The Joseph Nyuma Boakai (JNB) Foundation, a Liberian Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) named after former Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai has been launched here.
The event took place on 29 November at the Millennia Guest House in Oldest Congo Town, suburb of Monrovia.Providing the vision and mission of the NGO, former Vice President Boakai stressed that the foundation has six pillars including Agriculture, Education, Health, Water and Sanitation, Youth and Gender Development and Environment.
He says the vision of the foundation is to drive transformative social change to improve the lives of the Liberian people and to provide needed assistance and service, especially in the rural areas.According to him, the Foundation seeks to support agricultural production, food security, health care delivery, education, human capacity building and youth and gender development to reduce poverty and help build peaceful and equitable society.
Mr. Boakai discloses that the Foundation will coordinate with relevant agencies and institutions both national and international to organize training programs in agriculture; contribute to sustaining peace through dialogues on mediation, conflict resolution, reconciliation and social economic development.
He adds that the Foundation welcomes donors and partners who share a commitment to these core program areas in Liberia.Earlier, the Executive Director of the JNB Foundation Mr. Sylvester Grisby noted that when former Vice President Boakai announced his decision to establish the foundation, it generated much concerns among Liberians, some of whom had wondered as to when such a foundation would come to light.
He encourages Liberians both at home and abroad who have the country at heart to make meaningful financial, material and human resource contribution to the foundation to ensure it succeeds by implementing its vision and goals.Meanwhile, Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo’s proxy who declared the launch of the Foundation says with the support of national and international entities, the Boakai Foundation’s dream of poverty reduction, among others, will be achieved.
The Ghanaian delegate says the suffering of Liberians can be eradicated when Liberians support the efforts of the foundation.He adds that the soil of Liberia is the best place for anyone to invest because a people that can feed themselves can develop.
The occasion was graced by Deputy House Speaker Prince Moye, Grand Cape Mount County Senator Varney G. Sherman, ANC Political Leader Mr. Alexander Cummings, Mr. Clemenceau Urey, former Chief Justice Glorious Musu Scott, and the Chairman of the Governance Commission Dr. Amos C. Sawyer, among others.
Crusaders for Peace Julee Andee presented to Ambassador Boakai different kinds of African made customs as the organization’s own way of identifying with the former vice president, while his wife, also gowned him during the launcher.
By Emmanuel Mondaye–Edited by Winston W. Parley