The Solomon Islands Youth for Change Team (SIYCT) has congratulated all Members of Parliament (MP) who were elected in this year’s general election.
In a statement yesterday the team particularly congratulated their young comrades who succeeded like MP Jimson Fiau Tanangada from Gizo/Kolombangara, MP Derick Rawcliff Manu’ari from West Makira, MP Silas Vangara Tausinga from West New Georgia/Vonavona and MP Willie Bradford Marau from Ulawa/Ugi.
“The team is anticipating meeting with all of the 50 members elect to market the youth mainstreaming as national goal and is also seeking stronger support from young parliamentarians to advocate the agenda as well as other members who will be forming the next government.
“As the matter of fact, young people age less than 29 years old dominates 70 plus percent of the country’s population proportion, as such considering youth mainstreaming as national goal is a matter of urgency and priority.
“ Youth mainstreaming is the integration of young people’s needs and contributions in all sectors’ policies, plans and programs. If the population of the country is a youthful one therefore, tailoring policies, plans and programs to nurture the generation as partners in development is a determine decision any new government of the day should seriously consider. Solomon Islands governments overtime for the last 36 years have been supporting the progress of youth development but needs to make it as priority goal rather than make it as an indicator.”
The Solomon Islands Youth for Change Team in collaboration with Honiara Urban Youth Council will be submitting the youth mainstreaming policy objective intent document to all new elected members of parliament including winning political party’s as part of lobbying for the agenda.
In the Solomon Islands National Constitution Preamble declared that (a) all power in Solomon Islands belongs to its people and is exercised on their behalf by the legislature, the executive and the judiciary established by this Constitution; (b) the natural resources of our country are vested in the people and the government of Solomon Islands. If the vast majority of the country’s population is young people therefore, the power is given to legislature, executive and Judiciary and must be exercised for the best interest of the majority population as well as using the resources as intended for the people.
Buying the youth mainstreaming product as national priority goal is a determine investment for today’s generation as progress and prosperity is daring for the future. Failing to do so, will pose Solomon Islands a challenge as there is tendency for umbrella revolution by which young people will rise as claim holders and demand government for its due responsibilities as duty bearer. According to a study, if a population of a country is 20 percent, it will face more of social problems and Solomon Islands is no exception our youth population age 14 yrs-29 yrs is 28.5 percent almost to 30 percent, as such the social problems we are now experiencing is bound for worsening if no serious action is taken by government in vesting in young people.
The Solomon Islands Youth for Change Team candidate, Mr Elwin Taloimatakwa, youth advocator, contesting East Honiara Constituency advocates for youth mainstreaming as national goal, as such using the avenue to politically raise the agenda and attention once more time before the nation that young people’s issues is not to be taken lightly and serious attention is due.
“The Solomon Islands Youth for Change Team will provide technical assistance to any new forming government if necessary in the development of youth mainstreaming policy objective statement and strategies should it be taken as the national priority goal.
“As we are now living in the changing generation, doing things in the perspective of 21st Centaury matters, as such, having digital migrant generation in the decision making levels in administrating and managing the delivery of public goods and services is a need of its time with support from the older generation.
“In addition, it is time now that the new government form to set the direction of the country for the next 20 years and give the opportunity to technocrats to drive the process rather than politicizing the processes as always is. More so, concentrate on decentralization policies to fully utilize the potential of the country with practices of good governance.”
– SIYCteam Media Desk