SOURCE: BY JACKSON P. FOYOFAYIAH
Members of the Disadvantaged Youth of Monrovia in a photo shoot with Mayor Jefferson T. Koijee; photo taken on the 27th of February 2018 – Photo Courtesy: Pekeleh Gbuapaye
A Youth group under the banner “The Disadvantage Youth of Monrovia” on Tuesday, February 27, 2017 petitioned the newly commissioned City Mayor of Monrovia, Jefferson T. Koijee to provide job opportunities for them.
Addressing reporters following their convergence at the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC) premises, the head of the group, Ebenezer Grant said their visit was intended to plead to Mayor Koijee to create job opportunities for disadvantaged youth to enable them address their daily needs.
Grant said they are tired begging in the streets for little or nothing, something he said, usually exposes them to harm especially during the night hours.
“Creating job for disadvantaged youth will help to support the government’s Pro- poor agenda and protect the Presidency of Ambassador George Weah in his quest to transform Liberia,” he noted.
According to Grant, Liberia needs young people with a positive vision that could bring about change in the society, stating that, they are of no exception to this change Liberians envisage.
The group leader added, “Instead of us begging you for money continuously, it is time we work to help ourselves. We are tired of begging in the streets it’s time that we too contribute to the development of our country.”
Responding, Mayor Koijee appreciated the group for coming up with such petition, stating that, President George Weah is aware about the active role young people played to make him President.
He said the president will ensure that young people most especially the underprivileged are given opportunities to serve and also create programs to build their capacities with specific emphasis on Technical and Vocational Education.
As part of some of the plans, Mayor Koijee noted that, the president will on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 launch a quick impact project coined “ Youth Engagement For Improve Community Sanitation and revitalization.”
According to the Monrovia City Mayor, the project will basically focus on Young People involvement into helping to maintain a clean and safe environment at every locality across the country.
He pointed out that the project will bring together about One Thousand Six Hundred (1,600) Young People from across Montserrado County.
The Mayor, having considered the petitioned of the youth group, promised to include all of the group members to be a part of the first participants that will help execute the pending project to be inaugurated by the president.