The Federation of Liberian Youth or FLY wants the incoming government of President-elect George Weah to involve young people in the governance machinery of the country.
FLY says its call is necessary to adequately give citizens equal opportunities to demonstrate their talents in whatever capacity they are suited for.
Addressing a news conference over the weekend at the Federation office on Center Street in Monrovia, outgoing president Augustine Tamba stresses that it is important the incoming administration prioritize inclusiveness the governance process.
“In the spirit of national unity, entranced in reconciliatory endeavors, FLY asks the President-elect George M. Weah for the total involvement of all Liberians into the governance machinery of the country’s administration void of favoritism, preconceptions, prejudice, discrimination, and bigotry”, says Augustine.
He says the Federation looks forward to a more reconciled, collective, inclusive and merit-based concept of governance in the coming cabinet and mainstream government as President-elect Weah prepares to take up the mantle of authority new week.
The FLY National Executive Committee calls on Liberians across the country to rally support for the incoming government for national development.
He says FLY acknowledges that after 70 years, Liberians for the first time have captained, sailed, and docked a ship of non-violence and conflict-free transition from one democratically elected government to another; something, which he notes, had been elusive for the past seven decades since 1940.
“We see this as a new era in our political circle of state governance, and the electoral politics in Liberia, against this, FLY would like to call on all young people from various national youths and students’ organization to emulate this example in building a strong and viable democratic culture in Liberia.”
At the same, the Federation applauds various political parties, including the Unity Party for honorably accepting results of the December 26, 2017 presidential runoff election, won by the Coalition for Democratic Change.
Mr. Tamba however reminds President-elect Weah to commit to affixing his signature to the National Youth Manifesto crafted here as a framework to flag youth development, economic empowerment, among others.
By Lewis S. Teh-Editing by Jonathan Browne