Jun 13, 2011, 2:12 PM
The National Youth Service Scheme (NYSS) in every two years recruits and trains youths on various skills.
The scheme this year mobilised and selected 200 young people from all the seven administrative regions of the country for its new intake.
Speaking on the occasion, the Minister of Youth and Sports, Sheriff M.L Gomez, thanked President Yahya Jammeh for providing an environment conducive as the NYSS for the youth to empower themselves with lucrative skills.
He said camp life training is made for so many purposes, adding that camp brings young people under one umbrella regardless of who they are and creates an environment conducive for intakes to interact with each other.
One of the few things of the creation of NYSS, he noted, is to guide and counsel the youth so that that they can make informed choices and contribute meaningfully to national development.
He said the youth they are the front-line solders that this country is going to call on to fulfill responsibility. He therefore urged them to take the bull by the horn and face the challenges.
He concluded by thanking the NYSS for the good job they are doing.
Nuha Y. Jammeh, executive director of NYSS, in his welcoming remarks, said they were very happy about the orientation of the new intakes, adding that “the campus is very clean and conducive to live in”.
“After the orientation all of them will be sent to their respective skill training centres,” he noted, “by the time they go home they will be equipped with the necessary instruments that would benefit them in life.”
For his part, the Director of Youth and Sports, Malang Jassey, said the corps members are very lucky to the part of the programme.
The Deputy PS at the Ministry of Youths and Sports, Musa Mbye said they were very impressed with what they saw during the inspection of the facilities.
He also urged the corps members to make good use the opportunity, noting that there are lots of youths out there waiting for such an opportunity.
Ebou Sowe, camp director, in his statement, said: “This is the 11th intake of the NYSS. The camp took place on 3rd to the 4th September 2011, registering 200 young people from all the seven regions of the country.
He stated that during the course of the orientation they (the corps members) were exposed to skills that the NYSS is offering, which help the corps members to make an informed choice, adding: “Everything is based on the best interest of the young people as well as to guide and counsel them on their interest.”
He also thanked the Gambia Armed Forces for the support they are rendering to them and all the satellite institutions who in one way or the other contributed to the success of the programme.