Grand Kru County District NumberTwo lawmaker has introduced a bill seeking to build the capacity of young people in Liberia.
According to Representative NumeneeBartekwa, the Bill—Liberia National Youth Service Agency—will place young people into the national framework so that they, too, can contribute meaningfully to society.
“Mr. Speaker and distinguished colleagues the purpose of this bill is for us as government to put into place a national framework through which the human resource capacity of all young Liberians, who are desirous of acquiring undergraduate, graduate and doctorate education but do not have the means, will be accorded the opportunity through a scholarship scheme under a contractual agreement,” he added.
Representative Bartekwa indicated that upon completion of the study sponsored by the government, beneficiaries would return home and serve the government as per the agreement required.
He wants government allocate in its budget funds to underwrite the cost of sponsoring its citizens into various institutions and at various levels, adding as they would return and serve the government for at least two years or more.
The Grand Kru County lawmaker noted that the bill, when pass into law, would facilitate the process of acquiring professional personnel to spearhead various government agencies and ministries.
Representative Bartwkwa disclosed that his action to submit this bill was triggered by the many unqualified and incompetence people spearheading government public offices.
“All of our schools inthe rural areas are headed by unqualified teachers, health center are headed by unqualified people and many institutions in the country, especially those of social services delivery institutions,” Representative Bartekwa noted.
He asserted that government is under obligation to support, sponsor, educate and build the capacity of its citizens, most especially young people. This, he believes, will build within young people national consciousness, patriotism and dignity of labor.
House of Representatives has forwarded his bill to its Committees on Youth and Sports, Education, Ways Means and Finance and Judiciary to report within two weeks.