The Mano River Youth Parliament Liberia Chapter has certificated Carter Center for its numerous contributions to the growth and development of Liberia. MUR Speaker Melvin Sarh said Carter Center’s support to young people across Liberia is unmatched, noting that the Center had played a major role in sustaining peace that many Liberians enjoy today.
The certification ceremony was held at the Carter Center office on 3rd Street in Sinkor on Wednesday, 14 December, bringing together various youth organizations, including LINSU, FLY, officials of the Carter Center, and Parliamentarians of the MRU respectively.
Presenting the certificate on behalf of the MRU, Speaker Melvin Sarh outlined the many activities and contributions by U.S. agency in Liberia, adding that besides the level of engagement it has had with the national youth structure of Liberia, including FLY, LINSU, and the MRU, the Center is also involved with structures in all of the counties.
According to him, Carter Center is also working with traditional youth in various villages, including less fortunate ones, providing them hope. “What we want to present here today is small terms of the level of appreciation, there is need to give them more, because they deserved it” he said.
Sarh recalled that in 2012 when the umbrella organization or FLY was in crisis, Carter Center intervened and brought the situation under control. He told the audience that the MRU parliament which is an offshoot of a regional body that comprised of Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and the Ivory Coast, started a transition process since last year.
“Politicians came into the process, because we are heading to 2017, every politician has interest in who becomes the speaker, and parliamentarian, because of that the parliament went into a serious crisis, and it lasted for over eight months, and today the crisis has come to an end as the result of the intervention of Carter Center” he added.
He said youth of Liberia appreciate the Center a lot, and will always remember the institution in their achievements as young people.
“We realize the efforts made by Carter Center including our chiefs, elders in every part of Liberia; we want to say a big thank you.” Receiving the certificate, Carter Center Chief of Party Pewee Flomoku thanked the MRU leadership for its conscience in recognizing his entity’s efforts over the years to youth organizations, and the country at large.
He said the Center will continue to work with various youth organizations in the country to help strengthen their capacity in all endeavors.
By Lewis S. Teh-Editing by Jonathan Browne