An Executive Mansion release quoted by the Liberia News Agency said President Sirleaf made the remarks in an interview with journalists in Julijuah, Bomi County on Saturday, October 29, 2016.
President Sirleaf said she was glad despite the difficult time the country has been through, Liberians are once more experiencing peace and the country has been calm and gradually progressing. President Sirleaf was born on October 29, 1938 in Monrovia.
Meanwhile, the Liberian leader said transforming villages and towns across the country remain critical to the development of urban areas and its people. She however said providing basic skills training for people in rural Liberia will help decrease the hardship citizens’ encounter in urban and rural communities.
“When we go around, when we drive around, there are too many kids that are naked. There are too many kids that are in just any kind of bad clothes. This program is meant to address that problem,” President Sirleaf noted.
The Liberian leader among other things wants such empowerment to particularly target rural women, girls and young people to improve their wellbeing and that of their families. President Sirleaf spoke on Sunday, October 30, 2016 at the first graduation circle of the Julijuah Vocational Training Center (JVTC) in her hometown – Julijuah, Bomi County. She challenged rural inhabitants to take serious the skills acquired and use it for the betterment of their families and Liberia respectively.
She noted that the program is meant for the graduates to start sewing school uniforms and clothes so that all the children in Tehr, and Clay Districts as far as Sinje will be able to have uniforms and clothes. She encouraged the graduates to go into the communities and form cooperative to produce clothes.
She commended Representative Snow for his contributions to Tehr District and Bomi County as a whole. She called on citizens of Bomi County to embrace those who bring development to them to improve their conditions. Speaking further, she extolled the Ministry of Youth and Sports for the commitment and loyalty to vocational training of Liberians.
Also speaking, Youth and Sports Minister Saah Charles N’tow commended President Sirleaf for the support to the school and thanked the students for sacrificing to stay in school.