Adama Barrow who presided over the swearing-in ceremony of newly appointed
Cabinet members on Monday has urged them to renew their commitment to building
strong institutions for national development.
The nine members of the Cabinet sworn in yesterday included new vice president, a new government spokesperson and a permanent secretary at state house.
He said: “As we embark on the process of working together as a team and family, I urge all of us to renew our commitment to build strong institutions for national development. The new Gambia calls for us to follow the right processes in the service of the nation, he said. “Thus, given all the huge challenges we face, the country cannot move at a snail pace. Rather, we must move together with vigor and seriousness.”
The Gambian leader calls for exemplary attitude from his ministers as it would reflect on their collective achievements.
“Our individual attitude towards work will reflect on our collective achievement, hence, we must serve as examples and take positive steps to make major reforms in our institutions to promote transparency and accountability.”
President Barrow acknowledged that building strong institutions is the way forward to tackling corruption.
“As you are aware, the theme of the 31st Summit of the African Union was: ‘Winning the Fight Against Corruption.’ “To achieve this, we need right institutions, policies and most importantly, the right human resources to implement all relevant policies and programmes, as well as to establish the right norms in all public institutions.”
He stressed the need to work as a team and to put The Gambia first ahead of selfish ends.
“Together, we should rededicate ourselves to serving the national interest in all our engagements and avoid all negative and selfish attitudes and actions.”
The Gambian leader said they must work hard to achieve their goals and leave a strong legacy.
“Honourable colleagues, our pledge to engage in institutional and legal reforms mandate us to work hard in order to achieve our goal as a government.”
“We have to ensure that we leave behind a legacy of strong and sustainable institutions, effective laws and the right procedures that will transform our country into a fully-fledged democracy and facilitate social, economic and political development for our people.”
He urged them to renew their commitment in achieving the country’s national development plan of 2018-20121 and make The Gambia a shiny example.