On August 04th, 2020, was held in Meiganga the capital of the Mbere division a workshop aimed at assessing the level of efforts made by various actors at the local level to overcome the problem of youth unemployment. It was also the place to re-engage all the actors in the search for ideas and opportunities to help make the youth of the division partners for development. Many actors among which a traditional ruler shared their actions to help youths
With the economical situation couple with the high rate of unemployment faced by many youth in Cameroon especially in the Adamaoua Region, it becomes very alarming to dedicate resources towards the resolution of unemployment and promote socio economic integration of young people using their local and natural resources. In this light, on 4th August 2020 the action of the actors in charge of youth supervision in Meiganga evaluated the results of their action.
Various actors took place to this workshop: the Sub-divisional Officer of Meiganga, the 4th Deputy Mayor, accompanied by administrative authorities in charge of youth supervision (DAJEC, CMPJ, MINEFOP, MINADER, MINEPIA ….), government program managers (ACEFA and others), traditional chefs, community media managers and 30 young people.
Regarding the efforts already made by various actors, we could measure with tangibility the work done by the 3rd degree chief, His Majesty Nassourou from the Ngassiri Gonga quarter of Meiganga. His Majesty offered 4 hectares of land to 45 youths (both female and male), from his chiefdom, whom he held to group in a “GIC” whereby we have agriculture, Bike Riding, small businesses and sewing. These youths cultivate cash crops such as corn, cassava, yam, etc., on 2 hectares of this land, and plant fruit trees such as mangoes, oranges, limes, etc. on the other 2 hectares. Apart from that, he also encouraged and trained 20 young girls from this GIC on tailoring, and with his own resources, he opened a tailoring workshop where only 3 of the 20 young girls trained do work.
He wanted to do more, but was limited. “The inadequacy in finances is a break to open more tailoring workshops so as to integrate the remaining 17 young girls who were trained”, He said. Knowing the level of impatience of youth, his Majesty developed strategies to keep motivating this youth to keep up with their works. These strategies are:
- He encourages each youth to deposit an amount of money for save each time they meet for their weekly meeting (Njangi);
- He himself is a member of the Njangi and occupies the function of advisor;
- each time he organizes counseling meetings with the youths of his chiefdom after which he receives each youth one after the other to discus on issues worrying them;
- He works hand in hand with the youths the farmland given to the youth, as well as the youth work with him on his proper farmland;
- He practices capacity transfer by showing youths how things are done;
- He fuels his car and carry the youths from his GIC to the farmland;
- He makes sure that all the 45 members of the GIC go to the farmland each Saturday for agricultural activities.
His Majesty he wishes to make more efforts, but inadequate finances, technical knowledge limits, lack of subvention from governmental bodies, youth with no birth certificate and or identity cards are a high break to his achievements. It is important to note that the youthfulness of this chief has highly contributed to promote the good relationship between this youths and him, and encouraged the socio economic integration of youth in this quarter.