May 19, 2008, 4:28 AM
The minister of Youth and Sports, Sheriff Gomez, recently presided over the graduation of NYSS 9th and 3rd special batches at the Independence Stadium in Bakau.
Minister Gomez used the occasion to reaffirm his ministry’s commitment to youth empowerment and assured them that his ministry would continue to support and complement the efforts of the NYSS.
He reiterated his office’s resolve in making sure that the NYSS stays relevant, sustainable and serves as the advanced party for the country’s national drive at youth development.
Hon. Gomez stressed that the president’s vision in creating the NYSS must be embraced as “a social change platform, a beacon and catalyst”.
“The expected outcome of this noble vision is to re-orientate and motivate youth in order to harness their diverse creativities, energies and at the same time inculcate in them the virtues of responsible leadership and selfless service to society,” says Minister Gomez.
“To you dear corps members of NYSS 9th and 3rd special batch, hearty congratulations for the commitment shown, leading to the qualifications you have achieved,” he said.
The creation of the NYSS, he said, was as a result of President Jammeh’s recognition of the need to evolve pragmatic and workable strategies that will impact positively on national development and ameliorate the many socio-economic challenges confronting Gambian youth in particular.
The executive director of the NYSS, Musa Mbye, reported that the NYSS is still on course with its mandate to provide requisite skills for self-employment or the creation of employment opportunities.
He said that in addition to helping in the acquisition of disciplined minds and morals, they have also created the culture of nurturing strong and development-oriented young people.
The NYSS boss also says he appreciates the contribution of organisations, institutions and individuals who have contributed to the development of the scheme since its inception.
He made special tribute to the Gambia Armed Forces for its collaboration.
At the end of the speech presentations, 162 young people were awarded with certificates for successfully completing their training.