US$10m Youth Empowerment Project Kicks off


Vice president Joseph Boakai Monday launched US$ 10 million youth empowerment scheme under the Ministry of Youth Sports program, Youth Opportunity Project (YOP).

The scheme targets 10,000 youths for recruitment with focus on agricultural activities for beneficiaries between the ages of 18 to 35 living in rural communities.

“We continue to talk about the population of the young people which is alarming. They have lots of energy and are the consumers. If you empower young people, you see a lot of businesses.”

“These interventions are good but we have to look for broader ones; some of those also that will equip and train young people for the job market and they must start to earn money and I think this project is one of them because it include skill and agriculture.”

“Young people need that energy to be utilized, that skill to be sharpens so that they can serve their country and provide for themselves and families.”

“The project has identified 44 districts and 129 project communities for its recruitment and would provide land, training and tools and would receive labor subsidy of US$300,” Youth and Sports Minister, Saah Charles N’ Tow said.

“This is the biggest gift for young people in Liberia and to have this opportunity means that we must appreciate our government,” the Federation of Liberian Youth president, Augustine Tamba said.

The youth opportunities project is designed as part of government’s development agenda and the official launch for the recruitment activities sends strong signal for government’s determination to empower the youth of our country, Jesse Bengu, YOP national coordinator said.
Writes Titus E. Dessie