Youth Unemployment is a Matter of Urgency And Must Be Tackled By Policy Makers: Vice President Boakai

Wednesday, 17th October 2012

Monrovia, Liberia -Vice President Joseph N. Boakai says the problem of youth unemployment in Liberia is a matter of urgency and must be tackled by policy makers because failure is not an option.
He said capacity building for every community, surrounding rural areas, should be implemented by developing the infrastructure creates sustainable job opportunities and initiating community based projects.

Vice President Boakai was speaking Wednesday at the opening of a policy seminar on Youth Development and job creation in Sinkor.

A Press release from the Office of the Vice President said the Ministries of Youth and Sports, and international partners have done a lot of work in the past, conducting needs assessment among the youth to ascertain the viability to initiate a structured job creation project.

In his keynote address to the seminar, Vice President Boakai said the intent of the seminar falls squarely within the framework of the 5 year National Youth Policy and Action Plan, developed at the 3rd Annual National Youth Summit which is before the Cabinet for review and endorsement.
Speaking further, Vice President Boakai reminded the seminar participants that” we owe it to ourselves and the legacy we want to leave behind to demonstrate our appreciation of the affirmation made by our youth as embodied in the Kakata Declaration.”

The Vice President outlined key areas including how policies and laws can be put into place to create more jobs for young people in Liberia, how the legislature can enhance youth participation in policymaking, and how government can motivate companies to take up their corporate social responsibilities to create more jobs for the youth and how laws and policies can reach the most vulnerable youth, according to the Vice President’s Spokesman, George Saah.