Treasured young people of the land that we love, esteemed stakeholders, respected Donor partners and all present.
Let me take this opportunity to welcome you all to this induction training.
Now to you our beloved inductees; it is an open secret that you and thousands of other young Sierra Leoneans went through a very tough selection process. And here you are today among the chosen few. This is the beginning of a long journey as you prepare to write a final test that will reduce this number from 250 to 202. This is to ensure people are recruited in an accountable and transparent manner and on the basis of merit and competence. The New direction, embraces Meritocracy and excellence over mediocrity. We are proud of you as a Ministry and we encourage you to put into practice, in your different duty stations, everything you have learned from your universities and colleges. To those who will make it to the final selection stage, I admonish you all to Be willing and ready to learn at all times. Show humility to all, uphold high standards of integrity, discipline, zero tolerance to corruption and self esteem. Be poised at all times to see your organization succeed in delivering on its planned programs and activities. Dogged and selfless service is your passport to prosperity; so, you should be willing to put in the extra hours and never, ever rely on cutting corners. You are worthy ambassadors charged with the responsibility of showcasing to the world, the skills, raw talents, and character young Sierra Leoneans possess. What we see in our youth is zeal and tenacity to bring about positive transformation wherever they go. It is our belief that you can do it. You shall not disappoint the nation. I say you shall not disappoint the nation. I say it again: You shall not disappoint the nation.
Let me hasten to remind you of the golden words of Malcolm X, the great American Civil Right activist: “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” So, learn new skills, gather knowledge, experience and expertise needed to make you marketable upon completion of this very important on the job training program.
Youth unemployment remains a very serious challenge to our peace and security. As a Government, we are prepared to create safe spaces to ensure young people have the required skills and education to be job creators instead of job seekers.
I want to, at this juncture, thank the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and other development partners for their continued support to young people of this country. I also want to reiterate that our government is prepared to ensure funds meant for the people are used judiciously.
Go to your different work places and make us very proud. Go and make your institutions very proud. There are only two ways you can make that happen: One, make yourselves value added assets to the institutions where you will be deployed. Two, do number one again and again until excellence becomes a natural part of you.
On a final note, our beloved President, His Excellency Julius Maada Bio has poignantly reminded us: ” While the task to change and transform Sierra Leone is Monumental, with our collective determination that task is not insurmountable” If the young people of this country believe this golden words of courage, then we are half way there.
Thank you all. God bless you and God bless our beloved country.