Gambia observes Africa Liberation Day
Monday, May 25, 2009
The Gambia yesterday, joined the rest of the African continent to observe Africa Liberation Day. The day was set aside by the African Union to be observed annually throughout the African continent.
Here in The Gambia, the Youth Organisation for African Unity-Gambia charpter, Monday organised a forum to mark the day on the theme "There are no good reasons for Gambian youths to migrate illegally to Europe". The celebration began with a match pass by different youth organisations and the scout band from Churchill's Town Petrol Station to Buffer Zone in Tallinding where statements were delivered.
In his welcome address, the mayor of Banjul, Samba Faal, described the observation of the day as significant for the African continent. He told youths that they have a role to play towards the development of the continent. "Youths need to take the opportunities at hand with dedication and patriotism in order to develop the African continent that our children and the future generation would benefit" he said. Mayor Faal, paid homage to the great heroes of Africa, who struggled for the liberation of the continent.
For his part, the executive secretary of the National Youth Council, Marcel Mendy, urged youths to come together and unite for the development of Africa. He went on to thank the government of The Gambia for creating the condusive environment where youths can take the opportunity not only to shape their future but for the African continent and the world at large.
According to him, all what the Gambian leader needs from the youths is for them to unite saying "If there is unity, you can put a mountain down." Fakuru Sillah, speaking on behalf of the Youth Organisation for African Unity said African Liberation Day marks the end of colonial rule in Africa and the beginning of national independence for African countries. He urged youths to see the opportunities available to them at home here in Africa and make best use of them for the benefit of their dear continent.
According to him, the ultimate answer to Africa's development question is with youths. He told the youths to seek knowledge and skills to add value to the abundant natural resources and use them to their advantage for sustainable development. Emsebo S Mulosli chaired the occasion.
Author: by Salifu M Touray