The ruling APRC party militants, supporters and political pundits over the weekend launched its youth sub-committees meant to manage, coordinate and implement the successful organisation of the forthcoming mega youth rally targeting over 50,000 youths scheduled to take place in the provincial town of Basse, Upper River Region.
The youth sub-committees were officially launched on Saturday evening at the APRC Political Bureau in Kanifing South by the National Mobiliser of the party Yankuba Colley, who also doubles as the Lord Mayor of the Kanifing Municipality. The event was also graced by the Minister of Youth & Sports Hon. Alieu K. Jammeh, Permanent Secretary at the Office of the President, Ousman Rambo Jatta who also doubles as the Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief of the Daily Observer Newspaper, the Director General of The Gambia Radio & Television Services (GRTS) Momodou Sabally, among a host of other APRC bigwigs.
The various committees are tasked with the objective of organising what political pundits and militants called a rare huge convergence of youths drawn from all regions of the country under a single platform meant to express deep sense of gratitude and appreciation to the Gambian leader and the architect of the Glorious July 22nd Revolution for championing the cause of youths in the past 22 years.
The Basse youth rally is part of the three main rallies set up by the ruling party. The first was the just ended Women’s Rally held in Soma, Jarra West District of the Lower River Region, the second being the forthcoming Basse Youth Rally which will precede the Elders Rally to be held in Kanilai.
Addressing party militants before declaring the youth sub-committees inaugurated, Mayor Colley drew the attention of committee members to what he called serious business to be done from now against the youth rally and beyond to the December 1, 2016 Presidential Elections.
He advised them to maintain the spirit of discipline, hard work, party loyalty, collective work amongst other noble virtues to ensure the smooth and successful organisation of the Basse Rally, which he added should surpass the Women’s Rally, cognizant of the percentage of the youthful population of the country and the numerous development ventures put at their disposal by the President.
He made reference to the establishment of the University of The Gambia and various faculties therein graduating hundreds of Gambians in different disciplines, majority of which falls under youthful ages. He also cited the establishment of GRTS, as amongst the biggest achievements of the Revolution.
He said discipline and hard work represents true values of the APRC party and its leadership, as exhibited in the party’s rules and regulations right from inception to date. He therefore, warned that any committee member found wanting would be expelled and replaced without delay, hence the need for them to develop the spirit of team work and cooperation to ensure a successful rally.
Hon. Babou Gaye Sonko, the National Youth Mobiliser urged youths to be always grateful to the leadership of the party, describing President Jammeh as a champion of Gambia’s sustainable development in all sectors.
He reaffirmed commitment of Gambian youths to support President Jammeh and the ruling party as exhibited in their large turnouts whenever they are called upon. He further described the July 22nd Revolution as a youth revolution, citing the number of youths serving in various senior government and non-government positions, inclusive of both men and women.
Other speakers at the inauguration ceremony included the KMC Youth Mobiliser, Alhaji Lamin Camara, Sheikh Omar Sanneh, Aja Yama Njie among others.
by Sanna Jawara & Alhagie Babou Jallow