The NEWS (Monrovia)

22 May 2014

Liberia: NIC Targets Job Placement

The National Investment Commission (NIC) has embarked on a job placement campaign for students graduating from technical institutions in Liberia.

NIC Chairman Michael S. Wotorson said the job placement initiative would enable concessionaires and business institutions to employ technical students.

The NIC boss made the disclosure Wednesday at a signing ceremony of a memorandum of understanding between Liberia Opportunities Industrialization Center (LOIC) and Goyal Farm.

Wotorson said NIC has made it mandatory for concessionaires seeking investment incentives to hire some students from technical and vocational institutions across Liberia.

He said the concessionaires will be obligated to train and employ some of the students.

The NIC boss said this initiative is intended to ensure that Liberians are employed with the companies rather than bringing in expatriates to do jobs that Liberians are qualified to do.

He said government officials and institutions are under obligation to ensure that concessionaires positively impact the lives of the people.

Wotorson said often times government officials and institutions are afraid to use the power they have, something he claimed, is contributing toward the backwardness of Liberia.

The NIC boss said as long as he remains at the Commission, he would ensure that Liberians are prioritized in every agreement the commission will enter into. He commended Goyal Farm for signing the MOU with LOIC.

For her part, Madam Faith Massaquoi, Executive Director of Goyal Farm said she was excited to have entered an agreement with LOIC which will enable her entity to employ five students every year upon graduation.

Earlier, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of LOIC Joseph K. Duwor lauded NIC and Goyal Farm for the agreement which, he said, will contribute greatly to the development of the institution.

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