BUBANZA January 12th (ABP) – The Minister of East African Community Affairs, Youth and Sports and Culture, Ezéchiel Nibigira, calls on young people and other inhabitants of Bubanza province to prepare accordingly, in order to position well among the EAC countries and to safeguard Burundian culture, he said this during the trip he made to Bubanza province on Tuesday January 10, 2023.
During that meeting, the young people mentioned some of the constraints to the proper implementation of their projects, among others, the lack of spaces for the execution, BBIN which requires a certification which is not easy to find. They also spoke of the lack of knowledge in drawing up and managing projects for some young people. They asked for the organization of exchanges of experience with other young people in the region, on everything related to self-development projects.
However, the governor of Bubanza province, Cléophas Nizigiyimana, indicated that fifty-five village cooperatives are already preparing for poultry farming, with loans from PAEEJ, while twenty others have already benefited from loans for implementation of their projects, on the part of PAEEJ. This is when forty-one other youth cooperatives have benefited from loans in the Youth Bank (BIJE), the governor continued to say.
In terms of culture and sport, young people from Bubanza province spoke of the lack of youth centers, reading centers and cultural animation centers, as well as their equipment. They also noted the lack of playgrounds and sports equipment in communes.
As for Minister Nibigira, he only stressed that Burundi has the place of choice in the East African Community. He therefore asked young people to be creative and innovative in their projects, in order to be competitive in the countries of the region. Minister Nibigira called on them to learn English, which is more widely used in many countries, to always work with the objective of positioning themselves in those EAC countries and safeguarding Burundian culture. He promised to take ownership of all those concerns of young people, for their well-being.