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Parliamentary Committee assures YACAN

Parliamentary Committee assures YACAN

The Youth and Child Advocacy Network (YACAN), presented a position paper to the parliamentary committee on Youths and Sports. The paper which was presented at  the administrative building in  parliament on Thursday, 27th June, 2013, was titled, “ Massive Youth Unemployment: A Dangerous Socio-economic Crisis that Needs Urgent National Attention in Sierra Leone”.

The Youth and Child Advocacy Network (YACAN) is a locally based, energetic and active advocacy organization. It was established by Sierra Leonean youths and children and its operations are entirely under the control of the youths themselves in a bid to promote and invigorate advocacy facilitated by young people for young people, it is also working towards the promotion and protection of the well being and development of young Sierra Leoneans.

In his opening statement, the Deputy Chairman of the committee, Honorable Hassan A. Sesay, representing Constituency 59 in the Tonkolili district, described the position paper as important and timely. He said he has been engaging in youth activities for over 30 years as the issue of youth unemployment is his priority.  He noted that youths have been used by politicians through political violence to attain political power for their selfish interest. He added that as parliamentarians and Government, they are very much committed to address the issue of unemployment and violence. Hon. Hassan maintained that the establishment of the Youth Commission through his Excellency the president, Ernest Bai Koroma, was to enhance and promote youth employment as encapsulated in the Agenda for Prosperity.

Presenting the position paper, the Director of YACAN, Hassan Fuad Kanu, informed the committee that the status of unemployment globally is a case for concern by both the private and public sectors including policy makers all over the world. He disclosed that in a recent report by ILO study, titled “Global youth unemployment trends for youth, 2013”, the global youth unemployment rate, estimated at 12.6% in 2013 is close to its crisis peak. The report also states that 73 million young people are estimated to be unemployed in 2013, adding that Africa in general and Sierra Leone in particular share the bulk of that number.

According to the director, YACAN in its bid to understand the situation properly, decided to conduct sessions as a means to engage key players to help understand the current socio economic problem through out the country.

He appealed to parliament to enact and popularize the local content policy and Government to review the current employment laws and make provision for improved opportunities for youths and create Youth Corporation, service and internship to provide youth experience at work places.

By  Mohamed Yusuf Turay

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The Youth and Child advocacy Network (YACAN), yesterday presented a position paper to the parliamentary committee on Youths and Sports. The paper which was presented at  the administrative building in  parliament on Thursday, 27th June, 2013, was titled, “ Massive Youth Unemployment: A dangerous socio-economic Crisis that Needs Urgent National Attention in Sierra Leone”, on Thursday 27th  june,2013.

 

The Youth and Child Advocacy Network (YACAN) is a locally based, energetic and active advocacy organization. It was established by Sierra Leonean youths and children and its operations are entirely under the control of the youths themselves in a bid to promote and invigorate advocacy facilitated by young people for young people, it is also working towards the promotion and protection of the well being and development of young Sierra Leoneans.

 

In his opening statement, the Deputy Chairman of the committee,   Honorable Hassan A.Sesay, representing constituency 59 in the Tonkolili district, described the position paper as important and timely. He said he has been engaging in youth activities for over thirty years as the issue of youth unemployment is his priority. .s. He noted that youths have been used by politicians through political violence to attain political power for their selfish interest. He added that as parliamentarians and Government, they are very much committed to address the issue of unemployment and violence. Hon. Hassan maintained that the establishment of the Youth Commission through his Excellency the president, Ernest Bai Koroma, was to enhance and promote youth employment as encapsulated in the Agenda for Prosperity.

 

Presenting the position paper, the Director of YACAN, Hassan Fuad Kanu, informed the committee that the status of unemployment globally is a case for concern by both the private and public sectors including policy makers all over the world. He disclosed that in a recent report by ILO study, titled “Global youth unemployment trends for youth, 2013”, the global youth unemployment rate, estimated at 12.6% in 2013 is close to its crisis peak. The report also states that seventy three million young people are estimated to be unemployed in 2013, adding that Africa in general and Sierra Leone in particular share the bulk of that number.

 

According to the director, YACAN in its bid to understand the situation properly, decided to conduct sessions as a means to engage key players to help understand the current socio economic problem through out the country.

 

He appealed to parliament to enact and popularize the local content policy and Government to review the current employment laws and make provision for improved opportunities for youths and create Youth Corporation, service and internship to provide youth experience at work places.

 

By. Mohamed Yusuf Turay

 

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