The Ministry of Youth and Sports in collaboration with the National Youth Council (NYC) and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) recently held a day’s forum for youth and members of the North Bank Region Technical Advisory Committees (TAC).
Supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the forum was designed to popularise among the youths the revised National Youths Policy 2009 -2018.
The event also accorded the participants the opportunity to discuss burning issues including the dangers associated with irregular migration.
Speaking at the ceremony, Musa Mbye, Director of Youth and Sports, affirmed that the Ministry attaches great importance to the popularisation of the revised National Youths Policy and issues regarding irregular migration.
The forum, he added, seeks to harness youths’ participation and promote stakeholders’ involvement in the implementation of the revised National Youth Policy.
He pointed out that the implementation of the Youth Policy calls for concerted effort by all stakeholders, noting that the Government has provided conducive environment to enhance youth development to contribute to the realisation of national development goals.
Abdoulie Faye, Programme Officer at the National Youth Council, noted that the forum is fundamental in strengthening closer collaboration with stakeholders.
Faye said the revised policy provides framework for promoting fundamental rights and protection of socio-economic development.
According to him, the policy would contribute to creating job opportunities and provide livelihood and by extension promote resource mobilisation for youth programmes and projects.
Sheriffo Mboge, chairperson of the Regional Youth Committee, said the policy aims at empowering youths on the opportunity available to enhance their participation in national development.
He called on stakeholders and youth to be proactive towards the implementation of the policy for sustainable livelihoods.
Famara Njie of the International Organisation for Migration said irregular migration remains a concern for governments.
He opined that creating public awareness on irregular migration would contribute to ending the menace and enhance national development.
Njie said over 6000 youths migrated to Italy over the past years, according to data on International Organisation for Migration and therefore called for collective effort in ending irregular migration.
by Alhagie Babou Jallow &