On International Youth Day, the Directorate of Youth Affairs, Office of the President of Sierra Leone, in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism and the National Youth Commission, organized a one-day beach clean-up at Lumley and Aberdeen beaches. The clean-up was intended to raise awareness of the importance of environmental protection and to encourage young people to take action to keep their communities clean.
Speaking at the event, the Director of Youth Affairs, Office of the President, Immah Yonnie, said that the clean-up was a way of marking International Youth Day and of showing the world that young people in Sierra Leone are committed to making a difference.
We are the future of this country, and we want to make sure that we leave it a better place than we found it", she said.
The Deputy Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Dr. Kadijatu Grace Kamara, thanked the youths for their participation in the clean-up and said that it was important to keep the beaches clean for tourists and for the enjoyment of all Sierra Leoneans.
"We want to make sure that our beaches are clean and safe for everyone", she said.
The Deputy Youth Commissioner, Emmerson Kamara, said that the clean-up was a demonstration of the synergy and cooperation that exists between young people in Sierra Leone.
"This is a great example of what young people can achieve when they work together", he said.
The clean-up was deemed a success, and it is hoped that it will inspire other young people to take action to protect the environment.
However, just days after, the outlook seems the same as or worse than before. It is hoped that a more lasting solution than clean-ups will be implemented.