The Minister of Youth & Sports, Eugene Lenn Nagbe and Mercy Corps Country Director, Allison Huggins, yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to reactivate the National Cadet Program.
Speaking before inking the MOU at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex in Monrovia, Minister Nagbe described the MOU as historic, because it targets two critical areas: 1. Education and training, and 2. Employment. He said the pilot project will benefit 100 college students over three-month internship period.
He regretted that the National Cadet Program has been inactive due to financial constraints and with the partnership of Mercy Corps-Liberia, through the USD51,000.00 assistance from Sida, the Swedish International Development Agency, the ministry can now reactivate the program.
The program, Minister Nagbe said, “will achieve high tangible impact in sustaining employment for the youths with minimal resources, as well as employment outcomes that are combined with the objective to develop a highly skilled cadre of young public sector servants.”
The minister said it will also provide technical support to the Monrovia Vocational Training Centre, (MVTC) and the Business Development and Occupational Training Centre (BOOTC).
He said while the BOOTC already provides cash assistance to the nearly 300 young Liberian women in the program, the Cadet Program is meant for college students, and effective measures are available to select beneficiaries, based on a GPA of 3.
He said successful students will be placed in their area of specialization, “and the accounting student will be placed in the public or the private sector to gain the experience necessary for employment.”
Minister Nagbe said with 70% youths in the country, it is critical that interested partners work with the Ministry of Youth and Sports to empower young Liberians in the job sector.
Mercy Corps Country Director, Madam Allison Huggins expressed appreciation for the project and noted that it is extremely important for Liberian youths to be empowered, since they will be the leaders of tomorrow.
She further expressed her commitment to the project, pointing out Mercy Corps satisfaction to work with the Ministry of Youth and Sports to empower young Liberians.