Focusing on the importance of intensifying the scout movement across the country, President Abdul Hamid on Sunday asked scouts to take a stand against drug abuse and extremism.
‘Take a stand against narcotics and extremism. Always uphold the spirit of freedom struggle, patriotism and duty towards mankind,’ the president told the scouts while inaugurating the 10th Bangladesh and 3rd South Asian Association of National Scout Organisation Scout Jamboree 2019 at the National Scout Training Centre at Mouchak in Gazipur in the afternoon.
Abdul Hamid, also the chief scout, said: ‘You will lead the nation tomorrow. You will build a hunger and poverty-free, developed and rich Bangladesh which founder president Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had dreamt of.’
Noting that the scout movement would help to save teenagers and the youth from falling prey to narcotics, fanaticism, communalism, and extremism, he said.
Only the scouts could help build a modern, progressive and creative new generation.
Abdul Hamid urged all, including guardians and scout leaders, to gear up the scout movements for various development programmes to build skilled leadership through scouting.
The head of the state praised the role of the scouts in social development, disaster management and other voluntary activities during any disasters like the recent Chawk Bazar fire and maintaining traffic movement.
As a patriotic and voluntary organisation, he hoped that the scouts would jointly take the country forward towards socio-economic development in line with the Vision 2021 and Vision 2041 conceived by the present government.
President Hamid categorically urged the scouts to build themselves as worthy and skilled citizens of the country.
‘Deliver good for the people and help masses to involve in various welfare-oriented activities’, he added.
The chief scout later inaugurated the six-day camping here with around 1,200 scouts, including 400 from abroad, taking part in different activities.
President of the Bangladesh Scouts and principal coordinator on the Sustainable Development Goals Affairs Md Abul Kalam Azad, the Bangladesh Scouts chief national commissioner and the AntiCorruption Commission commissioner Md Mozammel Haque Khan, secretary general of the World Organisation of Scout Movement Ahmed Alhemdawi and national commissioner (organisation) Akhteruzzaman Khan Kabir also spoke at the function.
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