The Minister of Commerce and Industry, Axel Addy, has urged Liberian youths to focus on entrepreneurship to improve on their living conditions.
Speaking at a program marking Actionaid inaugural youth conference held at a local resort in Monrovia, Min. Addy told participants, many of whom were young people, to target entrepreneurship if Liberians are to take over the economy.
Mr. Addy encouraged entrepreneurs to create jobs for young people in the country as a means of empowering them as future entrepreneurs and said emphasis must be placed on youth involvement.
He promised to fill gaps at the ministry to boost the country’s economy and promote Liberian made products.
Novafone Marketing and Communication specialist, Reindorf Haligah, used the occasion to call on youths to study courses that will improve their living conditions.
He said it’s not a wrong decision for young people to read other subjects but urged them to go after courses that will benefit them and the country at large.
“Look at the kind of activities or the job market before reading a course. We have companies but don’t have many people trained in the ITC which is a serious problem,” Mr. Haligah explained.
He disclosed that in an effort to have more youths in the field of ITC, Novafone is offering scholarships for interested youth to study ITC at Starz Computer School on the Airfield.
He encouraged young people to take advantage of the scholarship which stands to benefit them and the country.
For her part, Deputy Minister for Administration, Ministry of Youth and Sports, Dr. T. Nancy Freeman, said youth participation in the evolution, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of any policy is an important factor in the rebuilding of Liberia.
Dr. Freeman, who proxied for Minister Eugene Nagbe, disclosed that the exclusion of youth from activities in the country will represent a serious misstep that must not be encouraged at any level of decision making.
She also stated that one of the most effective ways of improving the lives of the youth is to give them the chance, time and space to participate on policy planning, monitoring and review.
“This is the only way we can be assured that they will respect values and own the process and its product, anything short of this world mean that we have come so far but yet not close to finding a lasting remedy to the problem,” she said.
MYS Deputy Minister called on the youths to work tirelessly by ensuring their dream comes to pass by engaging into activities that will make the country proud.
She reminded other stakeholders to work with the youth adding that ‘The youths depend on us to change their stories for the better.”