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The African youth charter

Jan 28, 2010, 1:40 PM

The depositing the African Youth Charter at the African Union Commission in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, is indeed a great achievement for the country's youthful population. Earlier, The Gambia has ratified the charter and finally deposited it as required by the African Union (AU).

With this move the country is certainly committed to the contents of the charter with a pledge to empower the youths in all aspects of development.

This latest development is a welcome one as the African Youth Charter in itself was adopted here in Banjul by the Seventh Ordinary Session of African Union.

We should have been the first country to ratify and deposit the charter but it's never too late.

However, depositing it is one thing and implementing it is another.

We are therefore calling on the authorities to ensure its full implementation.

The charter is the African Union's basic and legal instrument for youth empowerment and provides a framework for youth development programming across the member states. Following the deposit of the fifteenth instruments of ratification, the African Youth Charter has entered into force on August 2009.

As such people would be monitoring the various member states, including The Gambia as to the progress registered having successfully deposited it at the commission.

Meanwhile, our commendation goes to all those who have made it possible for us to reach that far.

We call on all our development partners to work closely with the government to ensure the successful implementation of the charter for the best interest of the Gambian youths and African youths in general.

Once again, our warmest congratulation goes to the country's youth folk for this landmark achievement.