Youth & Sports Minister Lenn Eugene Nagbe has assured the outgoing leadership of the Federation of Liberian Youth (FLY) that the government remains supportive of the organization headquarters' construction.
Minister Nagbe said government commitment to funding the construction of FLY headquarters followed a meeting held with President Sirleaf recently by officials of FLY and the Ministry of Youth & Sports.
He made the disclosure at the weekend when FLY outgoing President Mohammed Nassir presented to Minister Nagbe the architectural design of the multipurpose headquarters building and other relevant land documents in Bensonville City.
He explained that President Sirleaf has mandated the Ministry of Youth & Sports and the FLY including the Montserrado County authority to coordinate and ensure that the project is completed. The ongoing FLY headquarters project is expected to be constructed on three acres of land in Bensonville City, Montserrado County.
The Youth & Sports Minister pointed out that the project is important for the young people and that the government was proud to commit itself to the provision of funding.
He said government has interest in building and developing the capacity of young people, because according to him, over 70 percent of the country's population falls within that category.
Minister Nagbe added that the headquarters will be an essential point to coordinate national youth activities, and as the future unfolds, youth center and a center of excellence will be constructed on the land as well.
Already, construction works on the project has begun with its cost estimated at US$105,000, while furniture, computers, other materials including generators for the building are said to be estimated at over US$45,000 as stated by Mohammed Nassir.
For his part, outgoing FLY President Nassir was overwhelmed with the start of the project, adding that his leadership has begun a dream come true for the federation.
Nassir said he was happy that his leadership has begun a project which the government has committed itself to funding.
He said when his leadership took over the affairs of the federation, they had nothing, but with the passage of the national youth bill by the legislature, the ongoing construction of a headquarters and the national youth policy document, the leadership has achieved greatly.
However, Nassir said he was happy that the organization provided US$15,000 to start the project. The fund, he explained, came from the subsidies they received from the government through the national budget.