The Senior Programme Officer at the National Council for Civic Education (NCCE) has stated that the Access to Justice football tournament was organised to promote youths’ participation in access to justice dispensation.
Isatou Bittaye was speaking over the weekend during the official opening of NCCE’s EU-funded football tournament final held at Soma mini stadium in the Lower River Region.
She explained that Access to Justice National Football Championship was part of Access to Civic Awareness Campaign under the EU Technical Assistance on Access to Justice and Legal Education Project for The Gambia.
The goal of the campaign, according to Bittaye, was to enhance access to justice through civic and legal education, as well as the provision of information for justice mechanisms.
The campaign, she went on, also seeks to promote public awareness on civic rights and duties, awareness on the obligations of law enforcement agencies, disseminate knowledge and enhance confidence in the tripartite justice system.
“The key target audience for the project composed of Alkalolu, chiefs, Imams, women, community leaders, youth and law enforcement agencies. The campaign was piloted in Brikama in the West Coast; Kwinella in Lower River and Kuraw Arfang in the Upper River Regions,” she stated.
Bittaye emphasised that youths are important in the development of any country, noting that “if they are not aware of their civic rights, as future leaders, it will be difficult for them to fulfill their rights and responsibilities”.
She went on to thank all those who participated in the project from February to May 2016.
Welcoming the gathering, the Governor of the Lower River Region, Salifu Puye, expressed delight in hosting the EU National Football championship in his region.
“Let me thank EU for coming up with such an important tournament. The assessment carried out in my region about the project was impressive because during the assessment, the team came across with important facts which were hiden before,” he confirmed.
The team leader for EU Access to Justice in The Gambia, Shelley Liberto, thanked all those who participated in the pilot project, affirming that they have registered major successes in their awareness creation for access to justice mechanism in The Gambia.
by Lamin B. Darboe