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Boakai lacks international contact

*Saah Joseph picks bones with CPP chair

By Lincoln G. Peters

Ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) Montserrado County Senator Saah H. Joseph has been picking bones with Amb. Joseph Nyumah Boakai.

He says, the opposition Collaborating Political Parties (CPP) Chairman and Unity Party (UP) standard-bearer lacks the international contact to solicit humanitarian aid for Liberians.

Making a brief remark at CDC headquarters during the launch of the party’s nationwide identification database in Congo Town over the weekend, Mr. Joseph accused Mr. Boakai of seeking assistance from his partners in the United States where the CPP chair went recently to seek partners’ support for Liberians.

“Let me tell you something, the last time when I was in the United States, I visited an organization and I signed an agreement with them on behalf of the Government of Liberia to support us with medical supplies until we say it’s enough,” said Mr. Joseph. 

“They gave us ten containers full with medical drugs and other medical equipment that I distributed,” he noted.

He continued that when he left the place, Unity Party’s presidential aspirant Amb. Boakai went to the same place to beg for humanitarian assistance. Joseph claimed that this indicates that former Vice President Boakai lack international support.

Senator Joseph said a presidential aspirant in the case of Amb. Boakai should be in the position to make contacts with his own partners, instead of chasing people who a senator has already engaged.

Recently, former Vice President Boakai wrote on his Facebook page before coming to Liberia saying that as he drew down his visit to the United States of America, he was delighted to announce that a huge shipment of needed medical supplies and modern equipment was on the way to Liberia. 

Boakai continued he was particularly pleased to have inspected the shipment that was now set for departure. 

“I want to thank the President and CEO of PROJECT C.U.R.E, Dr. Douglas Jackson, along with his Executive Director, Ms. Ruth G. Sanchez, and colleague Mrs. Vicky Wilson, for the donation to the Joseph Boakai Foundation,” Amb. Boakai wrote.

Since 1987, PROJECT C.U.RE. has been delivering life-saving medical supplies and equipment to hospitals and clinics in 135 countries throughout Africa and other parts of the developing world. 

Mr. Boakai said he hoped that upon arrival, these life-saving medical supplies and modern medical equipment will help to benefit Liberians who are in dire need of better health care across the country.

“In everything we do, let us always THINK LIBERIA, LOVE LIBERIA and together BUILD LIBERIA,” Mr. Boakai noted.

However, Sen. Joseph explained that when the opposition asks what will be his new platform since he last helped in the fight against Ebola, they will never understand him because he continues to deliver the deliverables to his people. 

Sen. Joseph indicated that he continues to address health, transport, education, and all other sectors in the county while the opposition is around making noise.

According to him, on July 26 of next year, he will be officially dedicating and turning over to the people of Japan Freeway and Montserrado County at large, the new technical vocational school with the capacity of five thousand students to enable them to have vocational skills.

He also noted that construction works are fast going on at the Nimba United field area in Mount Barclay, Montserrado County, where he is also constructing a vocational school with the capacity of 10,500 individuals.

He said that project is also expected to be dedicated and turned over to the people of Montserrado County.

“We have about 200 women working at the project site and they are paid five United States dollars a day. The registration for the vocational school is free to enter. We just brought medical doctors and medical supplies,” he stated.–Edited by Winston W. Parley

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