Mark Mattner, the Project Manager for GIZ Resource Governance Project in West Africa signed for the GIZ while Mr. Samson S. Tokpah, Head of Secretariat signed for the LEITI.
Under the agreement, the German Development Cooperation will provide a grant amount of US$24,500 over a six-month period (November 2012-April 2013) to facilitate the establishment of extractive clubs in ten (10) high schools in Monrovia and its environs. The effort is in support of LEITI’s outreach programs aimed at increasing public awareness on activities in the extractive sectors. The project will enable students from participating schools to access knowledge and information on issues relative to the management of Liberia’s natural resources through campus- based activities, including peer-to-peer discussions, lecture series, mentoring and field trips amongst others.
Speaking on behalf of the LEITI during the official signing ceremony on today, in the LEITI’s Conference Room on Capitol Hill, Mr.Tokpah said the initiative is a means of transferring knowledge and skills to the youths on the management of the nation’s extractive resources so that they are able to make prudent decisions when they eventually become leaders in the society. He noted that the project will be piloted in the 10 schools, but LEITI plans on expanding the extractive clubs to other parts of the country once funding is guaranteed.
Mr. Tokpah has further commended the GIZ family and the German Government for their continuous support towards the implementation of the EITI process in Liberia. It can be recalled that the GIZ funded LEITI’s first inter-high school debate in May 2012 during which hundreds of students from four high schools in Monrovia were engaged in discussions on the Country’s extractive resources.
The Extractive Club Project is expected to be launched in December 2012.