Governor of Upper River Region, Fatou Jammeh-Touray, has described the
merriment aspects of NaYConF as a huge waste of resources.
Speaking to reporters on Friday 15 December 2017, she observed that the meat, oil, rice and refreshment should have been used to sponsor projects in regions in empowering the youth of The Gambia.
She said the most vital aspect of the event is the conference because it is the core value of the whole program.
Mrs. Jammeh-Touray opined that regions could come together and organize their sporting activities.
“Left to me alone NaYConF should not be a weeklong event, but only two days where youths can come together and discuss issues affecting their development to avoid waste of resources,” she noted.
She said those resources spent on meat, rice, oil and refreshment could do a lot for one region, adding that if those millions are used every two years to get youth projects sponsored in one region it would enhance youth empowerment.
She said the biennial wastage of millions of dalasis gathered just to play with the money in one region is bad and not the way forward for the development of youth.
She said it was time to reduce the clapping, dancing and unnecessary activities and put the mobilised resources into good use.
Governor Jammeh-Touray advised Gambian youths to be responsible in their interactions during the event while being mindful of undesirable acts, such as smoking among other negative behaviors to focus on what brought them together in URR.
She also expressed delight to be the first Governor to host both NaYConF and Women’s Day celebration in the new dispensation.
In hailing the Local Organizing Committee for what she described as an excellent work, URR Governor went further to articulate her disappointment over the late arrival of the National Organization Committee and the financial manager to give the Local Organizing Committee money for their preparatory spending.
She felicitated the Gambian leader, President Adama Barrow, for pledging D20,000 to her region for hosting the event as his personal contribution through the Secretary General and head of the Civil Service Mr Dawda Fadera.
She also assured that the money and the additional donation of two bulls by the Local Organising Committee would all be used for its intended purpose.