|Marcel Mendy (R) speaking to local journalist and blogger Mamadou Edrisa Njie in Bansang, CRR (Photo Credit: Gambia Sports Online)|
The Executive Secretary of the National Youth Council (NYC) Mr. Marcel Mendy has dispelled criticisms that” the recommendations laid down by the youth of the country in previous National Youth Conference and Festival (NaYCONF) have not been implemented.”
The 10th edition of the biennial NaYCONF (2012) kicks off on January 4, 2013 in the provincial town of Bansang, Central River Region of The Gambia. The event is ending on Jan. 9, 2013 and will culminate with a resolution that should serve as a guide or working document for the NYC and the Gambia Government to addressing challenges facing the youths.
In the past, youth advocates have criticized the NYC and the Government for not fully implementing most of the recommendations made at previous events.
Local journalist Sulayman Ceesay in Bansang, CRR, told TheNorth Bank Evening Standard: “The NYC executive secretary begs to differ on this argument.”
When he spoke to NaYCONF Daily, newsletter published by the NYC specifically for the event, Mr. Mendy argued: “Some people pretend to know when they really don't know. Some of the resolutions have been implemented by the government and the council.
He noted a previous resolution demanded a young peoples’ representative at the National Assembly, saying: “As you know we have succeeded in having a youth representative in the National Assembly."
He also argued the NYC was established upon the recommendation of a NaYCONF resolution. "So, we have achieved a lot since the inception of the NaYCONF,” he said.
“Maybe people don't know much or are not following the implementation of the resolutions, that's why they are saying the resolutions are not being implemented,” he said. “As a result, they always say that young people go to the NaYCONF and talk and talk but noting comes out of it. This is a wrong statement.”
Written by Modou S. Joof