Thursday, June 20, 2013 07:15
UNFPA Boss Urges Liberians
Story by Garmonyou Wilson
The United Nations Populations Fund (UNFPA) Executive Director and the Under Secretary General of the United Nations, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin says that the government of Liberia needs to put more efforts on the youths. Speaking recently in Monrovia at the Dissemination of the 2008 National Population and Housing Census, Final Products, Dr. Osotimehin continued that being that Liberia has the largest cohort of youths it is imperative that they (youths) be given more opportunities.
According to the UN Under-Secretary General all over the world young people are searching for opportunities, but early marriage, pregnancy and peer pressure cause them to fall off track. He then emphasized that Liberia like many countries throughout the world need to ensure that young people's capacity be strengthened.
Dr. Osotimehin said that even those young people who may have not chosen the right path in life should not be condemned. He added that all governments should ensure that young people become employable.
Also speaking at the Dissemination of the 2008 National Population and Housing Census, Final Products, Vice President of Liberia, Joseph Boakai said that the census is cardinal in the planning of the country's developmental agenda.
He then disclosed that the country's next census would be in 2018 and subsequently a new threshold would be made.
For his part the Director General of the Liberia Institute for Statistics and Geo-Information Services (LISGIS), Dr. Edward Liberty said that the 2008 census final product would help the designing of the Poverty Reduction Strategy 2 (PRS2) and Vision 2030.
He then welcomed the public to use the information gathered from the 2008 census for fact finding through the Executive Mansion website.