APC Youth League Conference Kicks Off Today
The township of Port Loko in the Northern Province of Sierra Leone is presently painted red as members of the All People’s Congress (APC) Party and others stalwarts have converged there for the APC Youth League conference which kick started today, 24th March 2017 in the Great Bai Bureh Hall.
Grand Chief Patron is His Excellency Dr.Ernest Bai Koroma who officially opened the conference. The Chairman and Leader of the party congratulated members of the Youth League for holding the fort, further commending them for the sacrifices they have made so far for the party. “The struggle still lies ahead and you must be endeavor, work hard and be committed so that the ideals and ideology of our great party are extolled,” he admonished adding that they must not pay heed to negative criticisms.
During this first day of the conference was only opened to members of the public but the subsequent days will be restricted to only those who have been earmarked to be in attendance.
National Secretary General of the APC, Ambassador Osman Yansanneh, chaired the conference. A historical rundown was given as to when and how the APC Youth League was formed, the struggles of the founding members and the varying contributions that the League had made and is still making towards the growth of the party. Also, a road map of which direction that the Youth League should take was also charted.
The current President of the Youth League , Bai Mamoud Bangura, who also doubles as the Minister of Youth Affairs delivered a speech in which he gave an update of the activities they have so far undertaken as well as those that are in the pipeline. He succinctly dilated on the significance for young people of the party to reach out to the wider citizenry on a sensitization drive to mobilize people to participate in the ongoing voter registration exercise. Bai Mamoud further lamented over the recent outburst of violence in Freetown and Bo by aggrieved students of Njala University students because of a strike action by Lecturers. He called it an unfortunate situation and advised all young people to refrain from violent activities.
Other Executive members of the League including Ali Conteh, who is the Presidential Youth Aide also delivered addresses in which they underscored the roles youth should play in national development, challenges and how to overcome them.
In a brief chat with the Presidential Youth Aide, he expressed admiration for the Chairman and Leader of the party, President Ernest Bai Koroma, for what he described as his crystalization of a promise he made in 2012 that he will lay down his life for the youth. “Indeed we have seen how he has transformed the negative perception about young people to a positive one evident in his appointment of them to key positions of trust,” he stated with pride.
Election or selection of new Executive members of the League will climax the three day conference
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