Sierra Leone’s youth Ambassador, Anthony Junior Navo has called on all youths of Sierra Leone to start rebranding their image as the country itself is undergoing an image rebranding under the Ernest Bai Koroma led government.
He made this appeal on Tuesday at the British Council hall in a leadership expression forum organized by the Salone Youth and Adolescent Network (SalYAN) in collaboration with UNFPA and the Ministry of Education Youth and Sport.
The Ambassador stated that it is high time youths started rewriting their history by taking the lead in developmental activities. He expressed dismay in the criteria being set up for most job opportunities in the country. Anthony Junior Navo said the minimum age limit of 35 years and five to ten years job experience stated in certain job criteria is a deliberate attempt to sideline young people who might have got the necessary academic qualification for such jobs.
He noted that such conditions are precipitating factors that have led to the massive youth unemployment in the country. He urged the Labour Ministry to look into some of these issues and try to put appropriate measures in place to address them.
The Youth Leadership Express Forum attracted eminent young personalities who have successfully propelled themselves through the rigors of life and are now holding responsible positions in all works of life.
The young and dynamic Dr. Mishel Sawyerr from the Diaspora formally launched the SalYAN Youth Express Forum on behalf of the Vice president Sam Sumana who was consented to do the launching.
Two prominent and successful young people, the president of the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists, Alhaji Umaru Fofana and the National Coordinator of Campaign for Good Governance, Valnora Edwin gave brief flash back of their lives and how they have been able to attain the positions they are currently occupying.