Last Friday, the Gambia Association of Local Government Authorities (GALGA) and The National Youth Parliament (NYP) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate in areas including advocacy for increased youth participation in Local Government Structures.
Signed at the GALGA Secretariat in Tabokoto, Landing B Sanneh signed on behalf of GALGA as the President, and Ndegen Jobe signed on behalf of NYP as Deputy Speaker.
The MOU seeks to establish a framework for cooperation and collaboration between the two parties in promoting the development and participation of young people, women, and persons living with disabilities in local governance.
The Gambia is now experiencing citizens’ increased focus and interest in the operation of their Local Councils by holding them accountable for managing the taxpayer’s money. Alongside, young people are also building more interest in the affairs of the Councils and offering to provide services where needed.
In the MoU, the parties agreed to collaborate on areas, including the popularization of the Local Government Act of 2002, which is currently under review; the popularization of policies of the local government authorities and the promotion of accountability in local government authorities.
“This is an important day for us at GALGA towards the empowerment of young people and their participation in local governance,” GALGA President Landing B Sanneh said at the signing ceremony.
Mr. Sanneh said he is optimistic that the corporation between the two parties will bear fruits knowing the strength and capacity of NYP.
The two parties have ALS agreed in the MoU to participate in the implementation of their various activities and programs and engage each others’ networks to promote participation in local government programs.
They also agreed to collaborate in organizing community outreach activities to improve grassroots participation in the programs and activities of Local Councils.
Deputy Speaker of NYP, Ndegen Jobe, said through the MoU the two parties will provide space for young people in the country to fully participate in local governance.
She said they are NYP and have complete faith in GALGA to partner with them, hoping the collaboration will bring change as soon as possible.