Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has honored drivers and domestic staff of his Office who performed so well over the past seven years. According to the Vice President Boakai, his Office decided to honor the drivers and staff who are responsible for domestic duties in order to motivate them on the job something guests invited to the program said should be emulated by those in authority.
He said he honored the staff that are normally not recognized in administrative circles, but are very crucial to the accomplishment of any desired objective of the office which they serve. He made these comments on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 when he spoke to journalists at his Capitol Building Office. The Capitol Building is the seat of the Liberian Legislature.
The Liberian Vice President, who also spoke about his rice production and self- sufficiency in food production, disclosed that he also honored workers on his farm in Gbarma, Gbarpolu County. He said the workers hailed from the eight villages around the farm and feted them to massive reception while the brass band played. Speaking on rice harvested from his farm, he said the harvest has been turned over to the Ministry of Agriculture to beef up its seed bank from where Liberian farmers will be able to access the seed.
Vice President Boakai reiterated that Liberia cannot continue to rely on food imports saying that the Almighty will not look down on us kindly if we fail to utilize the resources we have at our disposal to grow more food. He said importing four hundred thousand bags of rice at the cost of sixteen million dollars per month is a challenge for Liberia to overcome.
Among other things, he added that he will employ two graduates from the William R. Tolbert School of Agriculture and Forestry of the University of Liberia to handle the technical aspects of the farm in Gbarma and to help other groups in the communities around the farm including the Grass Root Women Organization.