Kaira Nyining Federation (KNF) in collaboration with the Kombo East Youth and Children Development Alliance (KEYCDA) recently commemorated International Youth Day at Madina Talokoto Village in the Kombo East District, West Coast Region.
The theme of this year’s event is “Road to 2030: eradicating poverty and achieving sustainable production and consumption.”
At the ceremony, Alhagie S Nyang, Regional Youth Coordinator, said the youth contribute immensely to the development of their communities and the nation as a whole.
“The Road to 2030, which includes the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), all identified the promotion and welfare of youth and their development in their respective regions,’’ he stated.
Nyang opined that in order to eradicate poverty and to achieve sustainable production and consumption in any reputable community youth must first be taken into consideration and provided with all the necessary empowerment needed.
“Equally, since youth have been advocating for the empowerment from relevant authorities and stakeholders, they must also be ready to take up challenges and responsibilities as agents of change. It is also incumbent on the authorities to create decent job opportunities for the young people as duty bearers. Young people should also be involved in decision making, taking up political positions in order for them to address the concerns of their fellow young people as the SDGs could not be achieved in the absence and the involvement of the young people,’’ he said.
The Alkalo of Madina Talokoto, Olimatou Colley, described the day as significant and worth celebrating, as it reflects on the successes and failures of young people, noting that youth are the cream of any society and that any effort designed to empowerment them is crucial.
She acknowledged that the Government of The Gambia under the able leadership of President Jammeh has created a lot of avenues for young people, women and girls. “So it is now their responsibility to make the best use of the opportunities provided.”
Lamin K Sanneh, Kombo East District Youth Committee Chairperson, giving a brief background of the International Youth Day, said the event is an awareness creation day designated by the United Nations on August 12 to draw attention to critical and legal issues surrounding youth.
Omar Bah, Executive Board Chairperson of KEYCDA, tasked young people in the area to come forward and discuss issues affecting them, saying that it is through discussion that their problems can be addressed.
Ebrima Njie, chairperson of Giboroh Community Association, also spoke at length on the importance of the day, further describing it as a true reflection of the betterment of young people.
by Fatou Gassama