The National Organising Committee of next month’s National Youth Conference and Festival slated for LRR, is relocating to the location of the event Jarra Soma this Friday, reliable source told The Standard.

The decision to move all activities to LRR came on the heels of reports that work on the facilities and infrastructure for the week-long event is far behind schedule. Recently, the deputy permanent secretary at the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Aboulie Kah, sounded an alarm when he told Daily Observer that he was disappointed with the level of preparations of the ground, especially on the main venue, the mini-stadium at Soma.

Consequently said our source, the National Orgainsing Committee led by youth council chairman Fabaky Kalleh has decided to be present on the ground weeks ahead of the event to ensure that no further delay occurs for the December 14 opening.


“We are all going on Friday to work with the local organising committee and all the heads of the regional youth and sports committees to get every ground, facility and venue ready and in good shape,” said a senior official of the NOC.

Nayconf is the flagship youth gathering and sports jamboree much credited for promoting social cohesion and sports among the youths across regions in the country. When it was introduced in the 70s, the Youth Week, as it was called, was the biggest and most popular event on the calendar of national youth activities.  It will be hosted in the Lower River Region with Jarra Soma’s football field identified as the centre of most open air activities including the grand opening and sports events.  Conferences and other social and cultural forums will be held at venues in Pakalinding and near-by regional headquarters, Mansakonko. Another task to be undertaken by the combined officials is to ensure that accommodation is secured for all participants and officials.  Thousands of youths are expected to converge in LRR from mid to late December and officials are bent on meeting the deadline on all preparations.