LIBERIA: UNICEF Remits US$1.2m To Youth Ministry

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has provided US$1,201.000 as additional funding to the National Youth Service Program (NYSP) of the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MYS).
The funds, which represent UNICEF’s support to the current activities of the NYSP up to June 2015, were remitted to the ministry’s account in three tranches under a direct cash transfer arrangement between UNICEF and MYS.
Three hundred National Volunteers are currently deployed under the program in 12 of Liberia’s 15 counties, rendering services in the areas of Ebola sensitization, education and youth center management.
The latest funding will cover costs of ongoing activities of the program, including monthly support to the 300 national volunteers, operational support to MYS and county coordinating offices.
In a communication informing Youth and Sports Minister Eugene Nagbe of the remittance, UNICEF’s resident representative Sheldon Yett restated his agency’s commitment to its partnership with the ministry, aimed at promoting youth empowerment, peace and reconciliation in Liberia.
Meanwhile, Minister Nagbe says the latest gesture is a further demonstration of UNICEF’s continued confidence in the ministry’s internal management systems and program delivery ability and assured that the monies will be used to positively affect the lives of youths and communities throughout the country.
The MYS boss has lauded UNICEF for its sustained support and assured that it will serve as a major source of success for the National Youth Service Program.
It can be recalled that UNICEF, in 2013-2014, remitted over US$500,000 to the Ministry, with Mr. Yett assuring Minister Nagbe of his appreciation of the level of collaboration between MYS and UNICEF in implementing the program.

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