Union funded Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) last Thursday donated two Nissan
Patrol vehicles to Gambia’s Ministries of Trade, Industry, Regional Integration
and Employment and Youth and Sports to facilitate their project implementation.
According to officials, the two vehicles are valued 70, 000 US Dollars. The presentation was held at the trade ministry in Banjul. Officials also said the donation targets to build on and strengthen existing structures in support of youth entrepreneurship and employment
YEP project addresses the economic root causes of irregular migration by supporting youth employment and entrepreneurship. It takes a market-led approach to improving skills and employability of potential and returning migrants according to demands of the job market and simultaneously creating employment opportunities along Gambian value chains.
The project counts more than 20 implementing partners from both public and private sectors working together to create opportunities for youth. In parallel, YEP supports and fosters the capacities of Gambian institutions to sustain the benefits beyond the project lifetime.
Trade ministry’s Permanent secretary Naffie Barry said the provision of the vehicle to her ministry will go a long way in complementing their efforts in capacity building of the employment unit and programmes that are linked to entrepreneurial development, employment creation and employability.
Youths and Sport permanent secretary Fatima F Sosseh-Jallow also said the vehicle will go a long way in alleviating some of the top constraints her ministry is encountering particularly in terms of mobility.
YEP project manager Raimund Moser said the vehicles would help the beneficiaries in gaining easy access to the rural areas, saying the project has interest and focus in rural youth empowerment. “For the ministries to easily reach rural Gambia and provide services, it is important that they have access to mobility. We are counting on this donation to be one means of helping the rural youth to access better services.”