By Gary Hatigeva
SPEAKER of the National Parliament of Solomon Islands, Ajilon Jasper Nasiu has given huge commendation to the Solomon Islands Democratic Coalition for Change Government (SIDCCG) in its support towards youths of the country.
The speaker highlighted this when delivering the key speech to mark the official opening of the 4th Youth Parliament yesterday, which currently underway at the National Parliament.
He told a packed gathering of mostly youth participants and guests that the current government is a strong supporter of youth participation in decision making, and it is also reflected in its recently launched National Youth Policy.
“So, with the recent launching national youth policy, I would like to commend the government through the Ministry of Women, Youth, Children and Family Affairs for ensuring that our youths have a place in your policy agenda,” Mr Nasiu stressed.
In acknowledging the Ministry’s representatives present at the official opening, the Speaker pointed out that the group’s attendance gives a clear picture of the government’s high recognition for the youths of this country.
“Your attendance further cements the commitment of the current government, in ensuring that both parliament and other oversight institutions recognise the importance of youth engagements in all sectors of the country.”
On the same note, the Speaker extended his commendation to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) through its Peace Building Programme and the UN Women.
“Your support is another fine example of the ongoing commitment towards youth inclusiveness in the region and more specifically, in Solomon Islands,” he added.
Nasiu also acknowledged both the Oxfam and the Australian High Commission office for their support, which he thought will go a long way in shaping the participating youths, whom he is certain, some will become future leaders and better citizens of the country.
“I have no doubt that your support will not go empty handed as the knowledge and skills the participants will learn on parliament and leadership, shall go a long way in preparing them for the future,” the Speaker said.
Before declaring the official opening of the event, the Speaker took time to wish all youth participants the best of luck as they will deliberate and discuss in the remaining days of the programme.