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Honourable Bakary Y. Badjie, Minister of Youth and Sports, has tasked the newly appointed board of directors of the National Youth Service Scheme (NYSS) to provide concise and practical policy guidelines that can increase the quality, efficiency and productivity of Gambian youths within the framework of the NYSS.
The inauguration ceremony was held on Tuesday, 29th June 2021 at the NYSS head office in Bakau, following the approval of the appointment of Mr Alhagie Kebbeh, as the board chairman, by the President of The Republic of The Gambia, His Excellency Mr Adama Barrow, in consultation with the Ministry of Youth and Sports. 

The five-member board will be serving a three-year term. Other board members include Mr Saikou K. Sanyang, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youth and Sports; Anthony Mendy, representative of Ministry of Higher Education Research Science and Technology (MOTHERS); representative of Ministry of Finance; representative of Gambia Armed Forces; and Mr Emmanuel Mendy, Executive Director of National Youth Service Scheme.
“Your invention should aim at building a disciplined youth corps that possesses technical and vocational skills that can deliver quality services,” Honourable Badjie emphasised.
He noted that the responsibility of new board members would include detailed programs and schedules of training which shall be designed to achieve the aims of the service scheme, ensure that the programs and schedules are drawn are strictly adhered to to evaluate and monitor the management of the Service Scheme.
Badjie challenges the board to use their expertise to help create new ventures that would help the institution raise more funds for its day-to-day management and operation.
He added that the board must ensure that professional and ethical standards are adhered to and maintained at all times.
Mr Emmanuel Mendy, Executive Director of the National Youth Service Scheme, said a tracer and impact assessment study that was conducted showed a very high demand from youths who wanted to join the Scheme.
He thanked the government, through the Ministry of Youth and Sports for providing the necessary resources for the youth to acquire skills for sustainable livelihood.
The Executive Director says he looks forwards to working with the board to enhance the services being provided to youth throughout the country.
In his acceptance statement, the newly appointed Board Chairman of the National Youth Service Scheme, Mr Alhagie Kebbeh, said as a board they will do their utmost best to make sure NYSS realizes its aims and objectives and make effective use of its collective expertise for the benefit of the youth of this country.
“We will insist and ensure that professional and ethical standards are adhered to and maintained,’’ he assured.
He said the overall objective of the National Youth Service Scheme is to support the development of a skilled, versatile and efficient youth corps for national development initiatives. “Youth represent about 65% or  more of the country’s population and unemployment and poverty among them are estimated at around 40%,” Kebbeh pointed out.  
He went on: “We are ready to listen and engage for the attainment of the strategic priorities and objectives of the Ministry and the government in general, and the betterment of the lives of young people in this country”.

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