The National Youth Council led by our Deputy Permanent Secretary Technical (DPS) at the Ministry Of Youth and Sports on Tuesday 3rd August 2021 paid a courtesy call on His Excellency, the President of the Republic of The Gambia Mr Adama Barrow at his State House office in Banjul.
The delegation comprises regional youth chairpersons, board members and staff of the National Youth Council.
The Head of the delegation, Deputy Permanent Secretary Technical Mr Musa Mbye extended greetings from honourable Minister of Youth and Sports Bakary Y. Badjie explaining the essence of the courtesy visit.
The visit was meant to update the presidency on the activities and programs of the National Youth council and use the opportunity to show appreciation to the president and his Government for the investment the government rendered to the young people of the country.
Mr Ousman Fatty, Chairman of the National Youth Council gave a brief history of the establishment of the council and said the appointment of Hon. Minister is a sign that the government is listening to the voice of the young people.
Chairman Fatty emphasised that NYC is involved in a lot of advocacy on irregular migration, gender issues, employment and livelihood issues, and the need to have peace in this country. He added as the election draws nearer, NYC is involved in a lot of campaigns towards maintaining peace and peaceful co-existence before, during and after the election.
The NYC chairman stated that despite the achievement registered by the council, it has challenges on transportation and solicit the personal intervention of His Excellency. He said in addition of having over 170 youth groups registered under the council, the government’s budgetary allocation to the sector is by far not sufficient.
For his part, Pa Malick Ceesay, deputy director of the National Youth Council gave a breakdown of the council activities and programmes.
His Excellency Adama Barrow welcomed the delegation and lauded the initiative for updating him on the activities and programs of the Council. President Barrow remain committed to the issue of young people as they form 65% of The Gambia's population. He also urged the youth to be committed to National development and believe in themselves.
He assured the delegation that he and his team will look into the challenged raise as it’s their priority for him through the Ministry of Youth and Sports especially in his capacity as president is a great advocate for young people.
Lamin Sanneh, chairperson of West Coast Region and Mam Lissa Camara spoke at length on the importance of the youth sector in national development.