President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has urged the young people of Liberia, who constitute about 60 percent of the nation’s 4.5 million population, to be mindful and use their role in helping to develop Liberia as a means of setting an example for those coming after them to emulate.
According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf was speaking on Tuesday, November 8, 2016, in the Ball Room of the Monrovia City Hall when she made closing remarks at a program marking the close of a two-day “National Demography Dividend Stakeholders Roundtable Meeting” aimed at finding out how the young people of Liberia can rationalize their priorities in achieving what they want to be in life.
President Sirleaf said although it was widely estimated that upward of 25,000 people would die when the Ebola Virus Disease struck Liberia, and especially as casualties increased, she as well as many Liberians were, however, doubtful of the statistics. She noted that with the involvement of the young people of
Liberia, the disease was defeated in no time.
“Therefore, the emphasis of this gathering should be about the young people of this country who really helped us in defeating the Ebola Virus Disease,” she pointed out. President Sirleaf also said “once the same people here today say they are ready to get involved with anything that they are called upon to do – they always do it satisfactorily.”
She used the occasion to appeal to participants at the two-day stakeholders’ gathering to give all of their attention and understanding to those facilitating the gathering so that tomorrow they can take the same initiatives to ensure that their communities are kept clean.
She noted that since a vast majority of those who helped the authorities in defeating the deadly Ebola Virus Disease came from the various communities in Liberia, she wants them extend the initiative to their various communities by keeping them clean, including public schools. She urged the young people to ensure that they take the initiative to partner with government in fostering and achieving the nation’s quest for national development.
Also making remarks at the ceremony was the President of the Federation of Liberian Youths (FLY), Mr. Augustine Tamba.
He said investing in youth development is a cardinal development that he was proud of as far as the Sirleaf administration is concerned, and noted that young people are the foundation of any nation and should be taken very seriously in the development of Liberia, as investing in them is critical.
The ceremony was attended by government officials, including Youth and Sports Minister, Saah Charles N’Tow, development partners, youth leaders from across Liberia, among others.