President George Manneh Weah has submitted for enactment, a bill titled ‘’An Act to Endorse the Nation Youth Policy of Liberia’’ before the House of Representatives.
Submitting the bill, President Weah says the 70th plenary meeting of the UN general assembly held on December 12 1997, adopted resolution which reaffirmed the importance of youth.
According to him, the resolution called on all member countries to involve youth and youth organizations in all matters of concern to them.
Furthermore, in July 2006, he says the African Union Heads of State and governments including Liberia, meeting in Banjul, Gambia, endorsed the African Youth Charter as a political and legal document which serves as the strategic framework that gives direction for youth empowerment and development at continental, regional and national levels.
He notes that this Act when passed, will endorse the policy document which is expected to enhance young people’s capacity, innovation, unity and sense of responsibility towards socio economic and political processes.
The goals of the National Youth Policy are to strengthen the values, principles and incentivize youth to be good citizen and partners in the development process, ensure that young people are integrated and involved in all development plans at all levels.
Additionally, he says it promotes programs that will enhance national sustainable development and stability for Liberia; establish the necessary framework for building youth capacities; and improve their economic condition by redesigning existing youth programs and projects.
Finally, he says it involves young people in decision making at all levels of government and ensures that young people’s right to safety is protected.
By Bridgett Milton –Edited by Winston W. Parley