By Ousman A. Marong
The Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) has on Tuesday, January 29, 2019, handed over equipment worth 1.5 million dalasis to 168 young Gambians who have undergone entrepreneurial training on satellite installation, solar panel installation, mobile and laptop repair, etc.
The presentation ceremony was held at the GTMI conference Hall in Kanifing.
Speaking at handing over ceremony, the head of the EU Delegation to the Gambia, Mr. Shepard Maah, urged the beneficiaries to explore their potentials and put into practice what they have learnt in order to become productive in their society.
He noted that The Gambia has a huge youthful population and that, it is important to invest into building the capacity of these young people.
“If you want to successful in life you need to invest in your skills,” he said, adding that the government of the Gambia in collaboration with YEP are committed to guiding young people to acquire skills and explore their potentials.
In his part, the CEO of Starling Consortium, Kebba Sillah, hailed YEP and GTMI for making the event a successful one.
Mr. Sillah revealed that in 2018 alone, Starling Consortium through GTMI has graduated one hundred and four students (104), out of whom, 60 were trained on satellite installation, 30 were trained on CCTV installation, and 14 trained on Solar panel installation. He revealed that 52 out of the earlier mentioned youths, are now fully employed whilst the rest are pursuing university education.
He challenged the government, parents and the media to highlight the activities of YEP in youth empowerment, adding that YEP is here to stay in transforming the lives of Gambian youths through skills training.
The Minister of Youth and Sports, Hon. Hadrammeh M. Sidibeh and the deputy Director of GTMI, Mr. Malick Bah, both commended YEP for their tremendous efforts towards equipping and transforming the livelihood of Gambian youths. The Youth minister also assured of the continuous collaboration between the government of the Gambia and YEP.