16 May 2016

Liberia: Youth Play Critical Role in 2017 Elections

Monrovia — River Gee County Senator Conmany B. Wesseh says the youth will play the biggest role in the political process in the 2017 political decision making.

According to the former student leader, students' youth in particular are expected to provide leadership in the thinking process, because they are shock force of the intelligentsia trained for that purpose.

Senator Wesseh was speaking Thursday, May 12, 2016 to the Cuttington University Student Union (CUSU) on the Campus of the Cuttington University, Suakoko, Bong County. He also spoke of the need for political parties to pay attention to the student community, because the young people are able to comprehend and make good judgement during the general and Presidential elections in 2017.

He said the decision to make and what kind of decision depends on the youth who make up the 65% of our voting population of the country that will be electing the new president and 73 members of the House of Representatives.

He is encouraging the young generation to be mindful of politicians, particularly aspirants who want to use their economic power to influence voters.

He said a positive decision will help in the political process and guide the country to grow and brighten the future.

Responding to questions, Senator Wesseh called on the students of the Cuttington University to never lose focus that the main purpose of their enrollment at the institution is to acquire education and training for service to their country and society.

He said that university students, as shock force of the intelligentsia, must prepare themselves first and foremost, academically and build their consciousness for the proper development of themselves, their families and the society at large.

It must be recalled that the Senator graduated from the University of Liberia in 1978 after serving in many student leadership positions such as: President of the sophomore class, 1976; Vice chairman and later chairman of the ULSU Intellectual Discourse Committee 1976/1977; Chairman of the Political Affairs Committee of SUP and President of the University of Liberia Students Union 1978. He became the founding President of the Liberia National Students Union (LINSU) 1979 to 1981; and for many years Deputy Secretary General and Acting Secretary General of the Accra based All Africa Students Union from where he carried out executive assignments with the Prague based International Union of Students.

On the national level, he made extraordinary contributions to the end of the 14 years of war as civil society and public servant in the positions of: Special Advisor on Peace Process to President Dr. Amos Claudius Sawyer, Minister of Youth and Sports, Executive Director of the Center for Democratic Empowerment, Chairman of the Liberia Leadership Forum, leading member of the National Transitional Legislative Assembly (Chairing the key leadership Committee of the Peace Process and National Reconciliation), Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador/Special Envoy, Minister of State without Portfolio before his election to the current position as Senator of River Gee county.

Without apology for his very strong commitment to his pan-Africanist progressive views, Senator Wesseh told the Cuttington students that those who oppose progressive ideas are reactionaries and have little role in the future development of Liberia.

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