The Minister of Local Government, Francis Kaboneka has said that the youth have a bigger role to play in shaping the destiny of their country and appealed to them to be an igniting force to ensure security as a backbone for sustainable development.
The Minister was speaking on September 16 at the Rwanda National Police General Headquarters in Kacyiru where he presided over the opening of a three-day retreat of 87 district coordinators of Rwanda Youth Volunteers in Community Policing (RYVCP), and District police Community Liaison Officers (DCLOs).
The retreat seeks to strengthen partnership and capacities of the youth volunteers and liaison officers in crime prevention.
Minister Kaboneka noted that youth volunteers and DCLOs play a significant role in ensuring public safety and “we have witnessed this through cases reported and crimes stopped before happening…you took a decision of dedicating your efforts towards crimes prevention – it is a right decision you made and your country is proud of you.”
He went on to remind them that they are not only serving their nation but making Rwanda a better place for both nationals and visitors.
Minister Kaboneka made the reference to Gallup 2015 Global Emotions Report that ranked Rwanda as the safest place to walk at night in Africa and 5th globally.
The Minister challenged both youth volunteers and DLCOs to be patriot, dedicated, hardworking, disciplined and be honest at all times in order to win public trust… “If anyone misses out on any of the values then it will be hard for you to achieve your goals.”
During the three-day training, participants will tackle various areas including role of the youth volunteers in crime prevention, fighting corruption, human trafficking, drug abuse, gender violence and reinforcing the ongoing security and hygiene campaign, among others.
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