gbah Jarkeh and ending it in Tubmanburg City.
The tour which marked his first after touring the 17 districts of Montserrado County was greeted with a rousing welcome by citizens in the County.
His visit comes just days after the ruling party (CDC) headed by incumbent President George Weah carried out similar campaign tour in the region in search of votes.
President Weah is seeking the confidence of the Liberian people for second constitutional six-year term while former VP Boakai is leaving no stone unturned, as he continues to convince Liberians with his “rescue messages’ which he believes, are resonating with Liberian voters.