The Government of Liberia, through the National Bureau of Employment of the Ministry of Labor, has over the weekend launched a major job creation program for Single-Mothers in four communities in Monrovia and its environs.
The program which was held on Friday, August 10, 2012, at the main compound of the Ministry of Labor brought together leadership representatives of women organizations from the four communities.
Speaking at the launching program, Labour Minister Hon. Vabah K. Gayflor said the program will provide short-term employment opportunities for 420 Single Mothers residing in low income settlements such as Logan Town, New Kru Town, Gardnersville, Jamaica Road, Slip-way Clara Town, Soniwein and Doe Communities.
She said the project is intended to mobilize single mothers and the disable people to clean their communities and sensitize the inhabitants by creating sanitation awareness, which is critical to improving the sanitary condition of the communities.
Minister Gayflor told the women that the project is the beginning by the Ministry of Labour to help provide short-term jobs for women around the country to help themselves and their communities.
She encouraged the women to take the job seriously, by listening to their supervisors and working hard to ensure that the necessary things are done to bring sanity to their communities.
The Labour boss also called on the media to follow up with the project implementation to find out whether the women are actually working or good things are happening for them, while urging some community members on their impression of the program.
Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Madam Korpo D. Korhenneh said Minister Gayflor is noted for helping women and women organizations when she was at the Ministry of Gender; and so providing such an opportunity for single mothers is not a surprise.
She said the project will assist single mothers in the four communities to get some money to enable them engage in small businesses, and at the same time send their children to school. She praised the Minister of Labour for the opportunity and promised to work with the Ministry's monitors to ensure the smooth implementation of the project.
Earlier, the Director of the National Bureau of Employment, Mr. George Saah said the Ministry of Labour will collaborate with community based organization and community leaders residing in the selected low income areas for the successful implementation of this project.
He added that the project will be implemented by establishing community based organizations in the selected areas within Twenty-one (21) working days.
Mr. Saah said workers on the project will receive a daily wage of US$3.00 or its equivalent in Liberian dollars while a supervisor will be paid US$5.00.