By Amadou Jadama
The new regional youth committee of West Coast Region was inaugurated on Monday at a ceremony held at Governor’s Conference Hall in Brikama.
In his inaugural speech, the Deputy Governor of West Coast Region Siaka Jatta expressed his delight over the inauguration, saying this is one of his first engagements with the youth since taking office.
“I would like to start by appreciating the tireless effort of the outgoing members during their term in office. “You have not betrayed the trust bestowed on you by young people of the region after your election into Office, two years ago. You were chosen by young people to represent their interest and voices at the regional level and you had done your part with commitment and sacrifice, “he said.
To the incoming members of the committee the deputy governor reminded them that they are coming into office at a time when young people are challenged with several issues of urgent concerns including unemployment leading to mass migration to Europe, issues of FGM and child marriage despite the ban, lack of necessary youth friendly infrastructure among others. “It is my hope that you will join us to work hard to address these and many more challenges confronting you and denying innocent young people from fulfilling their potentials.” He added that the Government of the Gambia prioritizes the issues of young people considering the fact that they form the majority of this country’s population.
“Under the leadership of the Governor we” will continue to support your endeavors,” he told the youths.
He added.. “We shall also be close to you in order to share your concern. Government commitment to youth has been clearly detailed in the National Development Plan( NDP) 2018 to 2021.”
Albino F Gomez, chairperson of the new committee applauded the out-going members for their hard work, dedication and support they have been rendered.
“During our first tenure in office, we were able to acquire land for agricultural purpose or creational centre measuring 500×500 metres at Sambouya Village. We were also able to produce the best youth forms and the highest number of youth forms as we all know that Agriculture contributes 20 percent of. GDP.”
“We recruited 60 young people for training at Gambia Songhai Intiative and registered 40 youth groups and built the capacity of 100 youths in entrepreneurship skills, proposal writing among others. Lamin Darboe Executive Director National Youth Council cautioned them to remain united and respect each other.
Certificates were awarded to deserving members for their hard work.
Other speakers were Mam Sait Jallow CEO Brikama Area Council, Ismaila Jallow vice chairman and Bakary Saibo Sanneh former Chairman of the BAC.