The Global Fund Round six has funded an HIV/AIDS Youth Friendly life Skills Center in Bo.
Delivering his keynote address at an impressive ceremony held at the center, CRS country representative Alex Mathew says the center will serve to provide knowledge and skills to youths on the prevention of HIV/AIDs and sexually transmitted diseases.
The CRS country representative says the center will accommodate both children in school and youths and will take onboard sensitization programmes and formulas on the prevention of HIV/AIDS. He further expressed the hope that youths of Bo will make good use of the center and acquire skills to help improve their lives. He noted that the center will serve as an example to Mothers in and out of Sierra Leone including the Global Fund themselves for the next two years.
In his presentation of the team and objectives of the Center, Development Co-ordinator, ADDO/Caritas Freetown and Bo, Rev. Fr. Peter Conteh praised Amin Construction Company for having done an excellent work within the stipulated time frame and that the various criteria were met in a transparent manner. Rev. Father Peter Conteh also introduced various staff members and further highlighted their respective responsibilities at the center. He says a management board for the center will soon be formed to allow the youths themselves to directly take control of the affairs of the center. In her statement made on behalf of the Bo District Medical Officer, Baindu Konneh says the Health Ministry supports such activities as it goes a long way in complimenting preventive measures. She in turn encouraged all to go in for HIV/AIDs test and also warned against discriminatory practices for HIV/AID patients. Giving his statement development consultant Dr. Robert Moikowa used the occasion to propound on the importance of educating youth population, noting that acquiring skills goes a long way in helping to improve individual youth and of course the community and Sierra Leone as a whole.
Speaking on behalf of the Resident Minister South, Deputy Secretary George Penyikie says the establishment of the center is a positive attempt to fight HIV/AIDS which remains a major concern for the world body. Various statements and contributions were made by Chief Boima who poured libation. Other speakers included Rev. Father Theo Momoh, Rev. Father Francis Tommy, Mamawa Kamara, Rev. Father Selenga while Rev. Father Dr. Sheku Kanneh chaired the ceremony.
By Easmon Moigula