Youth Council (NYC) Executive Director has challenged Gambian young people to
stop too many complains and take action to change the country’s development
“What we seek outside can be made here. Stop the complains and take action,” Lamin Darboe told the youth at the opening of the first Interregional Youth Bantaba and Football Match in Farafenni, North Bank Region.
Organised by IMVF TekkiFii project (Make it in The Gambia) in partnership with the National Youth Council, National Sports Council and other partners, the Bantaba was funded by the European Union.
The convergence that brought together 120 youth from Lower River and North Bank Regions seeks to create a platform for young people to discuss issues around irregular migration, agribusiness and entrepreneurship. It was also meant to expose youth to the opportunities available and induce them to take action and see themselves as agents of change.
“The future is now, let us take concrete action and make best use of the opportunities available towards fulfilling our potential,” ED Darboe said.
He said government is the primary duty bearer in providing development needs to its citizens, that was why Gambia government came with the National Development Plan whose priority no. 7 focuses on youth empowerment and development.
He added that IMVF is one of the many projects that the government endorsed to support youth empowerment and development. “The Interregional Youth Bantaba and Football Match are expected to make the participants partners in the successful implementation of the project,” he said.
Mr. Darboe appreciated the effort and support of the IMVF project and other partners toward the empowerment and development of Gambian youth, saying the project will be refurbishing the Farafenni youth center.
“This IMVF TekkiFii project is not only here to ensure that issues of irregular migration is addressed, but it will also build your capacities and help you have better living,” he said.
Ebrima Dampha, Governor of North Bank Region (NBR) commended Gambian young people for their hard work and commitment towards national development, saying they have been very instrumental in all the development endeavor of the government.
“Our young people are no longer sitting to wait for the government to provide them jobs. They are now coming with initiatives to develop themselves and the country. They are now thinking about what they can do for their country, not what their country can do for them,” he said.
According to him, Gambian youth are now aware of their rights and responsibilities, saying the government has come with a lot of projects and programmes for youth development and empowerment. “We have a lot of success stories in this country of people who make it here in The Gambia. Yes, we can make it here, together we can. TekkiFii is really achievable,” he said.
Joanna Martin, Project Coordinator of IMVF described the Bantaba as a great opportunity for young people of the two regions to engage effectively. “We want them to see sports beyond a mere game, but skills that can help them contribute to the development of their communities,” she explained.