Somaliland: Enabling the Agent of Change

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President Silanyo

President Silanyo
President Silanyo

Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matters don’t mind.” Dr. Seuss

Yearly, the trends of Somaliland development in the areas of politics and the economy are both in their stages of growth and amplification, I individually celebrate and recognize the inclusive achievements of people of Somaliland. And I salute the good personalities, professional and institutional commitments and triumphs in those areas of society’s enhancement action, multiplicity, and unity. Indeed, these are important milestones that should cause us to preserve and reproduce almost our progress and contributions to the field of Nation Building as we have already thrived to build the State. There is no doubt that every government of Somaliland whether the contemporary and/or the bygone, are working very hard to achieve and set the people’s wellbeing and the country’s economic development. The recent international tested figures showed a positive news about Somaliland’s solid peace and economic development trends. Although we have done a lot while the country lacks international backing of any kind due to the renunciation in the global politics. To keep and sustain these assets, we will be capable to withstand only if the government design a strategic plan for the younger generation. In this article I will signpost where the future of this successful nation lies. As a result, solving the current problems of Youth will utterly vanish the potential hazard of the young generation who are the Agent of Change and a country’s fruitful up-and-coming future.

A concrete figures still indicate a huge number of Youth unemployment, the stats shows approximately between 65-70 percent. Though this result is shocking in many ways, fortunately I would say over the years I have had the opportunity to share impressions about this career, action and progress roles as Youth, or lack thereof at our respective successful Youth members in Somaliland. Through those dialogues, discussions, and debates with the Somaliland National Youth Umbrella (SONYO) I have come to better understand and appreciate their collective efforts, challenges, and successes in the areas of empowerment action and assortment. Without SONYO I believe things would have been much worst and foulest than they are now, and I am here to compliment this organisation which contributed a lot to its people in the areas of education, sport and other genera of Youth Empowerment and capacity building.

Unrelatedly, I firstly, take this opportunity to commend the government of Somaliland for staying true to its individual and collective commitments that made its organizations and institutions more accessible, more welcoming, and more representative for their customers and constituents. Of late, this has not been, and in the future will certainly not be, an easy commitment to live up to. Let’s try to summarize a context that makes your achievements much more significant, and that should make your celebrations much sweeter. Secondly, the socio-politico-economic mood of the country is such that it seems to support and justify the attacks on Youth action in the progress stages. Therefore, I would say in a straight line to my government this time, in a nutshell… “There’s been good times, and bad times as well.” And those of you who keep an eye on developments in these arenas know that the “bad” times seem to have been a more frequent reality than the “good” times. Too often, the reprisals have outweighed the rewards, the criticisms have eclipsed the kudos, and the retrenchments continue to overshadow

the modest progress you both have made as a politically lead Cabinet of Ministers and Parliamentarians.

In a short meaning you still doing well but your political and administrative mistakes in a clear calculation I would say, an assets minus a liabilities the sum became negative. I am saying this, without Youth Empowerment Somaliland in the near future will bound to the edge of reversing back to the dark ages. Somaliland cannot survive without Youth Empowerment, the future will only shine when young generation of a country are in good shape, and to build the capacity of young people is a major government responsibility.

Too often, we hear that sufficient progress has been made; this is certainly a grim picture I have painted. It may not be what you would have expected for a message of celebration. But these musings reflect the social, political, philosophical and legal contexts that we must understand if we are to continue to give life to our commitment to Youth action, and equity in this country. It is a reality that we must acknowledge and commit ourselves to counter with a heightened sense of urgency, purpose, resolve, and willingness to contribute to save Youth environment action as a tool of equal opportunity.

If advancement and protection of Youth rights continues to be an important part of the mission, then our leadership and we must continue to be vocal and unwavering in our commitment to promoting and supporting Youth action and equity. If our personal and collective philosophy to redress social injustices is still deemed worthy of protection and advancement, something more than a perfunctory “fight” in defense of Youth action must be mounted, lest these much needed programmes fade unceremoniously into history, relegated to a mere footnote in the annals of the Youth rights movement.

Therefore, telling you what and oiling you why, in an attempt to understand the political behavior of young people and the score to reflect the extent to which young persons have changed from the political positions of which traced the lines of political influence of their parents, peers, small-short visional interest and their tribe leaders and finally examined the effects of Youth rebellion and mobility. In that case, with my positive perspective I fully appreciated the current political dilemma Youth who are the majority of this country as well as the only future for tomorrow will decide, which party to vote for, and if failed promises of any political party ignores and neglect the role of Youth to the different development stages in this democratic country, it is good to understand the power Youth hold in and around their shoulders, Youth never misused their power in any means whether tribally, politically or religiously radicalized motivated conspiracy to their country of Somaliland. The government must understand the potential hazard of Somaliland Youth, which might turn into a national threat if not equipped with knowledge and build their capacity to utilize a constructive manner. Public Realms such as playgrounds, vocational training centres and other amphitheaters, get-to-gather seminars or platforms of political and economic discussions for young elites can be good hopes of mitigating risks of Youth as well as empowering and enabling to the right direction.

In each presidential election occurring in this democratization process approximately two/third of the people eligible to vote are young people who are also eligible to cast a presidential ballot for their first and second time. These young people are of a great interest to social scientists and political practitioners alike, not only because they constitute a large enough group to carry considerable weight in any particular election outcome, but because it is possible that the political allegiances which they form early in their voting careers will be perpetuated for many years, and thus have an impact upon a series of elections. We do not know a great deal about changes in the voting pattern of individual citizens, or groups of citizens, as they grow older and accumulate voting experiences. Nor do we know how many elements of the political ideology formed in the late adolescence and early adulthood are retained for a life-time. It is a reasonable hypothesis, however, that young people, being less bound than the older people by habit and old political ties, will be more responsive to the political pressures of the moment, so that they

might play a greater role in mediating political change than their elders.

There is still a growing concern in Somaliland about the legitimization of Youth based discrimination political and decision- making opportunities towards, Government and Judicial Policy, as well as Problem Solving and Conflict Resolutions. Current Representation of Youth in the civil services is Nil. The bulk of who are subordinates staff with no professional skill and less than 2% holds management positions. Youth issues in Somaliland revolve around fewer opportunities in education and skills development for Youth plus not having economic opportunities and Non-Representation of Youth in senior decision-making positions both in the private and public sectors. Local authorities and society as a whole are not always cognizant of the legal rights of Youth and therefore, no consideration is given to Youth’s issues and concerns neither in governance nor in the development of national and local policy. As a result, Youth are the poorest and most vulnerable group in the society.

Specific training and capacity building programs is needed to educate Youth about both vocational trainings and other social programmes, such as political, socio-economic development, good governance, democratization, problem solving and conflict resolution issues, and also to prepare Youth to become active participants in leadership positions within local and regional affairs when they become capable. I suggest that Somaliland Non State Actors (SONSAF) and SONYO will facilitate some of those programmes by getting support from the International Organisations as well as the government as an activists in fields of Youth Empowerment. Because they are the most successful organisations in Somaliland when it comes to social and political issues, the recent political game between the Traditional Elders of Somalia and SONSAF, which later compelled the elders to recognize Somaliland and the International Visitor Leadership Program, which SONYO Executive Director met with US officials at the White House are great examples.

Therefore, what I would suggest in this piece of writing is to initiate projects to focus their attentions and has the right to equal access to public service in the country, and exercise Youth political rights, such as:-

Leadership, management and capacity building,

Rehabilitate, counseling and provide alternatives to petty crimes, and encourage Youth to engage in positive and productive activities,

Raise self-esteem, energize and empower Youth to develop their talent and believe they can affect change,

Find the aptitudes and inherent talent in each individual,

Develop the skills of each participant to the point where they are employable,

Simultaneously, benefit all stakeholders, Youth, employers, community and Government,

Utilize the skills of Youth to deliver this program and build internal capacity at every possible stage,

Promote the political information building, good governance, and democratization for Youth to develop their talent and future leadership,

We all have our minds to develop these activities in the near future but we need a strategies. I believe mostly our organizations and the government done none of it, because of our limited resources and innovations. For instance, bear in mind as the most stable, peace and secure Somaliland requires the widest range of Youth Capacity Building, notably in the relation to education system, political, good governance, sport and recreations, cultural entertainments and democratization. Efficient, effective and democratic structures are needed not only to foster national well-being, but also as an essential foundation for regional stability and peace. By assisting in strengthening and supporting the emerging democracy and hard-earned peace and

stability in the region.

Therefore, To sustain peace and stability in Somaliland Youth is to be trained and empowered by identifying their natural abilities, training both academic and employability skills and matching them to the jobs that best utilize those abilities, these Youth will become gainfully employed and will positively contribute to the building of their country Somaliland. An important component of the scheme is also life skills training. This training will assist Youth in developing communication and confidence building skills that will enable them to overcome the underlying social factors that have made them vulnerable to crime. In that case, it is the government and other political parties to complement their political agendas in order to confirm these goals, as it is part of the contract with their electorates. To secure the long term strategic plan of a country is to watch over its Youth who are the Agent of Change and the future of tomorrow. Remember the torch is passed to those who know how to light it visibly to see things better.

Finally, it is my pleasure to recommend the current government achievements and success besides your talented leadership based with tolerance and consultation to all aspects. On the other hand, political and administrative mistakes occurred both the government and the opposition parties should be reviewed and studied to learn lessons from the past. I know that your term is at hand but never hesitate to keep up the good work with your next reserve year in order to facilitate the outreach that lead an environment whereby difference can make and assured

I am hopeful you will continue to change and exert leadership in you sphere of authority and influence, and demand that others in the organization do the same. However great or small… all contributions must be welcomed, acknowledged, and are needed to ensure a vibrant and meaningful future for Youth action, in our country. I applaud your efforts, celebrate your accomplishments, and wish you continued success in 2015 for a good change and remarkable achievements since your five years in office in the leading position is about to finish and it will be very delightful if my consultancy works harder soon after you leave office when the term ends.

Mohamed Hagi Mohamoud a Political Scientist and a Social Researcher, and an author of Academic Articles in East Africa. Department of Political Science. The University of Warwick. Email: M.Hagi-Mohamoud@warwick.ac.uk.

29 COMMENTS

    • SOMALILANDERS MUST PUT IN MIND THAT HUMAN AND CIRCUMSTANCE WILL CHALLENGE U AND IF U UNDERSTAND THIS TWO FACTORS .U CAN USE UR INTELLEGANCE THAT IS THE ESSENCE OF LIFE.(SEYLANO FULLY UNDERSTAND WHAT I MEAN) LONG LIFE TO OUR PRESIDENT AND HIS TEAM.SHARED BY OUR ELITE ELDERS(GOORTi) both elders and leader ship liase is apperciated for there cooperation and achievement .tks bye 4 all ramadan kareem

      • We need answers as to why The world wont re-recognize us after all we had recognition before in 60’s so why is it to hard to re establish it. It is a big idea which needs answers from every single country. China USA Russia France UK play the biggest roles in the UN. Surly if we did deals the re-recognition would happen over night just like in South Sudan. As for Silanyo he did a very good job but he could have done ten times better in 2010 till now because of globalization there is much more bigger flow of money and skills. But now it is time for a change as he didn’t accomplished or fulfill the RECOGNITION PROMISE.

        • Ucid note is only show of act I NEED U DO YOU HAVE ANY SOMALILANDER THAT CAN REPLACE THE CURRENT GVT TEAM.??? THE WORD R E C O G N I T I O N OF SOMALILAND NATION U ARE THE ONLY PERSON CAN DO> SO START KNOW AND LET ME SEE HOW LONG TAKES TO BE LEGALIZED .WORD OF ALLEGATION DOES NOT ACHIEVE ANY BUT HONEST PERSON TO HIS GOD AND HIS NATION.. I THINK YOU ARE PERSON WHO DOES NOT UNDERSTAND WHAT IS YOUR OPINION PROFILE.
          65% OF SOMALILANDERS ARE JEALOUS ..BECAUSE YOU BELIEVE TRIBE AND MONEY BUT YOU DON’T BELIEVE THE CREATOR (GOD) THIS WORLD .
          RAMADAN KAREEM
          BYE

          • My be you are not trying to understand the author quite well. He seems very educated to me according to his literature. I know that University he is writing from and if you google it, it is one of the best University in Europe, Number 3 I think. as the Title says Agent of Change is Youth for tomorrows leadership and he wants from the government and other local organisations to empower youth. he is not criticising silanyo nor supporting him, he also recommended the areas that needs to focus in order youth to be empowered. To praise your country and mention the good things is your obligation and to show criticism and provide ways of constructive argument is another obligation and this is what Mohamed Hagi is doing if you read deeply into his article. on the other hand, Somalilandpress.com put President Silanyo’s picture and that is why I think some of you misunderstood the whole point. he is not criticising nor praising silanyo regime the guy is neutral in every way every direction.

          • I DOES NOT CRITICIZE YOUR OBLIGATION VIEW BUT I NEED TO KNOW WHAT STRATEGY ACHIEVEMENT YOU WANT REACH.?????? TKS

          • goryeey, Your Govt is bankrupt 00000 because they are using your cheap mouthy ass as their mouth piece. How much they pay you for salary, 50 cents per day? Learn how to write and talk first and stop your ass from defecating every where. your stink is driving us all sick.

          • Sorry Mr.GEEDI. I Deeply respect your opinion but you have to understand that we created somaliland only how to achieve our main interest which is to be R E CO G N I Z E D BY World community.i.e. (U.N.O./A. O. U. E.U..,,,,,,,,,) With out this you can not share or raise your voice as a legal Govt. in that respect hold your fast horse. and be patient .
            thks ramadan kareem

          • Your MMMM pornstar can even replace your old bag so what’s the BIG DEAL. 65% OF YOUR MIND IS JEALOUS BECAUSE YOU BELIEVE AND MONEY AND WHAT ELSE HA? I OPT NOT TO SAAAAAY. AT LEAST NOT FOR NOW!

        • Miss Ucid .the answer to your low profile is hold your horse. Govt main national obligation is only how we get recognition.???? our main road map target is only to be recognized.how long it takes god knows.

          • Miss goryeey, the answer to your low profile talking ASS is hold your ARSE. Govt main national obligation is only how not to get recognition for 1000 years???? and your road map target is only to suppress our people and drive them to desperation. Drive them poorer so Allah prohibit it, they will force them to give up any hope of seeking international recognition. How long it takes god knows you say ha? but your old bag only guesses when and has no clue whatsoever.

      • AND YOU PUT IN MIND THAT YOUR SHIT CLANNISM WILL CHALLENGE U AND IF YOU UNDERSTAND THIS TWO FACTORS. U CAN USE UR PORN STAR MMMMM TO SUPPORT YOUR PRESIDENT AND HIS TEAM. SHARED BY YOUR ELITE ELDERS(GOOOOORTI/ QOOOORTI) both elders and leader ship lies is appreciated for the cooperation and achievement, tks bye and enjoy your garbage!

        • Mr.Mohamedey still you are not human,but u belong to?????
          your black heart produce bad thought.
          History is our witnessbye

          • goreyeey still you not a normal human, and you belong to????? and you are not a Somalilander Patriot and your heart is not Clean and you’re producing whores, that’s what your history shows. Shut U r Fucking big dirty ASS and Mouth up or i will come and Glue them both tight for you!!!

        • you have no sense of respect. because your Father is Donkey and your Mother is DOG YOU are not register in human being list. your birth is listed in the animal clan.

          • Yes, you do have a sense of respect, because your mother is beautiful PORN STAR and your father is Shemale ha ha ha haaaa! How does that sound HA? YOU are registered with the PORN STAR Family and your birth is listed as belonging to porn star clan.

  1. MR. Hagi u r artical deserve applaud.but still u did not point out what is our golden road map that we need achieve????this is not the time to speak about various achievents.this critical period of somaliland needs only a leader who can achieve our main target which is only how to be recongnised by World community(U.N.O) THIS THE FRIST FACE . our leader(SELANY) IS A Heavy weight instrumental politicain . HE FINISHED a Nation Building,and true Democratic driven by fairness,social justice and Quality .he is leader with mission and mandate view.and at same time he gives a voice to a voiceless ..after all the young geration have no room 4 leadership .this period is only 4 elder politicains can only
    acieve the fuure 4 Somaliland Nation.it the tradition of somaliland old political elite to provide a real opportunity in social and political achievement. (.who needs the world whan u own the moon and star ,) can u plse explain this proverb??? as we are a wise and time honoured leaders challenge how to get our National Recognition.our team leaders can reach the road map through step by step policy. CHange of leader ship is not our target..
    there will be a setback in our political idiology. as per my opinion we are in a bright political diplomcy tool that a chieve our road to success.with god help our present leadership team can achieve there political ambition.RECOGNITION IS OUR HISTORY WETNESS.
    bye 4 all and ramadan kareem

  2. This guy is really singing in the dark. Where did he see the progress and tolerance? are you talking about the corruption and the lies that is even known to the small children and old women? Or maybe you are talking about the 23 yrs of stagnation and embezzlement at home? Or maybe your relishing the killing and terrorisation of children sleeping in their own homes and lack of respect of the citizens and the law of the land? You are sending wrong signals to this old bag and his corrupt entourage. You are doing good job to uphold the corruption and you can not be blamed since you are a typical Somali with no standards. Enjoy your loot pal, you can not brain wash small child in Somaliland, and if you see yourself as cleaver, believe pal, i have seen even more intelligent sheep!!!

    • MR MOHAMEDYE (Yes you are correct because your Father is Dog and your Mother is Donkey .BEE OR FISH WILL MARRY YOU.BE READY.OK.

      • Ahh ah ah ah ah ah ahaaaaaa. You are very very polite, please keep up. And now here you get your other answer, because your mother is a porn star and your father is shemale so BE READY TO BE MARRIED BY BIG MALE DONKEEEEEY. OK? AHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAA

    • you really expose your self easily by uttering such words. stagnation, terrorism and of course the killing of sleeping children.there is no enough wool to cover your faqash back side. please crawl back which ever faqash hall you came out.

      • Lawyo, if you are a respectable Somalilander woman, then i can not answer you but with respect, and if you are a male then i will tell you, that i am not faqash. You are the real faqash when you are covering your very very BIG Faqash arse. ASS because obviusly you’re supporting mista faqash afcade sacade. By God are you denying that he was adoon afwayne slave faqash, and he has the ugliest face on earth. Have a good look at him first and honestly tell me do you like to see his face?

  3. Mohamed
    I disagree with you on corruption: Silanyo is the cleanest pair of hands in all of Africa. I didnt get what this writer is trying to tell us – the language is too pretentious and complex as well as being long winded and poor – but if his general thrust is that Silanyo is a good man and decent leader I agree with him. He is both. But si he what the nation needs now? Absolutely not..
    Take the Erigavo Road. The attempt at crowdfunding is both pitiful and inspirational. A courageous leader will send a delegation to North Korea and cut a deal with the them to build this road. It will cost less than a quarter of what it does now and the strategic ,links we form with NK will mean moving into other arms like arming our forces.. The already anti-Somaliland US State dept will go berserk and Britain will not be happy. But the road will be built. We will get a chance to re-aram our defense force. Will silanyo take a risk of angering the West who made it clear they have no interest in respecting our people’s right to self-determination? No he wont.
    But to call the man corrupt is not only ludicrous it is couounter-productive and takes attention away from his true failings

    • Mr.Kabocalaf accept appreciation from the civilized people . your comments is from a real honest person.. 85% of the Somalilanders are Tribal /Clan motivated .and at same time 88% Jealousy minded believe. black heart always dies in dirty place.i.e in Toilet)….President Selanyo gave a voice to a voiceless Nation. that is why they misuse the freedom.of writing. they have no sense of behavior to respect the human beings .89% of Somalilanders are jealousy and 95% Tribal injected .they need Brain wash jail or Hospital .
      thks Ramadan kareem

    • I am happy that you are not a clannist Kabocalaf, and that’s what we want not only in Somaliland’s leadership, but in every Somalilander. I really commend you on this, but on the other hand what would you call a leader who can not take the right decision when it comes to the country’s national interest as you just put it. A leader who is still idly sitting in that ugly ex faqash building, when the whole world around him is changing and evolving. Why is he clinging on to power if he is a decent leader as you say when he can not add any real value at this critical time and hand over power to a more capable Somaliland patriot, and at last why is he not willing to anger our worse enemies and expel their CIA and MI6 spies in the country if his own personal interests in not tied to those of our enemies, because after all save guarding our country’s existence is collective responsibility of all Somalilanders and not an his own individual decision.

      • MR.Mohamed in one way or anther your opinion not bad..but you have to understand what is main barrier that the leadership Team does not achieve the said points???? answer > the main barrier is only you are not recognized by the world society.but once we reach our Nation Interest then you raise your voice and your opinion will not be ignored ( In the respect hold your horse at present ) tks ramadan kareem

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