Sierra Leone’s Minister of Youth Affairs, Mohamed Orman Bangura, emphasized the crucial role young people play in driving the nation from poverty to prosperity.

He spoke at this year’s ECOSOC Youth Forum, held under the theme “Reinforcing the 2030 Agenda and eradicating poverty in times of multiple crises: the effective delivery of sustainable, resilient, and innovative solutions.”

Minister Bangura showcased Sierra Leone’s strategic initiatives geared towards youth empowerment through education, skills development, and entrepreneurship programs. He outlined how Sierra Leone, by fostering partnerships and advocating for African-led solutions, is paving the way for sustainable development. This approach positions young people as key stakeholders in the country’s progress.

Drawing inspiration from Nelson Mandela, a revered figure across Africa, Bangura stressed, “My call to action resonates with Nelson Mandela’s words, emphasizing that overcoming poverty is a collective responsibility that necessitates transformative actions.”

The Minister further emphasized the importance of well-defined interventions.

He elaborated on Sierra Leone’s strategic goals of empowering young people through education, skills training, and fostering a culture of entrepreneurship. Minister Bangura also underscored the significance of collaboration and advocating for African-led solutions in tackling these challenges.