Youth Forum: KMYC deliberates on Role of Young People in New Gambia

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Kanifing Municipality Youth Committee (KMYC) has underscored some of the important roles young people must tap-in for national development in new Gambia.

During a youth convergence at Bakau Youth Centre attended by Bakau councilor Abdou Jallow, Alkalo Luntang Jaiteh, a cross section of young people and Bakau residents, the committee discussed the mandate and responsibilities of young people in efforts to prevent youth irregular migration, drug and alcohol abuse and post-election violence and reconciliation.

Chairperson Amie Mbaye-Jammeh discussed at length on the importance of young people coming together and sharing ideas on how best to move the new Gambia forward.

She called for unison and reconciliation; especially among young people and reiterate the common goals, saying that it is only through unity that they can achieve their goals.

“I urge my people to join hands and together we can build the new Gambia,” she said.

Drug Law Enforcement Agency Public relations officer Ousman Saidybah, who spoke briefly on drug abuse among young people, warned people against turning blind eye to the menace.

“We are all affected either directly or indirectly.

He said there is nobody in this Gambia that will say ‘I am not affected by it’,” he stressed.

Mr Saidybah today, especially in The Gambia, one cannot discuss any issue regarding young people without correlating it with drugs.

He said tackling the menace is a huge task and calls for concerted efforts to eradicate it.

National Assembly member for Bakau, Assan Touray said he was elated to be a part of discussions of this nature.

Mr. Touray said young people are the movers and shakers of Gambia’s future, saying, “Our relationship with young people must be jealously guarded to register success in them and for a better Gambia for all.”

Babucarr Kebbeh, KMYC chairperson, spoke about the council’s plan for young people in new Gambia, while Pa Demba Njie gave the vote of thanks.

Author: Lamin Darboe