President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has launched a two-day Liberian Youth Peace Building Conference at the Paynesville City Hall.
She acknowledged that while it is true that at least 60% of the population in the country is comprised of young people, it was important to note that Liberia is very rich in history although remains troubled.
She called on participants at the conference to use their deliberations in exchanging views on how to arrest financial indiscipline, the lack of transparency and accountability in the governance system.
According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf spoke on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 when she launched a two-day Liberian Youth Peace Building National Conference under the auspices of Accountability Lab-Liberia.
The conference brought together about 150 young people from the 15 political sub-divisions of the country.
President Sirleaf noted that judging from Liberia’s past, transparency, accountability, honesty and sincerity over the years have been eroded.
The Liberian leader also welcomed Super Star Joseph Van Vicker as well as Accountability Lab-Liberia and partners for organizing the conference.
Delivering the keynote address during the ceremony, Nollywood Star, Joseph Van Vicker, enjoined Liberian youth to always go for what they want – with an open mind in a bid to promote the image of Liberia.
She said: “Together we can build this country; if we are united as the youth of Liberia; I want to encourage you to be united,” he stressed.
The Liberian movie star, currently residing abroad encouraged the young people at the conference to be part of the democratic process and be ambassadors of peace. “Our democracy is in your hands; do not let anyone deceive you,” he emphasized.
The Liberian Nollywood Star urged the young people to herald messages that educate young people.
He then called on the government to provide the youthful community the enabling environment and opportunity to be what they want to be.
Also making brief remarks was the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General to Liberia, Farid Zarif.
He noted that Liberia is a nation of young population under the age of 36 compared to most developed nations with aging population.