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Govt, UNICEF sign Child Protection Project

By Moses Garzewu

(lbsonline/Liberia)-The Liberian Government and UNICEF have signed a US4.9-Million Dollar project framework to focus on child protection in the country.

UNICEF Country Representative, Isabel Crowley, spoke Wednesday 6th February, 2013 at the signing ceremony in Monrovia.

Madame Crowley said: “The program is aimed at helping government maintain a saved and secured environment.”
“A saved and secured environment will enable sustainable socio-economic growth and development for Liberian children,” she said.

According to the UNICEF Country Representative, the program will also help improve sustained operational efficiency and effectiveness.

It will also help reduce corrupt practices, especially in the Liberian security sector, that affect children wellbeing.

“The protection program, coupled with other UNICEF-related programs in support of the Liberian Government’s drive to create a stable environment for Liberian children, will last for the next five years.”

Madame Crowley added: “For 2013, over 30-Million United States Dollars have been set aside for the Liberia programs focused on health, education, nutrition and HIV/AIDS, among others.”  “For the next five years, the organization will spend about 150-Million United States Dollars on the Liberian programs,” the UNICEF official said.

Justice Minister, Christiana Tah, Genda Minister, Julia Duncan Cassell, Youth and Sports Minister, Tornorlah Varpilah, and Finance Minister, Amara Konneh, signed for the Liberian Government, while the UNICEF Country Representative, Isabel Crowley, signed for her organization.

The Liberian signatories to the project framework document expressed commitment to upholding the goals of the programs for the Liberian children’s benefit. 


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