Montserrado County District#9 Representative Munah Pelham-Youngblood has strongly frowned on Liberian youth for turning to drugs, lamenting that drug activities will yield no positive growth for the country.
The Liberian female lawmaker is calling for massive civic education across the country to rescue Liberia’s future leaders. “Drugs are serious issues in Liberia,” she emphasized. Speaking in an interview with this paper on Monday, 7November at day one of the National Demographic Dividend Stakeholders’ roundtable ongoing at the Monrovia City Hall she said demographic dividend provides an opportunity for young people to be lifted, noting that the dependency syndrome among young people will improve.
Representative Youngblood said jobless Liberians and those citizens are employed should be able to move their levels in terms of growth. The District# 9 lawmaker asserted that in spite of challenges, it is about time national government concentrate on investing in the youth of Liberia both educationally and with physical empowerment, especially thru small-medium businesses supported by micro finance program to enable them become economically independent.
According to her, dangerous substances are being exposed to young people of Liberia, noting that vigorous civic education will help to minimize drugs prevalence among the youth. “Civic education can help minimize the participation of Liberian youth in drugs,” she added.
Rep. Youngblood said she will not blame any specific group, but bad system in the country, saying “Liberia has systematic problems.”
By Zee Roberts-Editing by Jonathan Browne