11 January 2013

Gambia: Youth & Sport Minister - NAYCONF 2012 Was a Success

The minister of Youth and Sports has described the just concluded National Youth Conference and Festival (NAYCONF 2012) a success.

Alieu K Jammeh Jammeh made the remark Wednesday during the closing ceremony of the NAYCONF 2012 held in Bansang in the Central River Region (CRR). He said that the event was a success taking into account that every necessary thing was provided for them by President Jammeh. He also commended the Gambian leader for his foresight and efforts towards youth empowerment and development,

and urged the youths to give him [President Jammeh] maximum support to enable him take the country higher for the betterment of the Gambian population.

"We have to commit ourselves as young people of this country to the vision and aspiration of the country and its leadership. Let us try to engage ourselves in the productive sector of the economy, particularly in the agriculture and fisheries sectors among others," he said.

Minister Jammeh further urged the youths to fulfill their responsibility as the government has provided all the policy framework and resources for them to succeed.

He continued: "Let us reflect back and ask ourselves what we can do in helping President Jammeh in the development process of the country. As young men and women, you are the future leaders of tomorrow. Don't listen to anybody who wants to destabilise the country or trying to jeopardise the peace and security of this country. Let us protect the integrity of the country and promote our cultural heritage."

The Youth and Sports minister finally thanked President Jammeh for his support in making the event a success, and with a difference. He also thanked the community of CRR for hosting the event.

For his part, Fabakary Kalleh, the chairman of the National Organising Committee of NAFCONF, thanked Almighty Allah for giving The Gambia such a unique and illustrious leader, a pride of Africa, a champion of peace, progress and development, and a visionary leader who cares for and values the youths of this country and their very essence to the evolution of a new Gambia under his dynamic and innovative leadership.

While thanking President Jammeh for generously providing financial and material support to NAYCONF 2012, Kalleh appealed to government through the Ministry of Youth and Sports and other partners to ensure that the recommendations are implemented to the letter. "Together, we must all play proactive roles in the implementation of these resolutions to ensure that the dreams and aspirations that we all set ourselves as a nation are realised by translating our words into actions," he said.

According to him, this year's NAYCONF was with a difference, as it was not only about fashion style and fanfare, but delegates ensured that every aspect of the event was a learning point. He urged all regions to not only carry the stories and good memories of the event, but challenge themselves to transform the resolutions into action-oriented strategies.

Alhaji Ganyie Touray, the governor of CRR, thanked President Jammeh for his support in making the event a success. He described the Gambian leader as the 'star of the nation' and the hope of Gambian youth. He urged the youth to meaningfully participate in the development process of the country.

The ceremony ended with a presentation of a certificate to President Jammeh for his support to NAYCONF 2012. The vice president and others who supported the event were also presented with certificates.

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