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Govt launches five-year youth employment program

By Dyrus Zinnah

(mylbsonline/Liberia)-A program, aimed at increasing young people’s employment, has been launched in Liberia.

The Liberian Youth Employment Program was launched over the week-end in Kakata, Margibi County. Kakata is the provincial city of Margibi County, about 15-miles away from the Liberian Capital, Monrovia.

The Youth Employment Program is a government funded initiative, with about US$70m allocated for the next five-year operations. The program will enable beneficiaries acquire necessary skills to become employed for long-term economic gains.

Speaking at the ceremony, Vice President, Joseph Boakai, described the launch as a milestone in diverting Liberian youth from crimes, drugs, prostitution and idleness to enable them become good citizens and responsible people.

Vice President Boakai said: “The country’s economy has improved in its overall socio-political and economic development, since the election of the current government.”
“The government is yet to achieve the capacity to effectively absorb the huge amount of youth into the mainstream economic activities,” he added.

The Liberian Vice President said: “The program’s launch is indicative of President Johnson-Sirleaf-led government to sustainably improve the livelihood of all Liberians.”

The Liberian Youth Employment Program is expected to employ about three thousand youths in the waste management and sanitation projects in all fifteen counties of Liberia.

They will be employed under the first of thirteen modules. Vice President Boakai said: “Government is employing innovative means to deploy young people into viable activities that will help them improve their living conditions.”

“Government recognizes the immediacy of the young people’s needs and acknowledges the urgent need to doing something now to reduce the sharp impact of the youth unemployment crisis.


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