Region 8 REO to focus on women, youth empowerment

first_imgNewly-appointed Region 8 REO Mitzy CampbellRegion Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) new Regional Executive Officer (REO) Mitzy Campbell is aiming to empower women and youths in her region.Campbell posited that though the region is well-known for its mining and forestry bases, there are many opportunities available in the region which can be tapped into, thereby, maximising skill and talent among the population.Campbell was speaking to the Department of Public Information (DPI) during the latest government outreach that was held in the mining town of Mahdia.When asked about some of the target areas in the Region she is seeking to improve, Campbell said, “I’d like to see the education system improved. I’d like to see the health system improved and also I would like to see the social services improved, particularly in the area of gender equality”.Further, she noted that collaboration with the central Government in these specific areas will aid in fulfilling the vision she has. Campbell, who has been REO less than a month, has already been engaging residents.“A woman met me this morning and she said she is unemployed. So, can we empower them, they can maybe do catering or sewing since those trades are still in demand. … We can bring the trades back here because this is the interior and we can do really good work here,” the REO notedCampbell said it is important that the young people in the region are empowered so that they can contribute to the country’s development. She noted that it is vital that they be equipped with the necessary skills that will help them to make wise choices and be role models in their communities.“… I’d like to see young people grow and utilise opportunities. I’d like to see them grow and take advantage of different options in their life. I’d also like to see women empowered,” Campbell concluded.last_img read more