Young Leaders-Sierra Leone Compliment the work of youth in Sierra Leone
The leader of Young Leaders-Sierra Leone (YLSL) a Diaspora base youth leadership organizationÂ has praised the “remarkable work” of youth in the country during its recent visit to Sierra Leone.Â (Photo: Unisa Dizo-Conteh, YLSL, CEO)
Young Leaders-Sierra Leone’s new CEO, Mr Unisa Dizo-Conteh, who has just returned back to the UK, met with a number of youth groups in a bid to rebuild ties and to strengthen their collective efforts geared towards active participating in national development.Â
“I am very much impressed with the remarkable work of youth groups in the country,” Dizo said.Â Â
“Despite the hardship and the many challenges that they go through, they (youth) are still determined and ready to offer their time and experience to pursue the development of their colleagues.”
Apart from reviving ties, Dizo and his colleagues discussed the issues young people go through everyday in present day Sierra Leone.Â
He said “our leaders are making good efforts,” but called on them to do even more for the youth.Â
“The youth population is a huge section of the country’s population that cannot be ignored and our leaders have to do much more to improve the opportunities for the youth to reach their full potential,” said Dizo.
Meanwhile, President Koroma, in his statement at the European Development Days, Stockholm, a few weeks ago, also emphasized the significant role of the youth in the development of the country.Â Â
“The majority of citizens in my country are youths, and without their commitment, expertise and productivity we cannot grow our economy and transform the lives of our people,” the president said, adding: “ignoring youths is not an option for us.”
Dizo reiterated his organization’s efforts to work in collaboration with other youth groups, government ministries and stakeholders to help in Sierra Leone’s development.Â
He said his organisation “will not abandon their effort to engage and work collectively with youth groups and stakeholders even if the going get tough.”
He has warned against youth politicization as a “serious factor obstructing the progress of youth development in the country.”
“I know young people have different backgrounds and have various interests that they are promoting, Dizo said.Â “But, one thing is common, and that is, we are all working for youth development and for the development of our country.”
Dizo called on all youth groups to “work in the best interest of their colleagues and the country at large.”
Dizo also paid a visit to other partners, including ENCISS, where he thanked them for their support over the years and called for ENCISS’ continuous support.Â Â Â
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