Ceremony marking the graduation of the 84 students was held at the weekend in Klay, Bomi County.
Speaking at the graduation program, the Director of Bamboo and Rattan Weaving and Vegetable Planting Technique Program, Mr. Nei Yongdou, said the graduates will receive support, which include: fund, techniques, some equipment and raw materials from the Chinese government under the leadership of its Embassy here and its Economic Counselor office.
Mr. Yongdou stated that through support by the Chinese government, the graduates will be able to open factories and farms in an effort bid to achieve their dream.
“This cycle is the second round of training in the sixth term of our project, which covers Bamboo and Rattan weaving training in Monrovia and Vegetable-citrus-biogas training program in Klay, Bomi County. Today, we are gladly graduating 84 of them, who are qualified and have mastered the practical skills in Bamboo and Rattan weaving, Vegetable planting, citrus production and biogas application through 10 months of intensive training,” he asserted.
During the training exercise, 23 students were trained in bamboo furniture making, 20 were trained in rattan weaving furniture making and 12 in vegetable at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex in Paynesville, outside Monrovia while, 29 students were trained in on the main campus in Klay in food crop and rice production totaling the trainees to 84.
Also speaking at the program, the Commercial Counselor of China to Liberia, Mr. Li Jiang, noted that the country is rich in bamboo, rattan, wood and other resources, thus calling on Liberians to make the best use of these renewable natural materials.
Mr. Li Jiang asserted that these resources, if used properly, can be potential opportunity for the economic growth of the country and a good way to boost employment and empowerment of youthful citizens.
“Agriculture is a very important sector in Liberia’s economic development and China is trying to help in a meaningful way. The Bamboo and Rattan Weaving team has expanded its project to the Klay Agriculture Vocational Training Center to share agricultural techniques and skills with more young people,” said the Chinese diplomat.
“This graduation ceremony today is to showcase China’s willingness to support the development of Liberia, and with this China-Liberia cooperation project, Liberians can use their own hands to make their life better,” he added.
Since its inception, the project has trained over 900 Liberians with practical skills in the areas of Bamboo and Rattan Weaving, Citrus Production, Vegetable Planting and Biogas system building.
Deputy Minister for Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) at the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Mr. Peter Bemah, lauded the Chinese government for the support.
He extended President George Manneh Weah’s gratitude to the Government and People of China, through its Embassy here, for its unflinching support to the Government of Liberia through the China-Liberia friendship.
He then admonished the graduates to get themselves involved with other business venture to enable them explore and become employers.