Crr — The National Youth Conference and Festival (NAYCONF) Local Organisng Committee (LOC) in Central River Region (CRR), in partnership with the communities in CRR, on Saturday converged in Bansang to help clean the town for the upcoming NAYCONF 2012.
The attorney general and minister of Justice, Lamin Jobarteh; the regional governor, Alhaji Ganyie Touray; and deputy governor, Alhaji Malang Saibo Camara among others led the cleaning exercise.
Addressing the gathering shortly after the exercise, Minister Jobarteh commended the people for their high turnout and urged them to maintainunity and cooperation for the success of the NAYCONF.
The national youth festival, the Justice minister explained, is a biennial national youth gathering that brings young people from all over the country and beyond to share experiences and dilate on issues that affect their lives. He noted that the gathering will avail the youth the opportunity to renew their commitment to national development, stressing that they have an important role to play in the society.
On the cleaning exercise, Jobarteh said is part of preparations for the upcoming NAYCONF, which will be hosted by the region, to be held in Bansang. He applauded all those who participated in the exercise.
The regional governor, Alhaji Ganyie Touray, hailed the communities for their active participation in the exercise, suggesting that participating in the cleaning means participating in national development, since NAYCONF is a national event.
He spoke at length on the importance of the NAYCONF, adding that the aim is to endear youths to their cultural roots and empowerment for sustainable development, in order for them to realise their dreams and aspirations.
Governor Touray also called on the people of the region to come together and unite for the success of the NAYCONF.
Alhaji Malang Saibo Camara, the deputy governor, also called on his people to strengthen unity and cooperation for the successful hosting of the event.The national youth forum he said is quite important, in the sense that it accords the youth the opportunity to discuss issues affecting their lives.
Other speakers included the Alkalo of Bantanto, Kupay Fatty and the Alkalo of Bansang, Alhaji Kebba Kora.