principal of Rural Development Institute (RDI) in Lower River Region’s
administrative capital Mansakonko has branded the art of entrepreneurship as a
potential means to bring economic change in the life of people, saying it is a
probable solution to most of the problems, particularly challenges associated
with youth employment.
“When you prepare people for entrepreneurship, the impact is greater because they are directly connected to job creation which anywhere; including the developed world is a priority,” Ousman Sonko told journalists last week.
At the sidelines of a five-day entrepreneurship training for twenty five youth entrepreneurs including irregular migration returnees at Njawara, North Bank Region, Mr. Sonko reminded them that as young people, their survival is their responsibility.
The National Enterprise Development Initiative (NEDI) organized the training with funding from the government through Ministry of Youth and Sport targeting returnees and potential migrants in the country. It was meant to transfer essential business management skills to participants and link them to other partner supports and augment their development with basic business skills management and networking.
Mustapha Badjie, NEDI program manager said the training was the beginning of a new chapter of working with young entrepreneurs. “We are thinking of establishing a chapter in all the regions starting with you.”
Mr. Badjie assured the young people that NEDI will maintain her position to serve the interest of Gambian youth, appealing to them to start something then NEDI can support, saying; “We may not able to do all but we have partners that we can link you with for support.”
He told the participants that NEDI has been conducting series of trainings in different areas including entrepreneurship, food processing and agriculture. “NEDI is for you. Whenever you come to us we will be there for you. We have an incubation center at NEDI that can help you.”
He challenged the young people to be networking and connect to each other for the betterment and advancement of their businesses.
Alassan Jawo, North Bank Region youth coordinator challenged the trainees to make best use of the training to develop their businesses. “Think ahead and be innovative. Grab any opportunity that comes your way and make best use of it to develop yourselves for better.”