April 22, 2015 By Isatu Sesay
The Minister of Youth Affairs yesterday officially launched the first National Youth Week on the theme, “Repositioning Youth Development in Post Ebola Recovery”.
Alimamy Kamara told a news conference in his ministry’s conference room in Freetown that the week has been set aside to engage youth on post-Ebola recovery strategies.
According to him, it is the first time in the country’s history that a week has been set aside to look into youth issues and concerns, noting that the week is enshrined in the revised National Youth Policy and in the African Youth Charter that was adopted by all African Heads of State in 2006 in Banjul, The Gambia.
“We are here today to launch the celebration of the National Youth Week starting from the 21 to 26 April,” said Minister Kamara. “There will be a mass media discussion programme in all four regions to solicit information on post recovery strategies for youth empowerment and engagement of youth serving agencies in the Western Area.”
Mr. Kamara opined that when he was appointed as minister, his main passion was to create job opportunities for youth with the view to reducing economic hardship on them, but noted that the Ebola outbreak has disrupted his aspiration.
He said the deadly outbreak has stalled education, enhanced hardship on young people, hindered the economy and cultural values, limited social gatherings and diverted political attention from infrastructural development to health care services.
“We have revised the National Youth Policy and ensured the ratification of the African Youth Charter by the House of Parliament,” he informed newsmen. “Certainly, young people are the hardest hit by the deadly Ebola virus disease. My ministry has been very instrumental in the fight. We launch the youth fight against Ebola with massive sensitization nationwide.”