Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has frowned on crimes against children emphasizing that the abuse of children are indecent liberties that must be dealt with decisively in the Liberian society in keeping with law.
Vice President Boakai called out to all men in Liberia to work along with the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection in order to highlight the need to fight against this social menace that is on the rise in the Liberian society.
According to a release from the Office of the Vice President he made the remarks at the weekend when he delivered a special statement at the memorial program held in honor of the Late cultural icon ZumanaFofana commonly called KarmoSoko of the popular television series of the eighties BalawalaMalawala in Paynesville.
Touching on the need for a defined cultural identity in Liberia, Vice President Boakai said there is need to build a culture that all Liberians can identify with and a culture that bind us together and not divide us, the VP went on to say.
He said that the issue of a national cultural center is a matter that must be revisited to see how it can be properly addressed.
Speakers at the program noted that if a comprehensive cultural program is put into place it could also generate the much needed revenue for the country and called for increased budgetary support to the arts and culture of the country, noting that culture plays a vital role in the development of any nation and traditional means of communication is key to the reconciliation process.
They recalled the international participation of the National Culture troupe in FESTAC 77 held in Lagos, Nigeria of 1977 where Liberian talents were displayed.
Vice President Boakai then broke grounds for the construction of the headquarters of the Balawala International Foundation on the GSA Road. VP Boakai is a founding member of the Balawala Television series.
Those in attendance were the Musician Union of Liberia, Liberian Association of Writers, Union of Liberian Artists, Liberian Movie Union and the Liberia National Cultural Union amongst others, a release from the Office of the Vice President said.