Stop ‘back way’, you can make it here -Council boss tells youth

By IAfrica
In Gambia
Aug 18th, 2014

The executive director of the National Youth Council (NYC), Lamin Darboe, has once again urged the youth folk to stop travelling to Europe through the perilous high seas and deserts; but to rather utilise the opportunities created by the government of The Gambia for their empowerment.

He argued that young people could work and become successful here when they are ready to take ownership of the available resources. 

Speaking at the opening ceremony of a 10-day youth camp, organised by the Brikama Area Council (VSO) and the Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) at Sanyang village, Kombo South, Darboe described illegal migration (back way to Europe) as a phenomenon that is dangerous and often results to the unnecessary loss of lives.

“When people travel illegally to Europe through the high seas and succeed, they only send back their positive side of the story. They will never say what they have gone through thereby encouraging many more young people to join them during which many of them die,” Darboe said. 

He pointed to the gathering that no one is against young people’s migration, but that they are totally against traveling through the back way.

On the issue of employment, the NYC boss acknowledged that it is a global challenge, but hastened to underline that despite this problem, the government of The Gambia managed to create several youth empowerment and training institutions to help redirect their focus on meaningful development.

Darboe further called on young people to take up enterprise development initiatives, which, he said can earn them decent living and be role models in societies. “As young people, we have a responsibility to feel the integrity gap and take up its challenges,” he concluded.

The deputy permanent secretary no.2 at the Ministry of Lands and Regional Government, Lamin Sanneh, said the camp was not only meant to train young people for the future, but to also introduce them to government machinery and policy framework for development. “Government has championed the empowerment of young people alongside the creation of youth empowerment institutions,” he remarked. 

He went on to remind the young people that the achievement of President Jammeh’s Vision 2016 food self-sufficiency solely rests in their hands, urging them to take the lead in national development crusades.

The chairman of BAC, Bakary Saibo Sanneh, and the acting national director of VSO, Samba Jallow, both urged the young people to effective participate during the course of the camp so that they could bring the best out of it.

While Chairman Sanneh enjoined young people to learn and acquire skills that can enhance their lives, Director Jallow inspired them to strive to address the issue of unemployment.

A senior economist at the Ministry of Trade, Regional Integration and Employment, Faba Jammeh, said investing in young people is investing in the future, noting, “we cannot strive in our development when young people are excluded”.

Other speakers at the ceremony included the BAC development officer, Lamin Marri, and the councilor of Sukuta ward, Ebrima Cham.

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