Vice President Jewel Howard-Taylor has called for the full commitment of all Liberian citizens and development partners for the successful implementation of the country’s developmental agenda.
Vice President Howard-Taylor said rebuilding Liberia is a process, and as such, all hands must be on deck to secure a prosperous future for all.
The Vice President was spoke on Monday, November 5, 2018, at the start of a 45-day specialized training program for 100 graduates of the Monrovia Vocational Training Center (MVTC) in Paynesville, outside Monrovia.
The training program which began immediately after the official opening ceremony will run up to December 15, 2018 and is being provided by the Government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) under the Chinese government’s Overseas Vocational and Skills Training Program.
The program is being implemented by the Shandong Foreign Trade Vocational College which is based in China but send some staffs for the 45 days training program.
“Each of us must keep in mind that the rebuilding process is exactly a process which requires the full commitment of all players, keeping in mind that it is only by doing so, we can construct a secured future for ourselves, our families and our nation,” said Vice President Jewel Howard-Taylor.
She also emphasized, “as I often times optimistically declare, with all hands on deck, all of us, (public, private, and the community working together to encourage our youth to take advantage of skill training) we can be assured that the natural talents of young Liberians will be properly harnessed and our country will be developed as we want it to be,”.
She vowed the commitment of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) led by His Excellency Ambassador Dr. George M. Weah will invest more in education including technical and vocational training programs and will carry out more campaign through the Task Force on TVET led by Minister D. Zeogar Wilson.
VP Howard-Taylor indicated that the provision of education and training of young people has been a long-term goal of President George Manneh Weah before assuming the mantle of authority, and predicated upon that, it was enshrined in Pillar One of the recently launched “Pro-Poor” Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD).
In remarks, China’s Ambassador accredited to Liberia, Fu Jijun, said the training program taken by the Shandong Foreign Trade Vocational College is one of China’s assistant projects to Liberia in 2018.
The Chinese envoy reassured that human resource development would remain a significant field of China-Liberia collaboration.
“China has helped Liberia to build some projects in Fendall Campus of the University of Liberia, Liberia Vocational and Technology School and primary schools, provided thousands of scholarships to Liberian students for their Bachelor, Master and PhD Degrees study and short to long-term training opportunities,” he recounted.
The Chinese diplomat reaffirmed China’s willingness to sharing its experiences with African countries including Liberia for achieving their development and prosperity dream.
In a related development, Ambassador Jijun promised his country’s commitment to provide more scholarships and training opportunities to Liberia and try to do its best for supporting the Government and People of Liberia to achieve their ‘glorious vision’ in the PAPD.
Meanwhile, Mr. D. Zeogar Wilson, Minister of Youth and Sports, lauded the Government and People of China for being true friends to Liberia’s development programs, especially by supporting a program that is in line with the first pillar of the country’s development agenda; the Pro-Poor Agenda for Posterity and Development (PAPD) that was recently launched in Nimba County.
Minister D. Zeogar Wilson intoned that building the capacity of youth to make them marketable for employment is cardinal to youth development.
“The Pro-Poor Agenda is working in plain sight and this is what we are seeing today. I want to call on you, the beneficiaries of this program, to make use of the opportunity being provided to you,” Minister Wilson warned.
“Put your all into it because if you allow it slips your hands, you might never get it again,” he continued in a parable which says opportunity is like a bald headed man with a ponytail, when he swings his hair and you failed to catch his ponytail to hang it goes and takes time to come back.
Minister D. Zeogar Wilson in his statement lauded the Vice President Madam Howard-Taylor for her continued dedication and commitment to youth development initiatives, especially programs at the Ministry of Youth and Sports.
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