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Mayor Zeo Urges Youth Ministry to Settle YEP Arrears
By Johnson Liway, Grand Bassa County Correspondent
CESTOS CITY, April 8 (LINA) - The Mayor of Cestos City in Rivercess County is appealing to authorities of the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MYS) to pay youths of the Youth Empowerment Program (YEP) their two month salary arrears.
Mayor Sarah M. Zeo told the Liberia News Agency Monday that the youths working with YEP are threatening a strike action if the ministry does not settle their February and March salary arrears soonest.
Zeo expressed concern over delays in the payment of the youths' salary arrears and the threat associated with it, adding, “If they make good their threat to strike it could disturb the operations of government, private entities and residents of the city.”
Madam Zeo observed that the program, which was launched by Vice President Joseph N. Boakai in 2013 for the empowerment of the youth, started on a good footing at its initial stages.
"But from February 2014 to present, there has been no salary disbursements to the youths by the ministry," she added.
Mayor Zeo said as a signatory to the contract between the MYS and the youths of Cestos City, the youths called on her office to intervene to ensure payment of their entitlements, adding "it is my hope that the ministry will act quickly in this regard."
When contacted by the Liberia News Agency via telephone, the MYS County Coordinator for Rivercess, Mr. Joseph Too, confirmed that the ministry is indebted to the program for the two months.
He added that he has already asked authorities of the ministry to disburse the youths' salaries, adding that they have assured him of their cooperation.
Mr. Too said his office is being harassed on a daily basis by the youths for the settlement of their arrears, but praised the youths for the level of tolerance they have exhibited.
He said despite the fact that the youths have not been paid for February and March, they have continued to work, noting that "recently, the youths embarked on the brushing of the Cestos Sports Stadium to give it a face lift".