From Awareness Times Newspaper in Freetown

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Billion Leones needed to kick-start Youth Commission in Sierra Leone
By Dauda Koroma
May 26, 2010, 17:16

The interim head of the National Youth Commission, Ishmeal Al-Sankoh Conteh has disclosed that to kick-start the Youth Commission, they needed about One Billion One Hundred Million Leones.

He was speaking on Tuesday 25th May 2010 in a stakeholders conference at the Presidential Lounge, National Stadium in Freetown. He said the forum was necessitated by the passing into law of the National Youth Commission that became an Act of Parliament in 2009, and accorded Presidential assent on the 22nd December, 2009.

He commended the government through the Ministry of Education, Youths and Sports for demonstrating dynamism during the fledgling stage of the draft bill unto its enactment into law.

He took the opportunity to urge the APC government to instate a transitional committee to assist in the appointment of board members and the identification of an office space for the Youth Coalition. "This committee should also serve as an information link between young people and the National Youth Commission", he proffered.

He deplored the allocation of funds to NaCSA to carry out the cash for week project. "The Youth Coalition is strongly against such an arrangement since it out rightly contravenes Section 10(a),(b) and (d) of the National Youth Commission Act 2009 which gives power to the commission to initiate youth development programmes in collaboration with relevant governmental and non-governmental bodies," he furthered. He insisted on the need for government to de-link Youths and Sports from the education ministry to be a separate entity with a substantive minister.

In his statement, the director of Youths Anthony Koroma said youths are partners in development, and that the earlier government puts premium on the functioning of the commission, the better.  On behalf of government he promised that very soon the Youth Commission would become a reality.

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