Three hundred physically challenged youths in Monrovia and its environs are expected to benefit from the Ministry of Labor’s short-term job employment opportunity program.
At the launch of the program yesterday, Deputy Labor Minister for Planning and Manpower Development, Atty. Neto Zarzar Lighe, said that the creation of the short-term jobs was to accelerate the ministry’s initiative that has recorded a considerable drop in short-term employment over the years.
According to him, the short-term employment program is intended to empower young people— especially those who are physically challenged— to generate income as well as buttress the Ministry of Labor’s (MOL) job creation efforts.
Mr. Lighe indicated that the implementation approach of the project is to mobilize, among other things, the physically challenged.
He then challenged the beneficiaries to clean their communities and sensitize inhabitants about the effects of throwing garbage into the drainage and onto the streets, which is critical to improving the sanitary conditions of their various communities.
He added that the key component of the project is to monitor the activities and services it provides for the youth.
For his part, Mr. George H. Saah, Coordinator of National Bureau of Employment at MoL, who gave the overview, said the program is part of the government’s short term Emergency Employment Program (EEP) established in 2007 to help empower unemployed youth.
Mr. Saah said that the actual focus of the project would not only be on the services provided by, but also concentrated on how the job market would be developed.
According to him, an evaluation of all components of the initiative would be conducted to determine its potential applicability for wider implementation.
The national coordinator of the Bureau of Employment put the total cost of the projects at over US$25,000.00; including assorted materials and wages.
He further indicated that the daily rate for them would be US$3 per day and the project is expected to last for two consecutive weeks.
He noted that the amount to be paid to each person, if utilized wisely, is sufficient to transform their lives.
He said past beneficiaries have used such an amount to attend skills training or engage in micro-enterprise activities for sustenance.
Meanwhile, Korpo Kohine, who spoke on behalf of the physically challenged youth, lauded the Labor Ministry for the short-term job opportunities.
Madam Kohine assured the ministry that they would make maximum use of the temporary job offer.