Sen. Wesseh Introduces National Youth Act

Sen. Conmany Wesseh

River Gee County Senator, Conmany Wesseh, has introduced a bill, “National Youth Act of Liberia of 2019”. The submission of the bill was done on Thursday, January 21, 2021 in open session during the fourth day sitting of the fourth session of the 54th Legislature of the Liberian Senate.

   “The Honorable President Pro-tempore and distinguished colleagues, I have the honor to submit for your kind consideration a bill, entitled, ‘An Act to Endorse the National Youth Policy of Liberia: An Agenda for Action’. This bill was placed before the Senate during the 2nd Session of the 54th Legislature. I am therefore formally resubmitting it for appropriate legislative action during this session. Thank you very much for your usual cooperation,” the letter read.

   The objective of the policy, according to the crafter, are to sensitize all stakeholders on the issues affecting the youth in Liberia in order to mainstream them in policies and programs; shape partners’ initiatives and programs; identify, explore and suggest ways and means through which the youth can be empowered to be active and good citizens.

   The goal of the national youth policy are to strengthen the values, principles and incentivize the youth to be good citizens and partners in the development process and ensure that young people are integrated and involved in all development plans at all levels. The bill also seek to promote programs that will enhance national sustainable development and stability for Liberia, establish the necessary framework for building youths’ capacities, and improve their economic conditions by redesigning existing youth programs and projects.

   The bill, if enacted into law, will allow all Liberian youths to be responsible for furthering national values and institutions and upholding Liberian laws and healthy educational and cultural practices by observing tolerance volunteerism and dialogue.

   The bill, following its first reading, was submitted to the Senate Joint Committee on Youth and Sports and Judiciary to report in two weeks.

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