The Government of Liberia and stakeholders in the youth sector of the Country on Tuesday concluded activities marking the 50th Anniversary of the National Youth Day.
The four days activities started with a cleaning up camp exercise by young people in Paynesville and Central Monrovia communities in a move of giving their respective Communities a fix lift.
The activities later continue with series of discussions surrounding the issues of young people nationwide and a sporting event at the Samuel Kanyan Doe Sports Stadium as the young people fell pray to the veteran National Team players five goals to one.
The activities ended with an official indoor program which brought together stakeholders in the sector.
Speaking to reporters at the end of the program Youth and Sports Minister D. Zeoger Wilson recommitted Government drive to the empowerment of young people nation-wide.
As part of said endeavor he told reporters that the Government through the Ministry of Youth and Sports has rolled out several empowerment and capacity building programs for the future leaders of Liberia.
He named the CADET program which initially saw ninety-nine (99) cadets participating in the process with a success story of eighty-three of them now gainfully employed at both private and public institutions in Liberia.
Currently he disclosed that seventy-six of the new recruit cadets are also at various government line ministries and agencies including other private institutions in the Country mainly in Montserrado County adding that the extension of the program to other Counties to take place soon.
Minister Wilson also pointed out that the Youth Opportunity and Empowerment Job Preparedness and Readiness Program, Youth Employment Program in three Counties namely: Montserrado, Margibi and Nimba among others as key youth related programs that are making impact in the youth community in Liberia.
He said national government is not in the business of raising the high hope of the young people that they will annually provide huge jobs for the future leaders rather they are working on a National Youth Employment and Empowerment Program which will among other things seek to build the capacity as well as empower the young people nation-wide.
The Youth and Sports Ministry boss stressed that once annual support or funding are made available to them then they will now identify through the program how much jobs to be provided on an annual basis.
Moreover he indicated that Government run program to empower youth is the best way to go.
He at the same time disclosed that finishing touches are now in the making for the execution of the National Youth Service Program which has been dormant for about four years now.
With Support from the French Government a 5m dollar agreement was signed through the instrumentality of President George Weah in April of this year to help the NYS and the Youth on the Job Training programs respectively.
He said, he so far seen the draft component of the document from the end of the Ministry of Youth and Sports and is satisfied with it as the execution of the project is expected in about two weeks from now.
The NYS which focuses on college graduates is a voluntary program intended to see young people contribute their quota in the Health, Education and Agriculture sectors with little compensation at the end as an appreciation for the voluntary services to their Country.
While the “YOJT” is basically a trade blazer initiative geared towards giving hands on training to young people in various trade areas and provides tool kids among others at the end of the exercise as well.
Minister Wilson said national government is aware of the important role of the young people to society and is working hard to help build their capacity as well as empower them for future challenges ahead.
He thanked all youth led organizations including delegates from across the Country for successfully participating in the 50th anniversary celebrations of the National Youth Day program.