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-Amidst High Expectation Among Youth

In the wake of high expectations amongst Liberians, particularly young people about the newly elected government, the Federation of Liberian Youth (FLY) wants to embark on an awareness campaign aimed at talking to them to manage or control their expectations.

Expectations are too high among supporters and partisans of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), bulk of them are youths.

Liberians throughout the length and breadth of the country are expecting too much from the new government to be headed by Senator George Weah.

Weah won over 60% of the December 26 polls over Vice President Joseph Boakai.

Most Liberians are hopeful Weah’s president will end the country’s woes, as it will also bring greater transformation in terms of better livelihood.

The outgoing government of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is being criticized for not creating better living conditions for citizens in spite of huge international goodwill toward Liberia.

 “What we are doing now is to sensitize people what their expectations are might now be the reality of the challenges that the country is faced with. Weah will not played magic to ensure all of their expectations are met in term of elevating their statuses in the time firm of 6 months,” FLY president said in an exclusive interview with this paper.

Augustine Tamba explains that looking at the percentage obtained by the CDC, it is almost 60.1 percent of the total population; many of whom are said to be young people, they will be expecting a lot under this administration.

The young people leader further emphasized the need for young people to limit their expectations, noting “the reality of running government will be the challenge this government is faced with or will be faced with for the next six months.”

Tamba claimed matching the expectations relative to credentials of young people would be the overall challenge of the CDC- led government.

He said, “Job, empowerment, improvement, in term of livelihood, educational sector, capacity and training programs, all these are expectations that young people have for which, I think they voted the Unity Party government out, because young people think the outgoing government did not do well in term of youth empowerment and transformation.”    

 “Young people who have supported the coming into power of this government, will want it in return and so in the next 6 months, if they do not see these things coming than of course some of them will start to express frustration.”

Consequently, Tamba said the government- elect should not be seen as angel falling from heaven, adding “therefore young people must understand that this government is inheriting a very difficult economy and that they would not be able to meet up with the many expectations of youth.”

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