Aug 3, 2009, 8:05 AM
Delegates who took part in the just concluded Kanifing Municipal Youth Committtee Congress have re-elected Mr. Bakary Badjie unopposed as their Chairperson.Similarly, Samba Njie was also elected as the Vice-Chair with Lamin Marong as the Treasurer and Fatou R. Jallow was elected senior representative.
This four man-executive will be joined by five representatives from each constituency in the municipality to spearhead youth activities in the municipality.
The much protracted congress was held at the council's conference hall with delegates from different constituencies in the municipality.
Addressing young people, the Deputy Mayor of KMC, Mr. Yusupha Sanyang said that his municipality has a responsibility to deliver to the people and that investing in the youths was no waste of time or resources.
"As young people, the burden is on you to deliver the goods so as to be working ambassadors of not only the municipality, but the country at large," he said.
Mr. Sanyang further advised the delegates and the incoming executive, in particular to emulate the good work of their predecessors, noting that the larger interests of the committee should be paramount in their hearts in electing people into offices. It should not be about their people staying in power, he said, but they should elect those who have the interest of the people at heart. "Anything that is not true will never last, so be truthful in whatever engagement you do."
Speaking earlier, the Coordinator of the National Enterprise Development Initiative, Mr. Pa Malick Ceesay said that KMC is a much delegated municipality, and at the same time very encouraging. He stressed the need for competent people to be elected.
Mr. Ceesay also advised the executive members not to work alone, but instead to work in partnership which will be better for the growth of the council. He also called on more female representation and participation in the running of the committee.
Other speakers at the congress included Mr. Marchel Mendy who urged the delegates to choose competent youth leaders.