Monrovia, Liberia - Gbarpolu County Authorities have hailed the Government of Liberia for initiating the first in the series of workshops geared towards empowering the youth in the County to manage their own business establishments in their various communities.
They said, the weeklong training held under the auspices of the Office of the Vice President was commendable and thanked the Government for keeping the promise of job creation in Gbarpolu for the youths.
These comments were made over the weekend in Bopolu by the Superintendent of Gbarpolu County, Allen M. Gbowee, Assistant Superintendent for Development, Yassah K. Fallah and the City Mayor of Bopolu Miatta S.Tarnue in separate remarks when they presented certificates to thirty youth who successfully concluded the weeklong workshop intended to sharpen their skills in the management of small business enterprises in their communities.
They said they were happy for the Government to provide jobs for the youth of Gbarpolu through the Liberia Youth Empowerment program and cautioned the participants to put into practice what they have learned.
The UNMIL civil Affairs Officer, Mr. Francis Nyapan who also witnessed the program called on the youth to take the training serious and ensure that what they have learned is implemented.
Last week the Office of the Vice President initiated the first in the series of workshops intended to teach Liberian Youth how to start and manage small business enterprises in their communities.
Lecturers came from the Adventist Relief Agency, the Cooperative Development Agency, the CDA and the Business Community and they focused on the agro sector, the fisheries sector, and tree crops with specific emphasis on oranges and mangos, tuber crops with special emphasis on cassava and yam as well as plantain, cassava and livestock.
The Vice President’s Office is planning similar workshops for Lofa and Cape Mount Counties according to the Youth Coordinator in the Office of the Vice President Mr. Peter Stephen.
The principal aim of the workshop is to empower youth through the acquisition of business and managerial skills and to create a platform for self employment in their communities.
Other topics that were featured at the Gbarpolu workshop included techniques for keeping business money, developing a savings plan, saving money, budgeting and marketing. Lecturers also highlighted the development of cooperatives, its formation, structure and characteristics.
The workshops are targeting youth currently employed with the Liberia Youth Empowerment Program launched by the Government of Liberia in the sanitation area.
It can be recalled that Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has reiterated over and again that 70 percent of jobs in Liberia come from the agro sector.