The standard bearer of the Movement for Progressive Change (MPC) Simeon Freeman is blaming Vice President Joseph Nyuma Boakai and his governing Unity Party or UP for the deteriorating living condition of the Liberian people.
The presidential hopeful also blames the ruling establishment for its lack of commitment to develop the country’s infrastructure over the years. Speaking in an interview with The New Dawn on Tuesday, 5 September at his party headquarters in Airfield, Sinkor the man eying the seat of the Presidency notes that over the past 12 years, Vice President Boakai has received US$25 million as sitting Vice President of Liberia and head of the Liberian Senate, but failed to carry out any development across the country, least to mention the VP’s native Lofa County, to improve the living conditions of the people.
He says at no point in time did the Unity Party presidential hopeful visit the Ministry of Education to ascertain problems affecting the sector or help in addressing the situation, but he (VP Boakai) is now running around to get votes from electorate, promising them better education, if elected.
“Lofa Community College has received US$65,000 from national government for the running of the college, while the Zorzor Regional Teacher Training Institute or ZRTTI received US$55,000, which is less than 65 percent of the actual budget of the Vice President. Boakai has received US$2.1 million every budget year and has 15 staffers in his office”, says the MPC standard bearer.
Speaking on Speaker James Emmanuel Nuquay’s selection as by Vice President Boakai as vice running mate, Mr. Freeman says it is dangerous for two “corrupt officials” to be paired to contest in the impending elections.
But the director of communications in the office of the Vice President, Attorney George Saah, told this newspaper via mobile phone that the Vice President has better things to do for Liberia than to respond to people, who will eventually turn out to follow him on his campaign trail.
By Ethel A. Tweh-Editing by Jonathan Browne