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In Sierra Leone, International Youth Day commemorated
By Bampia Bundu
Aug 15, 2011, 12:20
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In collaboration with the Young Men Christian Association (YMCA), the National Youth Coalition (NYC) has joined other countries in the world to commemorate the International Youth Day, at the YMCA Hall Forth Street in Freetown on 12th August 2011. The theme of this years celebration is: youth should be given the chance to play an active role in decision making process at local, national and global levels.

In his statement, the President of the National Youth Coalition Mr. Al-Sankoh Conteh, has noted that they are celebrating this day to remind the government and the people of Sierra Leone about their commitment in supporting youth in the country. He stated that youth should not be used only for political purposes such as the perpetration of violence. Instead, youth should be utilised to contribute meaningfully to national development.

Mr Conteh used the forum to commend the president and the government of Sierra Leone for establishing the National Youth Commission and expressed appreciation to President Ernest Koroma for appointing youths to serve in the youth commission.

The Project Manager YMCA Mr. Moses Johnson also revealed that the need for the government and politicians to invest in youth is very important as they are the future leaders who are going to replace the present politicians.

He used the opportunity to call on the government to create space for the youth so that their voices will be heard. He commended the government for the establishment of the youth commission and call on the government to make the commission more effective so that they can help liberate the youth.

The Deputy National Youth Commission Aminata Sillah has stated that youth should be given the space to prove themselves in national development, adding that the commission cannot do its work effectively if the youth are not fully committed in ensuring that the commission achieves its objectives. She appealed to the youth to say no to violence and embrace peace. Se assured all that they will work assiduously as a commission to ensure that they live up to their tasks.

Delivering the keynote address, the Minister of Information and Communications Alhaji Ibrahim Ben Kargbo noted that he takes youth and children issues very seriously, adding that the UN General Assembly has set aside this day in commemoration of youth the world over.

He pointed out that the creation of the national youth commission is a demonstration of the government commitment in promoting youth in the country. He encouraged the youth to take their educational activities seriously as that will help them know their rights and responsibilities. Minister Kargbo maintained that the government relies on the youth to help support the Presidents Agenda for Change mechanism in the country. He commended the National Youth Coalition for their bold steps in ensuring that they celebrate this day in grand style.


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