Monrovia, Liberia - Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has called on Non-governmental organizations operating in Liberia to promote patriotism and adherence to the rule of law ,team up with Government to provide social support in critical areas, move beyond being mere voice of the down trodden and teach the voiceless to speak again and fish for themselves.
Vice President Boakai said non-governmental organizations need to be a major force in driving the growing movement of corporate social responsibility and go beyond being a powerful force for promoting good and clean governance.
The Vice President was speaking Wednesday at the Executive Pavilion when he delivered the keynote address at the First Annual NGO Fair convening here in Monrovia.
He said apart from being staunch critics of Government’s inadequacies, it is time that NGOs promote patriotism and the rule of law in Liberia.
The Vice President praised the NGOs for being indispensable partners of government’s reconstruction agenda and economic development and emphasized that non-governmental organizations have been major players in promoting human-oriented development strategies but need to do more in rural Liberia and go beyond existing only on sign boards.
Noting further, Vice President Boakai pointed out that Government is firmly focused on its duty of creating and sustaining the requisite enabling atmosphere for the productive interactions between the people and the NGO community. He warned Liberians to wean themselves of any vestiges of dependency adding, Liberians must find themselves challenged to rise to the occasion of taking full charge of their destiny and in the words of President Sirleaf “must not become overly aid dependent and become perpetual wards of the donor community” Vice President Boakai reminded Liberians.
There are currently more than eight hundred local NGOs and more than a hundred International NGOs in Liberia.