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Sunday, August 13, 2006

SI Government devoted to address youth dilemmas

By George Herming

The Grand Coalition for Change (GCC) Government is seriously keen to address negative issues facing the country’s national youth population.

Addressing guests and youths at the International Youth Day celebration in Honiara on Friday Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Home Affairs Fred Fakarii said the government acknowledged the seriousness and reality of the problems facing youths of Solomon Islands.

“There is an urgent need for an urgent action to be taken in addressing these issues seriously,” he said.

Under the new government policy, the Ministry of Home Affairs is mandated to ensure the needs and wishes of the youth population is attended to at the highest level of governance.

The Ministry is also responsible to ensure youths take up their place as equal partners in the development of Solomon Islands and to avoid seeing themselves as vulnerable members of society.

“The GCC government believes that young men and women must be seen as equal active contributors to economic, social and spiritual development of the country.

“As such, the government is dedicated to the course of improving the welfare of young men and women in this country,” he said.

He also urges youths to see themselves as important participants in the overall development of the country.

Mr Fakari also warned that potentials risk regarding youth problems must not be undermined.

“The potential risks they pose to society if not attended to appropriately and in a timely manner must not be undermined,” he cautioned.

The theme of this year’s international youth day is “tackling poverty together”.

Mr Fakari said this theme requires the cooperation of everyone including the government, the donor community, churches, NGO’s and individuals.

“It is important that all of us join hands together to establish and strengthen a network of stakeholders who are engaging in youth development,” he said.

The celebration on friday started with a parade involving Honiara youths through the streets of Honiara.

Source: Government Communications Unit

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