VP Boakai Addresses Youth Unemployment Issues

Tuesday, 20th November 2007
Monrovia, Liberia - The Vice President, the Honorable Joseph Boakai says the Government of Liberia will continue to work with international partners and private companies to develop and implement strategies that could help young high school graduates acquire skills for entry into the job market.

He said youth unemployment continues to be a perennial problem in Liberia and that transition from school to work is difficult for many young people as evidenced by the relatively high rates of unemployment among out of school youth.

The Vice President made the remarks Tuesday when he launched the private-sector internship program designed to provide internship opportunities for 250 unemployed Liberian youth as a conduit toward sustainable employment.

According to Vice President Boakai, the level of education and training required to be employed today are higher on the average than in the past and lashed out at some youth who refused to make use of available opportunities to improving themselves, but rather want what he called quick fix opportunities by engaging in unwholesome acts of criminality, a release from the Vice Presidentís Office said.

On the other hand, the Vice President pointed out that Government is fully aware that many of our youth were victimized and deprived of opportunities because of the 14 year civil war, saying ďtoday with the help of our partners, we are creating an opportunity that will give on the job experience to our youth in order to reduce the unemployment rate which stands above 80 percent.

The private sector Internship Program is a USAID funded program through the Liberia Community Infrastructure Program.