The Assistant Minister for Youth Development at the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Ms. Kula Fofana, has called on government and partners to allocate more funding to youth development across the Country.
Speaking to journalists upon her return from The Gambia, Assistant Minister Fofana said with the provision of needed financial support, strategic programs would be implemented under the Youth and Sports Ministry’s youth development component”. The Assistant Minister was in Banjul, Gambia to attend a meeting held in commemoration of the tenth anniversary of the African Youth Chapter. “This will be done with a specific focus on youth empowerment and employment,” she added. She noted that the Ministry of Youth and Sports has a plan to build the capacity of teenage girls who are engaged in prostitution, something she said can be swiftly done when resources are available. According to her, “youth capacity building in agriculture, and improving their intellectual skills are some of those long term developments the Ministry wants to implement”. Moreover, the Assistant Youth Minister indicated that they have launched the third phase national cadet program with over one hundred and eight young people benefiting. “Beneficiaries of the cadet program have been assigned at various ministries and agencies to enable them contribute to national development,” she said. Additionally, Assistant Minister Fofana emphasized that the ministry is also contemplating on bringing back the vacation job program for high school students as a means of reducing financial burdens on parents. She mentioned that the ministry is meanwhile cautioning young people across the country to work collaboratively to help maintain the country’s peace ahead of the 2017 general and representative elections. Ms. Fofana intoned that protecting the country peace after years of instability is everybody’s business, particularly the young people who are considered the future leaders of Liberia. She has stressed that, ahead of the 2017 Presidential and Representatives elections, “there is a need for young people to do away with vices that could lead to potential electoral violence”.