Ahead of the pending representative by-election in Montserrado County’s Electoral District # 13, a representative aspirant has promised to open a vocational hub for youth in the district.
The hub, according to Andy B. Jallah, when completed, will benefit community dwellers, specifically school-age youth who do not have the opportunity to enroll at the various colleges, universities or vocational institutions.
Jallah made the disclosure recently at a program marking the commencement of the first ever inter-community quizzing competition, organized by the friends of Andy in collaboration with the Bassa Town Youth Organization. The ceremony was held in New Georgia Estate, Gardnersville, a suburb of Monrovia.
The quizzing competition, which was held under the theme, “Navigating the District Through Academic Discourse,” brought together community leaders, high school students from New Georgia Estate, Chocolate City, and Shoe Factory.
Mr. Jallah told residents that his team, comprising several youth, has been working very hard with stakeholders, to ensure that his dream becomes a reality.
He said that young people nowadays continue to be carried away by peer pressure (“bad friends”) to engage in illegal activities, thus making some of them to be found in community ghettos.
Jallah said the vocational hub, which is excepted to open any time soon, will buttress government’s effort to minimize the proliferation of ghettos around communities.
In order to achieve this dream, there is a need to collectively work together, “because if the youth are busy doing something positive, some of them will not go in the ghettos or follow ‘bad friends,’” he said.
Jallah then assured the youth of his commitment to ensure the continued provision of more scholarships.
Over the years, Mr. Jallah said he has been one of the persons who has provided scholarships for more than 26 young people, some of whom have continued their academic sojourn.
He stressed the need to rehabilitate drug users in the district and have them integrated into society, something which he said will help the country youthful population.
Jallah further promised to get rid of ghettos in the coming months, in collaboration with authorities of the Liberia National Police (LNP), the Liberia Drug Enforcement Agency (LDEA), and other security apparatuses, to ensure that young people are not carried away by peer pressure.
“In order for some of the young people to get a better education, we need to invest into their education and transform their lives,” he said.
Ramsay T. Sudeso, II, a resident of the New Georgia Estate, lauded Jallah for being farsighted in his search to empower some of the youth.
Sudeso said over the years, no aspirant ever thought of opening a vocational hub in the district; therefore, Mr. Sudeso encouraged some of the youth to take advantage of every learning opportunity to improve their lives.