President Sirleaf Meets Yannah Boys Association

Wednesday, 15th August 2007
President Sirleaf in consultations with the Yannah Boys Association
President Sirleaf in consultations with the Yannah Boys Association
Photo Credit: Adama B. Thompson/Executive Mansion
Monrovia, Liberia - The Yannah Boys Association of Liberia has advanced a number of proposals to government which the Group says could help empower the Association toward national reconstruction and development.

The Yannah Boys Association of Liberia has advanced a number of proposals to government which the Group says could help empower the Association toward national reconstruction and development.

At a meeting on Tuesday with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the Association said its members are willing and prepared to engage in the agricultural sector of the economy, and urged government to help provide the incentives to achieve the objective. The leadership of the Association said more then one-thousand acres of land has been identified in Grand Bassa County by the Association for agriculture, but disclosed that the group can not proceed because it lacks the financial capacity to do so. The Association is recommending that government makes available loan opportunities to enable it invest in agriculture. “It is very important for the youth to be engaged in productive activities, because it helps to disabuse their minds of violence,” an Executive Mansion release quotes the Chairman of the Yanna Boys Association, Mr. Jimmy Yarweh, as saying.

The Group has also called on government to provide scholarships and other adult educational opportunities for its members, to enhance their education. Most  of their members, the Yannah Boys said, want to go to school, but lack the funding. “We want to go beyond street selling, and can only do so effectively if we posses the requisite educational background,” the Group pointed out.

The Yannah Boys lauded the President’s efforts aimed at transforming the country, and cautioned her not to relent in the face of what they described as ‘destructive criticisms’ from some quarters within the Liberian society. They praised the President’s education policy, especially towards girls, and pointed out that women have been marginalized for too long. “You have changed the mentality of the youth from violence to peace and work,” the Yannah boys acknowledged. They also spoke of the employment challenges facing government, but insisted that job creation is a gradual process.

The Yannah Boys Association which has now been incorporated into a legal body thanked the President for her leadership and direct support which has made it possible for the Group to be incorporated. The Association also lauded Mrs. Jennet Bernard for making available a loan for one-hundred & twenty-thousand Liberian dollars to assist five of its members undertake various business activities. The Yannah Boys Chairman recommended that Mrs. Bernard serves a General Coordinator to liaise between the Association and the Office of the President in view of her concern for the wellbeing of members of the Association.

The President, who earlier briefed the members of the Yannah Boys Association of government’s ongoing programs, said the government welcomes the initiatives being earmarked by the Association and promised to provide the assistance needed to help it contribute to national development.
The President called on Yannah boys to move beyond petty to more concrete trade, assuring government’s willingness to assist the Yannah Boys achieve the objective.

On the Association’s request for scholarships, the President welcomed the Yannah Boys’ desire to learn, and promised to encourage the Ministry of education to include members of the Association in its scholarship scheme in keeping with its regulations regarding the awarding of scholarships. The Liberian leader said government was also interested in the Association’s desire to engage in the agricultural sector of the economy, and promised that the relevant institutions of government concern would be engaged to promote the scheme.
Commerce Minister, Olubankie King Akerele, who was present at the consultative session, said her Ministry will work with the Yannah Boys Association to make available programs within its scope which could address some of the needs of the Association in.
it helps to disabuse their minds of violence,” an Executive Mansion release quotes the Chairman of the Yanna Boys Association, Mr. Jimmy Yarweh, as saying.

The Group has also called on government to provide scholarships and other adult educational opportunities for its members, to enhance their education. Most  of their members, the Yannah Boys said, want to go to school, but lack the funding. “We want to go beyond street selling, and can only do so effectively if we posses the requisite educational background,” the Group pointed out.

The Yannah Boys lauded the President’s efforts aimed at transforming the country, and cautioned her not to relent in the face of what they described as ‘destructive criticisms’ from some quarters within the Liberian society. They praised the President’s education policy, especially towards girls, and pointed out that women have been marginalized for too long. “You have changed the mentality of the youth from violence to peace and work,” the Yannah boys acknowledged. They also spoke of the employment challenges facing government, but insisted that job creation is a gradual process.

The Yannah Boys Association which has now been incorporated into a legal body thanked the President for her leadership and direct support which has made it possible for the Group to be incorporated. The Association also lauded Mrs. Jennet Bernard for making available a loan for one-hundred & twenty-thousand Liberian dollars to assist five of its members undertake various business activities. The Yannah Boys Chairman recommended that Mrs. Bernard serves a General Coordinator to liaise between the Association and the Office of the President in view of her concern for the wellbeing of members of the Association.

The President, who earlier briefed the members of the Yannah Boys Association of government’s ongoing programs, said the government welcomes the initiatives being earmarked by the Association and promised to provide the assistance needed to help it contribute to national development.
The President called on Yannah boys to move beyond petty to more concrete trade, assuring government’s willingness to assist the Yannah Boys achieve the objective.

On the Association’s request for scholarships, the President welcomed the Yannah Boys’ desire to learn, and promised to encourage the Ministry of education to include members of the Association in its scholarship scheme in keeping with its regulations regarding the awarding of scholarships. The Liberian leader said government was also interested in the Association’s desire to engage in the agricultural sector of the economy, and promised that the relevant institutions of government concern would be engaged to promote the scheme.
Commerce Minister, Olubankie King Akerele, who was present at the consultative session, said her Ministry will work with the Yannah Boys Association to make available programs within its scope which could address some of the needs of the Association in.