The Inquirer (Monrovia)

25 June 2014

Liberia: U.S. Diplomat Urges Liberians to Take Charge of Their Economy

The Charge D' Affaires at the US Embassy in Monrovia, Shelia Paskman, has called on youths and university students attending a two-day Africa Youths Leadership Development Training in Paynesville to see themselves as agents of change in preserving their economy as the betterment of their nation largely depends on them.

Speaking at the Thinker's Village Hotel in Paynesville outside Monrovia, Madam Paskman told a cross session of youths who assembled in their number for the training that the changing minds and changing attitude are very rewarding aspects of improving their country's economy that will positively affect the lives of all Liberians.

The US Diplomat who served as a student leader back in the US prior to her ascendancy to Government's appointment, told the young people in the hall to seek positive adventures that will help improve their nation positively instead of voting people who are not nationalistic.

According to her, there can be no extended change in Liberia except Liberians themselves be totally involved in the driving force that will see a positive change in the lives of the present generation that will also extend to the following generation, because according to her, what affects today's Liberia, also has the propensity of spreading to the future.

"I want you to notice something important about what I just said; it is not just about you, it is about how you work with other people," Madam Paskman stated.

For his part, UNESCO Ambassador to Liberia, Rev. J. Luther Tarpeh called on the young people of Liberia to rise up and take hold of their economy from the hands of foreigners. According to him one of the ways to do that is to take responsibilities in fighting the ills in the society.

Speaking further, Rev. Tarpeh said corruption has been the main problem affecting leadership in Africa and that in the absence of good leadership, there cannot be a good and efficient Government that will seek the wellbeing of its people.

The conference continues today with the launch of the African Leadership in Liberia for the first time and with the coalition of university students on board to join efforts with Transformation International which is the organizer of the training.

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