VP Boakai Fired Up by PYPs’ Performance

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The performance of youths in the President’s Young Professionals Program (PYP) thrilled many officials of government obliging Vice President Joseph N. Boakai to accord them a special recognition.
PYP, an initiative of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, was formulated in 2009 to train young college graduates and professionals to take charge of Liberia’s new civil service generation.
At the fifth anniversary of the program yesterday in Monrovia, Veep Boakai lauded the efforts of the young professionals, highlighting the power of investing in capacity-building of Liberia’s emerging public servants.
He committed government to providing full support to the program, pointing out the importance of continuous engagement with Liberian youths for the betterment of the society.
“I want to say to you that this program has proven to be a success, and on behalf of the President, I want to assure you that this has been a wonderful time and thank you for being there for your country,” Veep Boakai declared.
In remarks, U.S. Ambassador to Liberia, Madam Deborah Malac, said the United States was pleased to be associated with the program and expressed excitement over the outcome.
She urged PYPs to maintain their integrity at all levels.
“One thing you have at the end of everything is your personal integrity. Integrity is one thing that cannot be taken away from you, but you can give it away,” Amb. Malac advised.
For his part, the program Coordinator, H. K. Zaizay, encouraged his fellow graduates to be steadfast and proactive in their respective positions at their various entities.
Transparency and qualification remain the hallmark of the program, said Zaizay, urging graduates to pursue excellence. “PYPs are accelerating a government-level shift towards the values of strong leadership, transparency and meritocracy which will strengthen the country’s public sector capacity for decades to come,” Zaizay said.
“Of the 77 PYPs recruited, selected, trained, and placed in the program’s first five years, 95 percent continue to strengthen the capacity of 15 ministries and agencies. These young professionals continue to increase the capacity of ministries and agencies as they move up the professional ladder into strategic government roles,” he affirmed.
Meanwhile, as part of their five year celebration, PYP held a “Job Opportunity” forum for graduates and graduating students to promote job readiness of the students.

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