NYAGATARE-Youth have been urged to play a role in checking high population growth in the country.
The call was made by MP Liberata Kayitesi, the Secretary General of Rwanda Network of Parliamentarians for Population and Development (RPRPD), during a one-day meeting with youth representatives in Nyagatare District.
The meeting that brought together the MPs and youth from the area was organised by RPRPD in collaboration with a religious project, Nimuhaguruke Twubake and Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA).
According to Kayitesi, the meeting was aimed at discussing the impact of high population growth to the environment.
“Youth are better suited to discuss the impact of high population growth on the environment than the elderly,” she said.
Kayitesi noted the efforts by the youth can make a very big impact on environmental protection.
Pastor Emmanuel Rutayisire, who heads Nimuhaguruke Twubake project, said that they are keen to sensitise people especially the youth about population control and environmental protection.
“The reason we are interested in working with RPRPD and REMA is that our vision is to contribute towards controlled population that protects the environment,” he said.
Alex Musoni, the youth coordinator in Nyagatare District said they would disseminate the knowledge acquired from the meeting across the district.
“Nyagatare has a serious problem of rapid population growth. We are ready to apply the methods we have learned from this training and address the issue,” he said.