Vice President Joseph N. Boakai
‘Rural Areas Access In Africa Still A Problem’ – VP Boakai
MONROVIA, February 24 (LINA) - Vice President Joseph N. Boakai says accessibility to rural communities in Africa is still a problem.
He believes that for the continent to adequately harness its natural resources and use them to benefit the people, there must be road networks as precondition for the promotion of health, education, agriculture, power and other critical areas that are vital to the survival of rural residents.
He said with the fulfillment of this basic requirement, Africans will be in the position to turn their resources around for the benefit of their nations and peoples, adding, “When you do not have access to the rural population, development programs cannot be implemented, something that has consistently undermined the living standard of the people.”
According to a press release, Vice President Boakai made the observation Wednesday at his Capitol Building office when he received in audience the Israeli Ambassador to Liberia, Ami Mehl with residence in Accra Ghana, the Chief Executive Officer of Northwest Oil and Gas, Michael Ende and Professor Tanko Mouhamadou of Bridgin Foundation accompanied by the Assistant Minister for Afro-Asian Affairs, Rosetta Jackollie.
Vice President Boakai stressed that the rural population must be given the opportunity to make use of their lands, stressing that through agriculture the African continent could experience rapid development and growth, especially when local agricultural produce are processed and exported.
He warned that inadequate and untimely funding for investments in agriculture is another obstacle for small and medium scale agricultural programs and that for such programs to succeed investors must understand that there are systems and conditions that are not applicable to Africa.
Vice President Boakai welcomed Ambassador Mehl to Liberia and spoke of the cordial ties subsisting between Liberia and the Middle East country dating as far back as 1948.
Vice President Boakai recounted the building of the Executive Mansion, the Agrimeco Agricultural Rice Project in the 1970s and the Defense Ministry Project in the 1980s, among other investments, by investors from Israel, the release from the Office of the Vice President said..
Earlier, the delegation informed the VP Boakai that their objective is to create conditions of development in sub-Saharan Africa, through the provision of funds without sovereign guarantees, and spoke of plans for the creation of centers of excellence with Liberia highly favored for the pilot project.
The delegation further informed the Vice President that 45 percent of the profits will go to humanitarian projects in the country and another 45 percent re-injected in the local economy.
According to Professor Tanko Mouhamadou, who is also President and Chief Executive Officer of Bridgin Foundation based in Belgium, Africans must take the initiatives to bring development to the continent and have a vision to transform their nations, stressing that Westerners will not do the job for Africans.