The Provision of Skills to Youths a Major Priority, Says Vice President Boakai

Monday, 9th July 2007
Monrovia, Liberia - Liberian Vice President Joseph N. Boakai says one of the major priorities of the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf led government is to provide Liberian youths the needed skills to enable them participate in the reconstruction process.

He said following a protracted civil conflict, youths, especially ex-combatants, need to acquire skills in carpentry, masonry and other trades to enable them earn a livelihood.

Vice President Boakai made the remarks Monday when a delegation from the Arizona based First Institutional Baptist Church called on him to acquaint him with their mission in the country.

The delegation headed by the Senior Pastor of the Church, Warren H. Stewart, Sr. was accompanied to the Vice Presidentís 12th Street Sinkor office, by Evangelist T.J. Spencer, Senior Pastor and Founder of the Diversified Christian Ministries International of Paynesville, and Montserrado County Representative Richard Holder.

He reiterated that job creation is one of the challenges confronting this government, as the economy is just beginning to pick up, noting that a country can only be stabilized if the citizenry, especially the youth, are gainfully employed.

Vice President Boakai welcomed Reverend Stewart and delegation to Liberia, and said he was encouraged by the vocational skills education the Diversified Christian Ministries International was providing for the nationís youth, adding, ďYour efforts are timely and ripeĒ.

He added that the Unity Party-led government would welcome any effort to educate and train Liberian youth.

Earlier, Rev. Stewart said they were in the country to support the Diversified Christian Ministries International and to explore avenues to reopen the Bendu and Swen Missions which were destroyed during the war.

Rev. Stewart said his delegation will hold a seminar on church leadership on Tuesday, before departing the country Wednesday.