Youth Empowerment Will Ensure Sustained Peace

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Ms Kpukuyou main concerns is country's peace and youth empowerment

-LIBA S/G urges

Leelai M. Kpukuyou, secretary general of the Liberia Business Association (LIBA), has said that the country’s peace can remain stable when the youth are given opportunities to better their lives.

Ms Kpukuyou made the observation at a day-long Post Election Peace, Reconciliation and Youth Engagement held in Paynesville, outside Monrovia.

“If we must have a strong and vibrant society, the youth who constitute 65 percent of the population must be considered as priority for national reconciliation and social unity,” she said.

She added, “young people are the backbone of every nation, and therefore, they must be properly nurtured and mentored with responsibilities of societal values.”

Ms Kpukuyou’s observation came  in the wake of United Nations Mission in Liberia’s (UNMIL’s) final end of all mandated activities on March 30.

And because of that, Ms Kpukuyou called on Liberians not to panic, but to encourage the government to adequately invest in its youthful population.

She said it is no secret that the zest of the youth are high and that these energies and potentials can only be actualized when national leaders and our international partners explore talents of the young people.

Kpukuyou spoke on the topic “Building Social Cohesion Among Liberian Youth.’’ However the program was held under the theme ‘’Post-election, Peace, Reconciliation and Youth Engagement.”

She defined Social Cohesion as a cohesive society that works together for the well-being of all, regardless of status or political affiliation. It is the fight against exclusion and marginalization in every given society.

Ms Kpukuyou noted that the issue of social cohesion among the youth cannot be achieved if the few things that impede such progress are not addressed.

Elated participants celebrate shortly after Ms Kpukuyou delivered her address

She wants the government to give the youthful and exuberant the needed space to compete for opportunities irrespective of whatever affiliation.

Ms Kpukuyou suggested that the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Federation of Liberian Youth (FLY) lead the way in uniting and fostering social cohesion among Liberia’s youth.

Madam Agnieszka Napierala, who spoke on behalf of the European Union (EU), pledged the organization’s commitment to help Liberia in fostering peace and security.

Abel Learwellie, Executive Director of Camp for Peace, welcomed the participants and said the forum was intended to discuss some of the issues that affect the society.

The symposium brought together participants from various political parties, including the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), as well as schools and CSOs. It was organized by Camp for Peace Liberia, a local NGO, with funding from the EU in partnership with ECOWAS.

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