According to him, the disclosure is in fulfillment of President George Manneh Weah’s promise to his people. Already and with the help of the European Union(EU), he told reporters, 20 million euros equivalent to US$19.5m has been made available for the program in seven counties.
Speaking recently when he paid an official visit to the University of Liberia (UL) Fendell Campus, outside Monrovia, the Youth and Sports boss said, as head of the inter-ministerial ministerial task force on TVET, he and Education Minister Ansu Sonii also made a case for the country to the European Union, which has also seen the provision of US$26m to complete the remaining eight counties, now totally fifteen in general.
Mr. Wilson told the students that currently their teams are in the field in four counties namely: Bomi, Gbarpolu, Grand Cape Mount and Nimba to do an assessment of TVET Schools in those counties, while the rest of the four counties will be followed in early December of 2022.
President Weah, he bragged, is a “Talk and Do President”, and therefore, the reality will be visible in 2022.
As part of the initiative, all multilaterals across the country will have a production unit including the National Vocational Training Center, the Youth and Sports head said.
“MVTC will have a production unit in woodwork and our students will be competing on the market producing state of the art furniture, among others,” he intoned.
“As for the Business Domestic Occupational Training Center (BDOTC), it will have a hospitality service by January of 2022 with the construction of a mini hotel at the Samuel Kanyan Doe Sports complex facility,” Minister Wilson additionally informed the students.
He stated that the move is, among other things, geared towards generating funds to help empower and make the young people independent and productive in the larger society.
Responding to some questions from the students relative to “At Risk Youth”, he said plans are already underway to construct a rehabilitation center for them in Bensonville, Montserrado County.
The center, he explained, will help rehabilitate the “At Risk Youth, provide skills for them through capacity building, empower them by also providing seed money and to connect them with their respective families.
He said the government is aware about the situation of “At Risk Youth “ and is working hard to addressing them as US$750,000 has been put in the budget to begin the construction process in 2022.
Also speaking on new project of the government in relations to youth empowerment, Minister Wilson informed the UL Fendell students that he and Finance and Development Planning Minister Samuel Tweah with the help of the World Bank signed a US$10m agreement for a new program code name: “REALISE”- Recovery of economic activity for Liberia informal sector.
The project, developed as part of COVID-19 Recovery Drive, is expected to benefit 19,000 people in Montserrado County, mainly those engaged into small businesses and will receive US$700 above upon the completion of all of the necessary processes while the second component of the project will also benefit twenty five communities across the 15 counties.
Beneficiaries, he added, will be engaged into community based work similarly to that of the beaches and water project.
As for the beaches and water way project, he clarified that the US$2m put in the budget was not to reopen the project but to settle arrears of past workers.
He was speaking in response to a question asked by one of the students.
Minister Wilson used the occasion to encourage the students and young people of Liberia to change their attitude towards their national leaders and be positive in what they do and say in the open space, including the social media.
“Engage people but be respectful, avoid the insults and false accusations of people on social media," he cautioned them.
Meanwhile, his visit organized by the Liberia National Students Union (LINSU’s- Media and Propaganda Bureau In collaboration with the University of Liberia Fendell Campus students), was among other things, geared towards taking the Ministry of Youth and Sports to the people, especially students and young people in order for them to know and to be aware about the activities of the Ministry including its challenges and achievements over the period.