The Governor of the Lower River Region (LRR) has commended the National Council for Civic Education (NCCE) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for the timely conduct of their ongoing nationwide mass sensitisation seminar on women and youth participation in politics in his region.
Salifu Puye was speaking recently at Pakalinding Lodge along Trans-Gambia Highway, as he presided over the official opening ceremony of a day-long seminar on women and youth participation in politics.
Organised by the two institutions, the seminar was held on the theme, “Enhancing women and youth political participation and representation”.
Governor Puye maintained that politics is not something new in Africa much more in The Gambia, and went on to call on the youths in his region to venture into skills acquisition, so that they can diversify their area of employment.
“Let youths venture into skills training because they form the majority,” he told the participants.
The Youth Chairperson of Lower River Region, Saikou Darboe informed participants that as Gambians, the constitution gives us “rights to be elected and be voted for during elections”.
He thus called on the youths in the region to fully participate in the electoral process, saying it is through that their voices could be heard.
“Youths should not base their support to parties only by clapping, running and dancing, but what they should look for is their full representation in decision making forums,” Darboe advised.
The Senior Programme Officer, NCCE, Isatou Bittaye gave an insight into her institution’s mandate, saying it is part of the NCCE’s role to promote the civic consciousness of the citizens in the country.
“The 1997 Constitution provides for the establishment of a civic education programme for the enlightenment of the society on civil matters. NCCE is mandated to work with the citizenry as it works with government,” Bittaye told participants.
NCCE she added was created as an independent non-partisan council under the constitution, to design and coordinate civic education programmes and to serve as the advocacy component to the National Governance Programme.
Similar seminars were also conducted for women and youths in the North Bank, Central and Upper River regions.
by Lamin B. Darboe