In a solemn demonstration of solidarity and leadership, President-elect Joseph Nyuma Boakai on Sunday, December 31, 2023, visited the site of the devastating petroleum tanker explosion that claimed the lives of over 60 Liberian citizens.

The tragic incident occurred on December 27, 2023, in Totota, Bong County, and has left the nation in mourning. While making remarks at the Church service, Sunday, December 31, 2023, President-elect Boakai presented ten million Liberian dollars (10,000,000) and donated 200 bags of rice (25kg).

President-elect Boakai recognizes the gravity of the tragic situation and understands the profound impact it has on the affected families and the entire country.

His visit offered condolences to the bereaved families as he expressed support and prayer for the recovery of other victims seeking treatment at various hospitals across the country.

This demonstration of empathy reflects President-elect Boakai’s commitment to the well-being and safety of all Liberians.

During the visit, President-elect Boakai participated in a church service very close to the tragic site and had engagements with local authorities, emergency responders, and community leaders, while extending sympathy to the bereaved families.

“We are here today to console you, we are here today to tell you that we feel just as hurt as you are, we will stand with you because this is a family affair”, he noted.

The president-elect also emphasized the importance of basic education of citizens for safety, self-awareness, and protection in emergencies.

He urged state security to conduct a comprehensive investigation on the cause of such tragedy with relevant recommendations on preventive measures.

The visit underscores President-elect Boakai’s dedication to fostering a sense of national unity and healing during challenging times.