The National Youth Coalition (NYC) has expressed its acknowledgement of the appointment of Ishmael Al-Sankoh Conteh as the Deputy Minister of Sports by President Ernest BaiKoroma. The coalition in a press release stated that the appointment is a symbol of optimism for youth in the country and it has strengthened the trust in the promise delivered by President Koroma during the state opening of parliament where he had stated that he will dedicate his administration to youths.
The release went further to state that the coalition is strongly convinced the appointee would provide the requisite impetus to national and international sports participation and competition. "We believe that with his outstanding experience in youth activism, the sports ministry will be effective and result oriented," the released stated.
The released highlighted that youth in the country are anticipating that with the inclusion of young people and energetic youth as deputy minister of sports, Sierra Leone will not only compete in all sporting competitions but will bring trophies and gold medals to the country.
"However, the National Youth Coalition will like to reiterate that it is independent, youth-focused, non-political and non-partisan. The coalition shall continue to advocate for youth participation, empowerment and protection.
"The coalition will continue to serve as a check in all government activities geared towards youth empowerment and will take up issues of national concern without any political compunction."