Gambia’s Minister of Youths and Sports, Henry Gomez have issued directives on Tuesday dissolving the country’s youth council, a move that may see him clash with youth activists.
In a letter written by the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Mengeh Jaiteh fell short of stating the reason for dissolving the Council.
“You may wish to know that this decision is consistent with the National Youth Council Act of 2000” is all the letter states, while thanking those that served for their service rendered.
The axing of Councils and other bodies in this manner is consistent with that of the ousted autocratic regime of ex-President Yahya Jammeh.
Jammeh’s regime made critical decisions of such nature without giving any reasons, a practice that has angered many and forcing them to shift their votes to the coalition that brought the new government to power.
The National Youth Council plans and implements the country’s youth programs and policies. It also conducts research on youth development and facilitates the socio-economic and cultural development of youths.