DAILY BRIEFING JUNE 23 – 2016

Daily Briefing over The Gambia Inquirer with me Alhagie Fatty, in Banjul June 23th 2016

Local authorities and youth leaders in the country have expressed their resolve to support the international organization for Migration and the National youth Council in their efforts to control irregular migration, locally called Back way”

Traditional Leaders Declare Fight to End Child Marriage

The U – 20 Coach has said that international friendly against Senegal is going to be good test game. That’s the headlines now to the news in details.

 

Traditional leaders from across the country have unanimously declared that they will fight to end child marriage in their respective districts, saying that girls should be allowed to reach 18 years before marriage.

This declaration was made by the district chiefs during an inter generational dialogue with children, which was organised by the Department of Social Welfare as part of ongoing efforts to end child marriage in the country. The meeting was held on Monday at the Governor’s Office in Brikama.

The chiefs also called on parents to allow their children to focus on their education, adding that as custodians of the law they are in support of the First Lady’s initiative to end child marriage in The Gambia. They assured the First Lady that they would widely disseminate the message to their Alkalu, Imams and opinion leaders to also advocate for an end to the practice.

Speaking at the occasion, Governor Aminata Sifai Hydara of the West Coast Region described the dialogue as timely, noting that she would closely work with all chiefs and Alkalolu in the West Coast to intensify the sensitisation campaign to end child marriage.

 

Local authorities and youth leaders in the country have expressed their resolve to support the international organization for Migration and the National youth Council in their efforts to control irregular migration, locally called Back way”

 

The call was made by local authorities in the North Bank, Central River and Upper River Regions. The regional authorities were speaking during a regional consultation meeting with officials of the International Organisation for Migration and the National Youth Council with regard to a year’s project, dubbed Migration Resource and Response Mechanism (MRRM).

The five-day countrywide consultation meeting was designed to support at least one project in each region of the country.

Omar Khan, the Governor of CRR, said empowerment of young people is everyone’s business, noting that the project came at the right time.

Bakary Jan Jawo, Chief of Janjanbureh District, said Government and other stakeholders should work together to prevent young people from this dangerous journey.  “Many young people are losing their lives and properties [in this journey]. These youth need more support to prevent them from venturing into this journey,” he said.

Omar Sampo Ceesay, the Governor of Upper River Region (URR), affirmed that migration is a very big concern for Government, but pointed out that the Government alone cannot do it; thus the need for other stakeholders like IOM to come on board.

Mustapha Saidy, Deputy Governor of North Bank Region, also butressed the need to curb irregular migration, and thus challenged the youth of his region and the country at large to be committed to the development of their community and the country as a whole.

 

The U – 20 Coach has said that international friendly against Senegal is going to be good test game. That’s the headlines now to the news in details.

Omar Sise has been speaking ahead of the team’s departure, tomorrow (Thursday) to Dakar where they will play friendly game against their counterparts next Sunday.

Both Gambia and Senegal are into the final and decisive round of qualifiers with Gambia taking on a French-speaking country (Guinea Conakry) and Senegal taking on an English-speaking country (Ghana).

“We will keep pushing because we know that it is not going to be easy but we pray to God to guide us to qualify,” he said in an interview  yesterday evening at the Independence Stadium where the team held its normal training session.

The friendly game against Senegal on the 29th of this month, he said, is part of the technical preparation ahead of the encounter with Guinea Conakry. “So we are hopeful that we can have a good game there [Dakar]. The test game [with Senegal] is very good.”

And that brings to end of this edition of Gambian inquire from Banjul. I have been Alhagie Fatty thank you for the pleasure of your company.

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