Gambia Scout Association holds AGM

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The National Youth Council, in partnership with the Gambia Scout Association Interim Committee with support from the Ministry of Youth and Sports held an Annual General Meeting (AGM) over the weekend in Jarra Soma Kaira Konko Lodge, LRR.

The aim of the AGM was to gather participants from different regions in the country to talk about issues affecting them, as well as elect new executive members to run the affairs of the association.

The Scout Movement is an independent, voluntary and non-political educational movement for young people, open to all without any form of discrimination.

Speaking at the occasion, the representative from the Office of the Governor, Kabba Daffeh, said the AGM would serve as a step forward, noting that it would enable the scout members to lay out their problems and map the way forward.

“The association has contributed immensely in improving the lives of the people, especially in the rural areas,” he added.

Deputy permanent secretary at the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MOYs), Abdoulie Bah, said it was now the right time for the Gambia Scout Association to rebuild what they lost in the previous regime, adding that the journey of the association was rough, but it has now come to an end.

“The Association has functioned well in its duties, but the leadership of the association is the problem, never think within the box but always think outside the box,” he urged.

Mr Bah further urged the scout members to serve the nation with honesty and determination, saying they should look at things affecting the association at large.

For her part, the Director of Operations (African Region), Frederic Tutu Kama, said for a scouting association to exist, they should not depend on institutions for support.

She called on the scouting association not to take their scouting duties as an avenue for employment to create income, because it is a voluntary association.

“The Scouting Association is a global movement now moving at a high speed in most parts of the world, so there is no time for you to waste,” she added.

She then concluded by saying that it was the right moment to gain victory from their “loss.”

Author: Fatou B. Cham