Capitol Insider: Welcome to Capitol Insider Hon. Martein.
Hon. Martein: Thank you. I am indeed honored to be interviewed by you and look forward to such interviews in the months preceding our national elections in 2017.
Capitol Insider: Who really is Nyan Martein?
Hon. Martein: I was born and grew up in a town called Kpain in Sacleapea, Mah District, Nimba County. I grew up in a family of five sisters. Growing up like any other African child was a very difficult experience. My mother did not have the financial means to support our educational upkeep. Our father died when we were still young, and as an only son, I was forced to doing odd jobs like cutting and processing palm nuts, and breaking firewood which I and my mother sold to pay my school fees.
I was deeply involved in the local Methodist Church in Kpain where a Swedish Methodist missionary couple developed interest in me. I was given an opportunity to attend Lutheran Training Institute in Salayea, Lofa County from 1978 to 1980 where I completed high school. Two years later, the couple extended me the opportunity to attend school at the college level. I then enrolled at the Cuttington University in Suakoko, Bong County, where I graduated in 1986 with a Bachelor in Business Administration.
After the war, I obtained a three-month certificate in Agriculture Credit and Rural Development in Taiwan in 1998. Since then I have been fortunate to have acquired several other professional certificates.
As regards my professional life, from 1998 to 1999 I worked as Registrar General with the Cooperative Development Agency. Later in 2000 I was appointed Deputy Minister for Administration at the Ministry of Public Works. I also served as Deputy Minister for Administration at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry from 2003 to 2005. Since 2006 to present, I have had the honor to serve as the Managing Director of the Liberia Produce Marketing Corporation (LPMC).
Capitol Insider: As National Chairman of NAMBO, please tell us the foundational background of your movement.
Hon. Martein: The National Movement to Support Boakai (NAMBO) was initially known as Friends of Joseph Nyuma Boakai (FOJNB). The organization was established 2005 for the sole purpose of supporting the vice candidature of our leader as well as the candidature of the president. The FOJNB mainly comprised friends, kinsmen and people who believed in the ability of our leader to serve in the honorable post of Vice President. The FOJNB grew to become an unwavering, aggressive and resilient campaign unit of the Unity Party, working alongside Hon. Boakai in the 2005 elections.
I would be remiss if I did not offer my salute to the founding chairman of the FOJNB, Hon. A. Kpandel Fayia, and all the determined men and women of the FOJNB for all they did in lifting our leader to the national platform.
But as the picture gets bigger and the dream gets wider so must our approach to things change and shape. Consequently, the task of lifting our leader to the presidency can no longer be the burden of a few friends and kinsmen, something the leadership of the FOJNB graciously recognized and concurred that there must be a transition to a bigger vision that reflects diversity and incorporates all Liberians and not few, insofar it is about the president, the highest office in the land.
And so by June 2015 it was unanimously agreed that the FOJNB would metamorphose into what we are today, the National Movement to Support Boakai (NAMBO).
Capitol Insider: What political capital does Nyah Martein bring to the campaign to tilt the vote in Veep Boakai’s favor in 2017?
Hon. Martein: Well, let me say this much. I think I have acquired appreciable experience and exposure in the political field to significantly contribute to the pending campaign to elect Ambassador Joseph Nyuma Boakai as the next president of the country.
I occupied a few strategic positions in the former ruling National Patriotic Party (NPP) to include National Assistant Secretary General for Administration, and later, National Vice Chairman for Administration. Following my resignation from the NPP in 2005 for personal reasons I took up membership with the Unity Party and contest the senate race of my county Nimba. Though I lost the election, but I became an influential and contributive member of the UP campaign team that delivered Nimba to the UP and ensured the election of Madam Sirleaf as President. Again in 2011, I became head of the UP campaign team in the Vain-Garr area in Ganta, Nimba County. History repeated itself as Ellen became president for the second term. So you see, I am credited for making presidents and would therefore use such experience, expertise and commitment to ensure that Boakai takes over the political leadership of our country in 2017.
Capitol Insider: Why do you think Ambassador Joseph Boakai is the best choice for the presidency in 2017 against the background of mounting criticisms that he serves as Veep in the ruling Unity Party government that is widely criticized for achieving less on the domestic front?
Hon Martein: If this nation Liberia is to make further progress beyond 2017, we cannot afford to pursue the policy of guilt by association, even assuming that the present government has failed as has been alleged by some Liberians.
Ambassador Joseph Nyuma Boakai is a man of great distinction. He is best suited for presidency in 2017 because he’s a man of integrity, experience, intelligence, profound wisdom, and above all, a man of tolerance and respecter of fellow human beings. These qualities are required of a leader to place our nation on the path of sustained peace, security and economic development in the years ahead.
Capitol Insider: As it relates to platform and manifesto, what strategies have your organization put in place to ensure victory at the polls come 2017?
Hon Martein: We are on a massive crusade throughout the length and breadth of our country, consulting Liberians not to miss out on this long-awaited and God-given opportunity of democratically electing a man whose humility and public service records are a source of inspiration for this generation and generations yet unborn. This message is resonating with the citizenry.
Capitol Insider: What would be the position of NAMBO if Veep Boakai fails to win the endorsement of the Unity Party as its standard bearer for the 2017 elections?
Hon. Martein: It is indeed inconceivable that Ambassador Boakai would fail to win the endorsement of the Unity Party. He is a great asset, pride and symbol of peace and stability for the UP now and even in the distant future. I think the partisans of UP are all aware of this fact. Notwithstanding, NAMBO as a grassroots democratic political action group would honor and respect any result of a credible primary involving Ambassador Boakai.
Capitol Insider: What is the likelihood for the Veep and his political organization to form a coalition with other political parties?
Hon Martein: I beg your indulgence to reserve comments on this subject. The Unity Party has its hierarchy clothed with the authority to officially speak to the issue.
Capitol Insider: Should he win in 2017, what changes should Liberians and the world expect from a Joseph Boakai presidency?
Hon. Martein: Boakai will institute a policy of hard work and less talking in the nation’s governance system. Liberians and the world at large will be impacted by agricultural mechanization and economic industrialization. Finally, Boakai, as President of Liberia, will lead by example.
Culled from The Capitol Insider Magazine