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NYSS ex-Corps Member set for Mali

Apr 7, 2008, 11:13 AM | Article By: By Nfamara Jawneh

NKawsu Badjie, an ex-Corps Member of the National Youth Service Scheme NYSS, whoalso doubled as the Chairman of the interim Executive Committee of NYSS Alumni Association, will leave Banjul today to the Republic of Mali an NYSS media release has revealed. While in Bamako, Kausu will be attending a month-long training in Electrical Installation at Soufouroulaye Centre.

The training, organised by the ECOWAS Commission for Youth and Sports Development Centre, in collaboration with the Ministry for Youth matters of the Republic of Mali, aims to promote youth integration in the formal sector, developing youth entrepreneurship in the area of electricity and also to render support to young people by building the capacity of youth who are presently engaged in Home Electrical Installation in all ECOWAS Member states.

Meanwhile, according to the release, the training, which will bring together fifteen youth from the sub region, will commence on 10 April and will end on the 8thof May, 2008. At the end of the training, the release added, each participant expects to go home in addition to the knowledge gained, $600 as grant to boost their businesses by purchasing equipment and other essential materials.

Reacting to the gersture Kawsu Badjie, who now operates his own Air Conditioning, Electrical and Refrigeration workshop, commended the NYSS for its splendid strides in ensuring the development of the human resource base of The Gambia.

"Indeed NYSS has changed the lives of many of us. It is as a result of the training we got at the NYSS that most of us are capable of running our own workshops and also doing very well in our places of work. I most confess that the scheme is on course. Upon my return from Mali, I will strive hard to serve my nation by putting into good use the knowledge gained", Kawsu promised.