The Chairman of the Brikama Area Council has called on young people in the country not to risk their lives in the high seas in their attempt to find greener pasture in Europe
Bakary Saibo Sanneh was speaking recently during the International Youth Day celebration held at the Gambia College campus in Brikama.
“That Europe you all yearn for, is greener here as the government has created a lot of opportunities which you need to grab and better your lives with and that of your families,’’ he said.
According to him, the youth today consider travelling abroad as an exit strategy, saying this is guided by the fact that they think nothing good can come out of this continent.
“The effectiveness of youth advocacy on one hand is as a result of their cavalier mind-set towards their respective countries. This is yet another issue as back home, young people rejoice thanks to the visionary leadership of President Jammeh and under his stewardship, the country has created through the Local Government Act, a nominated councilor [position] in all the Area Councils that represent the views and interests of young people,’’ he said.
The BAC Chairman explained that the Local Government Act further provides for councils to establish, maintain and control public parks, gardens and recreation grounds on any land vested in council.
“It also provides and control sporting and recreational facilities and programmes of informal education for both adults and young people including the provision and running of community centres and to address the welfare of children amongst others,” he added.