-Youth Groups Call on Gov’t
Paramount Young Women Initiative (PYoWI) in collaboration with the Youth Bridge has called on the government to prioritize the rehabilitation and reintegration of young people involved in drug abuse and provides skills training for others at risk.
The groups made the call through a recommendation presented to the Ministry of State for Presidential Affairs at the end of a 2-day youth dialogue and celebration of International Peace Day held at the Young Women Christian Association (YWCA) in Congo Town with support from ActionAid Liberia.
Thomasina Madia Du, one of the participants who read the groups’ recommendations called the government to develop and implement policies or regulations that will curb the use of harmful drugs and abuse of alcohol in order to promote and maintain peace and security.
Ms. Du called on government to create participation in decision-making processes and fully engage young people in the peace building for the development of Liberia.
“Government should provide capacity building for young people that will prioritize growth and create a vibrant private sector that complement the government’s efforts in consolidating peace and making Liberia a self-sustainable nation,” she said.
The groups brought together over 50 young people under the theme “Empowering Young People Through Building” that gave raise to several recommendations to help empower youth. The celebration also brought together representatives from Mano River Union Youth Parliament and Liberia Scout Association.
Through recommendations, Ms. Du further called on the government fully implements the United Nation Resolution 1350, which was adopted on 31 May 1974 that called for young people to be involved in its execution or programs.
She further encouraged the promotion of volunteerism among young people with emphasis on enhancing youth capacity building with skills that align to the labour market and inculcate the value of patriotism.
In response, the Coordinator of the National Youth Policy, at the Ministry of State and Presidential Affairs, Janeta Mawolo, promised to work with young people to ensure that those recommendations are achieved.
Ms. Mawolo noted that the recommendations were cardinal to the development of young people, transformation and rehabilitation of those involved into alchololic activities.
“We have to prioritize these recommendations to avoid many of our youth engaging into harmful practices. “We have to continue to remain peaceful and avoid taking things are destroyed the country’s future. This can only be achieved the involvement of everyone,” Ms. Du said.
She expressed gratitude to ActionAid Liberia and partners for the level of partnership and the continue engagement of young people across the country.
ActionAid Liberia Country Director Lakshmi Moore called on participants to serve as ambassadors for Liberia and remain peaceful, especially during this money saga.
Mrs. Moore told participants to ensure that peace, recognition and fairness are practice at all time and the maintenance of country stability.