An official of the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection has described the development of Adolescent Girls and Young Women into entrepreneurs as a major legacy of the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf led government.
Mr. Dominic Massaquoi said the government has taken over four thousand young women from nowhere to somewhere by giving them the skills that have developed them into entrepreneurs and they are now contributors to economic development through business ventures and service provision while some have turned into importers and employers.
Mr. Massaquoi who is Coordinator of the Economic Empowerment of Adolescent Girls &Young Women (EPAG) Project at the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection made the assertion when he spoke on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 in Cotton Tree, Margibi County at the 4th Round Graduation of EPAG.
He disclosed that the development of the young women and girls have helped to reduce poverty and have seen them become positive transformers in their various communities.
Mr. Massaquio paid special tribute to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf whom he described as the champion of the EPAG Program and appealed to the Liberian leader to continue her support to project and also seek more funding for the project from donors while also ensuring budgetary support.
He also recognized the leadership role and the strong commitment of Minister Julia Duncan Cassel, the Swedish Government and the World Bank for the immense support to the project.
The Gender Ministry Official is hopeful the project continues for a longer period as it has now provided business development skills to more than 4 thousand Liberian young girls and adolescent women.
75 Adolescent Girls and Young Women graduated with skills in business development, saving, customer service and life skills. The training was conducted by the National Adult Education Association of Liberia (NEAL)
For her part, the keynote speaker at the Cotton Tree Graduation ceremony who is also a graduate of the EPAG Program challenged young women not to sit on the training they have received but used them to impact the society.
Rev.Mother Latricia Wamah explained like herself, most the girls were seriously disadvantaged before entering the EPAG Program. She urged them to use the life training skills they have received to graduate from poverty and become productive business women, service providers and agents of societal change.