Oct 11, 2013, 10:13 AM
The chairperson of North Bank Regional Scouts Association has commended the leadership of the association for their foresight in building the capacity of youngster on the importance of scouting.
Lamin S Jawara was speaking recently in Farafeni, North Bank Region, during the commemoration of the founding fathers of the Scout Association, Robert Bodien Powel, attended by more than 300 scouts from across the NBR, who participated in a 3-day camp.
He said the role of scouts in national development could not be over emphasized, and called on scouts to be vigilant in promoting a high sense of nationalism and loyalty, and to enhance respect for traditional norms and values.
The chairperson applauded scout commissioners and officers for their dedication in upholding the principles of scouting.
Mbanyick Marong, the regional scout commissioner for NBR, spoke of the association’s commitment to commemorate the day, and reflect on the achievements registered by the founding fathers.
The day helps to create public awareness on the important of scouting, he further noted.
According to the scout commissioner, the three-day camp was one of the biggest gatherings organized since 2010.
He added that participants were exposed to the importance of blood donation to save life; the basic principles of scouting; to promote social cohesion; carry out community works; and an opportunity to learn more about the work of the founding fathers.
Timothy Sanyang, second in command at the Farafenni infantry battalion, praised the scouts association for building the mindset of scouts, both mentally and physically, to enhance their participation in national development.
He reminded the youths to be law-abiding in an effort to build a decent society and support the government in the drive to promote the national development agenda.
Wuri Bah, a gender and child rights officer of the association, expressed delight about girls’ involvement in scouting, noting that it demonstrated a clear commitment in the quest to promote national development.
She called on parents to allow their daughters to take part in scouting, and youths to adhere to a proper dress code.
Salifu Bojang, the association’s camp commander, advised youths to remain proactive in the attainment of self-reliance and national development.
Lamin King Colley, the police operations commander for Farafenni Division, spoke on the role of the security forces in maintaining peace and stability.
He said national security calls for the concerted efforts of all, adding that the concept of community policing aims at building cooperation with the general public to boost security and the protection of life and property.