Peace-building Fund Project Launched for Youth in Agriculture

first_imgParticipants from the ministries of Agriculture, Gender, Labor, Youth and Sports at the launch of the peace-building fund project for youth in agriculture.The Government of Liberia (GoL) and the United Nations on Thursday, June 27, 2019, launched a peace-building fund project in Gbarnga, Bong County, aimed at enhancing income generation of entrepreneurs, mainly youth groups that are engaged into agricultural activities in Bong, and Lofa counties.The sustaining peace and improving social cohesion through the promotion of rural employment opportunities for youth in conflict-prone areas project is a team-driven effort implemented by the GoL through the ministries of Agriculture, Gender, Labor and Youth and Sports in collaboration with the United Nations office in Liberia, including the Food and Agriculture Organization, World Food Program, and the International Labor Organization.Peter Bemah, Deputy Youth and Sports Minister for Technical and Vocational Education, who performed the official launching exercise, called on youth in Bong and Lofa counties to embrace the project and be positive instruments of sustaining the peace, fostering social cohesion and living side-by-side in oneness.He pledged the MYS’ commitment in making the project successful as a basis for expansion to other counties.“If this project is not successful, we will not be able to extend it to other parts of the country involving the youths,” Bimba said.Bong County Gender Coordinator, Anita K. Rennie, said that young people can only be able to foster peace and fight against violence when they are empowered with the essential skills, and opportunities to be marketable adding that the project is the right vehicle.Meanwhile, youth leaders in the two counties, expressed the hope to empower an independent-minded youth.Augustine Kokulo Jr, Youth president of Zorzor District, Lofa County, said they were optimistic that the project “will empower us to the level where they will graduate from continuously standing at the door-steps of politicians begging for scholarships, and other handouts due to hardships, but to become self-sufficient.”Diggs K. Singbah, Youth Leader, Salala District, Bong County, said Liberian youth often face “extreme hardships to access the right opportunities to become marketable and productive.”“We hope that this project will help improve lives of young people by making them productive citizens,” he said.A multidimensional joint effort of FAO, ILO, WFP, and the GoL, the peace-building fund project is a 24-month activity, which primary purpose is sustaining the peace through reduction in youth vulnerability and achieve their positive engagement in improved rice, vegetable, poultry, and fish farming.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Oktay lambasts Afraha pitch, calls it ‘a farm’

first_img0Shares0000Gor Mahia head coach Hassan Oktay issues instructions to his players during their Kenyan Premier League match against Sofapaka at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on February 18, 2019NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 18 – Gor Mahia head coach Hassan Oktay launched a scathing attack at the state of the Afraha Stadium pitch, despite his side weathering a tough Sofapaka storm to win 1-0 and move third in the Kenyan Premier League standings.The Cypriot tactician was unimpressed with the uneven and bumpy nature of the playing surface which denied his charges an opportunity to express their free-flowing football. “This is no pitch. This is a farm. This is not for playing football. In Europe, parks where kids play football are better than this. This is a farm,” the angered tactician stated after the game.This is not the first time a Gor Mahia coach is blasting the same stadium as last season, ex coach Dylan Kerr termed the pitch as horrendous.The game between the two sides had earlier been scheduled for the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Saturday but had to be moved due to Gor Mahia’s involvement in the CAF Confederations Cup.Referee Badir Yassin tries to restore calm in the penalty area during the Kenyan Premier League match between Sofapaka and Gor Mahia at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on February 18, 2019And it was not only the pitch that annoyed the tactician, but he also expressed his frustration with the match referee Badir Yassin who he accused of trying to spoil the game.“We have suffered bad decisions against referees. Today, the referee wasn’t good enough. He was very bad. He tried to spoil the game but both teams were good and remained disciplined,” the furious coach stated.Nonetheless, the tactician said he was proud of his charges for getting maximum points from the tough tie despite having little time to rest following their tie away in Angola.“We played a high intensity game in Angola and two days later, we are playing a very tough and big game here. We got a win and I am happy with the players. Probably we should have won two or three, but it’s three points still,” stated the tactician.Gor will have little time to rest as on Wednesday they will be out again for a league assignment when they face another on form side, Western Stima at the Kasarani Stadium in a rescheduled tie.Fapaka head coach John Baraza shouts instructions on the touchline during the Kenyan Premier League match against Gor Mahia at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on February 18, 2019The victory over Sofapaka moved Gor to within three points of leaders Bandari, but the defending champions will assume top spot of they pick up maximum points against Stima.Meanwhile, Sofapaka tactician John Baraza says he was proud oif his players despite the loss to Gor, lauding their fighting spirit especially after playing with a man less for the last quarter hour following Mohammed Kilume’s injury.Sofapaka were on a run of five successive wins, but Baraza suffered his first defeat since taking charge of the team.“We were unfortunate today because we created the chances, we had possession but we were just unlucky not to score. I think my boys really did well and showed some good fighting spirit. The league is still a marathon and this is now over. We shift our focus to the next game,” the youthful tactician stated.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more