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*Breaking News* NaCSA and IOM Sign MOU On Combating Irregular Migration...

The commissioner of the National Commission for Social Action (NaCSA), Ambassador Earnest Mbaimba Ndomahina and the Chief of Mission for the International Organization for Migration - Christos Christoulides has today sign a memorandum of understanding to implement a two year pilot project to combat irregular Migration in Western area rural and Kambia District respectively.

While declaring the workshop open, Ambassador Ndomahina noted that Sierra Leone has a growing youth population which serves as an advantage to the country. *" The government of His Excellency Dr Julius Maada Bio is working tirelessly to sustain the opportunities for youth development. Yesterday at the the inaugural meeting for a study on the status of youth in Sierra Leone, and on behalf of His Excellency, the committee for youth advancement is reintegrated.* He noted.

*Home is hope said the Commissioner of NaCSA while noting that Sierra Leone is moving, and as part of the big five pillars of President Bio's agenda is to create 500,000 jobs for youths.* In line with this futuristic ambition and with support from *the President Bio's led government*, *NaCSA has started creating jobs for over 200 youths under the Productive Social Safety Net and Youth Employment (PSSNYE) Project.*

He also encourage the youths to make use of their communities and listen to their elders, parents, traditional and religious leaders in their various communities. *"President Dr Julius Maada Bio has demonstrated his unrivaled supports to youth development. We have seen more young people serving as Ministers, Head of Government Departments and Agencies and at strategic and programmatic positions at various institutions. This government is for young people and it will always be for young people."* He noted.

The Commissioner further encouraged the youth to be positive and avoid the in-take of alcoholic and drug's substance.

In his own statement, the IOM Chief of Mission, Christos Christoulides expressed his delight to work with NaCSA on this pilot project. He encourage the youth to live a better and healthy life as they are the future leaders.

The signing was climaxed by the presence of stakeholders, tribal authorities and Senior staff of both NaCSA and IOM.

*Full details later*

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