people of the Upper River Region (URR) have assured the organisers of the
National Youth Conference and Festival (NAYCONF) that they are set for the task
of hosting the biggest youth convergence in The Gambia.
This year’s NAYCONF will be hosted by URR and will attract over 2,000 young people from within and outside The Gambia.
The region, through its governor, Madam Fatou Jammeh Touray, assured the national organising committee of a successful hosting of the event.
This assurance came after the NOC paid an assessment visit to the region to ascertain the level of preparedness of the region. The NOC visited the event sites and facilities to get firsthand information of the venues.
“I am glad that you come to assess and see the ground. This will give you the opportunity to know actually how the sites and facilities are,” governor Jammeh-Touray told NOC members.
She assured the team of her office’s support and remain optimistic that a successful event will be hosted by her region.
“At our level, we’ll do all that we can to make sure the event is great. We will consult all accommodation facilities in Basse and its surrounding to make sure that is settled,” she said.
Lamin Darboe, executive director of the National Youth Council, challenged the committees to give sufficient information regarding the state of the sites and facilities so that the necessary interventions can be taken and get everything in order.
“We actually want to get the exact picture of the conditions of the facilities. This will help us as a team to put the necessary adjustments for the convenience of our delegates and above all stage a memorable NaYCONF in Basse,” he said.
“Nasir has been identified as the main venue to be supported by St. Georges and Kikambas. We also went to look at other accommodation sites that could be used to lodge the participants. The entire venues will be cleared and fumigated.”
“Fundamentally on the ground, we can say that from the initial findings, URR has all what it takes to host the 2017 NaYCONF.”
He also called on the people of URR to lend a helping hand as the preparation intensifies.
Mr Dembo Kambi, chairperson of National Youth Council, who is also the chairman of the national organising committee, reiterated the work that is needed to ensure staging a memorable event.
“This is a very important visit. It will give us the opportunity to see for ourselves the facilities, there conditions and what improvements are necessary to ensure we register success in staging NAYCONF 2017,” he said.