President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Pres. Sirleaf Admonishes Youth On Role In Nat’l Development
MONROVIA, November 9 (LINA) - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has urged Liberian youth to be mindful of their role in helping to develop Liberia and to set an example for others coming after them to emulate.
Youth constitute about 60 percent of Liberia’s 4.5 million population.
According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf was speaking Tuesday in the Ball Room of the Monrovia City Hall in closing remarks at a program marking the end of a two-day “National Demography Dividend Stakeholders Roundtable Meeting.
The meeting was aimed at finding out how the young people of Liberia can rationalize their priority items in achieving what they want to be in life.
President Sirleaf said even though when the Ebola Virus Disease struck Liberia with some estimating that more than 25,000 people would die, especially as casualties increased, she as well as many Liberians remained doubtful of the statistics.
She noted that with the involvement of the young people of Liberia the disease was defeated in no time.
“Therefore, the emphasis of this gathering should be about the young people of this country who really helped us in defeating the Ebola Virus Disease,” she pointed out.
President Sirleaf said once the same people here today say they are ready to get involved with anything that they are called upon to do, they always do it satisfactorily.
President Sirleaf noted that since a vast majority of those who helped the authorities in defeating the deadly Ebola Virus Disease came from the various communities in Liberia, she wants them to extend same to their various communities by keeping them clean, including public schools in those places.
She urged the young people to ensure that they take initiatives in partnering with government in fostering and achieving the nation’s quest for national development.
In remarks, the President of the Federation of Liberian Youth (FLY), Augustine Tamba, said investing in youth development is a cardinal development that he was proud of as far as the administration of President Sirleaf is concerned.
He noted that young people are the foundation of any nation and should be taken seriously in the development of Liberia as investing in them is critical.