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VP Boakai’s journey to Liberia’s presidency

The walkway to Liberia’s presidency is being paved with huge-popular endorsement from hundreds of thousands of potential, if not; a vast majority of the country’s voting population and their supporters whose quest to vote His Excellency Joseph Nyuma Boakai, Sr to the Executive Mansion cannot be overlooked. 

From all indications, the sampling of political views, backed by favorable opinion pull across the country puts Ambassador Boakai far ahead of several other presidential dreamers. Should this be transmitted through electoral declaration as a victory, the pages of historical narratives will be explained in the after mark especially-so when the writings are clear that VP Boakai’s journey to Liberia’s Presidency is unstoppable.

In the face of the sure -victory for Boakai’s presidency, a host of prominent opposition leaders and their followers are at a near crossover point to join the wining team ahead of the impending electoral process.

Pundits are attributing the decision by the opposition to surrender their political mission to VP Boakai’s presidency to the ‘best option’ analysis that brunt the entire opposition bloc to be defaced with a group of ill prepared and bunch of worthless elements whose legacy cannot matched the impeccable attributes of uncle Joe.

Competitively, empirical research has certified Ambassador Boakai as Liberia most spirited public servant whose commitment and dedication to service is marked by more than 35 unbroken years of meticulousness and impressive record.

Throughout his services in various positions in government, private sector, agro-related, church and civil society, Vice President Boakai has demonstrated exemplary qualities that are tied to his humble beginning.

Undiluted facts about the Next President (H.E JNB)
Born in the remote village of Worsongain, Foya District, Lofa County, on November 30, 1944, Vice President Boakai has withstood the test of time and epitomized the Liberian adage which states: “It does not matter where you are coming from, but where you are headed.” He is a radiant of hope for his home town and a model citizen.

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Considering his tremendous contributions to society, it did not come much as a surprise for him to have been selected as running-mate to Africa’s first female President Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in the 2005 General and Presidential Elections on the Unity Party ticket. H.E. Boakai was elected along with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to chart a new course for Africa’s oldest Republic, following fourteen years of bitter civil war, and assumed office as Vice President in 2006. During the 2011 Presidential Elections, Ambassador Boakai, was again selected by her Excellency, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, now a Nobel Peace Prize Winner, to serve as her running-mate in order to continue the development agenda that they had already started implementing in the first term. Vice President Boakai has continued to work along with Mrs. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to restore law and order in Liberia, to ensure the reconstruction of the country, ensure that peace and tranquility exist in the country, encourage investors to take advantage of the investment climate in Liberia, and ensure that basic social services are provided for the people of the country.

The Liberian Vice President Boakai concurrently serves as President of the Liberian Senate and he presides two days a week over plenary sessions of that body. He performs supervisory functions over a number of institutions and agencies including the Liberia National Lotteries (LOTTO), the Liberia Marketing Association (LMA), the Liberia Agency for Community Empowerment (LACE), and the National Commission on Disarmament, Demobilization, Resettlement and Reintegration (NCDDRR).

Vice President Boakai has served his country as Resident Manager of the Liberia Produce Marketing Corporation (LPMC) during 1973-1980, Managing Director of the Liberia Produce Marketing Corporation (LPMC) during 1980-1982, Managing Director of the Liberia Petroleum Refinery Company (LPRC) in 1992, and as Minister of Agriculture during 1983-1985.

As Minister of Agriculture, among his significant duties and responsibilities, he was responsible for national agricultural policy formation, implementation support and research, and regulatory services. He monitored activities and chaired boards of over 20 agricultural development projects, the Agricultural Cooperative Development Bank, and support institutions. He also chaired for one year, a 15 nation West African Rice Development Association (WARDA) and toured research projects of WARDA in Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast and Guinea Bissau. He also toured several agricultural projects in Denmark, Belgium, Great Britain, Malaysia and the Ivory Coast in connection with poultry, cattle grazing, rubber and oil palm production and processing. He also assisted in the first PL-480 program evaluations for Liberia.

He was the Chief Executive Officer at the LPMC and first Liberian Managing Director of that entity. He was responsible for export marketing of coffee, cocoa and palm kernel oil and was responsible for arranging purchase, shipment and handling of the PL-480 program during 1980-1984.

Vice President Boakai utilized his vast knowledge in the social sciences by offering short term consultancy to a number of institutions including serving as Chief Technical Advisor on Agriculture Policy, Ministry of Agriculture. He reviewed and evaluated the Liberian 1986 proposed Green Revolution and FAO World Bank 1986 Agricultural Sector Review Document and evaluated AMSCO, the Amsterdam Funded training program for projects in Ugandain 1994 and Tanzaniain 1996.

In the civic and self-help sector, and as part of his philanthropic support to humanity, Vice President Boakai supervised and personally financed up to 75% of a 7-mile rural village road construction to Warsonga, Liberia. He also worked with the Federation of Liberian Youth (FLY) and the Danish Youth to construct a school for 150 students and a clinic for a community of 10 villages. He influenced the erection of an OIC project in Foya Kama, Liberia, and organized and headed fundraising for rural electrification of Foya Kama in Lofa County, Northern Liberia.

Vice President Boakai has served as member and chairman of many boards including, Chairman of the Liberia Finance and Trust Corporation, Chairman of the Board of Star Radio, member of the board of LOIC, member of the board of the Liberia Baptist Theological Seminary, founding member of Bethesda Christian Mission, founding organizer for the African Methodist Episcopal University, founding organizer of the C.W.A. Methodist University, President of the Monrovia YMCA, President of the LUSU Resource Corporation, and Ex-President of the Monrovia Rotary Club. He is the owner of the LUSU Resource Corporation and co-owner of AGROMACHINES Liberia.

He has been happily married since 1972 to Kartumu Y. Boakai and has four children (three sons and one daughter). In lieu of these high achieving records, couple with visible signs of the growing wave of overwhelming support, it is becoming increasing disbelieving that VP Boakai’s journey to Liberia’s presidency is unstoppable!

About the Author  Malcolm Scott is the Chief organizing Chair of the Association of Media Relations Specialists for VP Boakai’s Presidency. He’s reachable @ malcolmscott2013@gmail.com ; 0886651952/0776651952

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