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NYP Launches 30 Days of Activism

Jun 8, 2009, 8:06 AM | Article By: Nfamara Jawneh & Cherno O. Bobb

The National Youth Parliament of The Gambia on Wednesday 3rd June 2009, launched 30-days-activism on illegal migration at its secretariat in Kanifing.

The month-long campaign was unveiled during a press conference convened by the National Youth Parliament (NYP).

According to Honourable Aminata Hydara, the Chairperson of the National Organising Committee, the goal of the 30-days-activism was to raise awareness on the dangers associated with illegal migration, and thereby discourages young people from undertaking this risky journey.

She revealed that the campaign would start from 5 June 2009, and end on July 15th 2009.

During this period, she said, they would embark on a series of activities, such as the launch of a basket fund, documentary on illegal migration, 15,000 youth march, and televised address, among others.  Meanwhile, as a pre-activity to the 30-days-activism, the Kanifing Municipal Youth Parliament (KMYP) on Saturday 6th June 2009, held a daylong symposium at the Kanifing Municipal Council on the theme: "say no to risky migration (your life is your right)".

Speaking at the occasion, Mr. Yusupha Sanyang, the Deputy Mayor of KMC assured youths of his council's continuous support.

He reminded youths of the need to come together and develop the nation. KMYP's speaker, Hon. Kawsu Badgie appealed to the youths to desist from illegal migration. 

Honorable Maimuna Sarr, the Speaker of NYP has called on the government, private sector, in particular GSM companies, hotels and banks to invest more on youths for sustainable development.

According to her, NYP was created to serve as an advocacy network of young people, thus inculcating responsible citizenship into the youths so as enable them contribute to nation building. Bakary Badgie, the Chairperson of KM Youth Committee applauded NYP for the initiative.

Honourable Lamin Marong, Chairperson of the Municipal Organizing Committee, chaired the occasion.

Other speakers included Fatou Mbye, Youth Officer of KMC.