The visit of the United Nations Deputy Secretary General, Amina Mohammed to Sierra Leone has given credence to the Youth Policy that the Bio led government has undertaken ever since they were elected in 2018.
This came about when she was launching a twin UN Report on Sierra Leone over the weekend at State House- Report of the Joint Assessment Mission on Youth At Risk In Sierra Leone and the UN COVID-19 Socio Economic Response Plan For Sierra Leone.
Speaking at the Launching, the Minister of Youth Affairs, Mohamed Orman Bangura explained that they were appointed at a time when the resources at the Ministry were limited with fewer polices and limited data to lead the young people of Sierra Leone.
But according to the Minister, in the midst of the confusion which they inherited, they have challenged themselves to overcome the daunting task.
He maintained that the collaboration of the UN Coordinator’s Office in Sierra Leone and Ministry of Youth has yielded the desired result which is the Youth At Risk Blue print and the subsequent support of $3 million from the Global Peace Fund
That they have already started implementing the $3 million project with pilot programmes at Tonkolili in the North of Sierra Leone and Kenema in the East of Sierra Leone, noting that he wants to crave on the indulgence of the UN for them to expand the projects to other districts.
On her part, the Deputy UN Scribe commended the Minister of Youth and the Minister of Development for supporting the process of coming out with the two reports.
She explained that youth development is critical to peace and development and commended the government for investing in Human Capital.
She noted that Youth at Risk takes into account the impact of COVID on young people.
The Vice President of Sierra Leone, Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh explained that the report highlighted some of the key challenges that youths are grappling with.
“The report has given the visibility that the youth sector need. Govt will continue to invest in the youth. We appeal to the UN Sector to support the basket fund the government of President Bio has created for Youth Empowerment,” the VP stated.