By Maimuna Sey-Jawo
The Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) has handed over two Nissan Patrol 4×4 vehicles to the Ministries of Trade and Youth and Sports in a bid to support their entrepreneurship and employment agenda for Gambian youths.
The Nissan vehicles were handed over at a ceremony organised Thursday at the Trade ministry’s ground in Banjul.
Speaking, YEP program manager Mr Raimund Moser said the idea is to help a project which aims to build on and strengthen the existing structures in support of youth entrepreneurship and employment.
According to him, the project counts more than 20 implementing partners from both the public and private sectors working together to create opportunities for youth.
“In parallel, YEP supports and fosters the capacities of Gambian institutions to sustain the benefits beyond the project lifetime,” Mr Moser said.
He added that the vehicle donated will support the Ministries and its institutions to improve reach of beneficiaries in rural areas, which is a key priority of the project.
“The vehicles will be managed by the two Ministries and will allow the government and its various partners to effectively support the project activities,” he noted.
The Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Trade Naffie Barry called the donation a “type of legislative support given to us the two ministries by YEP to have them in the implementing of the service of the youth empowerment project.”
Fatima Sosseh Jallow, the deputy permanent secretary at the ministry of Youths and Sport, expressed gratitude.