...Dep. MYS Minister
Deputy Youth and Sports Minister for Development Saah N'tow says investing in young people is not a favor but rather the right thing to do.
He said young people have the right to quality education that would prepare them for future challenges.
The Deputy Youth and Sports Minister spoke at a one-day panel discussion in commemoration of this year's World Population Day.
The program was organized by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in collaboration with the Liberian government.
Speaking on the theme: “Investing in Young People and Promoting Their Rights,” Deputy Minister N'tow said government is under obligation to invest in the future of young people and not to see such investment as a favor. He believes that the youth must be seen as gifts to a nation.
The Deputy Youth and Sports Minister further said government must see young people as an opportunity to tap in rather than a problem to solve.
He wants policymakers not to discriminate among young people as every young person needs equal opportunity to fulfill his or her full potential.
“Sometimes we look at young people as opportunity to exploit and not tap in. We use them to explore all of our ugly deeds especially during elections. We should not do this. It is wrong,” Minister N'tow warned.
He observed that many persons in positions of trust are in the habit of sexually abusing young girls, even though they (policymakers) always participate in campaigns to end violence against women.