A Liberian businessman, Fumba Trawally, has challenged young people to be more innovative and get fully involved in positive things that will bring significant progress to Liberia.
Mr. Trawally said in any nation, when the youthful population is very strong, exhibits peaceful behavior and has respect for authority, together that nation is bound to make significant progress.
He made the remark recently at a program marking the annual youth festival and the official turning over ceremony of a new corps of leaders of a youth group called Good Youth Intellectual Association (GYIA). The event was held under the theme, “The significance of honoring patriots and dedicated servants in society.” The event took place at the Nathan E. Gibson Memorial Academy in Paynesville.
According to Trawally, it is about time that the organization’s new leadership bring on board innovative youth that will be willing and have the potential of bringing transformation to the entity and Liberia.
He mentioned that Liberia has over the years become the least in food production, especially the country’s staple food (rice), which he said is as a result of people not willing to work with certain groups because they are not in leadership today. He added that the unwillingness to support one another in the country makes it difficult to drive Liberia’s development agenda forward.
He used the occasion to challenge the new leadership of GYIA to be an inclusion, to ensure that the aim of the organization is achieved.
GYIA meanwhile honored several individuals for their meaningful contributions to the organization over the years and to the Liberian society. Among the honorees was Rep. Thomas P. Fallah (district #5 Montserrado County), as representative of the year.
The new leadership includes Mrs. Lisa M. Williams Payne, executive director; Abubakar B. Sheriff, deputy executive director; J. Henry Morgan, deputy director for operations; Kulubo Y. Koquoi, secretary general; Kollie Mulbah, assistant secretary; Napoleon Williams, youth focal person; Boakai B. Koilor, director for administration; Noriena Nyansaiye, financial secretary; and Lily Saab, treasurer
Executive Director Payne used the occasion to admonish her colleagues to muster the courage to be able to face the challenges that lay ahead. “Liberia depends on us as potential youth that will bring transformation for the benefit of the next generation,” she said.
Mrs. Payne recalled that there is an increase in alcohol abuse among the youth, which results in crimes such as the use of narcotic drugs and rape, thus increasing teenage pregnancy as well as disrespect towards elders and authority in society.
“If the older generation cannot identify the illness that has existed for so long in the society, the question that comes next is what kind of youth are we breeding today for the future?” she asked.