Dr. Puchu L. Bernard, Director General of the Civil Service Agency (CSA) and chairperson of the Board of Directors of the President’s Young Professionals Program (PYPP), has lauded the leadership of the program for impacting the country’s workforce.
The President’s Young Professionals Program (PYPP) was launched in 2009 by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and is now Liberia’s premier and most competitive program for qualified youth transitioning into the civil service.
Dr. Bernard spoke at the official launch of the President’s Young Professionals Program Alumni Association held at a local resort in Monrovia. She said the PYPP has made a significant impact on talented young people who are committed to serving the people of Liberia.
The program brought together current PYPs and Alumni who have gainfully contributed to public service and Liberia’s development agenda. The launch was also graced by government officials, diplomats and people from the private sector.
The alumni association will highlight the talents and contributions of brilliant young people to effectuate and provide efficient service delivery within the public service. The association is established to give back to PYPP and the community and to transfer knowledge and skills they acquired from the mentorship and training at the PYPP.
Dr. Bernard, who officially launched the alumni association, pledged the CSA’s commitment to the program, extolling them for forming an association that will keep them together for the good of Liberia. She called for the improvement of the program by forming PYPP associations that will keep the young people together. “All of you play an important role in the society and you will be mentors for other young people in our society. Cohesiveness is needed in the program to improve the professional lives of young college graduates,” she said.
The chairman of the organizing committee for the launch of the alumni association, Elchico M. Fawundu, Sr., said Liberian youths are great assets to Liberia’s future and their potential must not go unnoticed. He said investing in young people is a recipe for a brighter future for the country, and therefore, called on well-meaning Liberians, including local and international partners as well as the private sector, to support the PYPPAA initiative. PYPP executive director H. K. Zaizay said the empowerment of young people is an opportunity for Liberia, saying that “Young people are diamonds that need to be polished for leadership roles in the country.” Meanwhile, he said the PYPP recruits, trains and prepares promising and talented Liberian college graduates for public service.
Mr. T. Nelson Williams, former managing director of the Liberia Petroleum Refinery Company (LPRC), praised the leadership for its contribution to the development of Liberia. Mr. Williams, who is also a member of the PYPP Board, promised to continue his service with the program to ensure that society is impacted with talented and professional people.