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Amidst mounting outcry over unemployment and underemployment among youths in the country, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has admitted difficulties of job opportunities in Monrovia, blaming the lack of education and skills for the jobs.
“Now, we have a large young unemployed population in the capital city,” the president said during her recent visit to The Netherlands.
Unlike the rural areas where she said farming has become a major source of livelihood and have transformed from using thatch to using zinc for roofs, the president said residents of Monrovia are not benefiting from such.
“I go into the rural areas and I see people now have farms; they are producing. Instead of thatch roofs, they now have zinc roofs and children going to school,” she said.
Speaking to a reporter from Radio Netherlands, the president said: “Those (residents of Monrovia) population have not been touched because they are unemployed and uneducated…”
With this situation, the Liberian leader said: “We are trying to get the means to find the means to get to them.”
She said government is finalizing plans to begin technical schools, vocational training for the unemployed and less fortunate youths.
Meanwhile, the President responded to the recent Global Witness Report, which shot down the selling of millions of dollars worth of Liberian forest products to overseas companies cheaply.
The President said she has not seen the report, adding, “they (Global Witness) had sixty days to produce the report. I think the sixty days will be up in a couple of weeks or so. I am going to take action in keeping with their recommendations.”
President Sirleaf said the matter will be investigated to establish whether there was a violation of the Liberian law.