Gov’t To Create Jobs For Youths


By Ayodele Deen-Cole

The Minister of Youth Affairs, Mohamed Orman Bangura has disclosed that the Ministry intends to come up with a new project titled “Youth in Commercial Transportation” to ease the problem of public transportation in the country.

Making the disclosure recently when receiving a compiled data from the Legal Aid Board Sierra Leone (LAB-SL) on the number of clique groups operating in the Western Urban and Rural Areas, the Youth Affairs Minister said the project would target most members of the clique groups through job creation, noting that the data presented by LAB-SL showed that most of the youths associated with the clique gangs are drivers.

The Minister reiterated that the current high rate of unemployment among the youths is quite alarming and that as a government, they are trying their level best to provide jobs for them.

Minister Bangura assured that the new Torma Bum rice project would absorb many of the unemployed youths to help develop the agricultural sector, adding that under the ‘Youth in Commercial Transportation’ project, the government also intends to purchase commercial buses and taxis for youth drivers to ply across the country.

The Youth Affairs Minister therefore appealed to stakeholders to collaborate with the Ministry as, according to him, the future of the country depends largely on the youths.

Meanwhile, the Executive Director of LAB-SL, Madam Fatmata Carlton Claire-Hanciles has praised the Youth Affairs Minister for such initiative and urged all future beneficiaries of the project to make good use of the opportunity.