Liberia Opportunities and Industrialization Center, (LOIC) a government own entity responsible to provide technical and vocational education to underprivileged Liberian youth has appealed to the Legislature and the Executive Branch in connection with empowerment.
Speaking at the 19th Graduation of the program in Monrovia, the chairman of the LOIC Board of Directors, Mr. Joseph K. Duwor, stressed the need for adequate and continued financial support in an effort to train vulnerable Liberian youth for the job market.
He noted that prioritizing LOIC to meet challenges facing young people would serve as a relief to the Government in the areas of youth empowerment and poverty reduction.
“Most of the materials being used here are all fading-away and there is a need to replace them. LOIC received the bulk of the burden of the 25,000 students that sat and failed the University of Liberia entrance last year.
Most of those students turned to LOIC in search of vocational education. LOIC has the highest number vocational students across the country, and as such, the necessary budgetary support must be provided to the institution,” Mr. Duwor asserted.
The 19th Cycle graduated over 200 students in various disciplines, including Auto Mechanics, Carpentry, Masonry, Pluming, Electricity, and Computer Science among others.
National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) sponsored a majority of the students, under a scheme to get young people off the streets and train their hands and minds to take their destiny in their own hands.
Also speaking at the ceremony, NOCAL Chief Executive Officer Randolph McClain welcomed efforts by the graduates to participate in the program.
Dr. McClain pledged his entity’s continued support in funding the program at all levels, while encouraging less fortunate youths to take advantage of the opportunity provided by NOCAL.
He described vocational learning as a major tool in the uplifting of the Liberian economy.
Meanwhile, the ceremony was used to pen a Memorandum of Understand (MOU) between LOIC and the local government of River Gee County.
The intent of the agreement is to open a branch of LOIC in River Gee County, in order to serve the Southeastern region where vocational educational is in serious demand.