By Alvin Worzi and Gloria T. Tamba
The mission director of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Dr. Anthony Chan, has assured the new graduates of the President’s Young Professionals Program (PYPP) of his organization’s support to sustain the initiative and ensure that more college graduates are included.
The President’s Young Professionals Program was launched in 2009 by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and is now the country’s premier youth capacity building program for leadership in public service.
The PYPP has trained over 70 college graduates and turned them over to the Civic Service Agency (CSA) for the transformation of Liberia.
Dr. Chan made the remarks over the weekend at the seventh (VII) induction ceremony of the PYPP held at a local resort in Monrovia, where he urged the graduates to take full advantage of the great opportunity to develop themselves, as Liberia needs more professionals.
“Amid all of the development challenges Liberia faces at the moment, remember that this country has great potentials. It needs your vigor, energy, dynamism and sense of purpose for its development,” Dr. Chan told the newly inducted professionals.
Driving around Liberia, Chan said, “There is a fertilized savannah land which is capable of producing a range of food crops for local consumption and exports. In the north, there are scenic rolling hills and mountains that are storehouses of bountiful riches, even the various rivers that crisscross Liberia offer countless treasures,” he observed.
He told the graduates to seize the moment, to work hard and wisely use the gifts with which nature has generously blessed the nation and its people, adding that “There are great forests that are literal reserves of vast riches.”
- K. Zaizay, Executive Director of PYPP, in an overview described it as a prestigious program that places Liberian college graduates in an important role in government.
Director Zaizay said the PYPP mentorship and performance management components have proven to add value to the already existing talents the young professionals bring to various ministries, agencies and commissions.
He said the program is intended to strengthen public service, good governance among others through placing talented young people in government.
Director Zaizay stressed that the program is helping to add value to many college graduates across the country by turning them over to the CSA, instead of sending them to non-governmental organizations.
Claudius J. Broderick, Jr. of the CSA lauded Director Zaizay for the initiative and promised to work with the organization to bring more young professionals into government.
“Today, we can celebrate the progress of having young professionals in our various ministries and agencies. We want to encourage you to remain committed to whatever tasks you are given to perform. The government needs you and hope that you will do your best to deliver,” Mr. Broderick said.