By Muhammed L. Bojang
Kombo East District Youth Committee on Saturday held a youth empowerment forum at Giboro Kuta Village in West Coast Region.
The forum was meant to discuss major challenges and issues young people of the district are faced with.
Abdoulie Njie, chairperson of the district youth committee said the committee under his leadership will create an enabling environment to promote youth participation in peacebuilding, address irregular migration, drug abuse, empowerment youth, and other relevant issues affecting young people as well as empower women in the community.
Njie urged young people to venture into youth work, describing it as a university of its own. He further urged them to take up leadership roles.
Dembo Kuyateh, Kombo East Youth and Children Development Alliance (KEYDA) board chairperson urged young people of the district to be conscious, learn best practices, moral values and responsibilities as well as be role models of society.
He also called on young people to stay away from drugs, saying it will only deprive them of opportunities and robbed them of their future.
He tasked participants to be more vocal in engaging their communities on effects and dangers associated with drugs on young people.
National Assembly Member for Kombo East District Hon. Lamin FM Conta said hence migration cannot be stopped it is incumbent on people to use the right channels for the best interest of people, societies, and the country at large.
He joined other speakers in urging young people to stay away from drugs, saying no country in the world accepts or legitimizes the use or abuse of drugs.
According to him, 60 percent of Gambia’s population are youth, and therefore urged them to take their roles and responsibilities to become better future leaders of the country.
He described young people as the most vital component of every given society and as such urged them to be effective and productive for the benefit of society.