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STATE OF THE NATION ADDRESS FOR THE 2021 LEGISLATIVE YEAR DELIVERED BY H.E. ADAMA BARROW

THE REPUBLIC OF THE GAMBIA
STATE OF THE NATION ADDRESS FOR THE 2021 LEGISLATIVE YEAR
DELIVERED AT THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY
BY
H.E. ADAMA BARROW GCRG
PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF
THE GAMBIA
9TH SEPTEMBER 2021
YOUTH AND SPORTS

Madam Speaker,

Honourable Members,

1. To effectively and efficiently promote youth and sports development, the Youth and Sports sector is reviewing some of their sector policies. These include the National Sports Policy and various frameworks of the satellite Institutions. Among them is a draft five-year strategic plan (2020-2024) for sports development.

2. In line with the development of the country's human resource base, 3,724 young persons have benefited from skills training. Some of them have already earned skills in construction and related areas. The Ministry profiled 1,000 youths for possible financial support. These achievements are a result of the partnership built with NEDI, PIA and the NYSS.

3. Taking cue from the decentralization policy for youth empowerment, the Youth and Sports Ministry signed a contract to establish agro-food centres and build nine stadiums, a bakery and an auto-mechanic centre this year.

4. Meanwhile, the National Youth Service Scheme is actively engaging and equipping our youths with livelihood skills in various walks of life. Unfortunately, the proposed Youth National Service is on hold due to the pandemic.

5. Despite this setback, the National Youth Council was able to facilitate, for over 25,000 youths, access to financing, employment, or economic development opportunities offered by YEP and TEKKI FII partners. To complement this, the Council is mapping and profiling 172 youth organizations into thematic areas for better coordination and facilitation.

6. I must add that over 3,000 youths and schools benefited from Migration Information and Counselling (MIC) activities. These included training of School Peer Education Clubs, peer educators and teacher coordinators on Migration and MIC.

Madam Speaker,
7. The Gambia is doing very well in various international sports competitions, such as football, athletics, volleyball and boxing.

8. For the first time, the nation looks forward to participating in the 2022 CAF tournament, and we do so with enthusiasm and hope. We congratulate all those who raised the Gambian flag high in recent years, including the participants in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

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