by Fonban Emmanuel
The Minister of Youth and Civic Education, Mounouna Foutsou has switched on the light to the activities to commemorate the 54th edition of the Youth Day celebration in Cameroon which comes up every year on the 11 February. This took place on Saturday, 1 February 2020 in the South Region at Mintom located in the Dja and Lobo Division.
The ceremony was graced by top government officials from the region and including officials from Yaounde who were present to boost the ambiance of the event and have an encounter with the youths of Mintom. Moral rectitude is a value that must be encouraged in all societies and reason why the Minister allocated a short time for participants to socialize by greeting their neighbors in their mother tongue.
From the governor to the Mayor and all those who invested commitment in ensuring a better launching, Minister Foutsou expressed his heart felt gratitude for their contributions.
However, it should be noted that the theme of this year’s edition of the National Youth Day is “Youth, Peace, Decentralization and Participation in Local Governance for a New Cameroon”
It took considerable reasons for the events leading to the national Youth Day to have been launched in Mintom despite the challenges of the Youths in that part of the country.
“The Mintom subdivision is endowed with substantial mining and agro-pastoral resources, which are an incredible source of wealth and a huge treasure for the youth of Mintom. Unfortunately, the youths of this locality continue to live in hardship and face unemployment and underemployment, which are serious hindrances to the emergence of our country, so earnestly desired by the Head of State” said the Minister of Youth Affairs and Civic Education in his opening speech as he explained why Mintom was chosen to host the launching.
To the Minister, the National Youth Day brings an opportunity for the government to have an encounter with the youths, so as to see the role they can play in development and socio-economic integration. The Minister highlighted the tribalistic tendencies which have become a great impediment among youths to help in social cohesions.
It is important to note that; popularizing the different facets of the Three-Year special youth program, continuing youth registration at the National Youth Observatory, encouraging young people to be civil in character and others are the objectives of this year’s edition of the Youth Day.
The event ended with feasting as the Minister warmed up for other activities to culminate to the Youth day.