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Pres. Weah commits to improving lives of Liberian Youths

by Maximilian K. Kasseh jr

MONROVIA, LIBERIA-President George Weah has committed additional two-million United States Dollars towards the Liberian Government’s At-Risk-Youth Rehabilitation program.

President Weah said the amount which will be allotted in this year’s national budget is in addition to Government’s initial contribution of one-million USD towards the initiative last year.

He was speaking on Wednesday, January 11, 2023, when several at-risk-youths graduated from Phase One of Government’s detoxification and rehabilitation program.

President Weah added that since the launch of the program last year, funds have been raised with additional facilities built to cater to At-Risk-Youth across the Country.

The Liberian Leader emphasized that he has already initiated a transitional program to empower the first group that graduated from the first phase.

Meanwhile, President Weah has renewed his commitment to improving the lives of Liberian youth.

The Liberian Leader emphasized that such commitment does not only target at-risk-youth, but young people in the Country.

He stated that the ongoing program is the first step in a journey of thousand miles being witnessed by people.

The President said: “The youth can achieve significant change in their lives, if concerted political will and passion are applied.”

The Liberian Leader congratulated the former drug users and wished them new and productive lives ahead.

The thirteen-point-nine-million US Dollar program launched last year by the Liberian Government, in collaboration with the United Nation, is additional effort amid reform of Liberia’s drug laws.

It is aimed at providing rehabilitation, shills training, social integration and employment opportunities for at-risk-youth across the Country.

The over thirty graduates will still have to go through other phases of the program before being formally integrated into the society.

Some of the young people recounted living in ghettos, street corners, and cemeteries while often resorting to crimes, including arm robberies, among others.

They hailed Government and partners for the initiative and vowed to be agents of positive change once reintegrated into society.

By: Naway Gumeh

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