Garowe, May 20, 2019 – Preparation of Puntland youth for tomorrow’s leadership roles or lack of it will determine the survival, well-being and Progress of PUNTLAND State as the main foundation pillar and leader in the making of a New Somalia.
Now, here in PUNTLAND, I don’t see much enthusiasm for youth programs. I don’t see sports clubs, TV and radio programs for youth, youth debating societies, youth social clubs, fitness clubs, youth intern services for jobs in both public and private sectors, inter-cities organized tours for youth etc.
TV and Radio programs should be predominantly geared towards youth, for 75% of PUNTLAND population are youth. They must own the programs of Puntland airwaves and organize them for their own desire and interests. You cannot run programs for adults when your population is two-thirds youth.
What is required here is public-private partnership to pro-actively start working on and building facilities and infrastructure for youth preparation for the jobs and leadership roles of the future. It would be a total failure of responsibilities and gross negligence on the part of Puntland political and business establishments, as well as parents, not to do so, starting now.
The Education Sector and City Councils have to lead the way for organizing youth into these multi-faceted programs for preparation and cultivation of their potentialities for tomorrow leadership. Let us get started now.
Local and international Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) in Puntland are not doing enough in this regard. They are not helping Puntland prepare youth for the future. Until they engage youth in their programs and projects, their operations in Puntland would remain questionable.