Artists, Celebrities To Intervene
By Musa Sesay
The high rate of violence among various youth groups has attracted the concern of the wider public and leaders. Addressing a well attended crowd of young people at the Bank Complex past week, the Chairman of the National District Councils, Mr. Thorley stated that young people must consider themselves as nucleus for change but tend to behave abnormally due to several factors that affect them.
He further charged that youths nowadays are proud of wearing various colours rather than the country’s national colours. This he stated has resulted to the current spate of violence.
He therefore called on musical artists and celebrities to influence the behavior of young people and to further emulate the qualities and actions of the Ivorian football legand, Didiar Drogba and local musical artist, Jimmy Bangura (Jimmy-B) who he stated have contributed enormously to peace and development. He however thanked President Ernest Bai Koroma for appointing young people in governance to practice leadership and therefore used the occasion to denounce violence of any form.
In her statement, the UNFPA representative, Lucy Kadewere disclosed that the youth population is growing faster with 600 million adolescent girls in the world with specific needs, challenges and aspirations for the future and that Sierra Leone with 75% of its population below 35 years must invest in the youth.
The Minister of Youth Affairs, Hon Bai Mamoud Bangura said violence and indiscipline in any form are not in the interest of young people and have the tendencies of undermining government strides in promoting youth development.