A well-crafted youth center, Youth driven document after national full consultation and participation across the fifteen political sub-divisions of Liberia has been officially presented to President George Weah at his Foreign Ministry office in Monrovia by Youth and Sports Minister D. Zeogar Wilson.
With facial expression showing sign of relieve, smiles and satisfaction for a job well done, the Liberian Leader hailed the Minister of Youth and Sports D. Zeogar Wilson and his able team for a splendid job well done.
According to Deputy Presidential Press Secretary Smith Toby, the Liberian leader with keen focus on the development of Liberia’s future leaders (Young-People) was very pleased to have received the national youth document from Minister Wilson which will now completely direct the government on how to execute its priority programs for them.
The crucial national youth document and action plan sponsored by UNICEF and UNFPA was crafted under the theme: Accelerating Youth Participation Through Policy Formulation.
The Five Years Document which runs from 2019-2023 according to the Youth and Sports Minister D. Zeoger Wilson features the involvement and full participation of key youth groups in Liberia namely: The Federation of Liberian Youth (FLY), Liberia National Students Union (LINSU) and the Mano River Youth Parliament-Liberia Chapter (MRUYP).
It can be recalled at the 2019 National Youth Day program, the Minister of State Nathaniel Mcgill officially launched the document which among other things is intended to guide development partners, the Government and young people on their programs and priorities for implementation.
The National Youth Policy and Action Plan highlights goals and objectives of the young people as well rights, responsibilities and obligations respectively.
Minister Wilson speaking in an exclusive interview with our reporter minutes after the submission of the youth crucial instrument said the youth national guide to the Liberian Leader was a dream come through for he and his able team.
He said the hectic but successful exercise covered the entire Country during the consultation process which was divided into four regions.
Mr. Wilson commended the UNFPA and UNICEF for their support to the entire process and also praised the youth groupings and other young people generally for their active participation into the process, “you all made history”, he added.
The Document, the MYS boss pointed out among other things captured targeted groups to include: Youth in and out of School, Women and Girls, Youth with Disabilities, Youth living with HIV/Aids, Pen-Pen-Riders and many more.
Others are: Unemployed and under employed youth among others.
The National Youth Policy and Action plan document after official submission to Dr. Weah, the youth driven President, will now serve as the engine which will drive the development and priority envelops for the youth people of Liberia as youth related approaches by the Government and development partners will be highly looked out.
Over the period, national government has instituted implementable youth empowerment programs to ensure that the Country’s dominant population (Youth) get actively involved in contributing their quota to the growth process of Liberia.
In the wake of some of the progress made thus far, more still needs to be done to help enhance some of the tangible challenges and issues affecting the youth people as the National Youth policy and Action Plan document is poised to address them gradually.