Talk of the Hour: The Youth; View from a New Perspective

After the demonstrations that the country has been plagued with, many issues need to be tackled and dealt with urgently and from a new angle, among them conspicuously, is the one that pertains to the youth. Many persons do express their viewpoints on the matter. To begin with, there is President Al Bashir, who and while addressing the media leaderships at the guesthouse, said that the problems that had encountered the youth should be resolved, adding that the young people had the right to see their aspirations as getting fulfilled.
Prime minister, Mutaz Musa, affirmed their support to the youth through provision of projects to raise production and productivity, calling for the spread of such projects geographically so that all the youth in both the rural and urban areas could have accessibility to self-employment.
Presidential assistant, Dr. Faisal Hassan Ibrahim, called for the mobilization and utilization of youth’s energies by being involved at all levels of work; planning and execution-a move that is to contribute in construction and rehabilitation as well as the promotion of services.
The director general of NISS, Salah Abdalla Gosh who after the release from prisons the young detainees who participated in the demonstrations, held a meeting with them and whose outcome is this; formation of a committee that is to get concerned with the solutions of problems that have been encountering them.
Ahmed Saad Omar, minister of the cabinet presidency, affirmed that the government had pledged to make the youth employment projects a tangible reality on the ground, directing that the youth should be reached at their own places geographically for provision of the appropriate jobs that suit them.
The minister of Higher education and scientific research, Al Sadiq Al Hadi Al Mahdi, said that issues that pertained to the youth should addressed and that the youth were to be physically involved to participate in the administration of the government affairs, adding that, ‘ we should protect them not to be influenced by the other entities of the hidden agendas’.
Dr. Intisar Abu ‘Anja, the chairperson of the education committee at the parliament, said that the youth’s protests during the Arab spring, had led to the dismantlement of their countries, concluding by saying this; ‘it is a right for the youth, especially in the universities to get incorporated in the political life’.
Mahjoub Fadl Badri, writer, praised the move of NISS’s director, who negotiated frankly with the young protestors. ‘Such a behavior will function as a guarantee against being exploited by the greedy who were ready to jump and govern illegally’
He further explained that the youth who went out to demonstrate were not belonging to any political entity, but rather they were much motivated to express states of grievances they dominated them.
Professor Hassan Al Sauri, political analyst and lecturer of political sciences at the Sudanese universities, said that the demonstrations were initiated by the youth, explaining that they were first being started spontaneously, then abruptly getting transformed to become political. ‘The demonstrations initially were attributed to economical and youth’s issues. Then turned out to be influenced politically’.
The secretary general of the Zakat chamber, Mohamed Abdul Qadir, gave good tidings that the funding to the youth’s programs and projects would be increased, pledging that the advance payment to banks and the youth who were a failure to repay back to banks, they were the ones who would repay off on their behalf. ‘This kind of funding will be enjoyed by all the youth, irrespective of political affiliations and orientations’.
Mohmoud Wad Ahmed, chairperson of the Sudanese national youth union, said that they worked to avail 100,000 job opportunities in different fields, adding that they exerted utmost efforts to reach the youth wherever they were-in all the states of the country, disclosing that and via the chastity fund, they had been planning for the wedding of 100,000 male and female young persons.
The director for the youth’s stability projects, Mohamed Mukhair Al Tahir, said that their intention was to see the youth, through availability of production means, as getting well established, pointing out that youth’s stability projects would be spread widely-throughout the states of the country.
He added that the forthcoming period would witness more projects for the youth, thus the combat of unemployment among them, revealing that there was a special consideration for each state-on the basis of what it actually needs of projects.
Bakri Al Madani, journalist, said that the youth had conveyed their message clearly, advising them to think wisely before leaping to the next stage, going to mention the experiences of their counterparts in the other countries so as to benefit from. ‘For the sake of illustration, and due to utter miscalculation, their irrational behavior has led to loss of their nations, particularly Libya and Yemen’.
The state minister at the animal and fishery resources ministry, Al Sadiq Fadlalla, said that the government worked hard to solve the predicaments that faced the projects of the youth via availability of funding and lands. ‘The intention is to realize production to satisfy the requirements of the local market and exportation of the surplus’.
Nahar Osman Nahar, state minister at the ministry of agriculture, indicated that the plan of the ministry was to assist the youth to become producers.
Professor Ibrahim Abdul Al Salam, lecturer at Al Gedarif university, said that it is imperative to adopt untraditional methods to negotiate with the youth, noting that the majority of them were uninterested to affiliate on partisan and political basis. ‘Simply speaking, because such affiliation does not satisfy their aspired for goals’.
The head of the media sector at the national congress party (NCP), Dr. Ibrahim Al Siddiq, said that the government was so keen to avail the chance to the youth for expression freely and transparently of opinions through the many outlets, especially the mass media.
The expert in political psychology, Dr. Nasar Al Din Al Douma, appealed to the government to give top priority to the sector of the youth by being incorporated into its programs, affirming that conduct of dialogue with the youth needed to be led by the institutions that possessed capabilities, such as the universities, especially the fields of psychology, anthropology, economy and political sciences.
He said that since the demonstrations were led by the youth, ‘so we need to know what they actually do want’.
Journalist Dr. Samia Ali, said that the direct dialogue that the NISS director conducted with the youth is something that is of much surprise to them. ‘One young person while talking before the cameras of the TV channels, says this; I do not believe my eyes that the NISS director himself to come and talk and listen to us’.
She went on to say that the meeting of NISS director with the youth made them to change the old fashioned and obsolete opinions about him- the fearful person that puts his sword on necks.
The journalist went to say that the dialogue session ‘makes them to adopt positive visions towards the country by working together and be a tool of construction rather than a destructive one. And that such a thing will give them inspirational feelings that tomorrow will be far better’.
The secretary of the youth at the justice and equality movement-Dabaju leadership, Al Tayib Khamis, applauded the initiative of NISS director, explaining that it could be considered as the step forward in the right direction to resolve the problems of the youth, noting that there were external circles that worked feverishly to inculcate in the minds of the youth negative opinion to sabotage and destroy the Sudanese community.
And NCP’s secretary for youth, Al Nu’man Abdul Haleem, welcomed the initiative of the NISS director, indicating that they were fully ready for a dialogue that the youth through which to express aspirations, calling for investment in the energies and the capabilities of the youth, concluding his remarks to say this; ‘ the youth should be well equipped with knowledge and given all the due care.

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