President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has urged Liberian youths to be innovative by preparing themselves to play the role of the country’s future leaders.
She said the youths play a critical part in national discourse, therefore, their capacity should be enhanced to enable them to deliver when given the opportunity to serve.
President Sirleaf made the call when the leadership of the Coalition of Youth and Students against Poverty and Discrimination (CYSPD) presented a framed photo of herself and at her farm in Bomi County, last Thursday for sustaining peace in the country under her administration.
According to Mr. Ishmael Koffeh, executive director of CYSPD, Madam Sirleaf lauded the group for the honor.
He quoted President Sirleaf as saying that national development is a collective effort and noted that her government provided opportunities that develop the capabilities of the youth.
“President Sirleaf actually opened up and said she was not surprised for the honor because she has done well for the Liberian people. She admonished us to be strong and remain focused,” he said.
According to him, President Sirleaf said the award is another motivation and she knows that many people, including the youths, have been watching her.
Mr. Koffeh said he told President Sirleaf not to be deterred about unfavorable comments by those who have not shown appreciation for the good work that she has done for Liberia.
He said his group promised to organize an annual academic challenge program in her honor. He said the group will also carry out a 60-day clean-up campaign in her honor.
The CYSPD executive director pledged his organization’s commitment to the “fruitful partnership” with President Sirleaf, especially in the quest to encourage youth volunteerism.