By D. Patrick Tokpah
In an effort to prepare underprivileged citizens for the job market, the Prince Kermue Moye Vocational Skills Training program has graduated two hundred and thirty persons in various disciplines; our Bong County correspondent says about ninety percent of the graduates are breadwinners for their families who had over the past find it very difficult to provide daily meals.
Prince Kermue Moye Vocational Skills Training program graduated the 230 after going through three-month training courses thereby enabling beneficiaries to be able to work and improve their living standards.
Computer science and soap making technology, carpentry, home- economic amongst others were some of the courses offered during the first phase of the program.
As sponsor of the program, the Deputy Speaker and Representative Prince K. Moye spent 8,000 United States dollars during the first phase, and has committed himself to keep supporting the free vocational skills training program.
The graduation ceremony of the PKM Vocational Skill Training program took place at the school edifice in District#2 over the weekend with several Stakeholders and business tycoons in attendance.
Addressing journalists following the graduation ceremony in Sheansue Town – Bong County, Deputy Speaker Moye said the program is intended to empower young Liberians to find meaningful market opportunities and self-employment by increasing their skills and livelihoods.
Rep Moye said the institution seeks to help young people of Liberia, especially citizens of Bong County, to acquire the knowledge of computer and other trainings. He emphasized that he will work with staff of the institution to add a vocational-driven school program to the existing courses been offered at the institution in the county.
The Deputy Speaker further extended commendations to the graduating class for the level of calmness over the period amid the many challenges facing the Country. The Bong County District#2 lawmaker provided L$700,000 to the graduating class as his own way of identifying with them as they walk out of the wall of the institution in the County.
Serving as keynote speaker at the first graduation ceremony, the Managing Director of the National Port Authority, Bill Twehway through a proxy, Civicul Barsi Giah, called on the graduates to use the knowledge acquired wisely for the betterment of the Country.
Mr. Giah, at the same time, used the medium to appeal to well-meaning Liberians, national government and other technical institutions operating in the county to rally support to the institution for the realization of its objectives in the county.