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Baboucarr Mbye Saidy is new National Youth Parliament Speaker

Mar 15, 2011, 1:49 PM

The honorable members of the National Youth Parliament (NYP) recently elected Hon. Baboucarr Mbye Saidy as their new Speaker.

A news release issued by the NYP on Monday announced the new leadership change at the youth organization.

The exra-ordinary session of the NYP held at the organization’s head office in Kanifing, also witnessed the election of Hon. Aminata Hydara as new National Clerk.

Hon. Baboucarr Mbye Saidy was one time the National Clerk.

He was replaced by Honourable Aminata Hydara, the Regional Speaker for the West Coast Regional Youth Parliament who took over as the new National Clerk.

The duo replaced Hon. Maimuna Sarr as National Speaker and Hon. Fatoumata Baldeh as National Clerk, who are both pursuing higher education in the United Kingdom and the United States of America respectively.

The new National Speaker and National Clerk will end their term in office in March 2012.

Hon. Mbye Saidy currently works at the Gambia Red Cross Society as the First Aid Coordinator. He earlier served as Deputy National Clerk from 2002 to 2004 and National Clerk from 2004 to 2009. Before his recent election, he served as an Ex-Officio in the National Executive Council.

Hon. Aminata Hydara became a member of the National Youth Parliament representing Kombo North in the Western Region Youth Parliament in 2004.

She rose to the rank of the Deputy Speaker, Western Region Youth Parliament, in 2006 and finally Region Speaker of the West Coast Youth Parliament until her recent election as the National Clerk.

Hon. Mbye Saidy promised to serve the National Youth Parliament of The Gambia to the best of his ability. He says there has never been a time when the young people of the Gambia need a National Youth Parliament than now. He is calling on the stakeholders to support the NYP in its drive to empower and enhance the participation of young people in national development.

The Clerk- elect, Hon. Aminata Hydara, for her part, thanked delegates at the Extra-Ordinary Session for the trust and confidence bestowed on her.

The NYP, she says, requires commitment and sacrifice in order to offer the services needed by the young people.
The National Youth Parliament of The Gambia is a modern concept of youth participation with the ultimate goal of reducing the inter-generational gap that hinders and hampers the positive development of young people as well as inculcates responsible citizenship in the minds of The Gambia’s youthful population.

Since its established in 2002 by Raid The Gambia as a project on reproductive health and rights, the NYP has made major strives ranging from dealing with issues of Democracy, Human Rights, Good Governance, Youth Participation, Gender Advocacy, Training and Empowerment of young people of The Gambia on HIV/AIDS, Drugs and Substance Abuse, Effective Youth Leadership, Environmental Protection, and Youths and Mental Health.