LIBERIA : ‘Zogos’ May Challenge Security Forces If…. Trade Unionists Alarm

Mr.Tye K. Jaye, NATPAW Secretary General

The Secretary General of the National Trade Union Public Service and Allied Workers, (NATPAW), Tye K. Jaye, has disclosed that with the rapid increment in the number of “at-risk-youths” across Liberia, state security forces may not be able to contain them from instilling fear and terror in the minds of the citizenry, if nothing concrete is done by central government for their urgent rehabilitation.

Mr. Jaye who expressed unqualified (total) support for the rehabilitation of 100,000 ‘at-risk-youths,’ alias, ‘zogos,’ as recently announced by the Liberian government, headed by President George Weah, stressed that national security forces may not be in the best position to contain the ‘Zogos’ in case of any negative eventuality, especially as Liberia moves towards the crucial 2023 presidential and legislative elections.

He emphasized that construction of rehabilitation centers that will include Technical and Vocational Training facilities in many parts of the country for Zogos is one of the best and surest ways in ensuring national security and sustainable peace in Liberia.

He, also calls on well-meaning Liberians at home and abroad to embrace the government’s latest decision for Zogos’ much-needed rehabilitation and empowerment with technical and vocational skills aimed at making them productive citizens.

According to Jaye, the current stigmatization of Zogos will not help to change their conditions for better but cause more problems for the country and its people.

The Union commended the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Youth and Sports for its plans to partner with some international institutions to rehabilitate the wayward youths.

He called on well-meaning Liberians to embrace Zogos as they are also humans like any other persons in the Liberian society.

It can be recalled that the Government of Liberia, through the National Steering Committee, in collaboration with the One UN System and other Development partners, has developed a joint concept document to tackle the situation with the growing number of “At-Risk Youths” or Zogos in the country.

The Government, through the Steering Committee and development partners, is expected to  collaborate at every level to embark on a major campaign to raise US$ 13, 872.500 (Thirteen million eight hundred Seventy-Two Thousand Five Hundred dollars).

NATPAW maintains that Weah Administration decision is in the right direction, as such, must be commended by all Liberians irrespective of their political, religious and other affiliations.

According to the NATPAW Secretary General, ZOGOS are the most disadvantaged group of people in Liberia and as such, their non-rehabilitation may pose a very serious national security threat. 

He insists that Zogos (males) and ‘Zogees’ (females) are addicted to dangerous drugs as their way of life, nevertheless, they can be transformed. their lives for the better.

Mr. Jaye indicated  that the rehabilitation centers, if constructed should include where they will have the opportunity  to acquired skills  that  will better their life’s and will also afford them the  chance  to meaningfully contribute to the growth and development of the country.

He said when they acquired the skills from the Technical and Vocational Training skill training centers they will no longer    be addicted to dangerous drugs as their way of life and they be in the position to discourage their friends who may still be such habit because their human resource capacity in build and they also ready for the job market.

According to him, constructing rehabilitation centers for Zogos that may include Technical and Vocational Training facilities will save the country from future security threat as the numbers of Zogos gradually increasing on the daily basis in almost every communities throughout the country.

It can be recalled that the Government of Liberia, through the National Steering Committee, in collaboration with the One UN System and other Development partners, has developed a joint concept document to tackle the situation with the growing number of “At-Risk Youths” or Zogos in the country.

According to the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism (MICAT), the Steering Committee and development partners are expected to  collaborate at every level to embark on a major campaign to raise a whopping US$ 13, 872.500 (Thirteen million eight hundred Seventy-Two Thousand Five Hundred dollars).

said this initiative by the Congress For Democratize Change (CDC) Led government headed by President George Weah is in the right direction and must be commended by all Liberians irrespective of their political religious affiliations.

According to him, the  ZOGOS group are the most disadvantage youth in the country if not rehabilitated May posed a serious security threat to the future of Liberia if national government fail to act now   by rehabilitating them from their current condition. 

He said the Zogos group who are addicted to dangerous drugs as their way of life can be useful in society, if rehabilitation centers is constructed by national government throughout the country and will transform their lives for the better.

Mr. Jaye indicated  that the rehabilitation centers, if constructed should include where they will have the opportunity  to acquired skills  that  will better their life’s and will also afford them the  chance  to meaningfully contribute to the growth and development of the country.

He said when they acquired the skills from the Technical and Vocational Training skill training centers they will no longer    be addicted to dangerous drugs as their way of life and they be in the position to discourage their friends who may still be such habit because their human resource capacity in build and they also ready for the job market.

According to him, constructing rehabilitation centers for Zogos that may include Technical and Vocational Training facilities will save the country from future security threat as the numbers of Zogos gradually increasing on the daily basis in almost every communities throughout the country.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.

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