A group, under the banner “Youth United for Transformation and Development (YUTD),” has urged the Government of Liberia to provide subsidies to various youth organizations in the country.
According to the group, it was a complete disservice to the youth community for the government’s refusal to ensure a monthly or annual support, stressing that every young person above the age of 18 years has the right to decide for him/herself, and that such cannot be done without budgetary support from the government.
Speaking yesterday during the induction of the group’s leadership in Logan Town, Bushrod island in Monrovia, the President of the Youth United for Transformation and Development or YUTD, Gregory Barnaby, said it was painful for a young person with ambition out of high school involved with anything sustainable, including pursuing college education for future empowerment.
“All we want from the government is to provide us the opportunity or put measures in place that will get us involved in skills-training, because we are the future and next generation of this country. You can’t have single individuals making more money, while the others are suffering for jobs,” he said,
pointing out that the idea of creating jobs for citizens, especially the youth, was to ease the burden on parents because some parents were less fortunate to further their children’s education. He said with the support from the national government, through scholarship programs, some of the young people would pursue college or vocational education.
Mr. Barnaby noted that scholarships to young people in this country provided by government officials were not free, but had demands. “And we are saying to those who are in the constant habits of sleeping with our colleagues to stop, because such is a devilish Act,”. He noted.