Supporting Youths Livelihood and Good Governance in Sierra Leone a project initiated by YMCA and funded by European Commission and Comic Relief on Friday, 30th April 2010 engaged with local representatives of the Freetown Municipality on a profiling meeting in respect of the youth livelihood project objectives.
The primary purpose of the project is to give a livelihood support and governance issue to all categories of youths in the country, as part of the post war reconstruction plan.
The project is in cognizance of the fact that the 11 years catastrophe devastated the lives of many youths. The project is therefore geared towards providing skills training and other privileges to capacitate the youths in not only Sierra Leone but in other post conflict societies like Liberia.
The engagement with local representatives who more or less act in the capacity of Chiefs in the Western Urban and who are equally acquainted with local inhabitants especially youths have been considered by YMCA as partners to enhance the aspiration of the project to foster sustainability and accountability.
The Project Officer-West, Barkley Sesay said that through the inclusion of the local representatives or councilors, there is hope that after the project would have ceased operation with their support, based on precedent set by YMCA, local authorities will be able to address the same project issues as planned by YMCA.
Through ardent discussion they will be able to determine criteria needed to facilitate the involvement of the youths in the governance process in their respective Local Councils.
Going through the project plan, the Project Manager Moses Johnson explained to councilors that the project is basically aimed at providing ways and means through which the youths will be able to contribute meaningfully to socio-economic and political developments of the country.
He therefore encouraged councilors to be very active during the process and further help in selecting participants for verification by YMCA designated officers.
Before the meeting rounded up, councilors rendered their submissions with regards anomalies and the way forward to enhance the sole aspiration of the project for the betterment of youths in the country.
By Poindexter Sama