MambaNjick Njie, Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Department of State for Youth, Sport and Religious Affairs, accompanied by officials of his Department of State and the National Youth Services Scheme (NYSS) and National Youth Council (NYC) held a meeting with the Governor of the Western Region, Abdou F.M Badjie and others, aimed at reactivating NYSS regional committees as contained in the NYSS Act of 1999.
Speaking at the ceremony, DPS Njie described youth as the cream of any society, urging them to resist from any misdemeanor act that may have a negative impact on their lives. He told the gathering that President Jammeh has created the enabling environment for every Gambian, especially the youth by empowering them in all sectors of development.
For his part, Musa Mbye, Executive Director of NYSS, said ‘the passage to the new millennium has encouraged NYSS to innovate two new programmes, namely apprenticeship training and maritime and fishing, all of which have been highly welcomed’.
He said that the NYSS is currently in the process of renewing Memorandum of Agreement, with the hope that it will help them to better respond to the growing needs of the Gambian youth. “As part of its strategic planning, NYSS seeks to increase its capacity to welcome more participants, to diversity its sources of financing, to enhance its visibility, both nationally and internationally. We also want to build an association of former participants and to continue to implement new programmes that meet the needs and aspiration of our people,” he outlined.
Other speakers at the ceremony included, Abdou FM. Badjie, Governor Western Region, who gave the welcome remark, Pa Malick Ceesay, Executive Secretary of the National Youth Council. Fatou Mbye and Lamin .J. Gassama, Youth Officers for Western Region, delivered the vote of thanks.