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Youth Affairs minister ‘ready to shape youth activities’

January 22, 2015 By Isatu Sesay

Minister of Youth Affairs has expressed his ministry’s determination and readiness to ensure that the implementation of projects and activities of youths by organizations and development partners are done in a coordinated manner.

Alimamy Kamara yesterday informed newsmen in his ministry’s conference room that a memorandum of understanding (MoU) has already been signed with the Ministry of Information and Communications to monitor the implementation of youth activities.

He stated that the main objective of the MoU is to prevent duplication of efforts and programs in terms of youth intervention by ministries, departments and agencies as well as non-governmental organizations, among others.

He explained that according to the document, all youth serving organizations/agencies, NGOs, CBOs, INGOs and CSOs should register with the ministry and provide a comprehensive update on their respective activities every year.

“Effective 1 February 2015, all youth serving organizations/agencies, NGOs, CBOs, INGOs and CSOs – be they local or international – will only be allowed to register as NGO by the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development and SLANGO on production of attestation from the Youth Affairs Ministry,” he said and added that the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) will be supplied with a list of all registered NGOs and INGOs in youth development.

According to Minister Kamara, a document called ‘the National Youth Programme’ has already been developed in collaboration with the National Youth Commission and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for the next four years to coordinate youth activities in the country.