President Sirleaf Congratulates Fifth Graduating Class of President Young Professional Program

Monday, 15th February 2016
President Sirleaf presents certificate to one of PYPP  graduates.
President Sirleaf presents certificate to one of PYPP graduates.
Photo Credit: James M.Garresen / Executive Mansion
Monrovia, Liberia - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has congratulated the Fifth graduating Class of the President Young Professional Program for their knowledge and skills to better them and create a peaceful and prosperous Liberia. “I want to commend the champions of the program” President Sirleaf told the graduates.
According to an Executive Mansion press release, President Sirleaf made the remarks at the graduation of Class V of the President Young Professional Program (PYPP) at the C. Cecil Dennis Auditorium on Monday, February 15, 2016. Nine young professionals graduated from the program who are already absorbed in the Civil Service at various ministries and agencies. 
The Liberian leader expressed delight that the PYPP has emerged as one of the pre-eminent career development and leadership training programs for the country's civil service, contributing immensely to the capacity building component of Liberia's national development agenda.
President Sirleaf expressed pleasure over the performances of Liberian who have been involved with the program, disabusing their minds from obstacles, which according to her, once removed their eyes from goals that supposed to benefit them. She thanked the Liberia Civil Service Agency for its exemplary role in molding the minds of young Liberians in making them to be productive citizens of the country. 
The Liberian leader said although, when she initiated the program in 2009, her intention was meant to transfer the World Bank Group recruitment exercise to Liberia, but beginning it with small number of recruits but since then, she said, the program recruitment effort is growing gradually, to the point where she said the total number of recruits have now reached up to about 71-persons, thereby bringing joy and happiness to her, believing that when she leaves office on Monday, January 16, 2018, the success  story of the (PYPP) would be one of things that will really make her feel happy.
President Sirleaf, however said despite the  growth of the program from nowhere to somewhere, the President Young Professional Program was now in transition, changing hands from heavily depending on overseas support to Liberians taking leadership and ownership role, because it is now benefitting Liberians.
The Liberian leader used the occasion to commend the John Snow Incorporated, the Cuttington University, and the Open Society in West Africa (OSIWA) and others partners for providing support for the (PYPP), since its formation in 2009. 
For his part, Dr. Anthony Chan, USAID Country Director and Keynote Speaker said Liberia needs potential and energetic future leaders, who will be prepared for the task ahead to take over the country from the current leaders. He challenged the PYP Class V to remain curious and always do what is best for the future of Liberia.  He challenged the graduates to be good citizens and continue to play vital role in Liberia's development. 
Also speaking at the ceremony, the Director General of the Civil Service Agency, Dr. Puchie Bernard, expressed appreciation over performance of the recruits over the years, since the training and mentoring processes began. Dr. Bernard noted that the Civil Service Agency was highly elated over performance of graduates who enrolled into the program and assigned at different Ministries and Agencies.
She pledged the CSA’s support to the program, urging Liberians to take ownership of the program, by making contributions to its transition from overseas support and dependence to national support based orientation.