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NAYCOM Boss meets Port Loko Youth, promises opportunities for all

NAYCOM Boss meets Port Loko youth, promises opportunities for all
The Commissioner of the National Youth Commission (NAYCOM), Ngolo Katta has told youth in Port Loko that the Commission and the Ministry of Youth Affairs (MOYA) would roll out empowerment and development programmes for all youth regardless of political affiliation and region.
Mr. Katta was speaking at a meeting with young people in the north-western city of Port Loko.
“Together with MOYA, we’re working on entrepreneurship and empowerment programmes, a student loan scheme and a young women advancement programme, which should be rolled over the next six months”, Mr. Katta told the group of youth.
He encouraged young people who are still within secondary school age range to take advantage of the Government’s Free and Quality Education programme which he said “has the potential to change their lives significantly”.
“You should believe in yourselves and make use of opportunities available to you”, the NAYCOM Commissioner added.
Speaking at the meeting, The Councilor for Ward 235, Unisa Fofonah—also a young person—described the meeting with the NAYCOM boss as a “new life to the youth of Port Loko”. He said the meeting, which targeted “ghetto” and “ataya base” youth was the first of its kind. He said such groups were often neglected.
Councillor Fofanah pleaded with the Commissioner for the establishment of a youth training centre that would provide young people with the skills they need to be self-reliant.
Lamenting the plight of youth in Port Loko, activist Nancy Bamoi said peer pressure played a major part in the bad behavior of young people. She said given the potential of youth and their role in national development, it was important that they had role models to emulate.
Last week’s meeting in Port Loko brought to an end a national tour by the new NAYCOM Commissioner Ngolo Katta and his Deputy, Emerson Kamara to familiarize themselves with the state of affairs at the various regional offices and other areas of interest to the Commission.