YOUTHS from nine communities from North West to East Guadalcanal have presented vital issues that they faced in their respective areas during the youth forum on Wednesday.
The nine communities were, Kusika, Veravaulu, Takaboru, Titinge, Papaho, Mbarana, Papagu, Koli, and Komporo.
They were part of Save the Children’s Youth Outreach Partnership Project in Guadalcanal province.
Issues that were presented in the forum includes; unemployment, the decline of the local custom and culture, the low illiteracy level in their communities, access to safe and clean water, issues with the African giant snail, clinic/medical services, drugs and alcohol abuse, school/education, and also sanitation.
The forum was organized to give young people an opportunity to raise their voice and concerns in the development of the country.
Speaking during the forum, Assistant commissioner of police Gabriel Manelusi said, that there are lots of work that needs to be done to address the issues raised.
“Our attitude towards honouring our country is what we are lacking.
“Our careless attitude needs to be changed and as youths of this country, you are the ones that will make this happen.
“We must change the way we think and act before we go forward in development,” Mr Manelusi said.
He added that, as the person responsible in terms of upholding law and order in the country, he will work closely with the concerned communities and stakeholders to address the issue.
By RONALD TOITO’ONA