Henry Gomez, minister of Youth and Sports (MOYS) has said that youth economic empowerment is topmost on his agenda as minister of Youth and Sports.
“Increasing the income opportunities available for youth, especially potential and returning migrants, is key for the future growth of the Gambian economy and inclusiveness of the society,” he said during the laying of the foundation stone of the Essau youth centre in Lower Niumi District, North Bank Region (NBR) recently.
The centre that will consist of 6 shops, a restaurant and 8 guestrooms, is funded by the natives of Essau in the Diaspora. The construction of the centre, according to officials, would hugely contribute to youth and sports development in the village.
According to him, the ultimate goals of the policies are to function as guides for the Ministry and its partners to ensure that investment in youth and sports take place across sectors and in all policies and programmes.
“As a ministry, we have to make sure young people are guided and supported to stem the current migration trend, it is crucial to step up job creation and create more meaningful income opportunities at home,” he said.