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Gov’t launches Youth Opportunity Project

Kolubah Zayzay /Maximilian Kasseh, Jr.
Vice President Joseph N. Bokai
Vice President Joseph N. Bokai

PAYNESVILLE-Vice President of Liberia, Joseph Boakai, says there is an overwhelming need to emphasize youth empowerment in the Country.

Vice President Boakai said:” With Liberia having an increasing young population, high unemployment is a threat to the nation peace and stability.”

He said this fact presents an opportunity and challenges to be careful in handling the issues of young people as the Country heads to the 2017 legislative and Presidential elections.

Vice President Boakai spoke Monday, January 9, 2017, when he proxy for President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to launch the Youth Opportunity Project in Paynesville.

He said government has responded to the growing youth population when she launched the Liberia Youth Empowerment Project in 2015, which seeks to empower twenty-thousand youth on the first phase across the Country.

Vice President Boakai noted that three-thousand youth also gained 15 months of temporary employment, and that due to the success of the pilot project, about 634 doctors and national volunteers are being trained and assigned in thirteen counties providing basic social services. 

He said the young people were assigned to 12 clinics, 24 schools in Bong, Grand Gedeh, Lofa and Maryland Counties for six months.

Vice President Boakai said government launched the youth empowerment Skills program in 2010 as part of efforts to reduce unemployment in Liberia.

He said   government also propelled the two year youth national service pilot project in 2007, with sixty-seven university graduates and volunteers recruited and trained.

Youth and Sports Minister, Saah N’tow said the project is contributing to the cross-cutting issues and human development pillars of Liberia’s agenda for transformation.

The Youth Opportunities Project implemented by the Youth and Sports Ministry, Gender Children and Social Protection Ministry and the Liberia Agency for Community Empowerment will also see Youth aged 15–17 year benefit from a Pre-Employment Social Support Component.

It will provide job-readiness training to prepare two-thousand youth to participate in the labor market, while youth aged 18–35 year will benefit from a Household Enterprises Component that will provide skills training opportunities and support for the expansion of small businesses to 3,000 vulnerable youth.

Minister N’tow said the project will provide life skills training and support for community farm production to ten-thousand youth, and as well enhance the productivity of staple crops using high quality inputs.

The project will also benefit extremely poor households by improving the efficiency in the delivery of cash transfers to households in Liberia, with a focus on the development of management information, electronic registration, and payment systems.

The project is funded by the World Bank.


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