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NDA’s Pateh Bah accepts APC appointment

July 21, 2016 By Jariatu S. Bangura

Members of the Appointment and Public Service Committee in Parliament yesterday approved former presidential flag bearer of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), Mohamed Pateh Bah, as the Executive Director of the National Youth Service.

Responding to questions about what he made of his appointment by President Ernest Bai Koroma, being an opposition political stalwart, he replied that: “My appointment shows the level of enclosure in terms of appointment by the President. Besides, I have also taken a conscious move to step back from politics and serve my country as a statesman for so many reasons that I cannot disclose to you.”

On the challenges faced by the youths, he promised to pursue their interest as provided for in the National Youth Service Act.

The National Youth Service (NYS) is a scheme that is meant to promote national cohesion and job training for graduate youths in Sierra Leone.

Mr Bah added: “To this end, I promised to put the national interest above all other considerations and to work assiduously to ensure that the youths of this nation benefit from the requisite trainings and skills that will make them marketable and self-reliant.”

Mohamed Pateh Bah is a politician and youth activist. In 1990-1991, he joined the campaign for the re-introduction of multi-party democracy in Sierra Leone.

He disclosed his political ambition on 30 July, 2011. Prior to his nomination, Bah was National Coordinator of the National Youth Scheme in the Ministry of Youth Affairs.

However, MPs noted that his appointment indicated he had been working very hard in the interest of the youths, adding that more was expected from him as many youths are unemployed and disgruntled.

“Even if they are provided with everything, they will still ask for more. The impression of their disgruntle must be adhered to, and having been their ambassador, you must work towards their expectations. Don’t give them drugs as it will not help them attain anything in life, but  give them productive things that would in the end be of good,” they  cautioned.

Speaking to journalists after his approval, Bah said he was satisfied with sentiments expressed by Members of Parliament and prayed that he would meet their expectation.

The other nominees include Ibrahim Sorie Kamara, Deputy Executive Director, National Youth Service; and Mrs. Amy Elizabeth Green, Board member, Corporate Affairs Commission.

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