Boakai told his kinsman that the town of his birth will benefit from electricity and beefed up educational and health facilities to enable the people enjoy better life and modernity from the blessing God had bestowed upon him.
“We will work together to build this town; we will electrify it with solar lights; there will be lights along the road,” Boakai told a huge audience which broke into festive dancing and singing on Christmas Day.
The poles for the lights, he stated, would be available soon to commence the project.
The construction of a modern town hall he commenced recently (where the Christmas program was held) will be completed and furnished as one of the best facilities in the town, where they citizens would sit discuss development issues, Boakai said. Chairs and musical set has already been purchased, he noted.
Boakai said he was happy to go back to his roots to celebrate Christmas - a festival that was characterized by the killing and eating of a whole cow, dancing, honoring ceremony and touring of the town along with government officials and visiting friends from Sierra Leone.
Announcing his plans to do more for the town, where his naval string was buried, Boakai disclosed that he would construct a modern playground that will serve as a recreational center for the town's children—an opportunity he never had while coming up in life.
Born to illiterate parents in the remote village of Worsonga in Foya District on November 30, 1944, Boakai went to primary school both in Liberia and Sierra Leone, served the country in several capacities including Minister of Agriculture before he became Vice President, making him one of the most successful among his kinsmen and generation.
He is reported to have singlehandedly funded the construction of a school in the town (now in need of educational materials and renovation) even before he served as Minister of Agriculture in the early to mid 1980s.
Boakai also reportedly supervised and personally financed up to 75% a 7-mile rural village road construction from Foya to Worsonga, which is currently in deplorable state. He 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 in the same town, among others.
“There is more we intend to do,” Boakai told a thrilled Kissi-dominated people of Worsonga. “We will put a playground here for the children to play; we plan to put solar lights in the whole town. We will even light some of the villages along the road [from Foya], that project is on course. The light poles are coming, and this is just the beginning,” he declared receiving deafening applauses.
The Vice President intoned that he morally owes a lot to the town of his birth and his people having been blessed by God. “It is our jobs and duties to make sure that we benefit the community we have come from, to ensure that we are representing you,” he continued. “God has blessed us and we need to come back to show you that.”
He applauded the people, especially the women of the town, for working hard to ensure that the town hall was constructed, and challenged them to play their part.
“That's how it supposed to be; you play your part and I play my part. Nobody will come here to develop this place for you. It is you who have to work to develop this place,” Boakai encouraged his townspeople.
“It's going to be left here for your enjoyment; it's going to be left here for you, to serve you,” intimated.
The Vice President then commended Public Works Minister Samuel Kofi Woods for traveling with him to celebrate the Christmas in his native town, and for reopening the Vahun Road, where he (Boakai) later spent the New Year.
Earlier in his remarks, Woods extended gratitude to the Vice President for his (VP) personal contribution in his life. He said his celebration of Christmas in the Vice President's home was a great opportunity that other Ministers have not had.
Describing Boakai as a “man of wisdom” and “commitment in service to humanity”, Woods said he worked with the Vice President several years back at the YMCA in Monrovia and learnt a lot from him. “I am very grateful for what this village has given to Liberia and to the world,” he said of Boakai.
Woods donated 50 bags of cement for the renovation of the Worsonga Public School and promised to complete and furnish the bathroom of the modern town hall being constructed by the Vice President.
In a very deplorable condition, Woods assured that the 7-mile road from Foya to Warsonga would be rehabilitated to create easy movement. Minister Woods told this paper Sunday that he has instructed Lofa country's Resident Engineer Robert Gibson to do assessment on the road.
Woods was not definite on when any work would begin on the road to the Vice President's home, but said “we first have to do the assessment, and after that we will plan what nest to do.”
Woods said despite his status and power, the Vice President has never complained about how bad the road to his home town was until he rode there on Christmas day. “As we were in the car coming here, I told the Vice President that we have to fix this road, even though he never told me anything about this road. He brought me here to see it for myself, and new will fix it,” amusingly stated.
In separate statements earlier, citizens of Worsonga cried on the Vice President and the Minister to renovate the road which continues to pose serious challenges in their movement. The major mode of transportation on the road is motorbikes which frequently make accidents as a result of the road's condition, the town chief Saah Karsue complained.
They said many accidents and deaths have occurred on the road, and that they were disappointed that the road going to the home of the second most powerful man in Liberia was in such deplorable condition, but the vice President's promise to transform the town dried any tear.
Meanwhile, both Boakai and Woods were honored and gowned by the happy people of Warsonga before they began the real festivity of singing, drumming, dancing and eating which characterized the day.