By Ramatoulie Jawo
The National Youth Council (NYC) told Parliament that renting an office space constitutes one of its major challenges.
“The lack of a permanent office for the council continues to be one of our major challenges, as rent rates are very expensive,” Alhagie Jarju, Executive Director told the National Assembly standing committee on Finance and Public Accounts Committee (F/PAC) on Tuesday.
He informed the committee that the government had allocated land to the council over two years, but they could not develop it, and sought the committee’s intervention to build an office on the property.
“We will be very grateful if this committee (F/PAC) can intervene and help us to build that land. The land is just opposite Yarambamba, and we want to name it as Youth House,” he appealed.
Jarjue disclosed that the annual government subsidy for the council is not enough for the implementation of the council’s intended activities.
He said the NYC regional structures are constrained in terms of human and material resources to coordinate activities of young people in the regions.
“Most of the departments and institutions used our structures in the regions as a gateway to able to reach out to the young people in their various regions,” he told members.
The council highlighted the challenges before the National Assembly standing committee on Finance and Public Accounts Committee (F/PAC), while presenting its activity and financial statements. The Gambia National Youth Council (NYC) is an agency established by an Act of Parliament in 2000, with the mandate to mobilise, coordinate and supervise youth organisations, implement national youth programmes and advise government on youth matters.