Vice President Joseph Boakai has presented 500 hundred bags of rice and one thousand sacks of water to flood victims in Lower Margibi. VP Boakai said more assistance will be provided following assessment to identify the flood victims and impact of the disaster.
The Vice President visited Dolo and Jobloe Towns, two worst hit areas, the rice and water will be distributed to other affected communities. Inhabitants in the areas thanked VP Boakai for the visit, saying the Vice President has always identified with the people of Margibi in difficult times and recalled similar visits made during the Ebola Crisis.
The Vice President reminded residents of the dreadful effect of Climate Change and cautioned them against building structures in waterways and alleys. In Dolo Town Commissioner Augustus Karngar attributed the flooding to the lack of a culvert to control the path of three rivers in Lower Margibi.
He named the rivers as Yormie, Duwue and Farmington that converge on an island. He said over six thousand residents are now displaced because of the situation. Earlier Margibi Representative Ballah Zayzay said two deaths have so far been reported.
In a separate development, a former presidential candidate has declared support to Vice President Joseph Boakai in the 2017 presidential elections. Free Democratic Party former standard bearer Ciapha Gborlie described Vice President Joseph Boakai as a dedicated and honest servant truly committed to promoting positive change.
The former presidential hopeful spoke at a Special Prayer Service for VP Boakai at the William V.S. Tubman High School in Sinkor under the banner Lofa United for the Joseph Boakai Presidency in 2017. Also the former Vice Presidential candidate of the defunct National Union for Democracy Progress said though Lofa alone cannot make VP Boakai president in 2017, he wants the people of Lofa, unite and take the lead in the exercise.
Speaking at the service Rev. Dr. Jasper Ndaborlor said he is convinced that Vice President Joseph Boakai is the right candidate to succeed President Johnson Sirleaf in 2017. Responding Vice President Boakai said he will continue to seek opportunities to service the Liberian people.
He said over the years many Liberians have suffered and have not experienced good life and that someone has to lead the charge to take care of those who cannot make a case for themselves. Meanwhile a women group under the banner Liberia Concern Women Development Association Nimba County Branch has thrown their weight behind Vice President Boakai. The Liberia Concern Women Development Association in Nimba is one of the organized groups that triggered a wave of support for Vice President Boakai in Nimba in the 2005 presidential polls.-Press release