She spent some time in the USA but decided to come back home consistent with her belief to give back by serving her country. She thanked Nedi for making her what she is today, while revealing plans to expand her business to other areas in The Gambia.
Kebbeh and Brothers are specialised in making agricultural processing machines such as stretching machine, coos-milling machine, coos-brushing machine, pea nut butter machine, findi-brushing and separation machines. He started his career a couple of years ago and trained more than 25 young people. He is currently having two workshops with young people learning skills.
2ray’s Barbing salon, Fafa Touray opened his barber’s salon four years ago .He is currently working with three boys having registered his business with Gambia Revenue Authority in order to pay tax to the government. Not every educated person can acquire a white collar job, he said, but with skills and determination one can earn a living as well as employ others. Mr Touray said he is doing better than some people in Europe as he advised youths to stay here and work for their nation and create employment for others.
Mariama M Jallow (MJ Salon) was established in 2008, providing hair dressing, pedicure and medicure services. She has trained 2,000 young people with 145 students currently enrolled to learn hair dressing, English, Maths and life skills.
The students are trained for one year with nine months intensive training and two months attachment followed by NTA certification. She affirmed her willingness to train more girls but decried having to turn away some applicants due to deficiency of capacity.
Yundum Sports Development Committee received 250,000 dalasis from the government to fence their football pitch. Lamin Fatty, chairman of the committee thanked minister Jammeh for the support he has rendered to Gambian youths and in the area of sports by enhancing productive development. He revealed:
“Yundum field has been in need of support for the past 30 years and the 250 000 dalasis given to us has all been spent. The committee budgeted 1.6 million for the completion of the project .W e are appealing to government to consider our proposal because our teams are playing nawettan in other zones”.
Sindola Automative Engineering Workshop is owned by twin brothers Assan and Ousainou Maneh who are specialised in motor cycle and generator repairs. They started their business in 1996 and have trained more than 15 young people .The twins have another workshop on the Gambian border with Senegal. They decried lack of sufficient working materials.
Betema Enterprise Shoemaking. Make shoes using leather .Proprietor Mr Jallow said people are impressed with their work and are attracting patronage.
“It is always a difficulty to have leather at times. I have to go to Senegal and get some from there and we are working with only two machines which delay our work,” he appealed.
Kombo East Youth and Children Development Alliance Cooperative Credit Union (KEYCDACCU) was established in 2009 to reduce the rate of teenage pregnancy and school drop –outs in their community. The credit union has registered more than 800 members covering 33 places in Kombo East. They give short, medium and long term loans ranging from 1,000-10,000, 25,000 and 50,000 respectively. They also talked about lack of motorbike as their challenge to reach members and as well as software. “The credit union has spent about D136, 000 in kind to buy some food stuffs for its members during the ramadan and we have also helped women kafos with fertilisers as loan and scholarships for students”.
Minister of Youth and Sports- Alieu Jammeh
Director, Directorate of Planning – Musa Mbye
Sainey Drammeh – Former director of President International Award Scheme
Emmanuel Mendy- Former director NYSS
Landing Sanneh – Former director of NEDI
Lamin Darbo – National Youth Council]]>