A group of professional teachers under the banner Rural and National Teachers United for Boakai Presidency or RUNTUB has extended its activities to Maryland County, southeast Liberia.
RUNTUB was established in 2016 in Kakata, Margibi County by over 500 teachers from diverse political backgrounds as an auxiliary of the governing Unity Party to boost the presidential bid of Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai, current standard bearer of the party.
The group vice chairman for administration, Mr. Antonio Wesley, says they believe in the ideology of V.P. Boakai and want him to assume the presidency of Liberia after Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
He continues that after careful review of candidates vying for the presidency in the October election, they have reached the conclusion that V.P. Boakai possesses all the qualities needed for a presidential candidate.
Speaking during the official launch in the county recently, Mr. Wesley explains that when the group arrived in Lofa County some time ago, it bumped into a group with similar objective under the banner, National Teachers United for Boakai Presidency, so they decided to merge and work for the common good of the Liberian people by ensuring that the Vice President ascends to the Presidency.
He narrates that the group started with a membership of 50 professional teachers in Margibi County, but membership has increased to over 5,000 professional teachers, who believe that V.P. Boaklai can make a difference for the country in terms of development, job opportunities, education, agriculture, and road construction, among others.
He notes that the extension of the group to Maryland has been highly welcomed by school administrators, teachers, PTAs, as well as parents there, adding that several teachers have pledged their commitment to ensure that the organization is extended to all schools across the county.
This brings to four, number of auxiliary groups organized in Maryland County to buttress the UP for the October 2017 elections.
Rapid Respond for Boakai, Youth United for Boakai, First Time Voters for Boakai, and the Rural and National Teachers United for Boakai Presidency are all auxiliaries of the Boakai for President camapign currently operating across Maryland.
Speaking in an interview after the launch in Grand Cavalla, an Economic instructor from Cape Palmas High School, the county’s premier high school – Mr. Johnson H. Massaquoi, Sr. vows that he will do all in his powers to make sure 90 percent of teachers in Maryland County join the organization for a better Liberia, which he believes V.P. Boakai will deliver, if elected President.
“We have also done our background investigation and noticed that V.P. Boakai is the best and the one who understands the Liberian problems and besides, he is one of our natives, as such, he will make sure that our country be on par with others in the sub-region”, Mr. Massaquoi optimistically expresses.
Meanwhile, Unity Party public relations officer in Maryland, Andrew Kallon, lauds teachers across the country for joining the struggle, which he says is for a worthy cause.
He says they are ready to receive any auxiliary group that is willing to push the agenda of the ruling party to elect V. P. Boakai in October as next President of Liberia.
Andrew discloses that the Unity Party Maryland County branch is expected to cite every auxiliary group in the county to come up with strategic plans for the pending campaign period which starts on July 31.
By George K. Momo, Maryland County-Editing by Jonathan Browne