and Area councils in the North Bank, Lower River and Central River regions of
The Gambia have committed themselves to support their various regions to successfully
participate in the 2017 National Youth Conference and Festival (NAYCONF) in
The authorities made this commitment during the NAYCONF flag tour of their various regions.
The NAYCONF flag is the symbol of hope and voice of the young people or the Olympic torch of Gambian youth.
The objective of the tour was to raise awareness and seek blessings and support from authorities across the country for the successful hosting of the event.
The 2017 event will be held in Basse, Upper River Region (URR), under the theme: “New Gambia: Opportunities and Challenges for Young People.
NAYCONF is a biennial event organised by National Youth Council (NYC) with support from the ministry of Youth and Sports and its partners.
The event will bring together more than 2000 young people from within and outside the country to discuss issues of youth and national development and as well share experience, ideas and network.
It is the biggest youth gathering in the country organised by National Youth Council of The Gambia.
Chief Jim Fatima Jobe of Jokadou district, North Bank Region (NBR), said supporting young people means supporting the future generation, because they are people who would take up the mantle of leadership in the future.
“I will always stand by the young people of this country and support them in their development endeavors,” he said.
Tamba Kinteh, former Chief Executive Officer of Brikama Area Council, described NAYCONF as a very important platform for young people to interact and share ideas for the betterment of themselves and the country.
“NAYCONF is a platform that fosters unity among young people, and when there is unity, there is development,” he said.
He challenged young people to take their rightful position in the development of the country, and engage area councils to have vibrant youth representatives in the councils.
Chief Ebrima Ansu Tamba Jammeh of Upper Baddibu district said: “We have nothing but our youth and we are ready to support them to any level for them to realize their fullest potentials.”
He said leaders are more than ready and willing to support youth and their development, the task now was for youth to take up that challenge and work hard.
He challenged the youth to change their attitude and focus on nation building for the betterment of all Gambians.
Meanwhile, Petro Gas Gambia Limited has also supported the NBR, NAYCONF local organizing committee with D45, 000 as part of its contribution for their successful participation to NAYCONF 2017.
The company headed by Lang Conteh sees the need to support and empower Gambian young people in their effort to contribute to the socio-economic development of the country.
Gambia Ports Authority as well as other institutions has equally donated cash to support the youth of NBR in their journey to NAYCONF 2017, Basse.
Kewaren Area Council is also preparing D200, 000 to support the youth of the region to NAYCONF 2017, according to sources close to the council.
Chief Momodou Njie of Kiang West, said youth empowerment should be the business of all irrespective of who you maybe.
“Young people are an asset that cannot be wasted, we need to join hands to support them, NAYCONF is one of the platforms that can help in supporting and empowering our young people,” he said.
He challenged the young people to take advantage of the opportunity provided by the new government.
Chief Demba Sanyang of Kiang Central said it would never be a waste if there is investment in young people, saying investing in them was key to national development.
Chief Ansumana Sanneh of Kiang East, called for unity among the young people of The Gambia, noting that unity is strength.
Chief Bakary Dampha of Jarra Central noted that gathering young people together brings about unity among them.
In the same vein, Mansakonko Area Council as part of their responsibility to support the cause of young people in LRR, presented a cheque of D200, 000 to the NAYCONF Local Organizing Committee of LRR for their successful participation to NAYCONF.
Chief Alh. Kebba Touray of Niamina East, said youth are a very important asset and key partners to the development of the country.
In another development, Muhammed Jah founder of Jah Oil has also donated D100, 000 to the NAYCONF Local Organizing Committee of CRR toward their successful participation to NAYCONF 2017, in Basse.