Honourable Bakary Y. Badjie, Minister of Youth & Sports graced the over official opening of the National Youth Dialogue on Peaceful Campaigning and Elections in the Gambia.
"My ministry through NYC is committed to providing a youth-friendly space for dialogue with one another and with the older generation to ensure participation, inclusion and contribution to nation-building," he said.
The dialogue is supported by ECOWAS Permanent Mission in The Gambia and organised in partnership with National Youth Council - The Gambia, one of our satellite institutions.
He said the event is coming at the right time to prepare youth to continue to inspire and preach sustainable peace ahead of 2021 elections cycle. He added that the role of young people in the successful conduct of peaceful campaigning and elections remains a key cause of concern for many Gambians particularly the younger generation today ever before.
"Young people have both been victims and perpetrators of heinous crimes pre, during and post elections in most parts of the subregion," he said.
"Indeed, youth engagement in peaceful pre, during and post elections and participation in politic are key factors not only for democratic consolidation processes but also for everlasting peace and stability of the country," he said.