Jul 18, 2017, 12:00 PM
The founder and president of Association Save the Gambia Orphan Gambia chapter has underscored the need for the youth to venture into meaningful skills development and desist from using illegal means to Europe.
The association aims at empowering the youth to acquire life skills to enhance their participation in national development and by extension become self-reliant.
Kalilu Jammeh, a native of Jirong in Upper Baddibu, the brainchild of the association and resident in Spain, noted that youth involvement in skills development of productive resources and environmental protection is crucial in boosting the country’s national economy.
He said the association over the years has supported youth development and orphans in Upper Baddibu in the North Bank Region.
It has also contributed to supporting the education of orphans, providing uniform and supplementing school feeding programmes for the community and Arabic schools in Alkali Kunda.
Commenting on income-generation projects, he said the youth in Jirong are actively involved in fishing, bakery, environmental projects and beekeeping.
Mr Jammeh lauded the efforts of the youth in Jirong for their hard work and dedication to be self-reliant and economically independent.
He assured of the association’s commitment to complementing government’s efforts in youth development in promoting the concepts of ‘green land’ towards food security and environmental protection.
He also praised the National Beekeepers Association for being supportive in providing training to youth on best practices of beekeeping.
The association is also involved in horticultural production, beekeeping, fishing, training of youth on bakery and tree planting.