In a bid to compliment President Ernest Bai Koroma’s food security drive, Youth Action International (YAI), a Youth Led non-governmental organization have donated seeds and planting materials to youths in the Gbense Kandor Chiefdom in the Kono District for the purpose of engaging them in agriculture as an alternative to mining which has been a major source of survival for them.
44 bushels of rice, assorted vegetable seeds and other agriculture materials were donated to the Youths with support from MiaDonna & Company, an American based non-profit organization.
Presenting the items the Country Representative of YAI, Donald Kalokoh said Kono was chosen with the aim of diverting the attention of Youths from mining from which they receive very little compensation for their labour despite the considerable export revenue generated by the mining industry.
Kalokoh noted that the project is in response to the need for alternative livelihood for Youths engaged in mining.
He added that the project is in its pilot phase in Gbense Kandor Chiefdom adding that it will be extended to other Chiefdoms in the District.
The Country Representative admonished Youths to embrace the project and make good use of the opportunity as a means of sustaining their livelihood.
He appealed to the government and other agencies to join them in making the project a success.
Welcoming the Country Representative and other dignitaries, the Youth leader for Gbense Kandor, Sahr Konodia expressed gratitude to YAI for the gesture. He promised that they will utilize the project in the best interest of the Youths of Kono District.
He affirmed that the provision of seeds and planting materials is a big start and called on YAI to double their effort to ensure the sustainability of the project.
The District Youth leader who doubles as YAI’s Project Officer, Kono, Ibrahim Tamba Fanday in his statement encouraged Youths to take advantage of the project and make it their personal property to ensure its success.
Being the first project ever undertaken since he and his executive came into office, he admonished his colleagues to fully come onboard the agriculture drive as mining has failed them.
By Abibatu Kamara