The Minister of Youths, Employment and Sports, Hon. Paul Kamara, has said in Freetown that chicken in the market is more valuable and expensive that the women of this country.
He made this statement while addressing hundreds of youths gathered at the Presidential Lounge of the National Stadium in Freetown at a three day workshop organized by the Sierra Leone Youth and Adolescent Network (SalyAN ) in collaboration with the Ministry of Youths, Employment and Sports.
He also stated that before now the structures set by previous Governments have not been tolerable, a failure, which he observed, has invaded all spheres of the lives of Sierra Leoneans.
He also opined that the National Provisional Ruling Council (NPRC) under former Captain Valentine Ezegragbo Melvin Strasser and later Retired Brigadier General Julius Maada Bio did not help in reversing this trend, but rather they were abusing and misusing the young teenage girls he described as the “Sweet sixteens.”
He also stated that the decade long civil war also succeeded in subjecting women to very bad forms of treatment at hands of the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) rebels.
“The foreigners especially the Soldiers who came to help us end the war also misused and abused our women because they gave themselves cheaply to them to the extent that I must say without hesitation that they became cheaper than the chickens in the market places,” he explained.
He observed that the young women folk have no respect for their womanhood and similarly, the young men are constantly very hostile to their female counterparts.
The Minister also opined that the best way to redefine the mentality of the young people is for them to partner with each other and specifically with his Ministry in order to bring about the biggest changes into their lives.
He explained that the according to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) one of the biggest pillars that brought injustice in the country is the Judiciary,” and urged the youths to create what he called a Judicial Youth Front to attentively monitor the cases of youths in Courts and even in the Police Stations.
He observed that such a movement will also help the Judiciary to treat the youths as Sierra Leoneans who have their rights.
He called on the youths to start using their talents to start charting the way forward for themselves and the country, observing that they should also come closer to God for Him to intervene into their lives and transform them into decent and useful people.
Source: African Young Voices