Saturday February 10th, 2018 9:16 am

Image: Youth Parliamentarians at the National Assembly

The 180 youths drown from all the ten regions of Cameroon answered present at the National assembly this February 9, for a question and answer session with members of government.

In a session chaired on behalf of the President of the National Assembly Cavaye Yegue Djibril by Hilarion Etong, first Vice President of the National Assembly, the important role youths have to play in enhancing the digital economy in Cameroon was discussed.

In his speech, Hilarion Etong argued that the internet today is extremely part of our lives “ In our world today, the virtual world has imposed itself to the physical world, the said virtual world transgresses the limits of our borders, so today, the government has to gear public actions towards acknowledging this reality”.

Siene Colbert, young parliamentarian representing the Ndian Division of the South West region, while congratulating the government on the efforts made towards making the digital economy accessible to all youths, nevertheless raised concerns on the cost of training in professional ICT schools which due to him is still expensive. While responding, the Minister of Employment and Vocational Training, Zacharie Perevet revealed that, the cost of training is still high due to the proliferation of private training schools against public training schools in the sectors of ICTs and according to him, his ministry is building reflections aimed at curving the practice.

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Also, answering to questions posed by youth parliamentarians, among others were the Minister of Decentralization represented by Jules Doret Ndongo, the Minister of Communication, Issa Tchiroma Bakary, the Minister of Women Empowerment, Marie Therese Abena Ondoua, the Minister of Basic Education and the Minister of Higher Education, Jacques Fame Ndongo.

Its clear that by putting up the Youth Network known as Esperance Jeunesse, the Children’s Parliament and by launching last year, the Youth Parliament, the National Assembly has therefor proven the importance they attach in the youths, especially when it concerns giving them a platform to question government officials on issues which concerns them directly.

The session attended by young parliamentarians made up of 56 girls and 124 boys respectively, is organized on the eve of celebrations surrounding the Youth day every February 11, in Cameroon.

Also, present at the glass house were members of government, leaders of parliamentary groups, State parliamentarians, high commissioners as well as representatives of international organizations in Cameroon.

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