Sep 1, 2009, 5:28 AM
The Central River Region population task force, led by the regional population field officer, Mr. Bakary Juwara over the weekend visited the project sites within the region. The visit came as a follow-up to the meeting held at the Governor's Bantaba recently.
Speaking to this paper at the end of the visit, the Deputy Governor for Central River Region, Alh. Momodou Ida Bah commended the regional population task force for their hard work and commitment to nation-building.
According to him, the population task force committee is a sub-committee to the Technical Advisory Committee, which links national structures to the grassroots in the process of policy implementation. He opined that due to the multifaceted nature of population issues and factors, the issue impacts on them.
For his part, Mr. Bakary Juwara, the Regional Population Field Officer for Central River Region disclosed that the purpose of visiting the project sites within the region was to see the impacts the projects have in the lives of the rural people.
To him, the projects have encouraged active community participation of all stakeholders, which has improved the livelihood of the local people through income-generation and skills acquisition. He elucidated that the teaching of population and family life education has greatly increased awareness for school children, especially the school girl, which he said, has yielded to the reduction of students pregnancy in schools.
"This shows them (students) how they should take a good care of themselves to become productive future leaders," he added. He then called on the education sector to continue the momentum and also target non-school goers to know the basics of how to take care of themselves and prevent from being a victim of any forms of social calamity.