The Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports, Nii Nortey Duah, has described the overwhelming youth unemployment problem especially in African as a time bomb and cautioned that any country that ignores it does so at its own peril.
He made this observation when a delegation from the Gambian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Employment (MTIE), called on him at the ministry on Monday to share ideas on youth enterprise development.
The delegation, on a four day study tour of the country, was led by Madam Ada Gaye, Deputy Permanent Secretary of the MTIE.
He said statistics show that 100,000 unemployed youth are thrown into the job market every year and currently over 700,000 youth have been registered under the National Youth Employment Programme (NYEP)
The National Coordinator of the NYEP, Abuga Pele, expressed his excitement about the youth enterprise development initiative and said the problem of youth unemployment had to be faced now by engaging the youth in something useful.
Madam Gaye, said that Ghana was a preferred destination after extensive research, adding that the team took into consideration the long strides the country had made in tackling youth-related issues.
“The youth over the years have been exploited massively by some unscrupulous politicians in their quest for power to cause destruction in some African countries because they have been left out during planning and decision making” she said.
Mr. Mambanyick Njie, the Permanent Secretary of the Gambia Youth and Sports Ministry, said that youth issues were critical in the development of every nation.
He said the Gambia also had in place programmes like electrical installation, welding and vocational skills training for the youth and awards were given to deserving people to motivate others.
He called on the youth to refrain from negative tendencies and imitating other people’s lifestyles blindly.