July 11, 2018, - Monrovia, Liberia: In the wake of continuous protests by youth against the harsh economic situation confronting Liberia, the Minister of Youth and Sports is calling on the youth community to use dialogue as a means of addressing their concern.
Students of the University of Liberia recently embarked on a series of peaceful protests in an attempt to claim government’s attention to the escalating rate of United States dollar against the Liberian dollar.
Speaking Wednesday, July 11 at the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MYS) to a cross section of student leaders from various universities and colleges, Minister Wilson asserted that youth should desist from acts that will undermine the progress of the state.
According to the minister, MYS which is responsible to handle youth issues in the country remains open to suggestions and recommendations coming the youth community that aim to make Liberia better. As such, he said, young people must seek redress through dialogue and consultations with the entity.
Minister Wilson believes consultations and dialogues with MYS and other key stake actors can go a long way in resolving critical national issues instead of street protests.
On behalf of the various student leaderships, the Deputy Secretary-general for Administration of the Liberia National Student Union (LINSU), Julius Dahn, thanked the ministry for the July 11 interaction and pledged their commitment to work along with the ministry to promote the agendas of youth and students in the country.
Dahn asserted that despite the challenges faced by the student community, the students will remain engaged in enhancing the developmental agenda of the state.
In another development, Minister Wilson has disclosed that 4,500 students are expected to benefit from this year’s vacation job program across the country.
Sounding optimistic, Min. Wilson said his ministry is currently sourcing funding and working with several public and private institutions across the country to officially roll out the program.
Saying each beneficiary will be given a US$100 compensation, the minister added that the program is intended to provide job opportunities to students during the vacation period to help address some of their next academic needs.
He then challenged students to take advantage of this and other opportunities being provided by government and its international partners, when made available.