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60 youths trained on waste management, LIT

Jun 11, 2010, 4:16 PM | Article By: Bakary Samateh

The Gambia Technical Training Institute (GTTI), in partnership with the Gambia Agency for the Management of Public Works (GAMWORKS) on Tuesday completed a four-week training of twenty Gambian youths on Waste Management, with others being trained on Labour Intensive Technology.

The training, which is part of The Gambia government's youth empowerment programme was among others, aimed at imparting knowledge to unemployed Gambian youths with a view to creating employment opportunities for sustainable development.

Speaking at the graduation ceremony held at the GTTI premises, Mrs. Naffisatou Barry, the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Trade, Regional Integration and Employment said that youth empowerment is in line with her ministry's top agenda.

According to her, the project's target is to train youths and women to become responsible persons in society. She revealed that a fund amounting to D5m is being available for her ministry, targeting youths in the country.

She advised the graduants to put the knowledge gained from the programme into good use, noting that more is in the pipeline.

For her part, the Director of the Gambia Technical Training Institute (GTTI), Mrs. Fatou Mbye said the graduation is yet another milestone in the development of the school.

She noted that the commencement of this project was not easy at all, as she put it, they face serious challenges during the negotiations.

She said the project, which is being sponsored by the GAMJOBS under the UN project, is managed by the Gambia Agency for the Management of Public Works (GAMWORKS).

Also, speaking at the occasion, on behalf of the Managing Director of GAMWORKS, Mr. Omar Gaye, the Director of Technical Services expressed similar sentiment.