The Southwest Regional selection committee for the National Civic Service Agency for participation in Development (NCSAP) has validated a list of 1000 youths from the region for capacity-building and technical support.
Meeting in Buea on July 1 and 2nd at the conference hall of the Delegation of Public Service and Administrative Reforms, the committee, which was chaired by Clement Fon Ndikum secretary-general at Buea Governor’s office, was unanimous that the selection process was objective and credible. Six hundred youths were retained as NCSAPD volunteers and 400 as conscripts. The conscripts, aged between 17 & 21, would be trained for two months and awarded certificates to that effect.
The 600 volunteers will receive their six-month training in different subdivisions and trainers must move to where volunteers are carrying out activities.
The Deputy General Manager of NCSAPD,Esua Enow who attended the two-day meetings, said the agency is one of the strategies for the accomplishment of the vision of the state. “It mainly trains youths in order to re-arm them morally and also equip them with technical and professional competences necessary for their full participation in projects and developmental programmes of the nation,” Esua Enow said.
He said this year NCSAPD would train 7000 nation-wide, with 4000 to serve as the first batch.
Esau Enow said the voluntary period is aimed at developing in the creation of in-come generating activities, vocational training and realizing community services in areas in public or private sectors. He noted that the conscript’s period is intended to inculcate civic values and develop responsible behaviors in the youth; train in sporting, physical and cultural education; consolidate solidarity and national unity; ensure training on civil protection and first aid as well as sensitization on environmental protection.
Conscripts from SW will be trained at Mutengene Police College and by the staff of Ministry of youth Affairs and Civic Education, Miliatry and security personnel and other approved resource persons.
Selection of the youth was done by sub- divisional delegates of Youth Affairs and Civic Education in collaboration with the National Youth Council and local authorities, before submission to the regional committee for validation.
(First Published in The RECORDER Newspaper, Cameroon, of July 9, 2014)