-Youth and Sports Ministry discloses
Authorities at the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MYS) said it has embarked on the construction of several “concentration camps” across the country for less fortunate persons, otherwise referred to as “Zogos,” in order to train and prepare them for the task of nation building in the future.
Abraham M. Bah, Administrative Assistant to the Deputy Minister of Youth Development, informed the Daily Observer recently in Ganta, Nimba County, at an occasion that was held under the banner, “Peace-building and Social Cohesion Training Workshop,” that the government is thinking of constructing centers where zogos will be trained in various skills. The training workshop was conducted for 20 of the zogos, some of whom were collected from the streets and in various communities.
Bah said the government is in search of suitable sites to build the centers which would accommodate a good number of less fortunate youth who are roaming the streets, to undergo skills training in various trades, including carpentry, masonry and agriculture, among others.
The Ministry of Youth and Sports with support from the UNDP BOSS program, conducted the week-long training for over 200 less fortunate citizens, who were mainly young people in Nimba County.
Some of the zogos were trained in peace-making and how to identify issues that affect the lives of others in communities they represent.
During the dialogue, some citizens (non-drug users) complained about the influx of zogos or drug abusers across the country, which they claimed was responsible for the increase in criminal activities.
The director of the UNDP BOSS Project, Marcus Zarway, expressed gratitude to the facilitators and said the citizens were able to identify problems in some of their communities during the conduct of the training that was characterized by a field trip.
“We thank the UNDP family for training our youth in skills that will help them to make peace among residents of their communities,” said William Mandein, Nimba County Youth Coordinator.