PYPP POSE for Photo with President Sirleaf
Pres. Sirleaf Congratulates Fifth PYPP Graduating Class
MONROVIA, February 16 (LINA) - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has congratulated the fifth graduating class of the President Young Professional Program (PYPP) for the knowledge they have gained to better themselves and create a peaceful and prosperous Liberia.
“I want to commend the champions of the program,” President Sirleaf told the graduates.
According to an Executive Mansion press release, President Sirleaf made the remarks at the graduation of the PYPP Class Five at the C. Cecil Dennis Auditorium on Monday, February 15.
Nine young professionals who are already absorbed in the Civil Service at various ministries and agencies graduated from the program.
The Liberian leader expressed delight that the PYPP has emerged as one of the pre-eminent career development and leadership training programs of the country's civil service, contributing immensely to the capacity-building component of Liberia's national development agenda.
President Sirleaf expressed pleasure over the performances of Liberians who have been involved with the program, disabusing their minds from obstacles, which according to her, once removed their eyes from goals that are supposed to benefit them.
She thanked the Civil Service Agency for its exemplary role in molding the minds of young Liberians to become productive citizens.
The Liberian leader said although when she initiated the program in 2009 with a small number of recruits her intention was to transfer the World Bank Group recruitment exercise to Liberia, but since then the program recruitment effort is growing gradually to the point where the total number of recruits has now reached up to about 71 persons.
This, she noted, has brought joy and happiness to her, believing that when she leaves office on Monday, January 16, 2018, the success story of the PYPP would be one of the things that will really make her feel happy.
President Sirleaf, however, said despite the growth of the program from nowhere to somewhere, the PYPP was now in transition, changing hands from heavily depending on overseas support to Liberians taking leadership and ownership role, because it is now benefitting Liberians.
The Liberian leader used the occasion to commend the John Snow Incorporated, Cuttington University and the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) and other partners for providing support for the PYPP, since its formation in 2009.