Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai
VP Boakai Wants YOP Focus On Rural Areas
By Calvin Brooks
MONROVIA, January 10 (LINA) - Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai has called on those implementing government’s Youth Opportunity Project (YOP) to concentrate a significant portion of the project in the rural areas.
He noted that doing so will encourage Liberian youth to select agriculture as a path to sustainable economic growth and empowerment.
The Vice President made the statement Monday when he officially launched the Youth Opportunities Project at the Paynesville City Hall outside Monrovia.
He said the YOP is as part of government’s economic transformation agenda which is intended to send a strong signal and message to the Liberian people about the government’s determination to empower the youth in the country.
“This strategy is aimed at redirecting most of our youth who are gravitating toward the comforts and bright light of our cities and leaving the rural areas where opportunities in the agriculture sector are in abundance,” VP Boakai stressed.
According to him, the project is consistent with the new Liberia Agriculture Transformation Agenda (LATA) which is part of government’s deliberate strategy to improve the country’s social cash transfer and agriculture sectors.
The Youth Opportunity Project, which is a US$10 million loan project from the World Bank and is being implemented by the Ministry of Youth and Sports, is expected to benefit 15,000 vulnerable youths from the 15 counties over a period spanning five years.