FLY Presses For Passage Of Nat’l Youth Policy Bill

The Federation of Liberia Youth (FLY) has again taken serious issue with the Executive branch of Government for what it calls that branch of government’s refusal to submit the National Youth Policy Act and the adaptation of the revised National Youth Policy to the National Legislature for passage.

In a release, the group said their quest for the passage of the bill has not ended as the Executive is yet to endorse and submit the document to the 53rd National Legislature for legislation a document which was made possible for revision with funding from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) through the Ministry of Youth.

According to the release signed by FLY’s President, Mohammed A. Nasser, the process was a comprehensive exercise with five regional youth consultations covering the fifteen counties, and a national youth summit to discuss and gather inputs from the youths and stakeholders.

Mr. Nasser said the youth consultation in each of the regions was followed by youth stakeholders’ consultations. “Fellow young people; distinguished members of the press; as we speak today the document is yet to be adopted by the Executive for submission to the National Legislature for legislation,” Nasser added.

FLY said it believes that the action on the part of the Executive does not speak to the government’s commitment and support to the overall National Youth Development road map for young people noting, “However, we at the Federation of Liberian Youth have decided to engage major actors for the next six months to ensure that the National Youth Policy bill developed as a result of these consultations is passed into law and the National Youth Policy be adopted by the Executive.”

He said the purpose of this engagement is to improve relationship between all actors involved for the endorsement and passage of the National Youth Policy bill into law. “This we believe will promote exchange of information, dialogue and encourage the formulation, share recommendations addressing the challenges that characterize the management of youth development,” Nasser stated further.