Liberia: UP Standard Bearer Boakai unveils Top Priorities of His Leadership
The Standard Bearer of the opposition Unity Party (UP), Ambassador Joseph Nyuma Boakai, has unveiled the top priorities of his leadership if elected President of Liberia.
Speaking on Monday, August 14, 2023 at a political rally held at the Rescue Mission Center in Sinkor, Monrovia, Ambassador Boakai named good governance, corruption fight, transparency, and accountability as top priorities of the UP-led Government.
The UP Standard Bearer also vowed to prosecute and confiscate the properties of convicted corrupt public officials under his administration.
He then instructed partisans and supporters of the UP to go into the various communities to campaign.
He rallied partisans and supporters of the UP to make sure that the party’s message resonates with all Liberians.
Joseph Nyuma Boakai (born 30 November 1944) is a Liberian politician who served as the 29th vice president of Liberia from 2006 to 2018, under former President Ellen Johnson- Sirleaf. He previously served as the Minister of Agriculture from 1983 to 1985.
Joseph Boakai was born in the remote village of Worsonga in Foya District, Lofa County on 30 November 1944. He is married to Kartumu Boakai and they have four children. Boakai is a Baptist and a deacon of the Effort Baptist Church.
Active in philanthropic efforts, Boakai supervised and personally financed a 7-mile rural village road construction near Warsonga, Liberia. He also worked with the Federation of Liberian Youth (FLY) and the Danish Youth to construct a school for 150 students and clinic for a community of 10 villages. He was active in organizing and fund raising for rural electrification of Foya Kama in Lofa County, Northern Liberia.]
Before serving as vice president, Boakai consulted with 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, Amsterdam Funded training program for projects in Uganda in 1994 and Tanzania in 1996.
He is the owner of LUSU Resource Corporation and co-owner of AGROMACHINES Liberia.
Boakai has served on many boards, including as chairman of 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-African Methodist Episcopal University, founding organizer of the C.W.A. Methodist University, ambassador of the Liberia YMCA, president of LUSU Resource Corporation, and ex-president of the Monrovia Rotary Club.
As vice president, he was the president of the Liberian Senate and presided over plenary sessions of that body for two days each week. He also performed 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).
Boakai attended primary and high school in Sierra Leone and Liberia before graduating from the College of West Africa. He later graduated from the University of Liberia in 1972 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.