Youth and Sports Minister D. Zeogar Wilson, has extolled the extraordinary role by Liberian youths in the developmental drive of their country.
Minister Wilson said young people have and continue to play an exceptional role in the maintenance of peace and security, as well as the fight against the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD) that brought panic and lasting pains to the country.
He made the statement on Monday, October 29, 2018, at the 49th National Youth Day program held at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex in Paynesville, outside Monrovia.
“The youth of this country are an integral part of national development and the sustainability of peace.
They played vital role during the Ebola crisis and remains essential in the alleviation of poverty, disease and inequality,” said Minister Wilson.
He said that despite these inspiring roles, there will be little or nothing achieved if they (youth) don’t continue to sustain the 15 years of uninterrupted peace, which was highly fought for by everyone.
Minister Wilson at the same time called on politicians, who are using youth organizations for political gain to desist; noting that sustaining the peace is a shared responsibility of the government and its citizens, most especially the youths, who are in majority.
Ha noted peace can only be sustained and protected through dialogue and the involvement of youths throughout the country.
“Dialogue is a necessity and catalyst of sustained peace.
We must promote the culture of peace and tolerance in our country and you; the youth, are clothed with the responsibility to do so because you constitute 65% of our national demographic,” said Minister Wilson.
He said as part of its statutory duties, the Ministry of Youth and Sports will remain engaged in ensuring youth participation in every aspect of national development.
Also speaking at the ceremony, President George Mannah Weah confirmed his Government committed to ensure youth security through youth empowerment.
President Weah said the CDC-led Government will spell no effort that will serve as obstacle in achieving youth empowerment.
The Liberian leader further urged young people to use their creativity, resourcefulness and courage to ensure that peace is sustained in the Country.
The President reminded Liberian youths to take serious their education by making use of the available opportunities to better themselves and that of the Country.
He attributed United Nations Mission peace achievement in Liberia to the peaceful manner in which young people conducted themselves.
In related development, the Liberian leader says he will meet with Education Minister Ansu Sonii to ensure that fees at grade-school level are limited to attract more enrollments.
It can be recalled that President Weah recently announced tuition free for undergraduates at the state run University of Liberia and all public universities across the Country.