The Government and People of China (PRC) has been lauded by the Liberian government through the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MYS) for its continued support to the developmental drive of Liberia.
Representing the Minister of Youth and Sports, Hon. D. Zeogar Wilson, Deputy Minister for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), Mr. Peter S. Bemah at the Ministry of Youth and Sports, said China’s continued support is in strategic alignment with the Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development of His Excellency President George Manneh Weah.
The Deputy TVET Minister was speaking Monday, January 7, 2019 at the official reopening of the Klay Agriculture and Vocational Training and Recreational Center (KATVC) in Klay District, Bomi County. He recounted Minister D. Zeogar Wilson’s commitment to ensuring that President George M. Weah’s promise of provided quality TVET to young people across Liberia is fully achieved.
KAVTC was once operated by the Ministry of Labor, Youth and Sports but suffered serious damages during the hay days of the 14-year political brouhaha plunging the Country into a brutal civil war. It was then restored by the administration of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf in 2012. But the school had been shut down for two years now, before it was again officially reopened on Monday by the Youth and Sports Ministry.
“I want to thank the Government and People of the People’s Republic of China for their continued support to our country’s development, especially in the area of Technical and Vocational Education and Training,” said Bemah.
While thanking the Chinese government and people, the Liberian government official also recommitted the Ministry of Youth and Sports’ renewed vigor in building the capacity of Liberian youth.
According to him, as the Ministry (MYS) strides to build the capacity of youth, it has considered agriculture training as one of the key areas. In so doing, Minister Bemah asserts, “under the astute leadership of Hon. D. Zeogar Wilson, we will ensure that all of the four agriculture training centers are opened and fully functional evident by what you are witnessing here today”.
The Ministry runs four (4) Agriculture Training Centers across Liberia, including Klay Agriculture and Vocational Training Center in Bomi, Tumutu Agriculture and Vocational Training Center in Bong, Youth Agriculture Training Center in Montserrado and Panama Agriculture Training Center in Sinoe.
He then urged the students to take the training program very seriously for the betterment of themselves and Liberia. Bemah charged the students to make their family and country proud.
Also speaking at the event, the Assistant Minister for TVET Hon. Mallias Z. Sheriff, who recounted the many benefits and opportunities of the Chinese government to Liberia.
He pointed out that the “Chinese are not cosmetic partners”, but they are partners who believe in tangibles.
“I want to urge you; the students, to remain focused. If this nation is to progress, there must be agricultural revolution and the youth must be the pace setters of this,” Sheriff added.
In brief remarks, the Director of the China-Aid Liberia Bamboo and Rattan Weaving and Vegetable Planting Technical Assistance Project, Nie Yongdou, said the six-month program is of great significance to the future development of youth, especially youth in the western region of the country.
He disclosed that the program will train students in biogas production and vegetables and crops planting, among others.
He revealed that top performing students will be given the opportunity to do further studies in China which is an intriguing gesture to youth capacity building.