The Ministry of Youth and Sports in partnership with Youth Organizations has ended a one day Youth consultation on the National Youth Policy. The gathering was intended to review and draft a national working tool for young people across Liberia.
The National Youth Policy document is an instrument, if passed into law by the Legislature, will address the many challenges confronting the youthful population of Liberia.
The event comes after the conduct of a regional consultations with the active participation of Young people across Liberia. During the regional consultations, young people amongst others called for the abolition of female genital mutilation and other harmful traditional practices.
They also called for the cancellation of bottlenecks set by employers during job offers.
Speaking at the opening of the ceremony at the Paynesville Town Hall on Thursday, Youth and Sports Minister D. Zeogar Wilson the government remains committed in prioritizing youth development.
Minister Wilson noted in order to promote peace, enhance social cohesion and set the foundation of Liberia on the path of strong and inclusive development, it’s important for government to give adequate focus to the affairs of the youth; something he said President Weah is committed to. He said the government will do everything legally possible to put the necessary framework into place to enhance the participation of the youth in policy formulation and development. The Youth and Sports Minister meanwhile encouraged stakeholders to contribute in making the National Youth Policy Document, “the most important framework for youth empowerment in the country. Also speaking at the occasion, River Gee County Senator Conmany Wesseh challenged the Federation of Liberian Youth and the Liberia National Students Union not to allow themselves be used as branches of political parties. The River Gee Lawmaker says he has observed that the two institutions are loosing track of the aims and objectives of their individual establishments. He cautioned FLY and LINSU to recalibrate and champion the cause of the youth.
At the close of the national consultation, the Young people expressed appreciation to the government of Liberia for the step taken.