Training on Border Harassment Ends
Friday, November 11, 2011
The Youth Ambassadors of Peace (YAP) in partnership with Concern Universal (CU) l on Monday October 31, 2011 ended training on harassment at border posts.
Speaking at the closing ceremony at the YAP head office in Kanifing, Haddy Jatou Jallow, chairperson of the ceremony described the training as timely.
“The training is a very significant one as it focuses on issues concerning harassment at the border posts,” she said.
Sainey Dibba, a member of YAP applauded the visiting Senegalese Student and Youth Travel Organization (SYTO) for their participation, noting that their visit is a clear manifestation of their readiness and commitment in the fight against harassment at the border posts.
‘’We are opportune enough to visit the authorities at different border posts and discussed issues ranging from security situation of the people, goods as well as the ECOWAS Protocols.’’
According to Mr. Dibba during their visits to the border posts, they were amazed to found out that most of the authorities at the border posts do not even know the existence of the ECOWAS protocols.
Abdou F B Boye Programme Coordinator YAP revealed that the project has three objectives, which include a training seminar, caravan and monitoring and evaluation.
He said that under the training package, about 60 facilitators including security officers, The Gambia Transport Control Association, youth leaders and the media have benefited from this component.
“A caravan was held on 11 September 2011 from Farafenni to post keur Ayib; jointly done with our Senegalese counterparts. The fourth activity was instituting a monitoring team at the end of the caravan all geared towards assessing progress made and challenges at the border.
He said similar sensitisations were held in Barra, Amdalai, Fass Njaga Choi and Kerr Pateh. .
He commended the European Union (EU), ECOWAS, Students and Youth Travel Organization (SYTO) a local NGO in Senegal for a job well done.
Author: Sulayman Jaye