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YOUTH & SPORTS MINISTER COMMENCE NATIONWIDE FAMILIARISATION TOUR

The Honorable Minister of Youth and Sports, Bakary Y. Badjie accompanied by the Permanent Secretary, DPS Technical and all Heads of Satellite Institutions under the Ministry today commence a seven day nationwide familiarization tour. The tour is designed to enable the Hon. Minister and his delegation to take a first-hand look at facilities and projects at all levels and listens to the concerns raised by the stakeholders to address those concerns. 

The tour started at North Bank were the Hon. Minister and his entourage visited various sites within the region including, the Essau Football field in Essau, Seed Bank Garden, National Youth Council and Tikki-Fii Enable Cash for Work Site in Kerewan, Youth Office Gambia Songhai Initiative Farafenni Youth Center and a courtesy call to the Governor of the Region. The tour will help the Ministry to develop an approachable roadmap on a government priority area for the Youth and Sports development in the country. 

During the short meeting held with the Minister, youth and stakeholders in the North Bank Region, the young people in these various sites raise some concerns and called on the Ministry to support them in addressing the concerns and problems highlighted.

The Minister and his team of technocrats assured the young people of the Ministry's support in addressing the problems and challenges raised.

DAY 2 OF YOUTH & SPORTS MINISTER'S TOUR

First Stop Kaur wharf Town

On the second day of the Minister's familiarization tour, the first stop by the entourage was at Kaur propose Mini Stadium were the Honourable Minister Bakary Y. Badjie and delegates were led to the Football Field by the Sports stakeholders of the region.

The discussion was open by the Regional Chairman of the Wrestling Association, Mass Sowe, who called on the Minister and delegates to fast track the process of the infrastructure of sporting projects in Kaur and CRR North at large.

Marcel Mendy, Executive Director of the National Sports Council assured the Kaur stakeholders that the Ministry will endeavour to do their best but equally challenged them to ensure to follow the right procedure if given a task to develop their communities.

Others speaker includes Ebrima Sanyang, Regional Youth Chairperson of Central River Region, Youth Committee and Saihou Jawara Chairman of Kauntaur Area Council both urges’ the Ministry to redoubt their efforts and invest in more sporting facilities for CRR North include arena amongst other.

The second visit was at Nyanga -Bantang, NEDI's intervention site in CRR North.

Still, on the going Youth and Sports Minister's familiarization tour, our Honourable Minister Bakary Y. Badjie and delegation visited the Nyanga Bantang NEDI intervention site, paid a courtesy call on the Governor of Central River Region Honourable Abba Sanyang, NEDI Boiram Joben Youth and Agricultural Service Center in CRR South, NYSS Campus and Rice Agronomy Field in Sapu CRR South, Fula-Bantang Mini Stadium which is currently under Construction, Janjanbureh Youth Centre and Finally Bansang Youth Centre under rehabilitation.

Young people of the region expressed satisfaction with the visit and highlighted various challenges they are facing in their engagements.

The Minister and team commended them for the good work and encourage them to do more.

"We are committed to the development and empowerment of youth and sports and we will work closely with all of you to address the challenges you are facing," the minister and his team of technicians assured the youth.

DAY 3

The First stop in Upper River Region was at the entrance of Basse town Koba Kunda, where the Honourable Minister Bakary Y . Badjie and his entourage were welcomed by Youth and Sports Stakeholders.

After the normal traditional welcome, the delegation was led by the Regional Youth and Sports Coordinator to the Basse Mini Stadium. At the Stadium, the Sports leaders applauded the the idea to tour the country but also raised concerns, and made recommendations for the refurbishment and development of the Mini Stadium. 

Following the visit to the Stadium, the delegation headed to the Governor's Office, where the Hon. Minister and delegates paid a courtesy call on the Honourable Governor of Upper River Region, Mr. Samba Bah.  The Governor congratulated the Hon. Minister on his appointment. He was quick to raise concerns about the need to refurbish the Basse Mini Stadium. While praising the youth of his region for their hard work and commitment, he also called for the expansion of the Kundam youth Farm amongst other Youth and Sport structures within the Region. 

Day 3 Visits continues...

Honourable Minister, Bakary Y. Badjie and his team of technician's visited Kundam Youth Farm in the Upper River Region to get firsthand information on the progress made and challenges faced by the farm.

The Minister and team were taken on a conducted tour of the farm by Mr Amadou Manneh , Operator and Secretary to the farm . The Farm operators identified some challenges including Water Supply, Marketing, Storage facility and accommodation for the young people working at the farm.  They also appealed to the Ministry to build a skills centre to enable to them trained and accommodate more young people. 

The delegation later proceeded to Badari Football Field for another visit.

DAY 4

In Lower River Region, the Youth and Sports Minister, Bakary Y. Badjie and his team of technocrats were welcomed by the Regional Sports Coordinator Mr Saikou M Jobe who was accompanied by members of the HART FC, a female second division team and also the youth and sports committees at the Pakaliba bridge.

The delegates were escorted to the Soma Mini Stadium, were the Minister and his team conducted a tour of the Football pitch, Gaye Njorro Skills Training Center, Regional Youth and Sports Offices, Pakalinding Youth Center and the Youth and Sports residence.

While the team went around to the said facilities, discussions were held along each side. During the period, the Hon. Minister and his team were informed of some of the successes but also the challenges.  The Regional Youth and Sports Committees called on the Ministry of Youth and Sport to render more help to the regional structures for them to be able to successfully implement their programs.  

Speaking earlier, Rohey John Manjang, Governor of Lower River Region expressed heartfelt gratitude to the Hon. Minister of Youth and Sport and his delegation. She applauded the tour and encouraged the boy's team to maintain the momentum.

In his response, the Honourable Minister said: "We intend to make sure that our officers work in a conducive environment but also deliver results. We are resolved to ensuring that the young people are supported for the good of our motherland, The Gambia." Minister Badjie was quick to challenge young people to embrace vocational skills training.

DAY 5

Honourable Bakary Y. Badjie and his team of Technocrats were expected to visit the Julafari Mini Stadium currently under Construction in Kiang West, NEDI Intervention Site in Kanilai, Bwiam Mini stadium to be constructed, the proposed Site for the Construction of a 60, 000-Seater Stadium in Lamin, the Purposed NYC new site in Yundum all in the West Coast Region.

Unfortunately, not all the aforementioned can be visited because some of the team members were scheduled to attend the funeral of Sulayman Kuyateh, former Coach of Samger FC in the national second division who passed away yesterday, Thursday 26th February 2021.

Notwithstanding, the delegates visited the NEDI/GIZ Micro processing Centre in Jattaba Kiang, Kafuta Mini Stadium which is also under Construction, KAMFORA Beekeeping Center in Kafuta before paying a courtesy call on the Governor of West Coast Region, Mr Alhagie Lamin Sanneh.

During the visits, the President of the Micro Processing Center Kaddy Ceesay and Fabakary Sanneh, Regional Youth Coordinator of the West Coast Region expressed delight over the gesture and applauded the team for the efforts.

They all took the entourage's to a study tour of their respective sites and commended the team for the interventions Both Kaddy Ceesay and Fabakary Sanneh thanked the Ministry and NEDI/GIZ for complementing government efforts in constructing a mini stadium and micro-processing centre that would benefit the young people and women's of the areas to general incomes.  

Governor Lamin Sanneh of the West Coast Region thanked Hon. Minister of Youth and Sport and his delegation for their commitment.  He spoke at length on the importance of the Youth and Sports Ministry, he said for the Country to develop ‘‘we must invest more in sporting infrastructure that will serve as a job creation for young people ’’ he adds. The Honourable Minister and delegated acknowledge the governor commitment in youth and Sports development and thanked him  

The tour party will continue next week Monday in the Kanifing Municipality where similar visits will be made.

PHASE 2 OF OF YOUTH & SPORTS MINISTER'S TOUR  

Today, we're in Kanifing Municipality to continue the visits to sites, our Youth and Sports office in the Municipality and meeting with the Municipality authorities. The Minister and team paid a courtesy call to the Mayor of KM, Mr Talib Ahmed Bensouda and as well meet with the Youth and Municipal stakeholder.  They discussed issues of youth empowerment and development and as well the challenges that young people are facing in the Municipality.  

The Minister and his team of technocrats will be visiting Children Center in Tallinding, Serrekunda East Mini Stadium and Kanifing Municipality Youth Committee (KMYC) office, Serrekunda Central Football Field, Gambia Scout Association Headquarters, Bakoteh, Serrekunda West Mini Stadium, Independence Stadium and Bakau Mini Stadium.

DAY 7

Today we’re in the Capital City of Banjul for the last and final day of the Youth and Sports Minister’s nationwide familiarization tour of project sites and offices across the country.

The Minister and entourage continued the visits to project sites in the city and meet with the youth and sports stakeholder and City Council authorities.  The Minister and delegates paid a courtesy call to the office of the Lord Mayoress of Banjul who was represented by his deputy Mr Omar BJ Touray. Discussions were centred on youth empowerment, Sporting facilities, as well as the challenges that young people are facing in the city of Banjul. 

Earlier on, the deputy Lord Mayor called on the youth of Banjul to take up more responsibilities in developing themselves. “We should do something before demanding something’’ he emphasised.  He added: “We are the people who should make the change than relying on the councils or government all the time.’’  He said Government and local authorities have a lot of protocols so  Young people should be innovative rather than waiting for the government to help empower them.  

Honourable Bakary Y. Badjie, Minister of Youth and Sports said there are a lot of things to be done for young people but they can't address everything at once.  He said his Ministry is very concerned about the lack of sporting facilities in the most area but assure that the Ministry will ensure to achieve the most needed.  Aside from sports, he said the Ministry through National Enterprise Development Initiative NEDI is involved in entrepreneurship training which the young of Banjul are beneficiaries.  Youth and Sports Minister , assured his ministry’s continuous support and engagement for the youth of the country. 

Essaha Sowe, Chairperson of the Banjul Youth Committee equally spoke at length on their constraints and successes, while he calling for more development for the city of Banjul.  The Minister and his team of technocrats will be visiting Manneh Sillah Basket Court, Banjul Youth Centre, under construction at Kampama and KG5 Mini Stadium. 

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