Youth’s Unemployment And Crime In Gambia

The causes are not farfetched as studies have associated rising youth unemployment to increase of violent crime in The Gambia. The accelerating level of prostitution, armed robbery, rape, theft and all facets of violence can be largely attributed to the incidence of unemployment.

Gambia is not an exception. As a developing country, she faces her own share of social, political, economic and cultural problems which has in no small measure affected the well-being of the populace. With a population of about 1.5 million, Gambia is one of Africa’s smallest countries’ in terms of demographic size. …

… Unemployment rate in Gambia has continued to be on the increase despite the abundant financial support to the Barrow led. Chronic youths’ unemployment is still remains the evident in Gambia.

Unemployment has become a major problem tormenting the lives of Gambian youths and this poses a serious risk to the Gambian society. …

… Unemployment causes frustration, dejection, desperation and dependency on family members and friends who also have their own problems to contend with. This precarious situation has left the youths in a vicious cycle of poverty that daily erodes their confidence and bright future.

The magnitude and expansion of poverty in Gambia and the threat it poses makes it one of the biggest challenges in the nation today. …

The recent involvement of number of young people arrested over alleged theft cases in the Kanifing Municipality is clear evidence of lack of job to earn a living on daily basis.

… This portends immense dangers when understood from the point of view that young people are the next generation of potentially productive economic and social actors. In today Gambia, youth unemployment has been a major problem giving rise to other criminal tendencies in the youths and threatens the social-economic peace and stability of the country Unemployment has been categorized as one of the serious impediments to social progress. …

… The scariest undertone of Gambia’s socio-economic underachievement, by far, is the steady rise in youth crime, nurtured in a climate of increasing national income and the simultaneous failure of employment-generation and poverty alleviation programmes under the Barrow administration.

Crime situation in Gambia is more intense in urban centres than rural areas due to high level of urban poverty, congestion, unemployment, cost of living, disorganization and moral decadence confronting urban system.

The preponderance of urban crimes in Gambia is a reflection of deprivation, marginalization and breakdown in infrastructure and amenities that are supposed to manage or control crime among urban residents. …

We commend The Gambia Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) for addressing the economic root causes of irregular migration by supporting youth employment and entrepreneurship. The project is contributing but on a low scale considering the youths population of the country. Those coming home are in hundred and those that are here unemployed are in the thousand.

We calls on the Barrow led government to review few of the National Youth Conference and Festival (known as NAYCONF) resolutions and consider some of recommendation to address unemployment facing Gambian youths.

Source The Voice

Gambia: Youth empowerment is Key

By Jose Rizal

Former United Nations Secretary General- Kofi Anan one said that ‘from creating start-ups to igniting revolutions, young people have been toppling the old structures and processes that govern our world. Just imagine what solutions might be found if young people are given the space and encouragement to participate and lead’. This clearly manifests the role of youth in a growing economy and their power to propel national development initiates.

The recent inauguration of a new development association dubbed Buduk Youth Development Association by the young people of Buduk Bantaba in Central River Region is a laudable move. The association aims to promote unity, health, education, environmental protection and development within the community and its surroundings. This would in turn have multiple impacts in the youths around these catchment areas. We must acknowledge that fact that the world’s biggest power is the youth and therefore meaningful efforts must be established to help empower them to contribute sufficiently towards the socio-economic development of the country.

Young people have the power to change the world. Despite the numerous challenges, with commitment and dedication, young people can surmount any obstacles sin on their path. This also reminds us about the power of life skills and for youth to exploit any opportunity that comes their way.

Last year, the world reached a historic milestone with seven billion people, 1.8 billion of which are youth aged 10 to 24. And of this young population, 90 percent live in developing countries. This generation, the most interconnected generation ever, continues to grow rapidly, and the challenges they face are ever more daunting.

Statistics also indicate that about half of all young people survive on less than two dollars a day. More than 100 million adolescents do not attend school. Every year, 16 million adolescent girls become mothers.

Over the next decade and beyond, if the country is to solve the most pressing issues of our time, there is need to tap into the dynamism of youth movements and young social entrepreneurs, for they have the potential to disrupt inertia and be the most creative forces for social change. Therefore, the inauguration of this youth association came at a right time in our quest to promote unity among the people especially those in the rural communities.

“The youth is the hope of our future.”

Source The Point

Gambia: Violence-free Africa youth movement launched

By Staff Reporter

A new youth movement; Youth Movement for Employment and Violence-free Africa (YoMEVA) that focus on advocating for employment and a violence-free Africa was launched last Saturday at the University of The Gambia Law Faculty in Kanifing.

President Alhagie Mboob said the Movement was created in 2017 targeting to create a society where young people would be involved in decision making and youth participation in politics and social activities.

He said they have been conducting capacity building trainings for members and visited over twenty schools during their outreach programmes.

Board member Yankuba Mamburay said failure to make and sustain peace could cause hunger and starvation, economic destruction and many more. He added that without peace, there would be no meaningful employment nor enjoyment.

He emphasised that unemployment has lot of negative effects like increase in crime, level of poverty, debts and homelessness. “We must not stand aside and look. We must join this noble cause because there is tremendous amount of joy in helping the cause of job creation and peace building.”

Presenting on how Africa can move forward to achieve peace and development, Abdoulie Kurang, a lecturer at UTG said Africa’s major challenge is youth unemployment and poverty. “I believe that Africa is one of the richest continents on earth.”

According to him, the government is not ready to solve the problem because there cannot be peace without development and there cannot be development without peace. Good leadership can promote peace and development in a country.”

Source The Point

Gambia: Ousainouo Was Among The First Govt Officials to Recognize The Barrow Youth Movement for National Development

Written By Pa Nderry M’Bai

The National Coordination of the Barrow Youth Movement for National Development Ansu Singhateh says the leader of the United Democratic Party and Gambia’s Vice President Ousainou Darboe, was among “the first government officials to endorse and recognize the formation of BYM.” Darboe was Foreign Minister at the time of him throwing his support behind the formation of the Barrow Youth Movement. Singhateh says Mr. Darboe was even issued with a BYM membership card. Darboe also had worn the BYM t shirt that was given to him at the launching of the BYM non-governmental organization, which is geared towards complimenting President Barrow’s government developmental programs.

Ansu Singhateh was speaking during a live Freedom Radio Gambia interview on Thursday. Singhateh, who hailed from the Basse area, in the Upper River Region of The Gambia, also said among the government officials who wore the BYM t shirts on the day of its launching include: former Vice President Fatoumatta Jallow Tambajang, Ousainou Darboe, President Adama Barrow and other cabinet officials.

Singhateh says he couldn’t understand what must have been responsible for Mr. Darboe’s sudden change of heart towards the BYM, an organization he says, he (Darboe) had welcomed its cause during its official launching.

Sighateh notes that perhaps BYM’s increasing popularity had caused panic within the UDP, but he insists that BYM’s agenda is to help advance the country’s developmental aspiration. He says BYM was not created to takeover the UDP, as falsely trafficked in some quarters.

“UDP has only one Youth Wing. Those propagating another Youth Wing outside the party’s main Youth wing, are out to divide us. It is a deliberate attempt to sow the seeds of discord within the party. We will not accept that. UDP recognizes only the United Democratic Party Youth Wing. Other than the UDP Youth Wing, UDP does not recognize any other Youth Wing. Any other Youth Wing, or any other Youth Movement pretending to be UDP, will not be recognized by the party. All the real UDP supporters are in the UDP Youth Wing,” Darboe remarked during the UDP party Congress.

The BYM has a membership of over two hundred thousand people, according to Ansu Singhateh. Most of the organization’s membership are mainly youths. He says a good chunk of the BYM membership comes from the UDP, and other political parties in the country.

According to Mr. Singhateh, more and more Gambians are signing up to join the Barrow Youth Movement for National Development. He says BYM’s goal is to compliment government’s efforts to bring development to the doorsteps of Gambians irrespective of one’s political affiliation, tribe, creed, or origin.

So far, he said, the BYM had sponsored developmental projects such as horticultural gardening, empowering women, education, making clean water accessible to impoverished communities, just to name a few.

Singhateh also says BYM projects are funded by charitable philanthropists. He wouldn’t name names of philanthropists funding the organization. He also denied claims being peddled in some quarters that President Barrow is the main economic engine behind the BYM.

“We set up BYM. We introduced the idea to the President, and he welcomed it. BYM is a legally registered non-governmental organization. President Barrow doesn’t fund BYM. We used our own resources and finances to fund the organization. Occasionally, we will receive help from philanthropists. I am a businessman. I have contributed my own money towards the funding of the BYM,” he said.

Singhateh also says the recent fleet of pick up trucks and motorbikes that were handed to the BYM regional offices came from philanthropists. He says he was not in the position to disclose the names of the donors.

Mr. Singhateh used the interview to “hail President Barrow’s leadership qualities and commitment to making The Gambia, a stable, developed, and prosperous nation.” He called on Gambians to unite and work towards nation building and reconciliation.

He says despite the economic and developmental wreck that President Barrow had inherited from dictator Jammeh’s rule, the Barrow government had championed democratic and economic reforms within this short period of time.

He says Gambians are more freer today compared to Jammeh’s rule. He says two years ago, he couldn’t phone Freedom Radio Gambia to participate in live radio shows, but today, he says, Gambians are free to associate and speak their mind on issues of national concern without having the fear of being arrested or kidnapped. He says during Jammeh’s rule, workers will report to work and will not return home after close of business.

He added that the government had also ushered in projects that will help improve the living conditions of Gambians.

According to Mr. Singhateh, President Barrow had good in tensions for the country. He cited the numerous road and bridge projects ushered during Barrow’s rule. He says similar projects will soon be extended to Banjul, the capital city. He says plans are afoot to construct new roads in Banjul and improve its sewage system.

On the much talked about three years transition period agreed among the Coalition government partners, Singhateh says President Barrow had been voted to serve for five years. He says the constitution supersedes any agreement reached by the Coalition government.

Ansu Singhateh has also called on officials serving in President Barrow’s government to be sincere and faithful to the government’s set agenda for national development. He warns against any form of sabotage to stall President Barrow’s developmental aspirations for the country.

Singhateh says BYM is here to stay. He is not sure as to whether President Barrow will form his own political party, but he maintains that Barrow will no doubt win a second term if he decides to run in future elections.

Source Freedom Newspaper