Barrow Youths equips ‘backway’ returnees

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

As part of their magnanimity and frequent gestures, President Barrow Youths for National Development (PBY4ND) on Thursday 25 July, 2019 extended a largesse gesture by presenting 15 rolls or bundles of 50 meters long and two meters wide chicken barbed wire for poultry farm fencing to a group of returnees.

Known as ‘Backway Returnees Association’ they are currently engaged in poultry farm development in Nuimi Berending, North Bank Region.

Speaking at the presentation ceremony at their head office on Kairaba Avenue, Seedy Lamin Bah, the programme manager for PBY4ND, highlighted the reason behind the gesture. He recalled that sometime in April 2019, they were approached by these returnees for assistance to fence their poultry farm after acquiring the land from the people of Berending. “Following a detailed review of the returnees’ proposal, it was quite fitting to respond to their needs after their usual consultations and need assessment of the project.”

He recalled the several occasions when these youths would be going back and forth knocking on their doors, saying it’s only now that they are lucky to be presented with their wishes.

Mr. Bah noted that the returnees are part of the society whose stories are touching and remorseful, but was quick to point out that losing the first opportunity in life does not mean one will not get the second or third.

He said that so long as one is determined, they can access even the 10th opportunity and by so doing can reach the pinnacle of their dreams right here at home instead of using the illegal and perilous journey known as ‘back way.’ 

Similar statements of advice were reechoed by Kebba Saidykhan of Youth In Development organisation engaged mainly in media related activities and also a partner with the PBY4ND.

Speaking at the presentation ceremony, Musa Ndow, the communications manager of President Barrow Youths for National Development, said most of the projects delivered by the President Barrow Youths for National Development are delivered to the media fraternity in collaboration with the Youth in Development.

He said that PBY4ND is a civil society organisation with its overall objective designed “to foster social cohesion, national integration and bring developments through projects to all Gambians.”

According to him, this has been manifested in the plethora of over 66 projects that they have already delivered and another 80 projects currently earmarked for the second phase commencing in August 2019.

Alagie Suwareh spoke on behalf of the beneficiaries. He said the donated items would help them greatly. He thanked the PBY4ND as an organisation, assuring them that the materials will be put to good use.

“We are aware of the trust and confidence bestowed on us, so we would like to thank you and assure you that we will take care of these materials and will surely use them for the reasons they are given,” he pledged.